The thing I love about modelling is the versatility, some models identify in to a set category be it fashion, glamour, fitness, pin up, alternative or one of the many other divisions and to start out with, I very much fell in to the glamour classification but during my time at drama school, I took a break from modelling and after I graduated, I found that with the meteoric rise in social media and girls posting all kind of images for free, the glamour industry had almost died out with the end of the ‘lads mags’.
After a couple of years concentrating on trying to be a ‘serious’ actress, I missed being in front of a stills camera so I got back in to shooting lingerie and swimwear, I shot a lot of horror to coincide with the fact that I’d somehow fallen in to being predominantly a horror actress (scream princess) and although I still shoot all of these things, I’ve over the past year or so found myself shooting more and more pin up.
I’ve always loved vintage styling and it’s no secret that I feel like I’ve been born in to completely the wrong era, I love old fashions, mainly from 1940’s and 1950’s (but also have a soft spot for 1970’s), vintage and retro decor and generally the way of life (it’s also not a secret that I’m no feminist).
I love the way so much effort was put in, from housewives to pin up girls and the measures that were taken by all in getting ready each day, the hair, the make up, the lingerie, stockings, suspenders and petticoats, the dresses and of course no ensemble was compete without a matching hat and gloves and a coat of red lipstick.
As much as I’d love to live the vintage lifestyle the whole time, I have no idea how these women did it, or the women who embrace the vintage way of life fully today.
Firstly, I’m still trying to master the art of putting in rollers, I really should have paid more attention to my Nana who put them in every night and wrapped her hair up in a headscarf without fail before she went to bed every night, and how is it even comfortable sleeping in rollers?
You’d literally have to get up at the crack of dawn everyday just top perfect your brush out or your victory rolls and that’s before you’ve even painted on your face or fiddled about trying to fasten your suspenders.
These women not only had to go through these rituals every day, they were also expected to run a perfect house, make sure their kids were fed and their husbands were kept happy! It must have been exhausting.
I have to admit, there’s no way I could do it every day, I love lounging around in jeggings and a t shirt too much.
Instead I’ve adopted a more modern pin up style but I have got the red lipstick bit down, it totally makes any outfit look that little bit more glam!
Photography by Portrait’s & Pin ups.