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Show Me the Money: Pinups Pose for Pit Bulls

Little Darling (Deirdre Franklin), left, founder of Pinups for Pitbulls, and Audiogirl (Carrie Hunter), a graphic designer for the group, pose with Ciera, a dog sponsored by the organization and featured in its 2009 calendar. Ciera, who is deaf, was awaiting a new home at Critter Crossings in California. Makeup and Hair by: Jennifer Corona, Set: Tiki Ray
Can you put lipstick on a pit bull? Whatever you think of former VP candidate Sarah Palin’s hockey-mom-pit-bull-lipstick comment, there’s no denying that the lipstick-pit bull combination you’ll see in the Pinups for Pitbulls calendar is making a difference for this much-maligned breed.

The calendar features corseted women and their pit bulls in poses reminiscent of those iconic pinups plastered in World War II army barracks. That vintage look is not accidental: World War II was also a time when the pit bull was considered a war hero, a companion, a member of the family. And this is how Deirdre Franklin, founder of Pinups for Pitbulls, wants the world to see today’s pit bull.

She started Pinups for Pitbulls after returning from a search-and-rescue effort in Hurricane Katrina’s wake, where she saw firsthand the plight of pit bulls on streets and in shelters. “I didn’t want to be an armchair activist, hoping someone would stop breed-specific legislation, would stop mistreating pit bulls, and would stop misrepresenting them in the media,” says Franklin, a Pennsylvania pit bull owner, burlesque performer, housing counselor, and animal rescue volunteer.

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