When I first saw the pictures and video of Claire Sinclair, Playboy‘s 2011 Playmate of the Year, I was tempted to write about how she looks so different than your typical Playboy Playmate; she appears to be on the more voluptuous side, with some meat on her bones and some curves to her body and a vintage style.
But then I realized that not only does she say she’s 5’7 and 119 pounds, she’s also young and pretty, with smooth skin and glossy hair. In other words, she’s not that much of a deviation from the Playboy norm. What makes her stand out, rather, is what her classic pin-up girl look represents.
First of all, the Bettie Page throwback look is so…hip. It surprises me for some reason that Playboy is current enough to recognize that this girl, who is a vision of the burlesque rebirth, is the standing definition of modern, quirky sexy. After all these years, Playboy remains relevant! Well played, 85-year-old Hef. You’re not a legend for nothing.
And speaking of the burlesque rebirth, it’s interesting that a style that began in tiny subcultures of Rockabilly and tassel-twirling chicks has made it’s way to the cover of a magazine that represents the mainstream beauty ideals of middle America. It reminds me of the fact that it was girls who rocked the original version of Sinclair’s look back in the 1950’s — including Page herself — that got Playboy off the ground in the first place.
The whole thing is quite meta when you come right down to it.
All I’m really saying is that I like Claire Sinclair.