The Woman Behind the Camera Part II

STOP! In the name of blogs! Before you read this post!

Please head over to The Pinup Professor for Part I of the post!

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I was so excited to have the opportunity to be a guest blogger for The Pinup Professor this week! It was an absolute honor, as her blog is one of my favorites. In this very special two part Tuesday Tribute, you’ll get to read about the woman behind the camera on Annie’s blog, and more information about the transformation process here.

Bunny Yeager, similar to Bettie Page and Millicent Patrick, is an inspirational woman who left her mark as a pinup model and photographer. Thus, Bunny embodies the glamorous, sexy, model and the comfortably cute artist. Why pick and choose one persona when you can be anything you want to be?

For this transformation tribute, I chose three Bunny looks to recreate with the help of my friend! For all of the looks, I used a vintage brownie camera I found off of Etsy for $10. The flash did not have the little lamp, but since it was merely used as a prop, I didn’t think of making it look realistic at that moment!

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The first look, also featured on the Pinup Professor, is one of my favorite photos of Bettie and Bunny working together.

I love this photo because of the dynamic between Bettie and Bunny. You see Bunny admiring Bettie, and Bettie looks absolutely liberated. Since the beach was such an important part of Bunny and Bettie’s work together, I knew I just had to include a beach scene. After all, Bunny lived in Miami and many of Bettie’s photos as well as her own self-portraits were on the beach. Being at the beach, feeling the [extreme] wind in your hair, and the sand in your toes is such a relaxing experience – it’s probably another factor why Bunny was so comfortable shooting at the beach!

For this look, I borrowed my friend’s vintage tiki shirt, which I actually found for him at Slone Vintage in Burbank, and the Laura Byrnes high waisted shorts in olive twill from Pinup Girl Clothing. Funny enough, my shoes are actually Bettie Page, but they no longer carry this style on their site!

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The second look was from a self-portrait of Bunny Yeager with Artistic lighting, taking in Miami in the 1950s. She is wearing casual leggings and a seemingly white, or a lightly colored cardigan. To be honest, I got rid of my basic leggings a long time ago. I definitely did not want to make an additional purchase for a photo recreation, so I opted for my Funny Face pants by Pinup Girl Clothing. Since the pants are actually much longer on me that leggings, I simply folded the pants in to look more like the length of Bunny’s leggings. I also paired it with a white H&M cardigan I got from their bargain rack. This was definitely one of my favorite looks to recreate because the items were so basic and can easily be found in most closets.

Luckily, I had my makeup and hair done professionally in the morning by Erika Reno and Missy Firestone for a different very special photoshoot, so it was great to have my hair and makeup done for this special tribute! Both ladies are absolutely amazing and super sweet!

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The third and final look I recreated was not necessarily trying to mimic the photo exactly as it is, but just to have some fun as well!

For this recreation, I used the Laura Byrnes California Sean top and high waisted shorts in olive twill from Pinup Girl Clothing. I opted for this blouse because it had the classic neckline in her photo and similar length sleeves. Once again, I already have this top in my closet so I didn’t spend any more on clothes to recreate this look. What I love about more of Bunny’s looks as a photographer is that she primarily wore basic pieces which can be mixed and matched easily. In an era of exquisite couture gowns, fabulous pinup outfits, and gorgeous tea length dresses and petticoats, these Bunny outfits definitely stand out!

I also wanted to include the following two photos, just because  I loved them so much!
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Thanks for reading Part I and II of this special Tuesday Tributes post! Until next time ❤

 

 

I’m a drawing now!

I have a bucket list. One of the things on my bucket list is to become a cartoon/illustration/painting. This is the true story of how I finally crossed that off my bucket list with the help of an amazingly talented friend.

I follow a bunch of talented individuals on Instagram because I love to stay updated with all the new work that they’re doing. Seeing creative people produce beautiful work always encourages me to try harder in my own creative ventures. As much as people like to view technology through a dystopian lens, it’s through the use of social media and technology that individuals from diverse geographic locations are able to connect and establish relationships.

Through the online pinup community, I had the opportunity to meet the lovely Miss Christine, who happens to be a talented illustrator as well. Her overall style and aura is simply amazing. She has one of my favorite vintage styles, a very kind heart, and some serious talent.

I’ve seen many of her works before and her illustrations of pinup girls are one of my personal favorites.  The girls she draws are delicate, sultry, curvy, and just plain perfect. She first posted that she’s accepting ideas and commissions and I thought I should just take a chance and ask her to do an illustration of me.

IMG_8765.JPGI wanted something that will reflect my personality. I love dressing pinup and being all cute and showing off curves, but I do also have a dark side. Immediately, I thought I drew inspiration from my first photoshoot with Keith at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery. When I brought this up to Christine, she also loved the idea of a spooky pinup illustration! Settling on the idea and theme was pretty easy because we immediately understood one another. I was so confident in this project! I really appreciated that she also shared with me each step of creative process, up to the final result. At each step, I thought, “okay, it can’t get any better than this.” But it did!

She also gave me the option of choosing what color background I’d like and if I’d like to add some glitter for just a touch of sparkle. I really liked the idea of doing a darker shade of red for the background, which worked really well with the overall spookiness of the drawing. The touch of glitter gave the drawing some more dimension and worked perfectly with the overall look.

Out of excitement, I already shared the illustration on Instagram, so you may or may not have seen it. However, every amazing artwork deserves an amazing frame. And now that I’ve found one, I’m so happy to share with you the final artwork on display in my room!

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I just love how she captured exactly what I wanted and who I was in a single portrait. Many can be great painters, but not all can be great artists who can capture exactly what their client wants. Christine is most definitely the latter!

Check out the piece it was inspired by, taken by the amazingly talented photographer, Keith:

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The dress and the shoes in the photo that inspired the portrait are from Pinup Girl Clothing, and my hair was done by Missy Firestone and makeup by Erika Reno.

The Beauty Who Created the Beast

A few months ago, a friend of mine came across a photo on the Universal Monsters Instagram page of Millicent Patrick in the process of creating the Creature for the Black Lagoon.

Immediately we thought of recreating a few of her imagine with the creature’s mask because she just looks so great posing with her beloved monster.

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I already had the Lolita top from Pinup Girl Clothing, which was basically identical to the one in Millicent’s photos. I also had black suede heels, a vintage pearl necklace passed down to me, and earrings from one of my favorite jewelry designers, Insect Diva. Although the earrings aren’t identical, the general shape and color of the earrings worked just fine.

Now, I just had to find the perfect black skirt to recreate it. When I first saw the skirt in the photo, I thought it was be impossible to come across something similar. After all, I search through Etsy like its my job. After a lot of searching, I finally came across a black tiered skirt with four velvet strips, made of an unusually thick (and horribly itchy) taffeta-like material. The waist was 2 inches too big but I was not going to pass on this skirt!
Once it arrived and I started carefully examining the skirt, I realized it’s nearly identical to the skirt that she was wearing in her photos. Both our skirts have 4 velvet tiers and a thin velvet waistband, the skirts seem to have the same circumference, and they both seem to be made of this unusual material.

Call me crazy, but after a while I truly started believing that this may be her skirt!

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The hardest part (yes, harder than finding the skirt) was purchasing the mask. We went back and forth with various different types of masks. Firstly, these things cost a fortune! So it was a serious investment. Second, some latex masks are poor quality.

Luckily, our beloved Halloween Town in Magnolia Park had the mask we were looking for – somewhat affordable yet not completely lackluster in quality. When I went to purchase, this was actually the last mask they had left. It was definitely meant to be!

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The day of the photoshoot I also had a hair cut by the amazing Missy Firestone so I didn’t even have to do my hair. While I usually don’t like updos, we decided to try out a poodle just to see how I’d like it. And to be honest, I absolutely loved it!! It worked with my outfit for Tiki Night and it worked for the photoshoot since Millicent’s hair wasn’t down. She didn’t have a poodle, but a slight variation in image reproductions never hurt anyone!

Of course, the photoshoot itself was all fun and games, however, when you take a step back and realize the history behind the photos, you can’t help but get a little serious.

Millicent Patrick was a talented woman who’s involvement spanned multiple areas of the industry, including music, acting, animation, modeling, and makeup. She was also one of Disney’s first female animators.

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Patrick created Dr. Hyde’s look for the 1953 film Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In 1954, she worked on the Gill-Man and created the final approved version of the creature. In order to promote the film, she was sent on a nationwide tour, where she was presented as “The Beauty Who Created the Beast.” The Creature was rightfully her design, but George “Bud” Hamilton Westmore was irritated that he was not credited with the character’s creation. The PR heading was eventually changed to “The Beauty Who Lives with Beasts,” as a way to encompass all the other works she’s done, and to calm the hotheaded Westmore. He started spreading rumors that the creature was completely his own creation, not mentioning her and trying his hardest to discredit her. He went so far that she was essentially exiled from the makeup department at Universal.

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As a result of this mess, Patrick essentially disappeared from entirely from the Industry. Very little is known about what else she did afterwards, although people are certain she starred in 21 roles as an actress within two decades. She passed away in February of 1998, with little awareness of her true talent and contributions to the horror genre.

This photoshoot was very significant because I had the opportunity to honor a talented woman whose contributions were swept under the rug simply not to risk irritating a male counterpart. She is the creator, and truly deserves the title of “The Beauty Who Created the Beast.”

Outfit Details:
Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt: Vintage
Earrings: Insect Diva
Necklace: Vintage
Shoes: Steve Madden