Some of the best pin-ups to write about are those who, by marketing or
just dumb luck, came up with a gimmick. Take for example this weeks
Vikki "the Back" Dougan. As you can tell by this
photo, and just about any other photo you see of her, she has the habit
of wearing the lowest of low-cut, backless dresses. Dougan grew
up near New York City and started her modeling career in her early to mid-teens
(depending on what you read). As a studio model, she was pretty much run-of-the-mill
until a fated photo shoot for Esquire magazine. For this
shoot, Dougan had a notion of what she wanted to wear, and
had a dress specially designed for her. That dress and a few other well
placed publicity appearances helped forge her place in pin-up history.
She, like many other models, had Hollywood dreams, but, aside from a few
stage plays, never became much more than a distance satellite orbiting
about the Hollywood stars. Regardless of anything else, Dougan
will be remembered by those classic pictures of her looking coyly over
her shoulder in her trademark low-back creations.