I've been a fan of Archie comics for as LONG as I can remember. I remember when I was really young, they had Baby Archie (do you remember?). My mom was an Archie fan as a kid too, so when she saw Baby Archie, she just had to get it for me and my sister to check out! I for one, was hooked right away, and the next trip to the super market, I saw the BEAUTIFUL Betty and Veronica on the cover of a Double Digest, I knew I had to have it. I collected ALL the comics over the years. Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Archie and Jughead. I even collected all the spin off comics like Jose and the Pussycats, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. I have a picture somewhere of me in my Betty and Veronica PJ's, with ALL my Archie Comics lay out on the living room floor, with me in the middle. I think I had over 500 comics and other memorabilia! The photo was in the back of one of comics, which at the tender age of 12, was like, major stardom!!! If only I could find that photo now ;)
I remember the first time I saw Cheryl Blossom in a comic. I had ALWAYS wanted red hair (this is before the days of dying my hair), and I always thought she was the BEST character. I loved her spunk, her energy, her independence, her CLOTHING, and especially her HAIR!
Veronica (Belle) first came to me with the idea of doing a Riverdale inspired shoot (as we all love the show now too obviously!!), but with a CURVY, Betty, Veronica, and Cheryl. How could I say no! The only thing I noticed about Archie Comics growing up, is that the bodies (of course, they are cartoons) are totally unrealistic. Everyone (except for a few older characters) are thin, tall, and "perfect". Wouldn't it be great to give Riverdale a dose of CURVES? A dose of reality! What do you think the Archiekins would say? I think he could handle some curvy babes, don't you?
When I was a kid I always loved going to the grocery store checkout just to see if there was a new Archie comic! I’d look at my mom and give her the “angel child” eyes and she’d buy one for me (probably because I didn’t usually ask for a lot of things all the time, and because she liked that I was reading and not eating candy!) Fast forward 20 years. Through this modelling life of mine these last few years, I’ve gained many new friendships! When I met a fiery red head, and a bombshell blonde I thought how amazing it would be to do a Riverdale themed shoot and get to live out my childhood love! Little did I know that when I asked them to do this with me, they’d be living out a childhood love as well! I had such an amazing time planning and shooting this concept with Ruby, Carly, and Sarah Sovereign (our amazing photographer!) I wanted to leave this shoot to just the women of Riverdale. While it’s fun to throw some man candy in the mix, I didn’t want the theme of these to be fawning or fighting over a guy. I wanted to focus on these women, and their friendships, and them as individuals. I wanted us to show girl power and strength in the female bonds we create, and I’m so glad that my fellow collaborators felt the same way! We laughed a lot, (of course posed a lot!) and ended the day with burgers and shakes at a diner! I loved spending the day with these amazing ladies who are so supportive of all the women in their lives, and who embrace their curves and inspire me (and others) on the daily! I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do!
Here’s to bringing the curves to Riverdale!!
I’ve loved Archie comics since I was a kid - literally, I had hundreds! - so my dream to portray the iconic Betty Cooper (but bigger and better wink) finally came true! Of course, Veronica and Ruby were my dream team for Veronica Lodge and Cheryl Blossom! The cherry on top was having Sarah Sovereign shoot it, especially in an old-school diner! No matter what we were feeling that day, everyone brought a playful, upbeat energy to the shoot. For one day, we were all living in Riverdale, and no one was fighting over any Archie’s
When I was a kid, Archie comics were a huge part of our lives. My brother and I would run into this secondhand bookshop all the time, where this grizzled elderly guy, chainsmoking, would kind of crawl out from between the shelves to grunt hello, while we picked up armfuls of comics for a quarter each. In the summer, my family would head to a cabin in Manitoba, and all the rainy days were spent inside, switching between Archie and Uno championships. My BFF and I would pass lazy afternoons out on her trampoline reading, debating who Archie would pick - before we realized that what really needed to happen was for Betty and Veronica to pick their own damn amazing selves, raise above the patriarchy, and rule the universe. Archie comics still take me back to some of the best parts of my childhood, up to and including the trainwreck 90s made for TV movie (if you've never heard of this, please please please look it up). Shooting this, all of us wandering around Vancouver in awesome clothes, making art, posing with bright colourful walls, and ordering burgers inside the neon-lit Templeton Restaurant, I felt that same kind of happy, nostalgic vibe that always made Riverdale so rad.
Sarah Sovereign - Photographer
Thank you so much to our AMAZING clothing sponsor, Betty and Veronica Clothing, for supplying these amazing, quality, BEAUTIFUL items to make our Riverdale Themed Photoshoot even BETTER than we could have expected.
Also a huge thank you to our assistants for the day, Danielle and Siobhan. We couldn't have done it without you. <3