Friday, January 19, 2018

Be Stunning. Be Daring. Be a Bombshell!

Hair: Melanie Saso Model: Casey "Red"
It is with great honor I introduce to you Miss Bombshell Mel of Bombshell Beauty Boutique.  This retro hairstylin' gal is a go-getter force to be reckoned with! Her passion for accomplishing her goals and dreams is not only inspiring but empowering as well! This gal is gonna knock 'em dead. Scroll down for amazing retro hairstyling!

Hair: Melanie Saso Model: Casey "Red"

Where are you located?

Bombshell Beauty Boutique is in Mendota, Il.

Hair: Melanie Saso

When did you start your business?

Opening day was July 7th, 2014.

Makeup and Photography: Mandi Linder Hair: Melanie Saso

What inspired you to create your business?

Honestly, it kind of fell into my lap. A local salon was closing. She was selling the contents of her business. I had always dreamed of owning my own salon.  So when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the chance. Our styles were completely different so I had my work cut out for me in creating Bombshell but the equipment and space provided the foundation for me to creatively expand upon. 

Hair: Melanie Saso
Did you see a need for your business when starting out?

There isn't much of a Rockabilly Culture out here in the sticks. So I decided to create some. I wanted to create a unique environment that people would enjoy, from the decor to the music you hear when you open the door. Pin Up is my passion so I created an environment where I can wear my swing dresses and a bit of the 50's can be found. My community really seems to enjoy the atmosphere here. 

Melanie at Jalopy Fest! 

How does you business impact and empower women?

As a salon owner and stylist, I feel like I am in the "self esteem" industry. People come to hairstylist to be able to look and feel better about themselves. Not only do I provide a full range of hair care services, I also offer make up and specialize in Vintage Hairstyling. Transforming a woman into a Pin Up girl is beyond empowering. I strive to create timeless looks for modern women.

Hair: Melanie Saso
While her shop is about an hour and twenty minutes to an hour and forty-five minutes away from Chicago - don't despair - this gal is comin' for you Chicago! Melanie is quickly working on becoming well known for her vintage hair artistry. She has started working on advancing her career to include styling for publications, film, and television as she recently teamed up with Chicago Pinup both as a stylist and model! Way to go! That's crazy awesome! This leading lady was also a judge and stylist for for the 2017 "Miss Jalopy Fest" pinup contest. 

Until she hits Chicago make it out to Mendota - it's well worth your time! What better way to spend the time getting dolled up than to spend it with someone so full of positivity and awesome energy? Thanks for being a doll, Mel! I can't wait to get my hair done!



Friday, January 5, 2018

Sweeten Your New Year with a little Sugar!

Photographer: Paul Millinchuk Hair: @chisa_sakurai
I'm so wonderfully pleased to present to y'all Miss Sugar Moon! This total babe epitomizes EVERYTHING pinup - pinup perfection, if you will. An embodiment of glamour and comfort in herself, exuding true confidence. This. is. pinup.

Photographer: Paul Millinchuk
Tell us about yourself. How long have you been into pinup and pinup modeling?

I was born in Nagasaki, Japan and I found a Play Boy stationary from the 50's at a local grocery store when I was 12 years old. I fell in love and began dreaming to become like the models. Later, after fashion college, I discovered "Pinup Girl" and I realized that's exactly what I wanted to be. I first visited Viva Las Vegas in 2014. It inspired me to move to the United States. Two years and six months ago, I moved to NY and started doing pinup modeling.



Do you participate in a vintage lifestyle?

Yes, I do. It's my life.



What is your favorite beauty tip or routine?

Drink hot water with lemon every morning.

Photographer: Lucy La Riot
Who is your inspiration?

Marilyn Monroe.



What advice or inspiration do you wish to pass on to other pinups?

Smile is the best accessory for ladies :)

Photographer: Lucy La Riot
What makes you extraordinary?

Emotions.



There you have it ladies 'n' gents, Miss Sugar Moon! See more of this stunning pinup in this awesome feature video by RACKED. Follow her on instagram for more loveliness in your feed!




Friday, December 1, 2017

Delightfully Decadent Miss Sweet Alice Sin!

Last but not least for this amazing year of extraordinary pinups is Miss Sweet Alice Sin! Learn all about this charming and confident gal with aspirations to be extraordinary to future generations! Scroll down now!

Photographer: Silver and Soul Photography MUAH: Rockabilly Ruby Wardrobe: Pinup Girl Clothing and Grandmother's Vintage Blouse

Tell us about yourself. How long have you been into pinup and/or pinup modeling?


Educator by day, confectioner/cake artist by night, and pinup model all over and in between everything else. My pinup lifestyle evolved from being raised with a deep appreciation for the 50's era by my Babcia ("grandmother" in Polish). The era has been infused for decades, but my participation and association with the pinup lifestyle is of more recent years. My first pinup shoot was a bucket list item checked off over 5 years ago, that later was a part of me mistakenly falling into the pinup contest circuit and modeling almost 2 years ago. Since then, I've met some beautiful and inspiring ladies that have helped me get to where I am today. I'm blessed to call them "friends" and "sisters".


Photographer: Chicago Doll Photography MUAH: Glam Hard Beauty

Do you participate in a vintage and/or pinup lifestyle? 

My daily wardrobe is influenced by the 50s era. It varies to which degree, every single day depending on what I'm doing, and where I'm going. Not a day goes by, that I'm not donning a pair of clip earrings, a brooch, or an entire outfit that has a touch of or is vintage. 


Photographer: Mic.B.Photography Wardrobe: Pinup Girl Clothing
What is your favorite band or musician? 

In all honesty, I cannot tell you that ONE band or musician I can call my favorite. Depends on my mood, my environment, what I'm mentally or emotionally going through in that moment. I consider myself a heavy concert goer. This past year alone I attended over 30 various performances and that doesn't even cover the free concerts! In no specific order or priority,  you could find me in front of a stage watching Krank Daddies, Shooter Jennings, the Lacs, Jimmy Buffett, Zakk Wylde, Chris Stapleton or Black Sabbath. Then again, you can be lounging with me at the pad chilling to Lana Del Ray, Frank Sinatra, Postmodern Jukebox or Todrick Hall. I can't even begin to tell you, how stretched my musical palette is. I'll never define myself to one type of music, because all types have shaped me and my mindset during difficult times as well as memorable and happy ones. 


Photographer: Chicago Doll Photography MUAH: Glam Hard Beauty

Your favorite classic car? 

1955 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible in beach blue.


Photographer: Silver and Soul Photography MUAH: Rockabilly Ruby

Who is your inspiration? 

Every woman I have met, encountered, crossed paths with that has shared something with me has left me with an imprint of who they are. Every woman has a story, a past that has morphed them into the super human they are today. Either it be a skill or a struggle. A dream or a nightmare they lived through. These pieces have tested the will of so many, that leave the rest of us with lessons. I have learned from others how to make a mistake and how to avoid one. I've learned from others how to be brave, for yourself. I've learned to be confident and courageous because of others females' success. THAT is my inspiration. Each and every woman before me, behind me, and next to me that has made her mark in this world. 


Photographer: Michael Ballard Wardrobe: Vintage

What makes you an extraordinary pinup?

The toughest question is left to the end, and of course a mind stopper. Being true to myself without hesitation is a trait I've had to work on for many years. I've finally gotten to the point that my confidence can't be shattered and my strength to oppose negativity is what keeps me moving forward, maintains my creativity, and allows me to flourish into the woman I've always wanted to be. In the past year, I've had a significant amount of time I've spent with my Ciocia ("aunt" in Polish). One day when we were just strolling around in the city, she stopped me dead in my tracks to tell me that I emulate my Babcia in every way possible. I broke down in tears. Tears because all I've ever done since I was a little girl, was follow her foot steps and wish that I can be half the woman she ever was. Does this make me extraordinary? Probably not. In fact, it doesn't. It's a word that describes the legacy my grandmother has left behind for me and many others like me who recognize what women did in that era to change the path for our future. So, I'll leave that word to describe my Babcia, and let that word maybe cross the lips of someone else who may one day look up to me as their matriarch and describe me in the same way. 



Photographer: Matthew Driscoll Wardrobe: Collectif and Niccoco Creations Hair: Tigerlilie Salon
It's been an amazing year of extraordinary gals each with their own outlook to answer this question - as there are no right or wrong answers ever. I truly enjoy understanding each of my gals and their directions for life based on their answers. I love this answer especially as a legacy to leave for others. Indeed, I believe my Sweet Alice Sin is extraordinary as all of my pinups are! I am in awe of this gorgeous gal!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Sunshine Babe Miss Brittney Clarke!

Photographer: Jason Kamimura Photography MUAH: Brittney Clarke

This darlin' gal lights up my heart with compassion and love! She is a ray of sun shine and a force of positivity! Scroll down for a glowing good feeling!


Photographer: Tayva Martinez MUAH: Brittney Clarke

Tell us about yourself. How long have you been into pinup and/or pinup modeling?

My name is Brittney Clarke and I’m just a big-hearted 25 year old vintage lover. I was first introduced to rockabilly as a teenager, which is how I discovered the pinup scene. I just fell in love with the retro hair-styling and vintage inspired clothing. But what really drew me in was the fun, flirtatious, confidence that the women in pinup modeling would portray. I’ve always struggled with confidence and self esteem majority of my life. But the pinup lifestyle really helped give me that push to break out of my insecure shell. It was also how I got into modeling. It started with me doing a photo shoot just to get out of my comfort zone but it ended up becoming something more and dear to me. It helped lead me down a path of self discovery and self assurance. Learning to love myself and let go of all my insecurities and the negativity that was holding me back. Everyday is still a struggle for me but I take it one step at a time.

Photographer and MUAH: Brittney Clarke

Do you participate in a vintage or pinup lifestyle?

Yes I do. I just fell head over heels for the entire lifestyle. In my spare time I love going to classic car shows, where I get to see live bands, pinup contests, and mingle with others that are into the scene. I also enjoy thrift shopping and going to swap meets for various vintage items, from clothing to mid century furniture.

Photographer: Tayva Martinez MUAH: Brittney Clarke

What is your favorite band or musician?

My favorite would have to be the swing revival band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. I could listen to their albums all night and day. They will make you want to get up on your feet.

Photographer and MUAH: Brittney Clarke

What is your favorite classic car?

My favorite classic car would be the 1956 Chevy Bel Air hardtop. That car is a beauty. The eye-popping headlights, those white wall tires, and that interior! Need I say more? I’ll take one in baby blue or pink please.

Photographer and MUAH: Brittney Clarke

Who is your inspiration?

That is seriously tough, because I have so many iconic inspirations that have had a huge impact on my life but if I had to narrow down one it would definitely be “The Black Pinup” Angelique Noire. She truly is an icon not only in the pinup community but to woman of color like me. I hope to one day leave such an impact as she has.

Photographer:  Jason Kamimura Photography  MUAH: Brittney Clarke

What makes you an extraordinary pinup?
I believe that every person is extraordinary in their own special way. In my case I think that it’s my huge compassionate heart and uplifting positivity. I try to make it a priority to treat others how I’d like to be treated, living by the “Kill them with kindness” saying. I stand behind empowering other women rather than tearing them down. Sometimes just kind words and a smile can alter another’s bad day.

Get an extra dose of vitamin D in your life by following this pinup babe on instagram @retrodoll_brittney. It's all smiles from here on out!



Friday, October 6, 2017

A Most Glamorous and Majestic Pinup, Miss Bonnie Bailey!

Photographer: Silver and Soul Photography Makeup: Erin Reno Hair: Miss Rockabilly Ruby

Behold this magnificent lady, Miss Bonnie Bailey! Not only is she October's Pinup of the Month, this extraordinary creature is the current Miss Jalopy Fest 2017! Scroll down to revel in her magnitude!

Tell us about yourself. How long have you been into pinup and/or pinup modeling?

For starters I have always considered myself to be nerd and geek at heart. I was rolling D20 dice and indulging in fantasy long before I wore my pinup dress. I started pinup about 5 years ago. Though to be honest, I have always been obsessed with vintage music, art, and fashion. I just never felt comfortable enough in my own skin to believe that I was worthy enough to attempt a pinup look. Long story short, I discovered that being a pinup has less to do with modern standards of beauty and more about releasing the bombshell within myself. That means embracing my creativity, geekiness, intelligence, and even vulnerability to conquer the world!


Photographer: Boudoir Louisville MUAH: Boudoir Louisville

Is this your first contest? If not, what was different or unique compared to other contests? What was your favorite part?

Miss Jalopy Fest 2017 was not my first contest. I have competed in a handful of contests in Chicagoland Area and attempted some national level contests as well. Miss Jalopy Fest has a unique charm to it. I love that all the judges and competitors are genuine lovely gals that just want to spread some beauty and fun to the people! I like the laid back atmosphere Miss Jalopy fest has to offer. That isn’t to say that all the ladies aren’t excited or nervous, as it does take courage to show off the goods in front of folks. I mean that none of the judges or contestants is there to push an agenda onto others. It is just good old fashioned fun for all. My favorite part aside from winning of course is that the judges know their pinup! They are knowledgeable and have years of experience in the vintage scene. The fact that they have the ability to pick up on a contestant’s attention to detail to the era and her commitment to her persona makes me feel that the best women will place.

Photographer: Silver and Soul Photography Makeup: Erin Reno Hair: Miss Rockabilly Ruby

Who is your favorite band or musician?

That is always a hard question! I love so many to whittle it down to one. So I am going to give you my favorite Swing Band, classic rockabilly artist, and modern vintage inspired artist. I grew up listening to Glen Miller. I just adore swing music and his is the best to get me In the mood! As for classic rockabilly, you just can’t top Chuck Berry.  As much as I love Elvis, Jonny, and Jerry, I don’t think any of them will match that man’s soul. Finally, what kind of a rockabilly babe would I be if I didn’t say Brian Setzer? He mixes my two favorite kinds of music, swing and Rock and roll!

What is your favorite classic car?

My Dream car is a 1939 Lincoln Zephyr.  It just oozes art deco and debauchery. Both of which I love, hah! I have caught myself daydreaming of doing a photo shoot with one, dripping in pearls, fur, and slinky satin gown. Be still my trembling heart! Maybe one day I will have enough dough to sink into my own classic car money pit.
Who is your inspiration?

I draw my inspiration from so many great women and fashion icons. My two biggest icons are Lucille Ball and Ru Paul. By appearances the two are so drastically different, but in reality they are both insanely talented, intelligent glamourpusses. Each of them built an empire in media and slay it every day as if they were on the runway!


Photographer: Harper Neilson Photography Makeup: Bomber Betty Hair: Cherry Dollface
What makes you an extraordinary pinup?

I will be honest here, I always feel anxious shamelessly promoting myself. I like to think of it as me being relatively humble. With that out of the way, I do believe that I am cut above. I believe that for several reasons. The first being, I commit to learning all I can about the things that influence pinup. And oh boy is it a lot! Knowing the music, make-up, fashion, movies, and history behind it makes it easier to make it personal for me. Using the knowledge I have squirreled away I can create unique polished looks based on all the things and people that inspire me. It is easy for any lady starting out to be a Betty look alike, but to create a unique profile is so rewarding. One of the best compliments I have ever gotten from another pinup was, “You can always count on Bonnie presenting a different look from everyone else” .  The fact that others can recognize my attention to detail should speak well enough that I am extra ordinary pinup. I know my strengths and I play into them while still pushing my comfort zones on the areas I still feel funny about. But beyond the surface, I use pinup to connect to and empower other people.  I think that because I am so confident in my ability as a pinup, I don’t feel threatened helping another lady grow into her own. It is a HUGE motivator to me to know that I am respected by my peers.  Being extraordinary to me means, knowing your worth, giving myself the love I need to grow, and shining bright without working to dull the light of others.

Well stated my dear! Bonnie Bailey is a shining star - a beacon to others and a very inspiring pinup all around. Let's give some applause for this stunning, extraordinary lady!




Friday, September 1, 2017

Sinfully Sweet Miss Shannie Shortcake


Photographer: MIT MUAH: Shannie Shortcake
Summer might be transitioning into fall but it's sizzling here! A vivacious (and curvaceous!) pinup, Shannie Shortcake rocks her style and attitude - no matter what! Keep scrolling to learn about this saucy dame!

Tell us about yourself. How long have you been into pinup and/or pinup modeling?


I did my 1st pinup shoot in 2011. I was hooked and knew right then that it was for me.  Being raised by my grandparents, there were always old movies and oldies playing. They would dance in the kitchen together and my Grams is a pack-rat so she would show me her fabulous outfits from the past.

Photographer: Mannon Pictures MUAH: Stevie Rosalie
Accessories: Project Pinup Hair Flower: Lila-Jo
Do you participate in a vintage and/or pinup lifestyle?

I try to have my pinup lifestyle as much as I can. I have to tone it down at work though. I work for the Courts.

What is your favorite band or musician?

I love music, all genres. Old: Stray Cats and Elvis. New: Tiger Army and Tori Amos.

Photographer: Victory Fotos MUAH: Shannie Shortcake
What is your favorite classic car?

I am from Cali, near the ocean, so if I could say there was a car that fit my style, it would be a surf wagon. The plus side would be the trunk is big enough for all my pinup stuff. ;-) I would want it red with white trim, and green accents..like a strawberry. ;-)

Photographer: Chris Gomez Photography MUAH: Violet Black
Who is your inspiration?

My grandma is my inspiration and #1 supporter. She was so excited that I had found a hobby we could bond over (she wasn't fond of my motorcycle or of roller derby). She used to model next to the cars at a local dealership. 


Photographer: John Sparks MUAH: Shannie Shortcake
What makes you an extraordinary pinup? 

I don't know about extraordinary, but I'd like to think I stand out because I am real. I do pinup to volunteer for the community (mostly with veterans). I don't do pinup contests to win. I do them to meet new friends or build current friendships (and the goodie bags are usually awesome). I love the lifestyle and wish I was born in another time, but I would want it to be as tolerant as our scene is today. 

I always get the warm fuzzies when a pinup shares that her grandmother was her biggest inspiration. That's so sweet - just like Miss Shannie Shortcake! It has put a smile on my face and hopefully one for y'all as well!




Friday, August 4, 2017

That Dazzling Diva Miss Didi Honeypot!


Photographer: Harlow House

August is sizzlin' hot and the pinup of the month is no different! Didi Honeypot is sure to please with her delightful mix of pinup and burlesque. This sensational pinup babe reminds us all (because it's always a good reminder) to be yourself and live life to the fullest! Read on to learn about this remarkable doll.

Photographer: Shogun Photography
Tell us about yourself. How long have you been into pinup and/or pinup modeling?

I've been involved in pinup for about 3 years now. I've always been a fan of fashion, and all things vintage, so it seemed to make sense for me to become a part of the community. I am expanding my pinup life to also include burlesque. There's so much overlap between the two! It's all about costuming and wardrobe, which I LOVE! I also think it's important for ALL women, especially those of color to be involved in communities like the pinup and burlesque worlds and make a positive influence on each scene, and a beacon that this is for everyone!


Photographer: Autumn Luciano

Do you participate in a vintage or pinup lifestyle?

I participate in a vintage lifestyle as much as possible. Every day I try to incorporate a neat vintage find into my wardrobe, whether it's a ring, or a jacket. I also adore vintage furnishings. There are so many thrift stores, and furniture companies that offer amazing options. My dream is to have a home that is completely midcentury! 


Photographer: Autumn Luciano

What is your favorite band or musician?

That's a tricky one. I love all types of music. I especially adore music from the 50s-70s; it was so raw, and real. You can feel the passion behind it. I really adore early blues! Howling Wolf, Son House, and Sweet Emma Barrett, a phenomenal self-taught jazz pianist who was paralyzed in her left hand. I also love metal music! Suffocation, Cannibal Corpse, etc. I love music in general.

Photographer: Shogun Photography
What is your favorite classic car owned or not?

I have a few different classic cars I love! 69 Camaro RS Z28; 70 Chevelle; 56 Chevy 210; and 65 Mustang! Those are just a few examples, there were so many great cars built from the 30s-60s, it's impossible to say I have a favorite!


Photographer: Steve Horner Photography
Who is your inspiration?

I find inspiration in everyday people! I think as women we are all unique. and each of us has a very different story to tell. I've met so many wonderful people on my pinup journey, and that friendship circle is growing bigger now that I'm also branching out to burlesque. Of course, Angelique Noire has been a huge inspiration, as well as people like Lena Horne. Again, I could create a very long list of icons that have inspired me in both pinup and burlesque.


Photographer: RSII photography
What makes you an extraordinary pinup?

I'm not sure if I know what exactly makes me an extraordinary pinup...that's tough to answer. I'm interested in pushing boundaries, and the normal standards of beauty. I have a divine love for decadent clothing, style, and ways of life! I also love to encourage and uplift others as much as possible. I think I have an edgy way about me that is pretty unique as well!  I've always just been, well, myself!


Photographer: Autumn Luciano

As always gals - being true to yourself is the best you to be! Allowing your best self shine is the only way to dazzle! Check out more of this stunning pinup on facebook and be sure to follow on instagram @didi_honeypot.