02/15/2013 01:28 pm ET

14 Female Pin-up Artists You Should Know — But Probably Don’t [NSFW] – Flavorwire

Vargas, Elvgren, and Moran -- these are just some of the many well-known men who served "cheesecake" illustrations of hourglass-shaped bombshells that teased and pleased to American men way before more explicit photos and videos took their place. In magazines, on lockers, and even on the sides of planes, these images of titillating women smiling while showing off just the right amount of skin often accompanied lonely soldiers, especially during World War II. Pin-up art may have been a medium to worship breathtaking, perfectly shaped sirens, but unlike the aforementioned men, few women have been given the recognition they deserve for illustrating in such a male-dominated industry. Just in time for Valentine's Day, we're heating things up by paying tribute to the many female pin-up artists, past and present, whose work has raised more than just morale.