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.

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Miami Fashion Network Loves our Documentary About Pin Up Culture

Check out what our new friends at Miami Fashion Network have to say about our screening at the Palm Beach International Film Festial a week from Satruday. 

  
March 31, 2016 – Miami Fashion Network
We think the biggest April fashion event in Miami revolves around a super chic documentary movie. Pin Up! The Movie is showing in the Palm Beach International Film Festival. “Pin-up and vintage culture are exploding – and no one’s made a movie about it,” says filmmaker Kathleen Ryan. 
This movie about fashion design follows a group of women through their everyday lives, showing why they’re drawn to the retro style. There are two interrelated stories. In one, a group of women compete for the title of Miss 1940s White Christmas Ball. In the other, an established pin-up photographer and her crew seek a fresh face for a magazine spread. 
“People think that the pin up is just something men look at,” says Ryan. However “All the women I’ve talked with say they’re doing this for themselves. They love the power, beauty and sisterhood in the culture. The modern pin up is a pretty feminist creature.”
The fashion and style of Miami are the perfect setting for the initial screenings of the film. Much of the original pin-up genre sprung from the sensual style of Miami, a locale that always encouraged women to appear more alluring. 
Today’s Miami fashion set continues to celebrate the power of femininity, from our super sexy night clubs to our sultry hotel pool parties. Plus there is cauldron of creativity mixing fashion designers, fashionable restaurants and hotels, and photography. The Pin Up culture is alive and well among the fashion crowd of Miami. 

Seven Beauty Truths I Learned From Pin Ups

 

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.

The Pin Up Beauty Academy

In 2013, I was invited by Mitzi Valenzuela of Mitzi and Co. Photography to film at one of her Pin Up Beauty Academies. Miss Rockwell De Vil was the hostess. She gave full instructions to about 18 women, including how to do the perfect cat eye and how to do victory rolls. Then Mitzi brought the women into her studio where she held a photo shoot. It was one of the most amazing things I got to see during filming of my documentary. I was just filming, but I learned so much. And then so much more when I began editing the FOUR HOUR session into a segment for the film. I would never have had the courage to try and wear false eyelashes if I hadn’t learned from Rockwell. So when Mitzi agreed to let us use the Beauty Academy as a premium, I was beyond excited. You can check out the Kickstarter for the full details – but suffice to say it’s the Academy experience, a photo shoot, an exclusive video plus about a kabillion other goodies. It is expensive: $5,000. But it’s for 10 people. If you got together with 9 of your friends, you’d get the Beauty Academy plus a photo shoot with Mitzi for less than the cost of a photo shoot.

Pinky Swear photographed by Mitzi Valenzuela at the Pin Up Beauty Academy. From Pin Up! The Movie.

Pinky Swear photographed by Mitzi Valenzuela at the Pin Up Beauty Academy. From Pin Up! The Movie.

Seriously, if Kickstarter didn’t have rules against this kind of thing, I’d do it. The is my most favorite premium ever. I’ll be heartbroken if it doesn’t go. Please don’t disappoint me. *SWAK*

Gibson Girls and Miscellaneous Whatnot

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Today’s edit of the film (and other projects) has led me to search for images of Gibson Girls. These were the turn of the 20th century feminine icons who Maria Elena Buszek calls “alternative, and very alternative and tomboyish models.”

And I came across this fabulous blog on the Gibson Girls and the woman who the New York Times called “the original Gibson Girl” (spoiler alert: the blog author debunks that claim).

Enjoy!