Friday, July 6, 2018

Brighten Your Summer with Miss Pearle de Lux!

I am elated to share with you, my lovely friend, Miss Pearle de Lux. This darling gal will make anyone's day shine! I love hanging out with her at any of the shows we attend - she's a riot and a genuine doll. Read on to love her as much as I do!

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

It all first started when I had my 1st photo shoot in Vegas about 7 years ago, and I fell in love with it.

Do you participate in a vintage lifestyle?

Yes, I own a ton of Vintage purses, hats, gloves, dresses, etc. which I like to incorporate into my everyday wear. I am the Co-founder of Greaser Gals Garage "Vintage inspired clothing and accessory brand". I have a 1948 Ford Panel truck, that is being worked on and I used to have a 53 Chevy Belair I sold last year. I love to attend car shows either as a vendor or just a spectator because I have soo many friends that enter the contests/shows, are musicians, hotrod/classic car clubs, mechanics, builders, burlesque beauties, etc.. So I have submerged myself in the Rockabilly/Pinup lifestyle and culture and I love every second of it. I have met some of the most amazing people and have been turning them into my new family.

What is your favorite beauty advice or routine?

Well, I am 36 so for me taking lots of vitamins, biotin, collagen, and facial creams to keep my skin as healthy as I can is important. I am one of the few who loves being out in the summertime swimming, working in the yard, on my truck and getting as much sun as I can. Plus I am a smoker, so I have to keep on top of my skin so I can look as young as possible for as long as possible. My advice is to find what works the best on you and work hard to maintain being as healthy as you can inside and out.

Who is your inspiration?

It depends, my grandmother has always been my inspiration to be the best person I can be and learn to slow down and enjoy life. She was the inspiration for my Pinup name because I lost her back in 2013 and I wanted her legacy to continue so I used her middle name "Pearl". She was the most selfless person I ever knew. She was there to help raise me for most of my childhood because my mother was an addict and in and out of the legal system more times than I could count. My other inspiration was my great Aunt Barb, she was a lovely tiny little thing, but she was a modeling coach, entertained as a 'top forties' singer appearing at many nightclubs, she was also a hairdresser and always tried to encourage me during my tomboy teenager days to act and dress like a lady and I still think of her every time I get dressed up. The last time I saw her was in 2015 at my mother's funeral and I was so delighted when she gave me a compliment on my 40's inspired outfit and vintage hat. I'm always inspired by other vintage old Hollywood actresses and movie stars as well as all of my lovely pinups I get to meet each year but my grandmother and my great aunt were the ones who were shaping me from an early age to become who I am now and I am so thankful for them.

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

Be yourself all the time. Love yourself. And most importantly if you find yourself bored, sad, lonely, depressed, etc. Make a change, you will be happy that you did. Never spent more time unhappy because once you have wasted that time, you cannot get it back. Do everything that scares you, my fear has been public speaking and appearances so I entered multiple Pinup contests to help overcome those fears. They are still there, but you know what? I am happy I forced myself out of my comfort zone because now I will never wonder "what if?" because I embraced each experience.

What makes you an extraordinary pinup?

I don't see myself as being extraordinary, but I see myself as another person on a journey to inspire others and show my daughter, that women are made up of so many wonderful things and that you can be lots of things at the same time. Never set limitations on yourself. I just try to pursue my dreams and set goals to continue to be a better person each day and remind myself of the struggles and setbacks we undergo in life are just another lesson to learn.

No matter how many dolls I interview the best advice is always the same - be yourself! Be the best you that you can be! Live life to the fullest ladies (and gents)!

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