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.



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!