Friday, April 6, 2018

Unapologetically Original - The Urban Pinup!

I love interviewing pinups who follow the beat of their own drummer and Elora, The Urban Pinup, is no exception to that! This amazing gal embodies pinup and makes it her own style. Her unique mix of traditional and modern is a force to be reckoned with!

Tell us about yourself. How long have you been into pinup?

Hiya all! My name is Elora but I go by "theurbanpinup" or TuPu for short. I'm a pinup from north London and have been in love with vintage/retro style for as long as I can remember. It all kicked off with music (if I remember right it was "Mr. Lee" by The Bobbettes and "Everyday" by Buddy Holly). I was in primary school when I first heard those tunes and as soon as I did, everything made sense hehe. While I listened to music, wore corsets and watched old-timey movies, I didn't fully incorporate the style element until a year or two ago! (seems like I've been doing it forever though).

Do you participate in a vintage lifestyle?

I would say I participate in a "part-time vintage lifestyle". At first, it was difficult to adopt a typical vintage style because a) I was an introvert who had no clue on where to start and b) I was still just a student so I could only afford to buy little things every now and then e.g. record players and circle skirts. 
In my late teens, I got into corsets and started waist training and experimenting with pincurls taking my inspiration from stars like Jane Russell, however, I still couldn't afford or find so-called "proper vintage" clothes. So instead I would mix elements of the pinup style with my love for 90's streetwear and Japanese Lolita style which I still do up until now. My style is forever changing as I'm still trying to find what works for me. I have a passion for the late 40's and early 50's (not just clothing but etiquette, culture, lifestyle etc- I'm a huge history lover). 
So in short when it comes to a vintage lifestyle, I just go with the flow and do it my own way.

What is your favorite beauty advice or routine?

Ooo this one is hard one haha! I think my favourite routine would have to be styling my hair only because it's what gives me my look. I actually don't follow a crazy strict beauty routine as I spend most of my time in puffy- tied up pincurls screaming into my gaming headphones while I play video games like Overwatch (I'm a bit of a tomboy in that sense). However, I do like to experiment with pinup hairstyles when I find the time as I'm trying to perfect my ability to replicate some of my faves. 

My favourite beauty advice (well to be honest it's something I came up with a few years back): if you want a super cute bang, curl your hair in the opposite direction you want it to flip (so towards your parting rather than away)- oh and experiment with different methods of rolling your hair to see what works best for you :)

Who is your inspiration?

It really inspires me seeing people following their purpose and doing what they came here to do. My inspirations change literally every month but that's only because I'm lucky enough to see, talk to, and meet so many amazing peeps <3 div="" nbsp="">

These are all what I like to call Boss Women (Yasss!)

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

a) Just do you. If you were not made to fit in a box, it's most likely 'coz you're gonna be the creator of a new box. Your vibe will attract your tribe!

b) Don't let fear hold you back, if you wanna try out a new style - go for it. Wanna start up a Youtube- do it! The only thing to fear is fear itself.

c) Don't be so serious, life is fleeting and Instagram/ Snapchat is an illusion. I think we all get to wrapped up in an image and trying to be "perfect" we forget to be perfectly imperfect ( as cliche as it sounds lol). 

All this is advice even I need to start following more, we're all growing ^_^

What makes you an extraordinary pinup?

What makes me an extraordinary the fact that I'm a cross between an anime/ Disney-loving, gangsta rap listening, video game playing pinup (that is always wearing a snapback!)  

Photographer: Sheyman McLuving
Who isn't inspired by someone full of joie de vivre? Follow Elora on Instagram for more sunshine and inspiration in your feed! 

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