CLASSIC PINUP HAS BECOME A HUGE PHENOMENA LATELY, WHAT ABOUT IT FIRST CAPTURED YOUR INTEREST?
I've always loved Pin-Up fashion and been a fan of 50s culture - Grease has had a special place in my heart since about the age of 6 and I think that's where it all originally started. I loved the naughty good girl persona of Rizzo and Frenchie, the hot cars and catchy music. Since then I guess it's just blossomed! I discovered Bernie Dexter around a year ago when doing a search for 50s-style clothing sites, and from there I've discovered all sorts of incredible Pin-Up gals from both the US and the UK.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT PINUP BECOMING PART OF THE MAINSTREAM CULTURE?
I think it can only be a positive thing! Pin-Up is a wonderfully classy expression of what it is to be feminine without compromising yourself. It's encouragement of curves is definitely a plus when so many girls are feeling the pressure to alter themselves to fit the size 6 mold. I live in the countryside of South Wales, and Pin-Up basically is non-existent here! I'd love to be able to go to a Rockabilly gig or Burlesque show or two locally - Maybe that's a project I should look into starting up!
WHAT IS IT THAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT PINUP MODELING?
Personally, my favourite form of Pin-Up is the colourful, tongue-in-cheek, adorable images that glorify the art of the wink and the tease that Gil Elvgren and Vargas painted so well. I'm a huge Elvgren fan and I take a lot of inspiration from his girls in my own Kawaii version of Pin-Up.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TYPES OF OUTFITS TO MODEL IN?
Anything that's figure hugging or soft to the touch. It could be a gorgeous lingerie set or a pencil skirt, as long as it makes me feel feminine and confident it's a winner!
WHAT ARE YOUR LEAST FAVORITES?
Luckily I've found some real gems outfit-wise for shoots, but there has been the odd occasion where I've brought along something and it's totally killed the mood! For one of my first shoots I brought along a pair of shorts, and found that I'd lost weight since I'd last wore them and they looked all limp and sad when I put them on! That was pretty disastrous, I felt so frumpy and I think it probably showed in the images. But that's why it's always good to bring along a good selection of clothes, just in case one is no good!
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?
I'm going to be very boring here and say: everything! It really depends on my mood. Right now my one true love is Motown, I can't get enough of it. I also love Blues, RnB, Classical, Acoustic, and Hip Hop when the mood strikes. It's all about how I'm feeling! Billie Holiday or John Lee Hooker is great for a night in just relaxing with a JD and coke, but you can't beat a bit of Lady GaGa when your out dancing with your friends!
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
I love spending time with my lovely other half or with my friends. I like reading, writing, sketching, watching movies, going shopping.. I also like getting crafty, I'm just getting the hang of making my own nipple pasties so watch out for them in my photos in the near future!