Nearly Famous Pinup Wednesday~ Shellie Schmals

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Age: 38  (by the time of publication)

Occupation: PinUp Model, Burlesque Emcee, Event Producer

Where are you from: Atlanta, Georgia

Favorite photographer to work with:

I’ve worked with so many!! How can I choose just one?? ;)

Artist/Photographer/location of featured photo(s)

Tell me about your featured photo(s). When were they taken? Why are they
your favorite?

All my pictures are recent as of 2010, and I love each of them for
different reasons. Whether it was the costuming, bursts of giggle fits,
and bringing pinup to a unique location or collaboration of ideas – all my
photo shoots have fabulous memories attached to them.

How long have you been modeling/enjoying photography?

My career as a pinup began in 2010 by doing promo shoots for my burlesque
troupe, Minette Magnifque. I’m also an improv actress and for me, modeling
is an extension of being on stage.  I love portraying characters and
emotions. As for enjoying photography, my parents were avid collectors of
vintage collectables. I grew up in a home that was like a very loved and
lived in museum!!

Who are your favorite Pinup Models? Past or present inspiration?

Huge love to all these dolls, from the past: Bettie Page, Bette Davis,
Esther Williams, Mae West; from the present: Bernie Dexter, Idda van
Munster, Ms. Monster, Micheline Pitt; and for a modern twist, Katy Perry.

What is some of your favorite clothing lines? Favorite Designers?

I lovelovelove DotsDiner. Her aprons are unique, creative and flattering
on all body types. Banned dresses from the UK are always adorable. Rene
Rene in Atlanta has a fantastic line of original  vintage-style dresses.

If you could shoot with any photographer, past or present, who would it be?

Gil Elvgren, Alberto Vargas, Roy Varga, Andy Warhol and Annie Liebowitz.

What is your favorite color and why?

Pink. Pink. And Pink!! I always gravitate towards it. I even choose my
sorority based on our colors – Pink and Blue. Shout out to Delta Phi Mu of
Daemen College!!

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead who would it be?

I’d throw a dinner party for all the divas I respect for their talents,
Mae West, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Mary Pickford, Gwen Stefani, Katy
Perry and the Everleigh Sisters.

How did you get your model name?

I’m like the Sean Combs, Puff Daddy, P.Diddy of PinUp Names!! My given
name is Michelle Schmalheiser, I was named after my great-uncle Morris,
who passed away before I was born.  My family called me “Shelly” and in
high school, I was nicknamed “Schmals”.  At some point in time, I dropped
the “y” and became Shellie. I liked the way it looked better with Schmals.
… so here I am as a pinup model, entertainer and producer, Shellie