Ah, the Jungle Girl. Majestic queen of the rain forests, princess of the plains, seductress of the savanna, warrior woman of the woodlands, beauty of the bush, Venus of the veldt. The tiger tamer, ally of apes, liker of lions, protector of panthers, buddy of baboons. The Hippos’ homegirl. For any number of reasons, the Jungle Girl has been a time-honored archetype in film, comics, literature, TV, and photography for many decades. Is it her kinship with the animals? Her wild, heroic nature? Her savage beauty? Her swimsuit-like attire, usually made of leopard skin? It is all of these things and more, with particular emphasis on the beauty and attire. Famous Jungle Girls of comics include Sheena and Shanna:
Sheena was played on TV by Irish McCalla, who was able to leverage her iconic portrayal into her own cottage industry:
Famous fantasy artists have tackled Jungle Girl for movie posters and magazine covers:
And of course Bettie Page, when she wasn’t doing the really kinky stuff, was known to don a leopard one- or two-piece:
These days, Jungle Girl is the title character in a comic book from Dynamite Entertainment:
Lindsey Pelas now puts a bare foot forward with her interpretation of Jungle Girl, from the Jungle Girl comic book, who’s based on generations of Jungle Girls before her. These beautiful photos were taken by Mike Saffels; visit saffelsphotography.com to see more examples of his stunning work. And who’s Lindsey Pelas? She’s a Playboy Cybergirl, massive star of Instagram (1.2 million followers of her @lindseypelas feed, and counting), and traveling companion of the supposed “King of Instagram” Dan Bilzerian.