Top five Seventies pin-ups

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The death of Michael Jackson rather overshadowed the loss of another star who had a huge influence on our formative years. So, in tribute to the late, great and stupendously sexy Farrah Fawcett, we present our top five Seventies pin-ups:

 

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1 Farrah Fawcett: Her 1976 photograph for Life magazine, in which she shone as the embodiment of tousled, toothy beach babe perfection, became the biggest selling pin-up poster of all-time, and gave boys everywhere utterly unrealistic expectations of womanhood.  She was Charlie’s sexiest Angel, she married the Six Million Dollar Man (aka Lee Majors) and finally answered all our prayers by posing for Playboy. The only drawback was that she did so in 1995. RIP.

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2 Bo Derek: In 10, released in 1979, she walked out of the sea with her blonde mane in braids and her ‘assets’ barely contained in a tiny, gold one-piece swimsuit. As a vision of perfection, it was enough to make a whole generation of boys forget that Dudley Moore wasn’t actually that funny. Later seen in a similar state of undress as Jane in Tarzan, The Ape Man, which also drew a disproportionately large number of pre-pubescent male followers.

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3 Nastassja Kinski: Forget her brace  of "erotic films" or her willingness to undress for Hammer House of Horror, it was the Richard Avedon shot of the German sex-bomb (the de rigeur description for all Seventies starlets) that made our hormones surge. Nude, other than for a giant snake covering her bits, it was an image that confused, aroused and made it onto the walls of bedrooms all over Britain.

 

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4 Debbie Harry: The first woman this writer ever had a crush on, the New Yorker was the epitome of glacial cool. She was your big sister’s gorgeous mate made into bad girl pop fantasy; the Marilyn Monroe of punk. In the video for "Heart Of Glass" she had it all – the blonde hair, the seductively glossed lips, the amazing eyes and the coolest band on the planet behind her. Epic, even now.  

 

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5 Lindsay Wagner: As Jamie Sommers, the ass-kicking Bionic Woman, she looked equally great in a beige tracksuit or denim flares, and was capable of crushing tennis a balls with one hand (which was always guaranteed to impress). The big worry was her bionic ear, and the possibility that it might detect the whimpering she induced in boys of a certain age. Wonder Woman, with her silly costume and big hips, never stood a chance.