I consider myself to be such a fortunate girl. I have an amazing life. I surround myself with a great support system, have found my passion in life, and have such wonderful fans! I pride myself in being a curvy, plus size model, and although there is a lot of hate in this world, I try to spread the love! The pin up community is one of the reasons I love doing this so much! Most everyone is so loving, supportive and caring, and I have been so fortunate to have made many beautiful friends in my time being a pin-up.All women, no matter what shape or size are real, beautiful creatures and deserve to feel that way. I only hope my photos can encourage girls to get out there and do something they are proud of, just as I am proud of my photos. I get asked questions all the time, about me personally, about the pin up lifestyle, about modeling,
clothing, beauty tips etc. I thought since many of these questions get asked multiple times, I would put it in blog! So here you go! Frequently Asked Questions!
Q: Where are you located?
A: I am based out of beautiful Vancouver, Canada, although I travel to Vancouver Island, and Seattle WA. Frequently for shoots. I also am willing to travel elsewhere and for the right opportunity and photo-shoot.
Q: Where do you find your cute pin-up style clothing?
A: I have my go-to stores and brands. I love Bettie Page Clothing, Stop Staring, Deadly Dames, Cherry Velvet, and Pinup Girl Clothing. I also love Rago Shapewear and My Sugar Doll for cute swim wear. I also scour vintage shops and consignment and have found some great pieces. Some clothing lines such as Betsey Johnson and BEBE (they made the yellow dress above) make REALLY cute retro inspired looks as well! A great quality corset can go a long way for not only shaping, but providing a very vintage feel. As well as a great garter with seamed stockings. I consider myself very lucky as well to have many talented friends who are able to make me custom pieces when I have a specific idea in mind. Sometimes on shoots, outfits are provided, but I do have quite a large personal collection. I consider it an investment in my career.
Q: How did you get started in modeling?
A: My grandmother was a runway model in her 20's, so I always used to look at pictures of her and go down to her basement and try on her vintage couture and put on fashion shows of my own. I guess you could say it was always a dream of mine. I got started modeling when a friend asked me to be a hair model for her. She would colour and cut my hair in exchange for me posing for her salon in downtown Vancouver. It was such a fun day! When the photos popped up on my computer screen a few days later, and in the salon and local Vancouver magazines later in the month, I was hooked! I had always had a passion for pin-up and retro styling. I emailed the photographer and asked if he would want to do a pin-up inspired shoot with me. (pictured below) I researched poses, practiced in front of the mirror, and a few weeks later, I did my first, pin-up shoot. It was so fun. I felt beautiful, feminine, pretty, confident, the list goes on. I got such a positive reaction from family and friends, I just wanted to do more. I truly believe every woman should do a pin-up photo shoot at least once in their life.
If you are interested in doing pin-up, I would suggest doing your research. Find a pin-up photographer in your area (or one that will be in your area), and pay them! That will get you
coaching on posing and most of the time, access to at least some wardrobe and props. Most photographers offer hair and makeup add-ons to their packages. Unless you’re a professional, or have lots of practice, then get the hair and makeup to give your images that truly vintage feel. Get lots of sleep the night before. Make sure your wearing the proper undergarments, bring your own
stockings, shoes, and whatever wardrobe you do have (it will make the shoot more personal and different). If there is an option to buy a disk of all images, then do it. That way you can look at all your angles and find out what looks good and what doesn't. And practice in front of the mirror beforehand. Above all, have fun, and love every second of it!!! That’s what pin-up is all about!!
Q: What kind of music do you listen to during your shoots?
A: When Im preparing for a shoot, I like to listen to anything that will get me excited. I LOVE Katy Perry for just that. She is a huge inspiration to me in many ways, including style. Infact, her Latex designer Abigail Greydanus just made me a custom latex skirt for a Valentines day themed shoot! I also love Elvis, The Beatles, Lily Allen, John Mayer, Jack White, Ella Fitzgerald, and many more. When Im shooting, it really depends on the style of shoot. If im shooting pinup for example, its fun to shoot with something that will get me in that right frame of mind. Something vintage. Its always different.
Q: There is so much negativity in this world and you always seem so positive. Do you have to deal with negativity alot? And if so, how do you deal with it?
A: Everyone has to deal with negativity on some level. Weather its personal, your job, relationships, etc, we've all been there. Im quite lucky that I have such a great support system and loving friends, family, relationships and fans. Unfortunatly, I do get rude, harsh, mean comments on my photos from time to time (mostly from other women). I realize I cant please everyone all the time, and not everyone will like how I look or my photos, but im a big believer in being nice to everyone. For me, I just simply delete the comments, and realize that those coments reflect poorly on the person who commented, more then on me. However it still upsets me. Althought personally, I am happy with my body and the image I portray, these people dont know me. They dont know who they are commenting about, or what their emotional state is. Im a firm believer in spreading love, not hate. That is what pin-up is all about. If you dont like something, such as my body, thats fine...but keep it to yourself. We should be helping to empower eachother, not trying to bring eachother down.
Every woman is beautiful, and "real" no matter what size, or shape. I cant stand body shaming. I dont like it I hear a woman is a "real woman" because they are curvy. A curvy size 12 woman is just as real as a size 0 woman. Curvy, plus size woman shouldn't be subjected to body shaming (being called a fat ass or being told to drop some pounds) and neither should petit woman (being told to eat a sandwich). How can we bring girls up in this world, as confident, caring, loving woman, if we can't love eachother.
Q: Who are your style icons?
A: Bettie Page, Marilyn Monroe, Katy Perry, Dita Von Teese, and my grandmother.
Q: Whats your routine the night before a shoot?
A: I take a bath with baby oil almost nightly, and always moisturise with cocoa butter lotion when I get out. The night before I take an extra long bath, makeing sure im properly buffed, smooth, shaved, waxed, and pedicured. I eat a healthy filling dinner, go to bed early, and drink lots of water.
Q: What do you do to stay healthy?
A: I eat LOTS of fruits, veggies, lean protien and dairy. In the summer I bike a lot. In the winter, I play indoor vollyball (well, I TRY to play...very poorly however), and try to get to yoga and the gym as often as possible (althought I would like to go more). Im not a nazi with my work out schedule. I like to do it when I have time and find it enjoyable. Also I SWEAR by Emergen-C.