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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 to Angelique 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.

How does it make you feel knowing that you inspired so many women of color to get into pinup fashion and lifestyle? "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 su…
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"I Have Been A Fashion Designer Since 1978" Heart Of Haute Owner Teresa Becker Talks Fashion Designing And More

I'm always on the lookout for brands to introduce to my audience - When I found Heart Of Haute. It's a shop based in L.A. that's run by a Mother-daughter team Mandie Bee and Teresa Becker. Madie Bee took a liking to vintage fashion at an early age, she started out selling vintage fashion online in the early 2000s. Teresa, on the other hand, was a fashion designer in the L.A. fashion industry. Together they created Heart Of Haute. Since then, they've won numerous awards for creating jobs for people in the local L.A. area. I spoke to them to get to know more about their shop.
Q: What made you fall in love with pinup/vintage style fashion?
A: “The classic cuts from the 40s and 50s and the beautiful details, the cuts and fabrics of that time are what inspires me.  My mother was young during those years and she wore these lovely original styles.”
Q: How did you get involved with vintage/pinup style fashion? A: "I have been designing clothing since the 70s.  There was a rev…

"Our Designs Are Made To Embrace The Female Body" Fashion Designer Charlotte Peeters Talks Pinup Fashion Body Positivity And More

Curves are embraced more now than ever, especially in the Pin-up community. Due to the modern fashion industry not making clothing to complement women with curves. I spoke to Charlotte Peeters - A designer who focuses on designing clothes that enhance and embrace your curves instead of hiding them in an unflattering way. She's Glamour part of a team behind a British clothing brand called "Glamour Bunny" - I spoke to her to get to know more about her designs and her experiences with Pinup style fashion.
Q: How did you all start Glamour Bunny and why? A: “Glamour Bunny started in June 2008 to provide women all around the world with dresses that would fit perfectly and hug their curves in all the right ways. We are dedicated to creating beautifully tailored, high-quality pinup clothing with a perfect fit for the retro fashion scene that will make women stand out from the crowd!”
Q: How did you first start designing? A:“I always loved drawing clothes and took sewing lessons when…

British Retro: Embrace Your Individuality

Fitting in and looking the same Is something we’ve all been pressured to do at some point in our lives (mainly in our teenage years). It usually comes with time when you start embracing who you are as an individual, especially when it comes to style. More women are starting to look into pin-up style fashion and lifestyle because of the uniqueness and femininity of it that is hard to find in modern fashion these days - At least that's why David and Claire started their shop: British Retro. They wanted to end the redundancy of modern fashion and re-introduce the feminity and uniqueness of fashion from past eras - Such as the 1940s, 50s, and so on. I spoke to David (one of the co-owners of British retro) to learn more about their shop.
Q: How and why did you start British retro?
A: “Claire and I both came from the fashion industry, however we were completely disenfranchised with everything about it. From the seriousness that brands took themselves through to the millions of tons of che…

Rockabilly: It's Not Just A Style It's A Way Of Life

When you think of Rockabilly style fashion you think of ripped jeans, tattoos, and lots of hair grease. And you’d be right to, But it’s more than just a style of clothing; It’s an entire culture. “Rockabilly” is a term used to describe a type of music that is basically a mixture of Rock ’n Roll and Hill Billy music that was often listened to in the 1950s. Hence the term “Rockabilly.”
Teens and young adults would listen to this music to forget about the struggles and social pressures of everyday life. It became a lifestyle of sorts, a lifestyle of fun and rebellion. The sub-culture still exist to this day and has become international. With rockabilly subcultures in Japan, the United Kingdom, and Hungary to name a few places.
Speaking of Hungary, I found a shop based there that specialize in Rockabilly style clothing. I wanted to speak to the owner to see how they got into the style and subculture.
Q:How did you start your shop and why? A: “I practically grew up in a sewing plant. Before I…

This Body Type Was Considered "Fat" In The Nineteen Twenties (And Still Is To Some)

The 1950s was the era when having an Hour-glass shaped figure was widely accepted due to it being popularized by women such as Betty Brosmer and Marilyn Monroe. Before then, in eras such as the 1920s, having a “Boyish” figure was what women strived for. So much so that they wore corsets to flatten their chest to appear more flat chested - thus giving them a more “Boyish” appearance. Now, it’s very popular to have an hour-glass figure. But there are still some people who consider it to be “Fat” for instance, I myself have what you may glass an hourglass figure. And I recently got called “Fat” even though I’m within my BMI range. No one should be body shamed if they’re plus-sized, but should you be miss labeled as “Fat” just because you’re voluptuous?

I think not, it’s offensive to people who actually are of a bigger size because it leads to misrepresentation in the fashion industry, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked into a boutique and the biggest size they had was a size eig…