Favorite photographer to work with: Tough question, and I don't think I can pick just one! Vixen Pin-Up Photography and Varga Photography are both favorites as their aesthetics are so different. I'm excited that I just got to work with Paper Moon by Charlie Girl and I'm looking forward to shooting with Dynamite Dames in July.
Artist/Photographer/location of featured photo(s):1. Varga Photography, Roy Varga, Kansas City (Vixen Pin-Up kitchen) 2. Vixen Pin-Up Photgraphy, Nikki Moreno-Whipple, Kansas City (Elvgren recreate) 3. Varga Photography, Roy Varga, Kansas City (white hot rod) 4. Vixen Pin-Up Photgraphy, Nikki Moreno-Whipple, Kansas City (red satin)
Tell me about your featured photo(s). When were they taken? Why are they your favorite? These were actually all taken in 2012... Though I've been doing pin up modeling since the middle of 2011, I really felt like I came into my own as a model in 2012. It was soooo hard to pick favorites! The Vixen ladies are so supportive and empowering to every client and you can't help but feel special. Roy Varga has this great tough girl vibe that I am just really drawn too. I just love the "get out of my kitchen" shot for that great Varga vibe it shows. The Elvgren is my favorite Elvgren pinup "Oh No You Don't" and I've always wanted to recreate it. The white hot rod is a favorite because I love the mix of colors and the expression Roy was able to capture. Finally the red satin was a favorite set for how all the colors came together and the hair and makeup were just perfect!
How long have you been modeling/enjoying photography? I've always loved Elvgren pinups and classic pinup photography and I always wanted to be a rockabilly girl and a pin up, despite my very tomboy-ish ways. I just didn't know how to and honestly felt like there was no way I could be a girl like that, not to mention I felt uncomfortable in my own skin... Finally I got up the nerve and I started with my first shoot in April of 2011, which was for the Pinups for Pitbulls 2012 Calendar. Luckily I was chosen and made it in as Miss February. I think it took such an important cause close to my heart to give me the push I needed to start. I've been modeling steadily since and was published in the Atomic Bombshells inaugural issue along with you, the lovely Katty, was been featured in a how-to article written by Vixen and The Candy Shop that was published in Atomic Bombshells No. 5, and was just published twice in Retro Lovely No. 11 with photos by Roy Varga and Vixen..
Who are your favorite Pinup Models? Past or present inspiration? Rita Hayworth, Lucille Ball, Doris MayDay, Gia Genevieve, Christina Hendricks, Ludella Hahn (notice a pattern here, ha?) I really have always been drawn to strong redheaded (naturally or not) women. Being bullied for my red hair as a kid made me look for women that I saw as beautiful, even with red hair. Now I love the fact that I am a redhead!
What is some of your favorite clothing lines? Favorite Designers? Pinup Girl Clothing and Micheline Pitt are by far some of my favorites. I also love Stop Staring and Trashy Diva. If you could shoot with any photographer, past or present, who would it be? Past: Bunny Yeager. The work she did not just with Bettie Page, but all of her body of work is amazing iconic pinup! Present: Celeste Giuliano because I love her work and classic take on the art and Viva Van Story because I love the modern twist on the Bunny Yeager style. What is your favorite color and why? Blue, or shades of it like teal and turquoise. It's always been soothing to me and I've learned later in life it makes my eyes, tattoos and red hair "pop" on camera. If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead who would it be? Probably my grandmother. She is still living but she suffers from Alzheimer's. She is such a strong, fiercely independent lady and she was a role model to me growing up. I would love to have dinner with the person she was 10 years ago so I can hear all her stories one last time before they all disappear. How did you get your model name? I wanted something that included a nod to my signature red hair and was sassy at the same time. After running through a few combinations I picked one, which no one was using, so Voodoo LaRoux it was!