This Pinup Girl's Selfies Were SO Timeless

In the '50s and '60s, pinup girl and photographer Bunny Yeager may not have known what a selfie was, but something tells us the late icon would have no problem fitting in with today's Instagram-fame culture.

Thanks to a new exhibition at Gavlak Gallery in Los Angeles, we can get a peek at Yeager's retro version of the selfie. Titled How I Photograph Myself, the show features stunning self-portraits and behind-the-scenes shots revealing her photographic process.

Yeager first rose to fame after shooting a nude Bettie Page in nothing but a Santa hat for Playboy in 1955. She went on to publish 30 photography books while simultaneously garnering pinup status for her modeling work in front of the camera. By turns sexy, silly, and tender, the exhibition's images cement Yeager's status as one of the greatest bombshells of her time — sorry, Marilyn. (There's even a photo of her posing with Bettie Page and a pair of cheetahs thrown in for good measure.)

Click through to see the vintage snapshots for yourself. Now, get pinning — the 21st-century way.
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Photo: Courtesy Bunny Yeager Archive and Gavlak.
Yeager poses for a self-portrait in Naples, FL, 1963.
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Photo: Courtesy Bunny Yeager Archive and Gavlak.
A self-portrait of Yaeger in a polka-dot bikini, captured in 1963.
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Photo: Courtesy Bunny Yeager Archive and Gavlak.
In this 1955 photo, the model/photographer gives Marilyn a serious run for her money.
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Photo: Courtesy Bunny Yeager Archive and Gavlak.
Yaeger dons black lace lingerie in 1955. She's holding a light meter, which is used to determine the correct exposure for a photo.
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Photo: Courtesy Bunny Yeager Archive and Gavlak.
Yeager rocks a bikini while getting a little typing done in Miami in 1963. Nothing unusual about that...
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Photo: Courtesy Bunny Yeager Archive and Gavlak.
Yeager and Bettie Page ham it up with a pair of faux cheetahs in Boca Raton, FL, 1954.
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Photo: Courtesy Bunny Yeager Archive and Gavlak.
Making a funny face at a studio in Miami, 1963.
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Photo: Courtesy Bunny Yeager Archive and Gavlak.
If you didn't already want a bodysuit, we bet you do now.
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Photo: Courtesy Bunny Yeager Archive and Gavlak.
Dated 1959, a look at Yeager and her photos.
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Photo: Courtesy Bunny Yeager Archive and Gavlak.
A cute moment captured between Yeager and model Lori Shea (left) in 1954.
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