I love a good brunette bombshell, so of course, my favorite iconic pinup would be Jane Russell.
Jane is gorgeous - just look at that photo (one of my favorites of her)!!
Her first film was thanks to Howard Hughes - The Outlaw (1943). She was cast into a character designed to show off her "ample" assets. It was actually filmed in 1941 but took two years to pass the censorships! With curvy measurements (38D - 24 - 36), she definitely did have assets. She was 5'7, which made her more statuesque than most of the other silver screen sirens. Being 6ft myself, I can sure imagine how she felt - towering over those petite ladies.
This picture (below) is the famous promotional image for The Outlaw that made Jane a favorite among servicemen during World War II.
She was in more than 25 films, but is best known for her role as Dorothy Shaw in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)with Marilyn Monroe. This is my favorite film of Jane's because it showcases a very funny, sarcastic personality. She plays perfectly against Marilyn's "ditsy" character.
Jane, always appealed to me in that "I'm different from anyone else, and that's ok" vibe. She was smart and driven and took care of her family.
She is the sassy, leggy brunette that I try to emulate.
Biography information and photos source: IMDB.com