Updated: JULY 30, 2018

Cheesecake is a term which describes photographs, paintings, and other images depicting women in sexually suggestive poses.

The term reportedly originated when newspaper photographer George Miller observed Russian opera singer Elvira Amazar stepping off her ship in New York City in 1915. Miller asked the singer to gently hike up her skirt for the picture. His editor was impressed with the shot and is rumored to have called it "better than cheesecake."

Cheesecake is also an historical term for an attractive woman. It's been used as early as the 1660s. The term has fallen out of favor today, but is still heard occasionally within some circles.

Cheesecake is the female equivalent of the term beefcake. Cheesecake works of art are also known as pin-ups.


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