RIP Rosie the Riveter – Ottawa Retro PinUp Photography

Naomi Parker Fraley was the inspiration behind J. Howard Miller’s iconic Rosie the Riveter poster. “Rosie the Riveter represented the women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II, many of whom produced munitions and war supplies… ” The poster is one that represents strength in women and is one that I love recreating with my pinup clients at je m’adore fine art portraits to show how bold and fearless they truly are.

‘The women of this country these days need some icons,’ Fraley said a the People magazine interview. ‘If they think I’m one, I’m happy.’

So true, Naomi. Sadly today’s “icons” seem to be a bevy of narcissistic celebrity wannabe’s whose main concern is how big their butts are, how long their hair is and how many times they can post duck face photos with cute bunny ears (ok, I am guilty of some cutsie Snapchat animal ears). What we NEED is see more inspirational women, strong women, successful women for us and our daughters to look up to.


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