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Lindsey Pelas Makes a Pretty Good Jungle Girl

Lindsey Pelas

Lindsey Pelas photographed as Jungle Girl by Mike Saffels, saffelsphotography.com

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 Queen of the Jungle

Sheena, Queen of the Jungle #18 (Winter 1952–53). Art by Maurice Whitman. Source: Wikipedia

Shanna the She-Devil

“Shanna the She-Devil” #5, August 1973. Art by Ross Andru and Vince Colletta, published by Marvel Comics. Words by Steve Gerber. Scan from seanhowe.tumblr.com

Sheena was played on TV by Irish McCalla, who was able to leverage her iconic portrayal into her own cottage industry:

Music for Big Dame Hunters

Irish McCalla as Sheena on the cover of The Sounds of a Thousand Strings’ LP “Music for Big Dame Hunters,” 1960.

Famous fantasy artists have tackled Jungle Girl for movie posters and magazine covers:

Luana by Frank Frazetta

Poster for the 1968 film “Luana,” art by Frank Frazetta. Image source: wrongsideoftheart.com

Keny Kelly Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal November 2005, cover by Ken Kelly

And of course Bettie Page, when she wasn’t doing the really kinky stuff, was known to don a leopard one- or two-piece:

Bettie Page Bunny Yeager

Legendary pinup model Bettie Page strikes a Jungle Girl pose for photographer Bunny Yeager on the cover of “Bettie Page: Queen of Curves,” published by Rizzoli in 2014. Image source: rizzoliusa.com

These days, Jungle Girl is the title character in a comic book from Dynamite Entertainment:

Jungle Girl

Jungle Girl comic book, cover by Frank Cho

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.

Lindsey Pelas photographed as Jungle Girl by Mike Saffels

Lindsey Pelas photographed as Jungle Girl by Mike Saffels

Lindsey Pelas photographed as Jungle Girl by Mike Saffels

Lindsey Pelas photographed as Jungle Girl by Mike Saffels

Lindsey Pelas photographed as Jungle Girl by Mike Saffels

Lindsey Pelas photographed as Jungle Girl by Mike Saffels

Lindsey Pelas photographed as Jungle Girl by Mike Saffels

Lindsey Pelas photographed as Jungle Girl by Mike Saffels

Lindsey Pelas photographed as Jungle Girl by Mike Saffels

Lindsey Pelas photographed as Jungle Girl by Mike Saffels

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Published on: April 23, 2015

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