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Blending Indian Tradition With Old Hollywood Glamour: Kiran Talks About Her Experiences As An Indian Pin-up

Many pinups of color incorporate their heritage with the vintage looks they recreate. Adding a modern and refreshing touch to such non-inclusive beauty ideals and standers of the past. Showing that glamour is for all kinds of women. Not just non-women of color as racist photographers and movie directors of those past eras would think. Today, we meet Kiran. An Indian marketing expert with a passion for history and all things vintage. I spoke to her to get to know about her vintage fashion journey. And how she beautifully mixes Indian culture with Old Hollywood glamour.


Many pinups of color incorporate their heritage with the vintage looks they recreate. Adding a modern and refreshing touch to such non-inclusive beauty ideals and standers of the past. Showing that glamour is for all kinds of women. Not just non-women of color as racist photographers and movie directors of those past eras would think. Today, we meet Kiran. An Indian marketing expert with a passion for history and all things vintage. I spoke to her to get to know about her vintage fashion journey. And how she beautifully mixes Indian culture with Old Hollywood glamour.     Q: Can you tell me a little bit about your life? How did you first start dressing in vintage fashion?  A: “I love vintage style and I’m a huge Old Hollywood fan. When I started working full-time more than 10 years ago, I was looking for suitable office outfits. I loved the clothing and classic style that I’ve seen in my favorite Old Hollywood movies, so I started applying this style to my offscreen world. I welcomed fitted pencil dresses to my wardrobe.  After that, my vintage reproduction wardrobe started to evolve more and more. The hair flowers and my winged eyes look originally came from Old Bollywood. Flowers, winged eyes and bold lips have been part of the oriental culture since forever. Later, I discovered that it was also typical in the vintage western/Hollywood world. I’ve been combining elements of these two worlds into my own vintage style ever since."  Q: How long have you been dressing in vintage style fashion?  A: “I have been dressing in vintage style for over a decade now, so I would say 2009/2010. Back then, I didn’t do it every day. I started dressing vintage style “full-time” about 6 years ago. Then again, I also have days when I don’t feel like doing a full vintage look. On those days, I usually dress vintage style from the top and casual at the bottom by wearing simple pants or jeans for example. My signature makeup look includes winged eyes, red lipstick and a hair flower. It actually grew that way because it only takes me 10 minutes to do so. Which is very useful in the morning (on workdays).  Many pinups of color incorporate their heritage with the vintage looks they recreate. Adding a modern and refreshing touch to such non-inclusive beauty ideals and standers of the past. Showing that glamour is for all kinds of women. Not just non-women of color as racist photographers and movie directors of those past eras would think. Today, we meet Kiran. An Indian marketing expert with a passion for history and all things vintage. I spoke to her to get to know about her vintage fashion journey. And how she beautifully mixes Indian culture with Old Hollywood glamour.     Q: Can you tell me a little bit about your life? How did you first start dressing in vintage fashion? A: “I love vintage style and I’m a huge Old Hollywood fan. When I started working full-time more than 10 years ago, I was looking for suitable office outfits. I loved the clothing and classic style that I’ve seen in my favorite Old Hollywood movies, so I started applying this style to my offscreen world. I welcomed fitted pencil dresses to my wardrobe.  After that, my vintage reproduction wardrobe started to evolve more and more. The hair flowers and my winged eyes look originally came from Old Bollywood. Flowers, winged eyes and bold lips have been part of the oriental culture since forever. Later, I discovered that it was also typical in the vintage western/Hollywood world. I’ve been combining elements of these two worlds into my own vintage style ever since."  Q: How long have you been dressing in vintage style fashion? A: “I have been dressing in vintage style for over a decade now, so I would say 2009/2010. Back then, I didn’t do it every day. I started dressing vintage style “full-time” about 6 years ago. Then again, I also have days when I don’t feel like doing a full vintage look. On those days, I usually dress vintage style from the top and casual at the bottom by wearing simple pants or jeans for example. My signature makeup look includes winged eyes, red lipstick and a hair flower. It actually grew that way because it only takes me 10 minutes to do so. Which is very useful in the morning (on workdays).    I usually wear vintage reproduction clothes, but I also own some nice true vintage hats, earrings and other accessories. My favorite fashion eras include the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s with an occasional trip to the 1920s and 1970s.”  Q: What’s been your experience with it? And do you have any tips? A: “It always makes you unique. In fact, even in professional environments it can make a difference. When you have job interview for example, you know you’re not the only one for the job. What I always do is tell about my passion for vintage style and Old Hollywood. It’s still not very common to dress like this in the corporate office world, so it’s always my ‘unique selling point’ or something that distinguishes me from others.  Next to that, I’m fascinated by bright colors and patterns of vintage reproduction clothing. I believe in color psychology and there are always colors that positively emphasize your appearance. In my case, bright colors like red and yellow really make me glow, but it also has a positive effect on my mood and the mood of the people around me. I believe there are colors for everyone and combined with vintage style, it can help you stand out more in a positive way.”   Q: You’ve always loved history and classic fashion, but as a woman of color, you realize everything wasn’t peaches and cream.  How do you explain your love of vintage fashion to people who think you’re celebrating a time when woman of color did not have rights?    A: "It all starts with the freedom that I have, especially in the country where I live (The Netherlands). The freedom to do whatever you want and also to dress however you want. Back in the day women of color were definitely restricted in many ways. In my opinion, if you now have the opportunity and freedom to do whatever you want and dress however you want, you should grab that opportunity with both hands.    For me, dressing in vintage style is actually a great way to use that freedom. By expressing myself in vintage style, I’m truly being myself and I automatically show that vintage fashion (or any other fashion style for that matter), is not restricted to a certain ethnicity or race. Everyone can dress in vintage style. In some way, I also see it as a way to shine for all those women of color that didn’t have the opportunity to do that in their time.   I also explain to people that I’m a ‘modern vintage’ woman. I pick out the positive aspects of the bygone days (music, fashion, Old Hollywood movies) and combine them with the positive aspects of this modern time. Or to summarize it with the popular hashtag on Instagram: #vintagestylenotvalues. I usually explain it like this to people who are not into vintage and they always understand my perspective.  Next to that, I’m also inspired by Old Bollywood because of my Indian ethnicity. So, my vintage style is a combination of both worlds. Long hair is very common for an Indian woman also in the old days, but in the vintage western/Hollywood world (1940s/1950s) most women didn’t have really long hair. I stay true to myself by just trying out vintage hairstyles on my long hair and that way I create my own vintage inspired look. "  Q: You live in the Netherlands. Have you always lived there? And what has been your experience as a vintage dresser there?  A: "Yes I have always lived here. I would describe the mainstream fashion in The Netherlands as mostly casual. So, when you wear very colorful clothes or a hat and you’re not on your way to a party, you’re already getting outside the regular fashion box. Add vintage reproduction clothes to that and you’re definitely from another world. However, I receive positive responses to my vintage style.   The most asked questions are: ‘Are you going to a party’, ‘Where is the party’ or ‘Which party did you go to’, when I could just be grocery shopping in an outfit that I would consider casual vintage style or dressed up for some fun times with friends in a bar (pre-COVID19 times). Sometimes, I end up having interesting conversations with strangers who admire the way I dress and of course I can give them some retro shopping tips! On the other hand, there are always people who stare, because you’re not (dressed) like everyone else, but I’m not really bothered with that. In those cases, I make it a staring competition. And I always win ;-)".     Q:What’s been your experience as an oriental pinup in the vintage fashion community?  A: "The vintage/pinup community is actually very positive. At least, from what I’ve experienced. I learn a lot about vintage hairstyles for example: On Instagram I discover many other nice and inspiring women who dress in vintage style. For a long time, I thought I was the only oriental vintage/pinup lady in the vintage community, but via Instagram I discovered a few other oriental pinups. Most of them live on the other side of the world, but it’s definitely nice to see other oriental pinups in the vintage community.  From my side, I like to spread positive vibes by showing my love for color, dressing up and making funny (TikTok) videos. I’ve also joined some vintage style challenges lately. It’s a nice way to entertain yourself and at the same time your followers, especially in these weird and difficult times. I’m mostly active on Instagram and in some Facebook groups. I receive responses from people who tell me that they think I have a really unique style and that they like how I’m truly myself in this (vintage) world. I definitely take that as a huge compliment, because staying true to yourself is the best message you can send in this (online) world."   Q: Any up and coming projects we can look forward to? A: "Since I spend more time at home currently, I am more active on social media. I usually didn’t make time for video, but now I’m taking baby steps into the video world. I’m also more active on TikTok these days. Next to that, I have just joined #thevintagefashionchallenge on Instagram. You can also expect more blogs on orientalspiceandsomechocolate.com. And after the current challenge, I’m thinking about doing my own Old Bollywood hair challenge on Instagram!"  I usually wear vintage reproduction clothes, but I also own some nice true vintage hats, earrings and other accessories. My favorite fashion eras include the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s with an occasional trip to the 1920s and 1970s.”  Q: What’s been your experience with it? And do you have any tips?  A: “It always makes you unique. In fact, even in professional environments it can make a difference. When you have job interview for example, you know you’re not the only one for the job. What I always do is tell about my passion for vintage style and Old Hollywood. It’s still not very common to dress like this in the corporate office world, so it’s always my ‘unique selling point’ or something that distinguishes me from others.  Next to that, I’m fascinated by bright colors and patterns of vintage reproduction clothing. I believe in color psychology and there are always colors that positively emphasize your appearance. In my case, bright colors like red and yellow really make me glow, but it also has a positive effect on my mood and the mood of the people around me. I believe there are colors for everyone and combined with vintage style, it can help you stand out more in a positive way.”   Q: You’ve always loved history and classic fashion, but as a woman of color, you realize everything wasn’t peaches and cream.  How do you explain your love of vintage fashion to people who think you’re celebrating a time when woman of color did not have rights?    A: "It all starts with the freedom that I have, especially in the country where I live (The Netherlands). The freedom to do whatever you want and also to dress however you want. Back in the day women of color were definitely restricted in many ways. In my opinion, if you now have the opportunity and freedom to do whatever you want and dress however you want, you should grab that opportunity with both hands.   Many pinups of color incorporate their heritage with the vintage looks they recreate. Adding a modern and refreshing touch to such non-inclusive beauty ideals and standers of the past. Showing that glamour is for all kinds of women. Not just non-women of color as racist photographers and movie directors of those past eras would think. Today, we meet Kiran. An Indian marketing expert with a passion for history and all things vintage. I spoke to her to get to know about her vintage fashion journey. And how she beautifully mixes Indian culture with Old Hollywood glamour.     Q: Can you tell me a little bit about your life? How did you first start dressing in vintage fashion? A: “I love vintage style and I’m a huge Old Hollywood fan. When I started working full-time more than 10 years ago, I was looking for suitable office outfits. I loved the clothing and classic style that I’ve seen in my favorite Old Hollywood movies, so I started applying this style to my offscreen world. I welcomed fitted pencil dresses to my wardrobe.  After that, my vintage reproduction wardrobe started to evolve more and more. The hair flowers and my winged eyes look originally came from Old Bollywood. Flowers, winged eyes and bold lips have been part of the oriental culture since forever. Later, I discovered that it was also typical in the vintage western/Hollywood world. I’ve been combining elements of these two worlds into my own vintage style ever since."  Q: How long have you been dressing in vintage style fashion? A: “I have been dressing in vintage style for over a decade now, so I would say 2009/2010. Back then, I didn’t do it every day. I started dressing vintage style “full-time” about 6 years ago. Then again, I also have days when I don’t feel like doing a full vintage look. On those days, I usually dress vintage style from the top and casual at the bottom by wearing simple pants or jeans for example. My signature makeup look includes winged eyes, red lipstick and a hair flower. It actually grew that way because it only takes me 10 minutes to do so. Which is very useful in the morning (on workdays).    I usually wear vintage reproduction clothes, but I also own some nice true vintage hats, earrings and other accessories. My favorite fashion eras include the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s with an occasional trip to the 1920s and 1970s.”  Q: What’s been your experience with it? And do you have any tips? A: “It always makes you unique. In fact, even in professional environments it can make a difference. When you have job interview for example, you know you’re not the only one for the job. What I always do is tell about my passion for vintage style and Old Hollywood. It’s still not very common to dress like this in the corporate office world, so it’s always my ‘unique selling point’ or something that distinguishes me from others.  Next to that, I’m fascinated by bright colors and patterns of vintage reproduction clothing. I believe in color psychology and there are always colors that positively emphasize your appearance. In my case, bright colors like red and yellow really make me glow, but it also has a positive effect on my mood and the mood of the people around me. I believe there are colors for everyone and combined with vintage style, it can help you stand out more in a positive way.”   Q: You’ve always loved history and classic fashion, but as a woman of color, you realize everything wasn’t peaches and cream.  How do you explain your love of vintage fashion to people who think you’re celebrating a time when woman of color did not have rights?    A: "It all starts with the freedom that I have, especially in the country where I live (The Netherlands). The freedom to do whatever you want and also to dress however you want. Back in the day women of color were definitely restricted in many ways. In my opinion, if you now have the opportunity and freedom to do whatever you want and dress however you want, you should grab that opportunity with both hands.    For me, dressing in vintage style is actually a great way to use that freedom. By expressing myself in vintage style, I’m truly being myself and I automatically show that vintage fashion (or any other fashion style for that matter), is not restricted to a certain ethnicity or race. Everyone can dress in vintage style. In some way, I also see it as a way to shine for all those women of color that didn’t have the opportunity to do that in their time.   I also explain to people that I’m a ‘modern vintage’ woman. I pick out the positive aspects of the bygone days (music, fashion, Old Hollywood movies) and combine them with the positive aspects of this modern time. Or to summarize it with the popular hashtag on Instagram: #vintagestylenotvalues. I usually explain it like this to people who are not into vintage and they always understand my perspective.  Next to that, I’m also inspired by Old Bollywood because of my Indian ethnicity. So, my vintage style is a combination of both worlds. Long hair is very common for an Indian woman also in the old days, but in the vintage western/Hollywood world (1940s/1950s) most women didn’t have really long hair. I stay true to myself by just trying out vintage hairstyles on my long hair and that way I create my own vintage inspired look. "  Q: You live in the Netherlands. Have you always lived there? And what has been your experience as a vintage dresser there?  A: "Yes I have always lived here. I would describe the mainstream fashion in The Netherlands as mostly casual. So, when you wear very colorful clothes or a hat and you’re not on your way to a party, you’re already getting outside the regular fashion box. Add vintage reproduction clothes to that and you’re definitely from another world. However, I receive positive responses to my vintage style.   The most asked questions are: ‘Are you going to a party’, ‘Where is the party’ or ‘Which party did you go to’, when I could just be grocery shopping in an outfit that I would consider casual vintage style or dressed up for some fun times with friends in a bar (pre-COVID19 times). Sometimes, I end up having interesting conversations with strangers who admire the way I dress and of course I can give them some retro shopping tips! On the other hand, there are always people who stare, because you’re not (dressed) like everyone else, but I’m not really bothered with that. In those cases, I make it a staring competition. And I always win ;-)".     Q:What’s been your experience as an oriental pinup in the vintage fashion community?  A: "The vintage/pinup community is actually very positive. At least, from what I’ve experienced. I learn a lot about vintage hairstyles for example: On Instagram I discover many other nice and inspiring women who dress in vintage style. For a long time, I thought I was the only oriental vintage/pinup lady in the vintage community, but via Instagram I discovered a few other oriental pinups. Most of them live on the other side of the world, but it’s definitely nice to see other oriental pinups in the vintage community.  From my side, I like to spread positive vibes by showing my love for color, dressing up and making funny (TikTok) videos. I’ve also joined some vintage style challenges lately. It’s a nice way to entertain yourself and at the same time your followers, especially in these weird and difficult times. I’m mostly active on Instagram and in some Facebook groups. I receive responses from people who tell me that they think I have a really unique style and that they like how I’m truly myself in this (vintage) world. I definitely take that as a huge compliment, because staying true to yourself is the best message you can send in this (online) world."   Q: Any up and coming projects we can look forward to? A: "Since I spend more time at home currently, I am more active on social media. I usually didn’t make time for video, but now I’m taking baby steps into the video world. I’m also more active on TikTok these days. Next to that, I have just joined #thevintagefashionchallenge on Instagram. You can also expect more blogs on orientalspiceandsomechocolate.com. And after the current challenge, I’m thinking about doing my own Old Bollywood hair challenge on Instagram!"  For me, dressing in vintage style is actually a great way to use that freedom. By expressing myself in vintage style, I’m truly being myself and I automatically show that vintage fashion (or any other fashion style for that matter), is not restricted to a certain ethnicity or race. Everyone can dress in vintage style. In some way, I also see it as a way to shine for all those women of color that didn’t have the opportunity to do that in their time.   I also explain to people that I’m a ‘modern vintage’ woman. I pick out the positive aspects of the bygone days (music, fashion, Old Hollywood movies) and combine them with the positive aspects of this modern time. Or to summarize it with the popular hashtag on Instagram: #vintagestylenotvalues. I usually explain it like this to people who are not into vintage and they always understand my perspective.  Next to that, I’m also inspired by Old Bollywood because of my Indian ethnicity. So, my vintage style is a combination of both worlds. Long hair is very common for an Indian woman also in the old days, but in the vintage western/Hollywood world (1940s/1950s) most women didn’t have really long hair. I stay true to myself by just trying out vintage hairstyles on my long hair and that way I create my own vintage inspired look. "  Q: You live in the Netherlands. Have you always lived there? And what has been your experience as a vintage dresser there?  A: "Yes I have always lived here. I would describe the mainstream fashion in The Netherlands as mostly casual. So, when you wear very colorful clothes or a hat and you’re not on your way to a party, you’re already getting outside the regular fashion box. Add vintage reproduction clothes to that and you’re definitely from another world. However, I receive positive responses to my vintage style.   The most asked questions are: ‘Are you going to a party’, ‘Where is the party’ or ‘Which party did you go to’, when I could just be grocery shopping in an outfit that I would consider casual vintage style or dressed up for some fun times with friends in a bar (pre-COVID19 times). Sometimes, I end up having interesting conversations with strangers who admire the way I dress and of course I can give them some retro shopping tips! On the other hand, there are always people who stare, because you’re not (dressed) like everyone else, but I’m not really bothered with that. In those cases, I make it a staring competition. And I always win ;-)".   Many pinups of color incorporate their heritage with the vintage looks they recreate. Adding a modern and refreshing touch to such non-inclusive beauty ideals and standers of the past. Showing that glamour is for all kinds of women. Not just non-women of color as racist photographers and movie directors of those past eras would think. Today, we meet Kiran. An Indian marketing expert with a passion for history and all things vintage. I spoke to her to get to know about her vintage fashion journey. And how she beautifully mixes Indian culture with Old Hollywood glamour.     Q: Can you tell me a little bit about your life? How did you first start dressing in vintage fashion? A: “I love vintage style and I’m a huge Old Hollywood fan. When I started working full-time more than 10 years ago, I was looking for suitable office outfits. I loved the clothing and classic style that I’ve seen in my favorite Old Hollywood movies, so I started applying this style to my offscreen world. I welcomed fitted pencil dresses to my wardrobe.  After that, my vintage reproduction wardrobe started to evolve more and more. The hair flowers and my winged eyes look originally came from Old Bollywood. Flowers, winged eyes and bold lips have been part of the oriental culture since forever. Later, I discovered that it was also typical in the vintage western/Hollywood world. I’ve been combining elements of these two worlds into my own vintage style ever since."  Q: How long have you been dressing in vintage style fashion? A: “I have been dressing in vintage style for over a decade now, so I would say 2009/2010. Back then, I didn’t do it every day. I started dressing vintage style “full-time” about 6 years ago. Then again, I also have days when I don’t feel like doing a full vintage look. On those days, I usually dress vintage style from the top and casual at the bottom by wearing simple pants or jeans for example. My signature makeup look includes winged eyes, red lipstick and a hair flower. It actually grew that way because it only takes me 10 minutes to do so. Which is very useful in the morning (on workdays).    I usually wear vintage reproduction clothes, but I also own some nice true vintage hats, earrings and other accessories. My favorite fashion eras include the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s with an occasional trip to the 1920s and 1970s.”  Q: What’s been your experience with it? And do you have any tips? A: “It always makes you unique. In fact, even in professional environments it can make a difference. When you have job interview for example, you know you’re not the only one for the job. What I always do is tell about my passion for vintage style and Old Hollywood. It’s still not very common to dress like this in the corporate office world, so it’s always my ‘unique selling point’ or something that distinguishes me from others.  Next to that, I’m fascinated by bright colors and patterns of vintage reproduction clothing. I believe in color psychology and there are always colors that positively emphasize your appearance. In my case, bright colors like red and yellow really make me glow, but it also has a positive effect on my mood and the mood of the people around me. I believe there are colors for everyone and combined with vintage style, it can help you stand out more in a positive way.”   Q: You’ve always loved history and classic fashion, but as a woman of color, you realize everything wasn’t peaches and cream.  How do you explain your love of vintage fashion to people who think you’re celebrating a time when woman of color did not have rights?    A: "It all starts with the freedom that I have, especially in the country where I live (The Netherlands). The freedom to do whatever you want and also to dress however you want. Back in the day women of color were definitely restricted in many ways. In my opinion, if you now have the opportunity and freedom to do whatever you want and dress however you want, you should grab that opportunity with both hands.    For me, dressing in vintage style is actually a great way to use that freedom. By expressing myself in vintage style, I’m truly being myself and I automatically show that vintage fashion (or any other fashion style for that matter), is not restricted to a certain ethnicity or race. Everyone can dress in vintage style. In some way, I also see it as a way to shine for all those women of color that didn’t have the opportunity to do that in their time.   I also explain to people that I’m a ‘modern vintage’ woman. I pick out the positive aspects of the bygone days (music, fashion, Old Hollywood movies) and combine them with the positive aspects of this modern time. Or to summarize it with the popular hashtag on Instagram: #vintagestylenotvalues. I usually explain it like this to people who are not into vintage and they always understand my perspective.  Next to that, I’m also inspired by Old Bollywood because of my Indian ethnicity. So, my vintage style is a combination of both worlds. Long hair is very common for an Indian woman also in the old days, but in the vintage western/Hollywood world (1940s/1950s) most women didn’t have really long hair. I stay true to myself by just trying out vintage hairstyles on my long hair and that way I create my own vintage inspired look. "  Q: You live in the Netherlands. Have you always lived there? And what has been your experience as a vintage dresser there?  A: "Yes I have always lived here. I would describe the mainstream fashion in The Netherlands as mostly casual. So, when you wear very colorful clothes or a hat and you’re not on your way to a party, you’re already getting outside the regular fashion box. Add vintage reproduction clothes to that and you’re definitely from another world. However, I receive positive responses to my vintage style.   The most asked questions are: ‘Are you going to a party’, ‘Where is the party’ or ‘Which party did you go to’, when I could just be grocery shopping in an outfit that I would consider casual vintage style or dressed up for some fun times with friends in a bar (pre-COVID19 times). Sometimes, I end up having interesting conversations with strangers who admire the way I dress and of course I can give them some retro shopping tips! On the other hand, there are always people who stare, because you’re not (dressed) like everyone else, but I’m not really bothered with that. In those cases, I make it a staring competition. And I always win ;-)".     Q:What’s been your experience as an oriental pinup in the vintage fashion community?  A: "The vintage/pinup community is actually very positive. At least, from what I’ve experienced. I learn a lot about vintage hairstyles for example: On Instagram I discover many other nice and inspiring women who dress in vintage style. For a long time, I thought I was the only oriental vintage/pinup lady in the vintage community, but via Instagram I discovered a few other oriental pinups. Most of them live on the other side of the world, but it’s definitely nice to see other oriental pinups in the vintage community.  From my side, I like to spread positive vibes by showing my love for color, dressing up and making funny (TikTok) videos. I’ve also joined some vintage style challenges lately. It’s a nice way to entertain yourself and at the same time your followers, especially in these weird and difficult times. I’m mostly active on Instagram and in some Facebook groups. I receive responses from people who tell me that they think I have a really unique style and that they like how I’m truly myself in this (vintage) world. I definitely take that as a huge compliment, because staying true to yourself is the best message you can send in this (online) world."   Q: Any up and coming projects we can look forward to? A: "Since I spend more time at home currently, I am more active on social media. I usually didn’t make time for video, but now I’m taking baby steps into the video world. I’m also more active on TikTok these days. Next to that, I have just joined #thevintagefashionchallenge on Instagram. You can also expect more blogs on orientalspiceandsomechocolate.com. And after the current challenge, I’m thinking about doing my own Old Bollywood hair challenge on Instagram!"  Q:What’s been your experience as an oriental pinup in the vintage fashion community?   A: "The vintage/pinup community is actually very positive. At least, from what I’ve experienced. I learn a lot about vintage hairstyles for example: On Instagram I discover many other nice and inspiring women who dress in vintage style. For a long time, I thought I was the only oriental vintage/pinup lady in the vintage community, but via Instagram I discovered a few other oriental pinups. Most of them live on the other side of the world, but it’s definitely nice to see other oriental pinups in the vintage community.  From my side, I like to spread positive vibes by showing my love for color, dressing up and making funny (TikTok) videos. I’ve also joined some vintage style challenges lately. It’s a nice way to entertain yourself and at the same time your followers, especially in these weird and difficult times. I’m mostly active on Instagram and in some Facebook groups. I receive responses from people who tell me that they think I have a really unique style and that they like how I’m truly myself in this (vintage) world. I definitely take that as a huge compliment, because staying true to yourself is the best message you can send in this (online) world."   Q: Any up and coming projects we can look forward to?  A: "Since I spend more time at home currently, I am more active on social media. I usually didn’t make time for video, but now I’m taking baby steps into the video world. I’m also more active on TikTok these days. Next to that, I have just joined #thevintagefashionchallenge on Instagram. You can also expect more blogs on orientalspiceandsomechocolate.com. And after the current challenge, I’m thinking about doing my own Old Bollywood hair challenge on Instagram!"

Q: Can you tell me a little bit about your life? How did you first start dressing in vintage fashion?

A: “I love vintage style and I’m a huge Old Hollywood fan. When I started working full-time more than 10 years ago, I was looking for suitable office outfits. I loved the clothing and classic style that I’ve seen in my favorite Old Hollywood movies, so I started applying this style to my offscreen world. I welcomed fitted pencil dresses to my wardrobe.

After that, my vintage reproduction wardrobe started to evolve more and more. The hair flowers and my winged eyes look originally came from Old Bollywood. Flowers, winged eyes and bold lips have been part of the oriental culture since forever. Later, I discovered that it was also typical in the vintage western/Hollywood world. I’ve been combining elements of these two worlds into my own vintage style ever since."

Q: How long have you been dressing in vintage style fashion?

A: “I have been dressing in vintage style for over a decade now, so I would say 2009/2010. Back then, I didn’t do it every day. I started dressing vintage style “full-time” about 6 years ago. Then again, I also have days when I don’t feel like doing a full vintage look. On those days, I usually dress vintage style from the top and casual at the bottom by wearing simple pants or jeans for example. My signature makeup look includes winged eyes, red lipstick and a hair flower. It actually grew that way because it only takes me 10 minutes to do so. Which is very useful in the morning (on workdays).

Many pinups of color incorporate their heritage with the vintage looks they recreate. Adding a modern and refreshing touch to such non-inclusive beauty ideals and standers of the past. Showing that glamour is for all kinds of women. Not just non-women of color as racist photographers and movie directors of those past eras would think. Today, we meet Kiran. An Indian marketing expert with a passion for history and all things vintage. I spoke to her to get to know about her vintage fashion journey. And how she beautifully mixes Indian culture with Old Hollywood glamour.     Q: Can you tell me a little bit about your life? How did you first start dressing in vintage fashion? A: “I love vintage style and I’m a huge Old Hollywood fan. When I started working full-time more than 10 years ago, I was looking for suitable office outfits. I loved the clothing and classic style that I’ve seen in my favorite Old Hollywood movies, so I started applying this style to my offscreen world. I welcomed fitted pencil dresses to my wardrobe.  After that, my vintage reproduction wardrobe started to evolve more and more. The hair flowers and my winged eyes look originally came from Old Bollywood. Flowers, winged eyes and bold lips have been part of the oriental culture since forever. Later, I discovered that it was also typical in the vintage western/Hollywood world. I’ve been combining elements of these two worlds into my own vintage style ever since."  Q: How long have you been dressing in vintage style fashion? A: “I have been dressing in vintage style for over a decade now, so I would say 2009/2010. Back then, I didn’t do it every day. I started dressing vintage style “full-time” about 6 years ago. Then again, I also have days when I don’t feel like doing a full vintage look. On those days, I usually dress vintage style from the top and casual at the bottom by wearing simple pants or jeans for example. My signature makeup look includes winged eyes, red lipstick and a hair flower. It actually grew that way because it only takes me 10 minutes to do so. Which is very useful in the morning (on workdays).    I usually wear vintage reproduction clothes, but I also own some nice true vintage hats, earrings and other accessories. My favorite fashion eras include the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s with an occasional trip to the 1920s and 1970s.”  Q: What’s been your experience with it? And do you have any tips? A: “It always makes you unique. In fact, even in professional environments it can make a difference. When you have job interview for example, you know you’re not the only one for the job. What I always do is tell about my passion for vintage style and Old Hollywood. It’s still not very common to dress like this in the corporate office world, so it’s always my ‘unique selling point’ or something that distinguishes me from others.  Next to that, I’m fascinated by bright colors and patterns of vintage reproduction clothing. I believe in color psychology and there are always colors that positively emphasize your appearance. In my case, bright colors like red and yellow really make me glow, but it also has a positive effect on my mood and the mood of the people around me. I believe there are colors for everyone and combined with vintage style, it can help you stand out more in a positive way.”   Q: You’ve always loved history and classic fashion, but as a woman of color, you realize everything wasn’t peaches and cream.  How do you explain your love of vintage fashion to people who think you’re celebrating a time when woman of color did not have rights?    A: "It all starts with the freedom that I have, especially in the country where I live (The Netherlands). The freedom to do whatever you want and also to dress however you want. Back in the day women of color were definitely restricted in many ways. In my opinion, if you now have the opportunity and freedom to do whatever you want and dress however you want, you should grab that opportunity with both hands.    For me, dressing in vintage style is actually a great way to use that freedom. By expressing myself in vintage style, I’m truly being myself and I automatically show that vintage fashion (or any other fashion style for that matter), is not restricted to a certain ethnicity or race. Everyone can dress in vintage style. In some way, I also see it as a way to shine for all those women of color that didn’t have the opportunity to do that in their time.   I also explain to people that I’m a ‘modern vintage’ woman. I pick out the positive aspects of the bygone days (music, fashion, Old Hollywood movies) and combine them with the positive aspects of this modern time. Or to summarize it with the popular hashtag on Instagram: #vintagestylenotvalues. I usually explain it like this to people who are not into vintage and they always understand my perspective.  Next to that, I’m also inspired by Old Bollywood because of my Indian ethnicity. So, my vintage style is a combination of both worlds. Long hair is very common for an Indian woman also in the old days, but in the vintage western/Hollywood world (1940s/1950s) most women didn’t have really long hair. I stay true to myself by just trying out vintage hairstyles on my long hair and that way I create my own vintage inspired look. "  Q: You live in the Netherlands. Have you always lived there? And what has been your experience as a vintage dresser there?  A: "Yes I have always lived here. I would describe the mainstream fashion in The Netherlands as mostly casual. So, when you wear very colorful clothes or a hat and you’re not on your way to a party, you’re already getting outside the regular fashion box. Add vintage reproduction clothes to that and you’re definitely from another world. However, I receive positive responses to my vintage style.   The most asked questions are: ‘Are you going to a party’, ‘Where is the party’ or ‘Which party did you go to’, when I could just be grocery shopping in an outfit that I would consider casual vintage style or dressed up for some fun times with friends in a bar (pre-COVID19 times). Sometimes, I end up having interesting conversations with strangers who admire the way I dress and of course I can give them some retro shopping tips! On the other hand, there are always people who stare, because you’re not (dressed) like everyone else, but I’m not really bothered with that. In those cases, I make it a staring competition. And I always win ;-)".     Q:What’s been your experience as an oriental pinup in the vintage fashion community?  A: "The vintage/pinup community is actually very positive. At least, from what I’ve experienced. I learn a lot about vintage hairstyles for example: On Instagram I discover many other nice and inspiring women who dress in vintage style. For a long time, I thought I was the only oriental vintage/pinup lady in the vintage community, but via Instagram I discovered a few other oriental pinups. Most of them live on the other side of the world, but it’s definitely nice to see other oriental pinups in the vintage community.  From my side, I like to spread positive vibes by showing my love for color, dressing up and making funny (TikTok) videos. I’ve also joined some vintage style challenges lately. It’s a nice way to entertain yourself and at the same time your followers, especially in these weird and difficult times. I’m mostly active on Instagram and in some Facebook groups. I receive responses from people who tell me that they think I have a really unique style and that they like how I’m truly myself in this (vintage) world. I definitely take that as a huge compliment, because staying true to yourself is the best message you can send in this (online) world."   Q: Any up and coming projects we can look forward to? A: "Since I spend more time at home currently, I am more active on social media. I usually didn’t make time for video, but now I’m taking baby steps into the video world. I’m also more active on TikTok these days. Next to that, I have just joined #thevintagefashionchallenge on Instagram. You can also expect more blogs on orientalspiceandsomechocolate.com. And after the current challenge, I’m thinking about doing my own Old Bollywood hair challenge on Instagram!"

I usually wear vintage reproduction clothes, but I also own some nice true vintage hats, earrings and other accessories. My favorite fashion eras include the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s with an occasional trip to the 1920s and 1970s.”

Q: What’s been your experience with it? And do you have any tips?

A: “It always makes you unique. In fact, even in professional environments it can make a difference. When you have job interview for example, you know you’re not the only one for the job. What I always do is tell about my passion for vintage style and Old Hollywood. It’s still not very common to dress like this in the corporate office world, so it’s always my ‘unique selling point’ or something that distinguishes me from others.

Next to that, I’m fascinated by bright colors and patterns of vintage reproduction clothing. I believe in color psychology and there are always colors that positively emphasize your appearance. In my case, bright colors like red and yellow really make me glow, but it also has a positive effect on my mood and the mood of the people around me. I believe there are colors for everyone and combined with vintage style, it can help you stand out more in a positive way.”


Q: You’ve always loved history and classic fashion, but as a woman of color, you realize everything wasn’t peaches and cream.

How do you explain your love of vintage fashion to people who think you’re celebrating a time when woman of color did not have rights?  
A: "It all starts with the freedom that I have, especially in the country where I live (The Netherlands). The freedom to do whatever you want and also to dress however you want. Back in the day women of color were definitely restricted in many ways. In my opinion, if you now have the opportunity and freedom to do whatever you want and dress however you want, you should grab that opportunity with both hands. 

Many pinups of color incorporate their heritage with the vintage looks they recreate. Adding a modern and refreshing touch to such non-inclusive beauty ideals and standers of the past. Showing that glamour is for all kinds of women. Not just non-women of color as racist photographers and movie directors of those past eras would think. Today, we meet Kiran. An Indian marketing expert with a passion for history and all things vintage. I spoke to her to get to know about her vintage fashion journey. And how she beautifully mixes Indian culture with Old Hollywood glamour.     Q: Can you tell me a little bit about your life? How did you first start dressing in vintage fashion? A: “I love vintage style and I’m a huge Old Hollywood fan. When I started working full-time more than 10 years ago, I was looking for suitable office outfits. I loved the clothing and classic style that I’ve seen in my favorite Old Hollywood movies, so I started applying this style to my offscreen world. I welcomed fitted pencil dresses to my wardrobe.  After that, my vintage reproduction wardrobe started to evolve more and more. The hair flowers and my winged eyes look originally came from Old Bollywood. Flowers, winged eyes and bold lips have been part of the oriental culture since forever. Later, I discovered that it was also typical in the vintage western/Hollywood world. I’ve been combining elements of these two worlds into my own vintage style ever since."  Q: How long have you been dressing in vintage style fashion? A: “I have been dressing in vintage style for over a decade now, so I would say 2009/2010. Back then, I didn’t do it every day. I started dressing vintage style “full-time” about 6 years ago. Then again, I also have days when I don’t feel like doing a full vintage look. On those days, I usually dress vintage style from the top and casual at the bottom by wearing simple pants or jeans for example. My signature makeup look includes winged eyes, red lipstick and a hair flower. It actually grew that way because it only takes me 10 minutes to do so. Which is very useful in the morning (on workdays).    I usually wear vintage reproduction clothes, but I also own some nice true vintage hats, earrings and other accessories. My favorite fashion eras include the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s with an occasional trip to the 1920s and 1970s.”  Q: What’s been your experience with it? And do you have any tips? A: “It always makes you unique. In fact, even in professional environments it can make a difference. When you have job interview for example, you know you’re not the only one for the job. What I always do is tell about my passion for vintage style and Old Hollywood. It’s still not very common to dress like this in the corporate office world, so it’s always my ‘unique selling point’ or something that distinguishes me from others.  Next to that, I’m fascinated by bright colors and patterns of vintage reproduction clothing. I believe in color psychology and there are always colors that positively emphasize your appearance. In my case, bright colors like red and yellow really make me glow, but it also has a positive effect on my mood and the mood of the people around me. I believe there are colors for everyone and combined with vintage style, it can help you stand out more in a positive way.”   Q: You’ve always loved history and classic fashion, but as a woman of color, you realize everything wasn’t peaches and cream.  How do you explain your love of vintage fashion to people who think you’re celebrating a time when woman of color did not have rights?    A: "It all starts with the freedom that I have, especially in the country where I live (The Netherlands). The freedom to do whatever you want and also to dress however you want. Back in the day women of color were definitely restricted in many ways. In my opinion, if you now have the opportunity and freedom to do whatever you want and dress however you want, you should grab that opportunity with both hands.    For me, dressing in vintage style is actually a great way to use that freedom. By expressing myself in vintage style, I’m truly being myself and I automatically show that vintage fashion (or any other fashion style for that matter), is not restricted to a certain ethnicity or race. Everyone can dress in vintage style. In some way, I also see it as a way to shine for all those women of color that didn’t have the opportunity to do that in their time.   I also explain to people that I’m a ‘modern vintage’ woman. I pick out the positive aspects of the bygone days (music, fashion, Old Hollywood movies) and combine them with the positive aspects of this modern time. Or to summarize it with the popular hashtag on Instagram: #vintagestylenotvalues. I usually explain it like this to people who are not into vintage and they always understand my perspective.  Next to that, I’m also inspired by Old Bollywood because of my Indian ethnicity. So, my vintage style is a combination of both worlds. Long hair is very common for an Indian woman also in the old days, but in the vintage western/Hollywood world (1940s/1950s) most women didn’t have really long hair. I stay true to myself by just trying out vintage hairstyles on my long hair and that way I create my own vintage inspired look. "  Q: You live in the Netherlands. Have you always lived there? And what has been your experience as a vintage dresser there?  A: "Yes I have always lived here. I would describe the mainstream fashion in The Netherlands as mostly casual. So, when you wear very colorful clothes or a hat and you’re not on your way to a party, you’re already getting outside the regular fashion box. Add vintage reproduction clothes to that and you’re definitely from another world. However, I receive positive responses to my vintage style.   The most asked questions are: ‘Are you going to a party’, ‘Where is the party’ or ‘Which party did you go to’, when I could just be grocery shopping in an outfit that I would consider casual vintage style or dressed up for some fun times with friends in a bar (pre-COVID19 times). Sometimes, I end up having interesting conversations with strangers who admire the way I dress and of course I can give them some retro shopping tips! On the other hand, there are always people who stare, because you’re not (dressed) like everyone else, but I’m not really bothered with that. In those cases, I make it a staring competition. And I always win ;-)".     Q:What’s been your experience as an oriental pinup in the vintage fashion community?  A: "The vintage/pinup community is actually very positive. At least, from what I’ve experienced. I learn a lot about vintage hairstyles for example: On Instagram I discover many other nice and inspiring women who dress in vintage style. For a long time, I thought I was the only oriental vintage/pinup lady in the vintage community, but via Instagram I discovered a few other oriental pinups. Most of them live on the other side of the world, but it’s definitely nice to see other oriental pinups in the vintage community.  From my side, I like to spread positive vibes by showing my love for color, dressing up and making funny (TikTok) videos. I’ve also joined some vintage style challenges lately. It’s a nice way to entertain yourself and at the same time your followers, especially in these weird and difficult times. I’m mostly active on Instagram and in some Facebook groups. I receive responses from people who tell me that they think I have a really unique style and that they like how I’m truly myself in this (vintage) world. I definitely take that as a huge compliment, because staying true to yourself is the best message you can send in this (online) world."   Q: Any up and coming projects we can look forward to? A: "Since I spend more time at home currently, I am more active on social media. I usually didn’t make time for video, but now I’m taking baby steps into the video world. I’m also more active on TikTok these days. Next to that, I have just joined #thevintagefashionchallenge on Instagram. You can also expect more blogs on orientalspiceandsomechocolate.com. And after the current challenge, I’m thinking about doing my own Old Bollywood hair challenge on Instagram!"

For me, dressing in vintage style is actually a great way to use that freedom. By expressing myself in vintage style, I’m truly being myself and I automatically show that vintage fashion (or any other fashion style for that matter), is not restricted to a certain ethnicity or race. Everyone can dress in vintage style. In some way, I also see it as a way to shine for all those women of color that didn’t have the opportunity to do that in their time. 

I also explain to people that I’m a ‘modern vintage’ woman. I pick out the positive aspects of the bygone days (music, fashion, Old Hollywood movies) and combine them with the positive aspects of this modern time. Or to summarize it with the popular hashtag on Instagram: #vintagestylenotvalues. I usually explain it like this to people who are not into vintage and they always understand my perspective.

Next to that, I’m also inspired by Old Bollywood because of my Indian ethnicity. So, my vintage style is a combination of both worlds. Long hair is very common for an Indian woman also in the old days, but in the vintage western/Hollywood world (1940s/1950s) most women didn’t have really long hair. I stay true to myself by just trying out vintage hairstyles on my long hair and that way I create my own vintage inspired look. "

Q: You live in the Netherlands. Have you always lived there? And what has been your experience as a vintage dresser there?

A: "Yes I have always lived here. I would describe the mainstream fashion in The Netherlands as mostly casual. So, when you wear very colorful clothes or a hat and you’re not on your way to a party, you’re already getting outside the regular fashion box. Add vintage reproduction clothes to that and you’re definitely from another world. However, I receive positive responses to my vintage style. 

The most asked questions are: ‘Are you going to a party’, ‘Where is the party’ or ‘Which party did you go to’, when I could just be grocery shopping in an outfit that I would consider casual vintage style or dressed up for some fun times with friends in a bar (pre-COVID19 times). Sometimes, I end up having interesting conversations with strangers who admire the way I dress and of course I can give them some retro shopping tips! On the other hand, there are always people who stare, because you’re not (dressed) like everyone else, but I’m not really bothered with that. In those cases, I make it a staring competition. And I always win ;-)". 


Many pinups of color incorporate their heritage with the vintage looks they recreate. Adding a modern and refreshing touch to such non-inclusive beauty ideals and standers of the past. Showing that glamour is for all kinds of women. Not just non-women of color as racist photographers and movie directors of those past eras would think. Today, we meet Kiran. An Indian marketing expert with a passion for history and all things vintage. I spoke to her to get to know about her vintage fashion journey. And how she beautifully mixes Indian culture with Old Hollywood glamour.     Q: Can you tell me a little bit about your life? How did you first start dressing in vintage fashion? A: “I love vintage style and I’m a huge Old Hollywood fan. When I started working full-time more than 10 years ago, I was looking for suitable office outfits. I loved the clothing and classic style that I’ve seen in my favorite Old Hollywood movies, so I started applying this style to my offscreen world. I welcomed fitted pencil dresses to my wardrobe.  After that, my vintage reproduction wardrobe started to evolve more and more. The hair flowers and my winged eyes look originally came from Old Bollywood. Flowers, winged eyes and bold lips have been part of the oriental culture since forever. Later, I discovered that it was also typical in the vintage western/Hollywood world. I’ve been combining elements of these two worlds into my own vintage style ever since."  Q: How long have you been dressing in vintage style fashion? A: “I have been dressing in vintage style for over a decade now, so I would say 2009/2010. Back then, I didn’t do it every day. I started dressing vintage style “full-time” about 6 years ago. Then again, I also have days when I don’t feel like doing a full vintage look. On those days, I usually dress vintage style from the top and casual at the bottom by wearing simple pants or jeans for example. My signature makeup look includes winged eyes, red lipstick and a hair flower. It actually grew that way because it only takes me 10 minutes to do so. Which is very useful in the morning (on workdays).    I usually wear vintage reproduction clothes, but I also own some nice true vintage hats, earrings and other accessories. My favorite fashion eras include the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s with an occasional trip to the 1920s and 1970s.”  Q: What’s been your experience with it? And do you have any tips? A: “It always makes you unique. In fact, even in professional environments it can make a difference. When you have job interview for example, you know you’re not the only one for the job. What I always do is tell about my passion for vintage style and Old Hollywood. It’s still not very common to dress like this in the corporate office world, so it’s always my ‘unique selling point’ or something that distinguishes me from others.  Next to that, I’m fascinated by bright colors and patterns of vintage reproduction clothing. I believe in color psychology and there are always colors that positively emphasize your appearance. In my case, bright colors like red and yellow really make me glow, but it also has a positive effect on my mood and the mood of the people around me. I believe there are colors for everyone and combined with vintage style, it can help you stand out more in a positive way.”   Q: You’ve always loved history and classic fashion, but as a woman of color, you realize everything wasn’t peaches and cream.  How do you explain your love of vintage fashion to people who think you’re celebrating a time when woman of color did not have rights?    A: "It all starts with the freedom that I have, especially in the country where I live (The Netherlands). The freedom to do whatever you want and also to dress however you want. Back in the day women of color were definitely restricted in many ways. In my opinion, if you now have the opportunity and freedom to do whatever you want and dress however you want, you should grab that opportunity with both hands.    For me, dressing in vintage style is actually a great way to use that freedom. By expressing myself in vintage style, I’m truly being myself and I automatically show that vintage fashion (or any other fashion style for that matter), is not restricted to a certain ethnicity or race. Everyone can dress in vintage style. In some way, I also see it as a way to shine for all those women of color that didn’t have the opportunity to do that in their time.   I also explain to people that I’m a ‘modern vintage’ woman. I pick out the positive aspects of the bygone days (music, fashion, Old Hollywood movies) and combine them with the positive aspects of this modern time. Or to summarize it with the popular hashtag on Instagram: #vintagestylenotvalues. I usually explain it like this to people who are not into vintage and they always understand my perspective.  Next to that, I’m also inspired by Old Bollywood because of my Indian ethnicity. So, my vintage style is a combination of both worlds. Long hair is very common for an Indian woman also in the old days, but in the vintage western/Hollywood world (1940s/1950s) most women didn’t have really long hair. I stay true to myself by just trying out vintage hairstyles on my long hair and that way I create my own vintage inspired look. "  Q: You live in the Netherlands. Have you always lived there? And what has been your experience as a vintage dresser there?  A: "Yes I have always lived here. I would describe the mainstream fashion in The Netherlands as mostly casual. So, when you wear very colorful clothes or a hat and you’re not on your way to a party, you’re already getting outside the regular fashion box. Add vintage reproduction clothes to that and you’re definitely from another world. However, I receive positive responses to my vintage style.   The most asked questions are: ‘Are you going to a party’, ‘Where is the party’ or ‘Which party did you go to’, when I could just be grocery shopping in an outfit that I would consider casual vintage style or dressed up for some fun times with friends in a bar (pre-COVID19 times). Sometimes, I end up having interesting conversations with strangers who admire the way I dress and of course I can give them some retro shopping tips! On the other hand, there are always people who stare, because you’re not (dressed) like everyone else, but I’m not really bothered with that. In those cases, I make it a staring competition. And I always win ;-)".     Q:What’s been your experience as an oriental pinup in the vintage fashion community?  A: "The vintage/pinup community is actually very positive. At least, from what I’ve experienced. I learn a lot about vintage hairstyles for example: On Instagram I discover many other nice and inspiring women who dress in vintage style. For a long time, I thought I was the only oriental vintage/pinup lady in the vintage community, but via Instagram I discovered a few other oriental pinups. Most of them live on the other side of the world, but it’s definitely nice to see other oriental pinups in the vintage community.  From my side, I like to spread positive vibes by showing my love for color, dressing up and making funny (TikTok) videos. I’ve also joined some vintage style challenges lately. It’s a nice way to entertain yourself and at the same time your followers, especially in these weird and difficult times. I’m mostly active on Instagram and in some Facebook groups. I receive responses from people who tell me that they think I have a really unique style and that they like how I’m truly myself in this (vintage) world. I definitely take that as a huge compliment, because staying true to yourself is the best message you can send in this (online) world."   Q: Any up and coming projects we can look forward to? A: "Since I spend more time at home currently, I am more active on social media. I usually didn’t make time for video, but now I’m taking baby steps into the video world. I’m also more active on TikTok these days. Next to that, I have just joined #thevintagefashionchallenge on Instagram. You can also expect more blogs on orientalspiceandsomechocolate.com. And after the current challenge, I’m thinking about doing my own Old Bollywood hair challenge on Instagram!"

Q:What’s been your experience as an oriental pinup in the vintage fashion community? 

A: "The vintage/pinup community is actually very positive. At least, from what I’ve experienced. I learn a lot about vintage hairstyles for example: On Instagram I discover many other nice and inspiring women who dress in vintage style. For a long time, I thought I was the only oriental vintage/pinup lady in the vintage community, but via Instagram I discovered a few other oriental pinups. Most of them live on the other side of the world, but it’s definitely nice to see other oriental pinups in the vintage community.

From my side, I like to spread positive vibes by showing my love for color, dressing up and making funny (TikTok) videos. I’ve also joined some vintage style challenges lately. It’s a nice way to entertain yourself and at the same time your followers, especially in these weird and difficult times. I’m mostly active on Instagram and in some Facebook groups. I receive responses from people who tell me that they think I have a really unique style and that they like how I’m truly myself in this (vintage) world. I definitely take that as a huge compliment, because staying true to yourself is the best message you can send in this (online) world."


Q: Any up and coming projects we can look forward to?

A: "Since I spend more time at home currently, I am more active on social media. I usually didn’t make time for video, but now I’m taking baby steps into the video world. I’m also more active on TikTok these days. Next to that, I have just joined #thevintagefashionchallenge on Instagram. You can also expect more blogs on orientalspiceandsomechocolate.com. And after the current challenge, I’m thinking about doing my own Old Bollywood hair challenge on Instagram!"

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