What is “cheesecake” pinup? The origins of the term cheese cake pin up are quite unknown. The best speculation goes back to a photograph taken of a girl whose dress was lifted slightly up her leg. The photo was taken by a photographer who worked for a magazine and the story claims that when the editor saw the photograph he proclaimed “why, this is better than cheesecake!”. While that is the best story I’ve heard pertaining to the origins of the coined phrase, there is some doubt worldwide. Some think it comes from the phrase “beefcake” but with a feminine twist, others think it’s because the poses are “cheesy”.
Whatever the truth is, this style of pinup photography can be identified as peek-a-boo pinup, where the subject is making exaggerated facial expressions as parts of her body (typically her legs and rump) are “accidentally” exposed giving the viewer an “innocent” peek.