Hannah Combs

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Modeling is hard work: Arch your back stick your butt out, make sure there isn’t lipstick on your teeth. How could anyone think these underpants are sexy? The dam things ride up in an unattractive way and have to be plucked out of crevices before the perfect shot can be taken. If the photographer is a wizard a woman will forget she’s normal and end up with photos that make her into a classic sultry pin-up girl.

“Bust out!” the photographer said. “Core in! Butt out! Smile!”

Asheville, NC based amateur photographer Hannah Combs manages that. She specializes in burlesque, pin-up, fashion, and portraits. What draws me to her work is not only women owning their sexuality but that it’s obvious that they’re having fun too. You just can’t beat a woman having fun being sexy!

I’m not badI’m just drawn that way.” – Jessica Rabbit

There’s something special about pin-up art. They’re idealized images that are erotic without being graphic. A pin-up is a throwback to a simpler time when a bit of art could be a motivator and not just another X rated click. Arguably pin-ups objectify women but it’s just as true that it’s an art form embraced by modern women who feel empowered by Bad Girl Art. Rockabilly chic, Suicide Girls, Dita Von Teese; The pin-up is out there and alive in performances, photography, fashion music and tattoos