Friday, March 9, 2018

Shimmy, Shake, and Shine with Shannon Million!

Photographer: Sweet Wink Photography
Behold Miss Shannon Million, a spectacular lady of pinup and burlesque to uplift and encourage! I've been having a bit of the "winter blues", so to speak. As I'm working through it, I'm very pleased to have had the pleasure of this interview. Miss Million is a delight! A beautiful soul inside and out. Scroll down to be delighted and inspired!

Photographer: Sweet Wink Photography
Tell us about yourself. How long have you been into pinup?

Hello beautiful people! My name is Shannon Million (also known as Lady Million in some burlesque circles). I have been "into pinup" for as long as I can remember. I was hooked from the first moment I admired the winged-eyeliner of Marilyn Monroe when I was a fledging pre-teen. Then a few years later, I recall browsing at vintage book shops and feeling my heart completely over-taken with the stunning art of Vargas, Elvgren, and later Olivia. I found it to be so mesmerizing. I remembered thinking that I wished people still dressed and painted like that. Never in a million years would I have imagined that I would be tapped on the shoulder and told that I should be a professional pin-up.

Photographer: And How! Imaging
Do you participate in a vintage lifestyle?

I love the vintage life style. I love old Hollywood movies. My burlesque bestie, Esoteric Eryk and I like to watch Marilyn and Hepburn movies to emulate their Transatlantic accents. But I also love how very creatively so many people have incorporated a Vintage Style into their Modern Lives. I've seen some friends' homes that are full vintage in postmodern design and it's simply astounding. Other friends have created entire tiki-themed modern bars in their homes. In my house I try to capture more of a vintage "Hollywood-Glam" style. So I am drawn to the sparkliest chandeliers, the whitest leather couches, and bright Sherpa rugs. But I also love the greaser style, leather pants, crop tops, and I also have to give a huge shout out to the pointy-bra tops that my award-winning vintage bestie, Chantel Hilton, wears. You've got to check her out.

Photographer: And How! Imaging
What is your favorite beauty advice or routine?

I like to tell ladies to slow down and take care of themselves first. No matter what your beauty regimen is, if you aren't making some rest and relaxation time for yourself in today's hectic world, you aren't doing right by yourself. I am such a busy-bee that I am often the guiltiest when it comes to failing to rest and relax. Find something and someone you love...spend as much time as you can doing that. It's going to keep you young, healthy, and vibrant...more than any night cream or makeup line will. So give your heart the time and the people it deserves. You'll be smiling all the time...and there's nothing more beautiful on a person than a smile.

Photographer: UVUDU? Imaging Nashville
Who is your inspiration?

I have so many inspirations it's impossible to list them all. But one of my greatest inspirations over the last 5 years has been Burlesque goddess, Audrey Deluxe. She is my boss for Burlesque Bingo at Tom Ingram's Viva Las Vegas festival. She is a beauty icon and simply the nicest, classiest lady to work for. I feel blessed to spend a week working for her every year. She produces so many shows at the VLV festival every year, it's simply astounding...all with a huge smile on her face and a champagne giggle in her voice. I admire her very much.

Photographer: Missy Neely Photographer

What advice or inspiration would you like to impart to others?

Be true to yourself. We are all unique creatures. No two of us are exactly alike...even twins have differences. Follow your heart. Create the best "you" that you can during the time you have on this planet. Always love yourself for who you are in the current moment. Pamper yourself occassionally. Respect yourself for the amazing one-of-a-kind being that you are. Be unapologetically whoever you want to be, whenever you want.

Photographer: Bruce Raven Jones Photography
What makes you an extraordinary pinup?

I love the true old-school, classic style of pinup art. I think my focus on the original, unadulterated art form has helped my image and has amplified my success in the pinup community.

Photographer: Sweet Wink Photography
I hope this gal brightened your day, week, or month as she has mine. It's always reaffirming to be reminded by those around us to just be ourselves. Celebrate yourself! Appreciate the qualities you have that are different from others - it's what makes you awesome! Have a great month ladies and be sure to check out  a real sweetheart, Miss Shannon Million! You won't be disappointed!

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