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“I didn’t know about pinup because in Japan it’s not in the culture, but I love it,” says Sugar Moon, a pinup model and artist who found her way to New York. Pinup is a Western cultural tradition based on a certain kind of body type, the likes of which Japanese women aren’t known for.
But Sugar Moon has always had a curvy body, and she says she struggled to embrace her figure in a culture where everyone seemed so skinny — until she found pinup.
“I hated my hips,” she says, “but now I love my hips.”