Mudflap girl

The mudflap girl is an iconic silhouette of a woman with an hourglass body shape, sitting, leaning back on her hands, with her hair being blown in the wind. The icon is typically found on mudflaps, clothing, and other items associated with trucking in the United States.[1] The image is sometimes also known as trucker girl, trucker lady, or seated lady.

Mudflap girl

This famous design was created in the 1970s by Bill Zinda of Wiz Enterprises in Long Beach, California, to promote his line of truck and auto accessories. It is variously claimed to be modeled on Leta Laroe, a famous exotic dancer at the time;[2][3] or on Rachel Ann Allen, a friend's wife, and mother of Ed Allen, the trademark's owner.[4]

The Mudflap Girl received a trademark registration from the United States Patent and Trademark Office in January of 2010.[5]

Popular cultureEdit

The image of Mudflap Girl appears in many forms of media. Sometimes it is simply a nostalgic image and other times it is a critical commentary. For example, in the 2023 production Mudflap Girl by Sya Sen,the image is seen through the eyes of people who have lived in different decades since the inception of the character.


There are numerous variations on the original image.

Other variations include women portrayed with different and more diverse body types.


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