It is via this French blog that I first discovered Hilda.
Hilda is a full-figure pin up girl, with joie de vivre and oodles of sex appeal. The Illustrator, Duane Bryers painted calendars featuring Hilda between 1956 and 1958. Some of the following images were scanned by Brian Clark (a really cool artist with a predilection for voluptuous girls) from original calendars where Hilda appeared.
The history behind the discovery of the calendars, how they were ‘snatched away from a fool’ during a garage sale, and the lyrical description of the “pleasingly plum read head” can be found here.
I adore the Americana/nostalgia feel of those pictures. The langor feels very French, and the colors are absolutely contemporary.
How about pasting an image of Hilda on your refrigerator? After a certain age, keeping the weight down becomes increasingly difficult, and getting upset about it a complete waste of a life. If you can’t beat them, join them. Or, as the French would say, embrassez vos rondeurs, embrace your curves.
Pass the brioche please!