Nearly Famous Pinup Wednesday ~ Kat Stroud

 Kat Stroud// Facebook //  Instagram: Curvykatpsm

 Age: 25

 Occupation: Plus Size Model, Body Acceptance Advocate & Author

 Where are you from: Modesto, Ca

 Favorite photographer to work with: I have been honored with working with several talented photographers so I couldn’t possibly choose just one!

 Artist/Photographer/location of featured photo(s): Artisit: H.A.R.D Photography/MUAH: H.A.R.D Photography/ Location: Santa Cruz, Ca- Beach Boardwalk 

 Tell me about your featured photo(s). When were they taken? Why are they your favorite? This shoot was done earlier in the year and I just loved it!! Was able to play around on the carousel and took a walk on the sandy beach and I think the photographer was able to catch my true personality in these shots. You can see the curvy classy vixen who is just trying to have fun and that is me all the way!

 How long have you been modeling/enjoying photography? I actually began modeling back in January of this year after I competed for Mrs. California Plus America 2013 as Mrs. Stockton Plus 2013 and was awarded the Directors Choice Award. And let me just say I love every second of it and this has been an amazing journey so far!

 Who are your favorite Pinup Models? Past or present inspiration? Marilyn Monroe is a great fashion icon for me, Bettie Paige for her fierceness, Dita Von Tesse enough said, Rita Hayworth and Elizabeth Taylor are always my go to ladies when I am in need of some timeless and classy inspiration, and Tess Munster not only for being a plus size model but for her unique fashion sense as well as her body acceptance advocacy.

 What is some of your favorite clothing lines? Favorite Designers? Oh goodness there are quite a few but here are just a couple: Pinup Girl Clothing, Torrid, Unique Vintage, Ashley Stewart, Corset Verity Styles designs all of my corsets, IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel *was over the moon when I was able to participate in one of her fashion events*, SWAK Designs and Domino Dollhouse. There are so many wonderful and talented designers out there!!

 If you could shoot with any photographer, past or present, who would it be? Hmm Current photographers would include Yellow Bubbles Photography, Hugo V Photography, Kat Attack Photography and Javier Padilla. 

 What is your favorite color and why? Hard for me to choose but I would have to say red. Red is fabulous on the lips, flattering to wear on the body, and who doesn’t love a sexy red heel?  Red can bring your whole look to a whole new level if used correctly. 

 If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead who would it be? There are so many creative, intelligent and interesting people out there past and present that this question truly had me stumped but I would say Tess Munster. As a plus model that is just starting to make a name for myself it would be wonderful to sit down and spend some time with someone of Tess’s caliber who has shown nothing but strength and grace in the face of adversity in an industry less than accepting of plus size women. 

How did you get your model name? Well the Stroud part is the easiest as that part of my name came from my husband now Kat on the other hand is a different story! I am genuinely a sweet and outgoing person but I am also a feisty short little thing (only 5’1) that likes to have fun…much like a kitten so back in high school a lot of my friends began to call me Kat and it just stuck. Having a fierce and balanced walk like a cat was just a coincidence.  

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