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"It Was My Goal To Show That Black Women That Love Pinup Fashion Exist" Model Angelique Noire Talks Pinup Fashion Natural Hair And More

I am a strong believer in that representation matters, that’s why I started Thatpinup. I want to help women who want to get into pinup fashion and lifestyle feel fairly represented. I spoke toAngelique Noire- A model with a love for classic fashion that was featured in Dita Von Teese's book called "Your Beauty Mark," where she talks about how she got into the pinup lifestyle despite the lack of representation. I wanted to know how she feels about there still being a lack of representation - Despite more women of color joining the lifestyle.

Q: How does it make you feel knowing that you inspired so manywomen of color to get into pinup fashion and lifestyle?
A:"Before I started sharing about my adoration for 1930s-1950s styling, it was my goal to show that Black women who love pinup/ vintage fashion exist. Just because the media of yesteryears rarely showed Black women as glamorous and beautiful in this style, doesn’t mean they didn’t exist. I am happy that people have …
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"Be Proud Of Your Hispanic Roots" Pin-up Model Ruby Champagne Talks About Her Experiences As A Hispanic Pin-up Girl

When talking about Latina Pin-ups the first woman that comes into mind is Rita Hayworth. Even though she's from Spain, and is still technically white, she had Hispanic features. Which was frond upon in the '40s and '50s. She didn't really rise to fame until she had a complete ethnic makeover; They dyed her long jet black hair to a reddish brunette, bleached her skin, pushed her hairline back through surgery (which is very painful.) They even changed her name from Margarita Carmen Cansino to Rita Hayworth because it was too ethnic sounding. It worked, she went from only staring in a few minor roles to being one of the most sought after actresses in the world.
I wanted to see if the pin-up community still has this European beauty standard or if it really has changed into to accepting all types of beauty. I spoke to Ruby Champagne - An award-winning burlesque dancer who was named Miss Vivia Las Vagas back in 2010 and has gone on to win many more awards throughout her care…

A Look Into Japan's Hidden Pin-up Subculture With Kasumi Yoshino

Pin-up style clothing was first popularized in the US throughout the '40s and '60s. Women first started rebelling against societies very strick standers for woman's fashion in the '20s - Women started wearing shortening their hemlines and wearing much bolder makeup. It really took off in the '40s during WW2, when women like Marylin Monroe and Rita Hayworth starred in movies with their alluring figures and bold choices of clothing for the time. Rita's famous for her blood red cat nails that she dawned in a movie she starred in - Which made thousands of women ditch their boring clear or plain nails for something that was considered too daring at the time. Soldiers would often sneak off to see them in movies and have their pictures pinned up on a wall in their room. Hence the term: "Pin-up girl." The style still lives on to this day and is now celebrated all over the world.
I spoke to Kasumi Yoshino - A designer who owns a shop called Psycho Apparel that&…

Velvet Vintage: Be As Bold As Your Lipstick

Accessories can make or break any outfit. You'd be surprised how much the right accessory can liven up your outfit, it can take you from looking like Plain Jane to Jessica Rabbit. I spoke to Vanessa Tiffney Smith - A jewelry designer known for her bold vintage-inspired designs about how she developed such a passion for it.
Q: Can you tell me a little bit about your life and how you started designing?
A: “Well, growing up I was always drawing or creating something. My mom was an artist and seamstress, she ran her own clothing company and my dad was a builder and always showing me how to make things. I think creatively I turned out a real amalgamation of both parents! All throughout school, I knew I wanted to be a fashion designer, so I studied Fashion Design at both Mackworth College and Derby University. From there I continued to make my own clothes, launched my own label 'ROXY by Vanessa-Tiffany' which would sell in a couple of independent stores in town, and another colla…

Norma Jean Vintage: When Hawaiian Charm Meets Old Hollywood Glamour

When you think of Viva Las Vegas, you think of rock 'n roll, pinup pageants, and lots of Hawaiian style dresses - And you'd be right to. Since it's around that time of year again I wanted to introduce you to Sandra - A designer popular for her tropical/pinup inspired designs that are often worn to the fun-filled event. I spoke to her to get to know more about and her designs so you'll be able to rock 'n roll in style!


Q: Can you tell me a little bit about your life and how it lead you to start your shop?
A: “That’s a great question… If you were to look at the first and last half of my life you would think it was of two completely different people. The most popular comment at my 10-year high school reunion was, “Sandra’s wearing a dress!
I attended college on a softball scholarship and was a member of the 1995 National Championship Team. At that competitive level, I had no choice but to focus all of my attention on playing so that’s what I did until I graduated. Once I…