Rockabilly Girls

Thesis/Abstract

Posted on: November 22, 2010

Rockabilly is a hybrid of both Rock and Hillbilly music from the 1950s. The women in this era represent their own subculture by dressing in fifties clothing and duplicating the Elvis era hairstyles, yet adding an edgy twist consisting of tattoos, unnatural hair colors, and assertive attitude. Although these women have a hardcore interior they still flaunt their femininity by the way they present themselves. I will explore how the pin-up style – tattoos and vintage dress – subvert gender norms, explore taboos, and redefine beauty. According to Hal Negro, “Rockabilly was going to be the next big thing” during the late 1970s (183). Famous women like Bettie Page, Jean Harlow, and Marilyn Monroe were famous pin-up model pioneers who paved the way for models from the punk era to today’s Suicide Girls and pin-up subgroups

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