Should pin-up photos come with a "don"t try this at home" warning? The hilarious copycat attempts that are anything but sexy

Should pin-up photos come with a 'don't try this at home' warning The hilarious copycat attempts that are anything but sexy

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18:39 GMT, 16 August 2012

The warning, 'don't try this at home' is typically applied to dangerous stunts. But if a new gallery of images is any indication, it seems pin-up photographs should come with a similar disclosure.

A series of pictures from what appears to be the Eighties and Nineties, published by These Americans, shows just how wrong an attempted sexy photoshoot can go.

Clearly ordinary women trying their hand at glamour modelling for the first time, some serious effort has gone into setting up each image.

Bad Amateur Pin-Up Photos

Strike a pose: One woman, who may or may not be standing in the hallway of her office, stands confidently in a leopard-print one-piece with her hands on her hips

But cringeworthy poses and DIY costumes are an instant giveaway of their amateur nature.

One woman, who may or may not be
standing in the hallway of her office, stands confidently in a
leopard-print one-piece with her hands on her hips.

The utilitarian carpet beneath, pot
plant just off-camera and sensible court shoes don't exactly conjure up
the Jungle Jane image she is likely to have been going for though.

Another aspiring model poses in jeans and a stetson, pouting in what she probably hopes is a seductive manner at the barrel of a gun.

Bad Amateur Pin-Up Photos

Bad Amateur Pin-Up Photos

Themes and variations: An aspiring model poses in jeans and a stetson, pouting at the barrel of a gun (left); another woman poses in a shiny gold metal bikini on a shag rug, clutching a spear (right)

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Bathing beauty: Another model has gone for a shag rug too, along with a towel and tub for her set

The shag rug, it seems, is a versatile prop that can adapt to a variety of themes.

It features beneath the feet of one woman, presumably going for a warrior princess look in a shiny gold metal bikini, complete with matching armbands, clutching a spear.

And an attempt at the bathing beauty idea shows the same accessory beneath the model's tub.

The motor theme is a popular one too. One woman hopes that posing in a yellow bikini and black mules alongside various car parts will heighten the sex appeal of the photo.

Bad Amateur Pin-Up Photos

Bad Amateur Pin-Up Photos

Attempting sexy: Sometimes the pose alone is humorous (left), but for others, elaborate props, such as, er, car parts, have been used to heighten the 'sex appeal' of the photo (right)

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In the swim of it: One can only guess at the complicated concept behind a group shot in which two swimsuit-clad women pose with a man in full scuba gear

Another, hilariously, conceals her modesty with a car grille, but is too preoccupied with mastering her sultry gaze to notice that the prop appears to have consumed half of her body.

And one can only guess at the complicated concept behind a group shot in which two swimsuit-clad women pose with a man in full scuba gear.

Some of the simplest images, though, are perhaps the funniest.

Unschooled and unpractised at posing, the most earnest would-be models are clueless about the comedy potential of their pinup shoot.

Bad Amateur Pin-Up Photos

A girl and her grille: One woman hilariously conceals her modesty with a car grille, but is too preoccupied with mastering her sultry gaze to notice that the prop appears to have consumed half of her body

Bad Amateur Pin-Up Photos

Bad Amateur Pin-Up Photos

Simply does it: Some of the least elaborate shots are also the most earnest, and funnier for it