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.



Friday, July 7, 2017

Temptress Miss Lillie VonnTorque is Miss Motostatic 2017!

Photographer: Lucky Penny MUAH: Carmen Lee
Get ready to be wowed and amazed by Miss Lillie VonnTorque the winner of Miss Motostatic 2017 and July's Pinup of the Month! This sensational pinup is a doll of a gal knowing not only her way around pinup and contests but cars too! A real Rosie the riveter, if you please!

Photographer: Lucky Penny MUAH: Carmen Lee
Tell us about yourself. How long have you been into pinup and/or pinup modeling?

I've been in love with cars and car culture for a long time. I met Carmen Lee at one of the car shows and I had my first professional pin up shoot with her a little less than 2 years ago.

Photographer: Varga Photography MUAH: Bonnie Holly
Is this your first contest? What was different or unique compared to other contests? What was your favorite part?

No, it's lucky number 3. My first pinup contest was Motostatic 2016 and my second was Miss Symco 2016. I learned a lot from them both and got through the jitters a bit better with each successive experience. I also gained  a lot of friendships and met some incredible women. Pinup is such an amazingly diverse world. I think Motostatic is a fantastic local rockabilly/car show and feels like a family reunion every time I attend. My favorite part was having Gary Millard hand me the roses when I won. Gary and his team run such a great show and I think the world of him and his show. 

Photographer: Lucky Penny MUAH: Carmen Lee
What is your favorite band or musician? 

My fav band is the Madpolecats. It was just incredible to get to see them perform both at Motostatic and Motostatic After Dark. I fan girled HARD!
Photographer: Varga Photography MUAH: Bonnie Holly
What is your favorite classic car? 

Ok, I mentioned I'm a car girl right ? We have a few cars in our collection and while my favorite in our collection , is a little '49 Willys CJ3A, I'd love to own a 1939 Willys because my great grandmother owned and loved one during WWII. I also  would love, love to own a 1950s Oldsmobile Rocket 88.

Photographer: Judd's Custom Photos Hair: Bonnie Holly Truck: Maggie the M37
Who is your inspiration? 

There are some incredible modern day pinups but my connection to pinup  is from our history and from my own personal history. I am inspired by the pinups of WWII and by the Donut  Dollies ( Red Cross workers ) of WWII and Vietnam. I am inspired by my family's very own "Rosie the Riveters" - my grandmother, her twin sisters, and my great grandmother, who all worked for Bell Aircraft Corp in Buffalo, NY during WWII. My father is a Marine Vietnam Veteran. The idea of helping other veterans and supporting veteran causes (especially relating to PTSD) through pinup really spoke to me

Photographer: Lucky Penny MUAH: Carmen Lee
What makes you an extraordinary pinup? 

There are a lot of facets to my personality. Not only do I love cars, but I love to work on them. While going back to college 8 years ago, I took welding classes.  I will always support Veterans services and causes throughout my personal life and the pinup platform . We restored a 1954 Dodge military truck  last May in honor of a family veteran and show her at many shows because our lives have been touched by the veterans who served our country. In my daily life, I work with children with Autism. I work with them in the elementary school setting, through social skills groups in the community and in their homes. I am an artist, a painter, and an art metal  welder. I'm also a mom to two incredible teenagers. I want my life to reflect what I've tried to teach them and that is: a strong woman is someone who lives an authentic life, who overcomes adversity with positivity, who continues to learn, to grow, to try new things, and pursues the things she loves in a way that makes the world better. ❤️

Photographer: Lucky Penny MUAH: Carmen Lee
For more Lillie in your life check out her fan page. View new and completed military truck projects here. Lastly, be sure to follow this doll on instagram @dancylillievonnt!



Friday, June 9, 2017

Queen of the Undead, Miss Beddie Munster!


Photographer: Varga Photography MUAH: Bonnie Holly 
June's pinup of the month is sweet yet slightly macabre, Miss Beddie Munster! Though new to pinup this gal has what it takes and makes sure to follow the most important rule: to thine own self be true! Follow along to see how this gal makes pinup her own.

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

I'm pretty new to the pinup community, but it's had my heart since I was a little girl. I found such admiration in women who exuded confidence and femininity. They represented the picture of the woman I could become. No matter what life handed them, you get up, put on a smile and pull it all together.



Photography: Crystal Faron Hair: Bonnie Holly

Do you participate in a vintage or pinup lifestyle?

My everyday style is more rockabilly. I cannot live without a pair of Converse, bandana, and a metal band shirt. Some girls have a closet of petticoats...me, I need my own closet for my chucks❤️

What is your favorite band or musician?

I love music! It is what fuels me, drives me, and there is a song attached to every moment in my life. This is such an important question for me that you probably wish you hadn't asked. My favorite band is Type O Negative. Lyrically they are mind blowing!! Lyrics are EVERYTHING! My other loves include Prong, Slayer, Deftones, Rob Zombie, all things Maynard, Gojira, Fear Factory, and I just swoon over my Neil Diamond.


What is your favorite classic car (owned or not)?

My fantasy car is the D-R-A-G-U-L-A. I should be on her.


Photography: Mel Vyvyan

Who is your inspiration?

Bettie Page has always been my inspiration. Sweet girl next door that melts your heart, but embraces the beauty of darkness. She my type of people.


Photographer: Varga Photography MUAH: Bonnie Holly

What makes you an extraordinary pinup?

The most extraordinary characteristic that I possess as a pinup is the need to be true to myself and a sense of humility. Many times I think to myself, " I look really pretty but if I just add this monster broach... yeees this is Beddie. Now I feel amazing." I have been lucky to be surrounded by amazingly talented women who can look flawless and do it gracefully. The journey is the best part. The women I've met have just enriched me and continue to uplift me. Hopefully I will do the same for someone else.

Nothing like a touch of one's personality to add to the mix! Always being true to yourself is the best policy regardless of what you do! Thanks Beddie for your inspiration and reminder to be one's self! 




Friday, May 12, 2017

Shakin' what her mama gave her, Miss Crystal McBootay!

Photographer: Roy Varga MUAH: Cristyn Pena
May's pinup of the month is none other than...Miss Crystal McBootay! She is one of my favorite pinup models! I'm very excited and honored to have had the pleasure of interviewing someone I've admired for many years. Scroll down to learn about this doll!

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

Well my name is Crystal McBootay and I am a plus size model, I have been in the industry since 2010 and I have loved pinup/retro wear for about 10 yrs now but I have always loved the older style of movies with women with curves showing off what their momma gave them so to speak. I'm very much the type that doesn't shy away from showing off my body but I am known from time to time to wear a circle skirt lol.


Photographer: Jessica Farmer Photography

Do you participate in a vintage or pinup lifestyle?
I try to participate as much as possible during the weekends if the weather permits. Unfortunately, living in the Midwest calls for jeans and leggings (September thru April).

What is your favorite band or musician?
I have a few faves - Tiger Army, Imelda May, Patsy Cline,  Horror Pops and Nina Simone.

Photographer: Sal Hanna

Your favorite classic car (owned or not)?

1960 Chevy Nova

Photographer: Girlie Show MUAH: Jordana Morgan
Who is your inspiration?

I would probably say my grandmother.  She was born during the depression and went to high school in the late 40s /early 50s so she helps me with finding neat pieces and shows me photos from way back when which helps with inspiring outfit ideas and she also is someone who supports my journey thru modeling and just life in general and has taught me a lot about life.

Photographer: Bruce Snow
What makes you an extraordinary pinup?

I don't know if I'm extraordinary but I think I have a good personality and try my best to not be catty and I'd like to think with my modeling that I am helping to inspire anyone of size that we are all beautiful and that we shouldn't judge others for what we look like. 

Either way, she's extraordinary to me! I love inspiring pinups who reflect beauty inside and out! Be sure to check out her facebook and website or follow her on instagram for more of Crystal's positivity and cheer!  Who has been your favorite pinup of the month so far? Would you or someone you know like to be a pinup of the month? Let me know in the comments. Thanks loves!



Friday, April 14, 2017

Have A Honky Tonkin' Time with Miss Carmen Lee

Photographer: Varga Photography MUAH: Kristen O'Conner
For the month of April, Miss Carmen Lee is your leading lady! She's a honky-tonkin' classic country style crooner, vintage lover, photographer, and pinup model. Scroll down to learn what inspires this extraordinarily talented pinup gal!

Photographer: Postcard Photos MUAH: Stephanie Strowbridge
Tell us about yourself. How long have you been into pinup and/or pinup modeling? 

Even though I have loved everything 50's (such as Elvis, polka-dots, ’57 Chevy's, etc.) since I was about 12 years old; I don’t think I realized there was a ‘term’ for it all until I was well into my twenties. I had always sang/wrote songs (wrote my first song at age 4), but it wasn’t until about 10 years ago that I formed my own country/rockabilly band. I enjoyed dressing pinup style on stage which led to me getting more into the fashion aspect of it, which then led to me vending at car shows with vintage clothing. During the very first car show I vended at, there was a woman putting on a pinup contest and she asked me to participate.  While I was quite nervous, I decided to give it a shot and to my surprise I made it to the top 12 contestants which resulted in doing a photo shoot with a Bel-Air for the car shows calendar. That was my first ‘real’ pinup shoot about 6 years ago. I loved it so much that I’ve been doing it ever since. My favorite style to shoot is classic 50's pinup but, since I love classic horror films, I love throwing horror themes like pinup zombies, pinup devils or Vampira in there once in a while for fun! 

Photographer: Dynamite Dames MUAH: Vintage Flair

Do you participate in a vintage or pinup lifestyle? 

Yes… I have my own country/rockabilly band (Carmen Lee and The Tomorrow River Two), I vend at car shows with retro/vintage clothing (Big Star Vintage), I do pinup photography (Lucky Penny) and I like to use vintage decor in my home and listen to vintage vinyl, go vintage thrifting, etc…I guess you could say I’ve had a lifelong love affair with vintage!

Photographer: J Miller Photography 
What is your favorite band or musician? 

Elvis Presley…when I was 12 years old I discovered Elvis and his music. I fell in love with everything about him from his style, to his music, to his dance moves, to his stage presence. I’ve been hooked on good old fashioned country/rockabilly ever since…my favorite is his early years in the 1950s/his Sun Studio sound. In fact I love Elvis and ’57 Chevy Bel-Airs (see next question) so much that the title of my upcoming album (set to be released this summer) is about three of my favorite things “Elvis, Zombies and ’57 Chevy's”! 

Photographer: Varga Photography MUAH: Kristen O'Conner
Your favorite classic car (owned or not)?

I’ve always wanted to own a 1957 Chevy Bel-Air…two-toned…it’s so hard to choose one color…maybe sea foam greenish blue and white…or pink and white…or red and white…or black and white… leopard print interior would be sweet! There are so many options I guess I’d just have to have a bunch of Bel-Airs to match all my different outfits and moods and I wish someone would buy me one! 

Photographer: Dynamite Dames MUAH: Vintage Flair
Who is your pinup inspiration? 

My biggest pinup inspiration would have to be Gil Elvgren. I admire his artwork from the 1950s; the sexy cheekiness combined with the classic innocence embodies the American Pinup. I love to try and re-create the vibe of his paintings and capture that feeling with my modeling and photography.

Photographer: Marilee Caruso MUAH: Brandi Proffitt

What makes you an extraordinary pinup? 

I’m not just into pinup for a fun ‘fad’ that may be ‘cool’ at any given moment or for show; I am into pinup because of a lifelong love of all things vintage. I understand and respect the history and the tradition behind it and I hope to keep that classic tradition alive; like the image of a pinup gal on a B-17 bomber in WWII giving the pilot strength and hope to make it through many trials and tribulations until he can make it home to his sweetheart; that Classic American pinup that embodies sexiness while at the same time wholesome class. I infuse pinup into everything I do; on stage with my country/rockabilly band, in front of the camera with my pinup modeling, vending at car shows, and behind the camera with my pinup photography. My hope is that I can keep the tradition alive by sharing my love of vintage/pinup and hopefully spreading the love in the process!

Need more Carmen Lee in your life? Stay tuned for an upcoming giveaway! But in the meantime, check out her Facebook or website!



Friday, March 10, 2017

A Genuine Darlin' Miss Ginny Rosewater

Photographer: Matthew Leeland Photography
Checkout Ginny Rosewater, pinup of the month for March! This gal pushes her limits to create her own destiny. Even if you feel you don't fit the mold - don't let it stop you! You can be or do anything you want to! Scroll down to see how this pinup meets her challenges and rises above - extraordinarily!

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

I come from a small town in Central Wisconsin and I've always had a love for antiques especially things from the 40's and 50's. When I was a teenager I discovered rockabilly music and loved the style that went with it but it wasn't until college that I discovered the pinup scene. I was getting a tattoo at a local shop and saw a poster for a pinup contest hosted by Carmen Lee. I looked into it and discovered there was actually a pinup scene right here in Wisconsin. I signed up for the contest even though I had never done anything like it before and it really changed my life. I used to be very shy but by pushing myself to do things that scared me, like getting on stage at contests, and even talking to the other ladies at contests I've made so many new friends and gained so much confidence in myself. I always wanted to be a model but because my body didn't fit the mainstream beauty standards I didn't think it would ever be possible but pinup really is something that embraces every figure; short, tall, thin, curvy, every woman can look and feel beautiful in vintage fashion. Five years later and I'm truly living my dream.

Photographer: Riley Kern
MUAH: Miss Rockabilly Ruby
Do you participate in a vintage or pinup lifestyle?

I like to add some vintage flare to my everyday style. High waisted jeans, and undies are great for accentuating that classic hour glass shape and paired with a band tee I can keep things casual. If there's any excuse to dress up I'll throw on a wiggle or swing dress and style my hair but for the most part I'm a very casual girl. I love decorating with vintage accessories and my home has become a very cool mid-century eclectic but I wouldn't say I really live a vintage lifestyle.

Photographer: Shannon Brooke Imagery
Hair: Madame Pomp
Makeup: Malicious Makeup
What is your favorite band or musician?

I go through phases where I can't stop listening to a certain band so it's impossible to say I have a favorite but I can tell you I've been listening to Tiger Army since I was 17 and their latest album is currently in my car's 6 disc changer. Alongside them you would find a mixture of alternative rock, indie folk, and outlaw country. I love checking out and supporting local music and love going to shows any time I can.

Your favorite classic car (owned or not)?

I don't own a classic car yet but it is a dream of mine to some day get one and be able to work on it myself and it's gotta be a GM. General Motors really had it going on in my opinion with the 1954 Chevy 210 and '57 Bel Air; the '51 Buick Special and the '53 Roadmaster, and the '51 Oldsmobile Super 88 being some of my favorites.

Photographer: Wisdom Photography
Who is your inspiration?

I am constantly finding new inspiration when it comes to modeling. Mosh is one of my favorite models to follow for posing inspiration, she is so innovative with the way she uses her surroundings, posing on just about anything she can find and making it look fabulous. Masuimi Max is the queen of facial expressions, something I would really like to improve on in my own photo shoots. I also follow the work of many photographers, my favorite being Shannon Brooke. I try to study the way she uses light and shadow when positioning models so I can try and make better use of light when I'm shooting.

Photographer: Decadence Dolls 
What makes you an extraordinary pinup?

I like to think that what I do inspires other women to follow their dreams, find confidence in themselves and break beauty standards. As I said before I'm from a very small town in Central Wisconsin and I can tell you, modeling was a dream of mine but I didn't think it was something I could really go anywhere with being only 5'2" and 135 lbs. I certainly don't have the body of a typical model and I feel like I'm really just your average girl but I've pushed myself to do what I love and embrace my figure. I've been posting unedited photos lately to show my "imperfections". I have stretch marks on my thighs, spider veins, rolls when I'm sitting or bending, things that almost every woman also has but that are edited out of photos. I just want other women to know that no one is perfect and none of us should hold ourselves to such unrealistic beauty standards. I hope doing so helps others to embrace their "flaws" because we are all beautiful just the way we are.

Can't get enough of Ginny? Follow her on Instagram @ginnyrosewater or her fan page for more inspiration and lovely photos!