Cindy Ray (Real name Bev Robinson) was Australia's first homegrown tattooed (and tattooist) pin-up girl, but until 1959, Ray was just your average model. She had no tattoos and no interest in tattooing, until Harry Bartram, a photographer, offered to pay for her coverage.
By the end of her career, she was considered to be a confident tattooist and colleague. She tirelessly corresponded with her fan base and posed for hundreds of pictures, many more than she would have before she was tattooed. Her name was on books, tattoo machines, and jewellery kits. Sadly, Cindy had little to no input in the endorsement of these products, or even the promotion of her image.
She wrote a book called The Story of a Tattooed Girl.