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Alberto Vargas

 (1896 - 1982)
Alberto Vargas was active/lived in New York, California.  Alberto Vargas is known for pin-up girl illustrations.

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Alberto Vargas (1896-1982) was born in Arequipa, Peru, in 1896, the son of a successful photographer, and was educated in Switzerland.  Arriving in New York in 1916, he was determined to stay in America and pursue what became an illustrious career.

His name has become synonymous with pin-up girls, but in the early 1940s, he was just a guy hired by Esquire magazine to imitate departed star George Petty, who bolted over pay.  Vargas initially aped Petty's sleek women with their telephone posing and large-hat lounging; soon, however, his own distinctive, delicate watercolor style emerged.  His wide-eyed wonder- women rivaled Betty Grable as the ultimate pin-up girl of World War II.

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Vargas Girl, Playboy illustration, October 1963
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