Perspective

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Still reeling after hearing the weekend news.

Yes, Orlando was domestic terrorism. But (importantly) it was a hate crime (hello, a hate crime is a form of terrorism).

If you are looking to do something after this weekend’s tragedy, one idea is your local Pride event. A calendar is here.

Support. Now more than ever.

#NoHate

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Your Week In Pin Up Issue 35: The Bad Ass Edition

ywipu13 June 2016

Yeah, We Know Pin Ups Are Tough….


Like These Motorcycle Gals.

Bessie Stringfield

Bessie Stringfield

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c. 1958

Ann Margret

Ann Margret

Via Dangerous Minds.


Or Any of These Gals…

Alfie Jean by Steven Jon Horner Photography

Alfie Jean by Steven Jon Horner Photography

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Sydney Ralaton by Mitzi and Co. Photography

Sydney Ralaton by Mitzi and Co. Photography

Via our blog.


Or Them.

Via Buzzfeed and Pin Up Girl Clothing.


Or These Two Gals…

Girls Like That (Pin Up 6) Teaser from TaylorCatProductions on Vimeo.

Kitty Mansfield and Ruby Rydell go so well together, right? Oh, yeah, and Devin Gatsby James too.


Or, You…

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Halfway to our goal on Seed&Spark in just a week??? Overwhelmed.


Or This GIF.

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Screen great Maria Montez.

*SWAK*

Seven Beauty Truths I Learned From Pin Ups

We initially ran this post last December and it was our most popular blog ever. Seems worth a rerun as we’re back in crowdfunding season (requisite #BeABacker reminder).

Ginger Rose as seen in Pin Up! The Movie

Ginger Rose as seen in Pin Up! The Movie

1. It’s all about the red, red lips and the cat eye. Flawless makeup daily? Pish! These two small details are worth their weight in gold – putting a laser focus on two fab femme assets.

Kat Stroud by House of Winter

Kat Stroud by House of Winter

2. You don’t have to be a six foot tall model to be beautiful. Pin up tosses off fashion industry standards. Sure, long and lean works, but so does short and curvy. And everything in between.

Sydney Ralaton by Mitzi and Co. Photography

Sydney Ralston by Mitzi and Co. Photography

3. There is a time and place for sweats and Uggs. Yeah, comfort is good, but there’s a type of confidence you can get from sartorial polish.

4. “I can do anything in heels and you’re going to watch me.” Think of the old adage about Ginger Rogers – she did everything Fred Astaire did but in high heels and backwards. Now that’s power.

Pinup Little Bit by Mitzi and Co. Photography

Pinup Little Bit by Mitzi and Co. Photography

5. Sisters are doing for themselves… And each other. Sorry, guys. All this fabulousness isn’t about trying to get your attention. Pin ups know it’s women who appreciate that perfect Cupid’s bow and straight as an arrow seemed stockings.

Bang Bang Von Loola in a vintage 1930s gown and brooch by Sheila Broderick Photography

Bang Bang Von Loola in a vintage 1930s gown and brooch by Sheila Broderick Photography

6. Recycling is oh-so-fashionable. Vintage shops and thrift store finds: the ultimate in going green. Plus, the older clothes just last better than modern frocks.

Alfie Jean by Steven Jon Horner Photography

Alfie Jean by Steven Jon Horner Photography

7. It’s not about some sort of aesthetic ideal: confidence is what’s sexy.  Strength. Self-assuredness. Girl power. Yeah, it’s a cliché, but pin ups know true beauty comes from within.

Pin Ups of Color

 

When this video featuring the folks at Pin Up Girl Clothing hit the web yesterday, it really resonated with me.

Because this is what we’ve been trying to do through the film. Because, of course.

Or as Pin Up Girl Clothing owner Laura Bynes said in a comment when a friend posted the link on her Facebook:

Don’t give me a cookie for acting how we are all supposed to.

When I began working on this project, I specifically sought out women who weren’t only the blonde-haired blue-eyed stereotype. Or, they’re there (of course). But so are Asian women, Hispanic women, African-American women. I’m trying to show that the scene is diverse, not only in its body representation but also in who is a pin up.

2015-11-22 12.40.14From our world premier. Just some of the ladies you’ll see in our film and online documentary.

The problem, as Doris Mayday so beautifully points out in the video, is that when we look back at “history” it is sometimes whitewashed by who was “allowed” to be in the public eye during the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. It’s not that beautiful women of color weren’t rocking the pin up look (they were because it was basically just normal fashion then) – it’s that they often weren’t seen in the media of the day.

But we can fix that.

Oh, yeah, we can fix that.

Yeah, I’m supposed to remind you to #BeABacker

 

 

Back This Film

Ok, so I know you know I’m running another crowdfunding. And you probably are thinking

Here’s another pitch to get me to back Pin Up! The Movie. Isn’t there anything else she can talk about?

Well, as a matter fact, there is.

How about Texas Guinan?

Guinan was a silent film star, business owner and overall bad ass. It seems to me that she falls into the historical tradition of the pin up: a woman who is owning her own sexuality and inserting it in challenging and non-traditional ways into the public sphere.

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I mean, consider this:

In 1926, Guinan made $700,000.

The average net income in the United States in 1926?

$5,249.16.

She was known as “The Queen of the Nightclubs.” She starred in 33 silent films. She even owned her own film company. Her funeral in 1933 drew more than 10,000 mourners.

But did you know about her? I sure didn’t.

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Part of the Seed&Spark and Project Greenlight Digital Untold Story challenge is about building community. Through this I met Mary Louise Guinan, who’s heading up the campaign to bring Guinan’s story to the screen.

I really love this story – you know I’m a sucker for tales of women in history. So hit them up. Let’s show that this community isn’t just about my film but about supporting women in film in general.

#BeABacker

Your Week in Pin Up Issue 32: The It’s All About the Photos Edition

ywipu23 May 2016

Photos. Photos. Photos. (and Comic Con).


Girls of Summer.

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Baseball, anyone? This photo of Ruby Rydell blew up our Instagram. 958 1,101 likes and counting.


From Our Music Video.

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The decisive moment.


Oregon Screening.

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Thanks, Samantha Toda for sharing these photos on Twitter.

Director Kathleen Ryan and musician Devin "Gatsby" James.

Director Kathleen Ryan and musician Devin “Gatsby” James.


Palm Springs at Midnight

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Shot only with the light of the full moon. Gorgeous. By Tom Blachford Photography.


Oh, and Did We Mention We Got Into Comic Con??????

FESTIVALS

DYING.


This GIF.

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*SWAK*

Your Week in Pin Up Issue 30: The We’re Back On Track Edition

ywipu9 May 2016

Birthdays. Prince. And Body Positivity.


Hello Audrey!

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Audrey Hepburn’s birthday was last week. She would have been 87 years old. But her look never goes out of style.


Picture, Perfect?

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Okay, maybe not so much. But you gotta love this gal who’s recreating all those silly poses you see models do.

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The surfboard is so me.

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Via Viral Feeds.


Pin Up Power

Kandy K – mother, makeup artist and stylist. From Bored Panda.

Kandy K – mother, makeup artist and stylist. From Bored Panda.

We reposted a blog from Bored Panda about the power of pin up on our Facebook and it went THROUGH THE ROOF.

Because, pin up.


Hello, Fifi!

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This body positive activist got the MOST WEEKLY VOTES EVER in our #iwannabeastar contest over on Instagram.

Because, Fifi von Tassel.


This GIF.

Love-Symbol

Because, Prince.

*SWAK*