Bombshell (sex symbol)

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The term bombshell is a forerunner to the term "sex symbol" and originally used to describe popular female sex icons. Modern usage refers to a bombshell as an extremely sexually attractive woman. The Online Etymology Dictionary by Douglas Harper attests the usage of the term in this general meaning since 1942,[1] although earlier Jean Harlow was so nicknamed.[2]

Hollywood bombshells of 1940s-1960s are recognized for their hourglass figures, their large breasts, sex appeal, and originally their blondness.[3]

After Jean Harlow, other icons of popular culture who have widely been referred to as a "Bombshell" include Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Diana Dors, Jayne Mansfield, Mamie Van Doren, Jane Russell, Ava Gardner, Brigitte Bardot, Kim Novak, Sophia Loren, Ann-Margret, Raquel Welch, Ursula Andress, and, in more recent times, Britney Spears,[4] and Dita Von Teese.[5]

Diosa Costello was known as "the Original Latin Bombshell"[6]

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  1. ^ "Bombshell". Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  2. ^ Jordan, Jessica Hope (2009), The sex goddess in American film, 1930-1965: Jean Harlow, Mae West, Lana Turner, and Jayne Mansfield, Cambria Press, p. 213, ISBN 1-60497-663-2 
  3. ^ Stephanie Ann Smith (1 January 2006). Household words: bloomers, sucker, bombshell, scab, nigger, cyber. U of Minnesota Press. p. 74. ISBN 978-0-8166-4553-4. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Spears Baffled By Sex Symbol Status". Contactmusic. 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  5. ^ "Bombshell of burlesque redefines sexy". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  6. ^ "National Museum of American History Celebrates Diosa Costello"