Nearly Famous Pinup Wednesday: Lily de la Cruz

// Lily de la Cruz // Website: Lily de la Cruz //

Age: 34
Occupation:  Social Butterfly 
Where are you from:  Floribbean 
(Caribbean heritage born in Florida) 

Favorite photographer to work with:
Kristen Wheeler of Boudoir Bombshells 

Artist/Photographer/location of featured photo(s) 
Kristen Wheeler photographer 
Timarie Franco MUAH 
The Storm Shelter location 

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

This was my absolute first pinup shoot and I was lucky enough to find a fantastic couple George Jenkins and Chris Kridler that opened up their personal home tiki bar for my shoot. 2012

How long have you been modeling/enjoying photography?
Photography is my favorite form of art. I've been fascinated with pinup, vintage, retro, and old classic glamour as long as I can remember. There is a picture of me as a toddler with my hand on my hip and my head tilted to the side with a wink and blowing a kiss. A natural coquette if you will. 

Who are your favorite Pinup Models? 
Wowza where do I start and finish? 
Jasmin Rodriguez is probably my absolute favorite, wait La Cholita ties for that spot. Little Bit is gorgeous. Mosh, a local gal with I think national potential Samantha Sweets, Heidi van Horne is flawless. Truly any gal that realizes she has unbridled sexuality and beauty and places herself in front of a camera for posterity is a woman that I admire! 

Past or present inspiration?
Hands down Mae West. The queen of innuendos. I also love that although she was not a "classic beauty" that she dared you to say otherwise by her confidence and allure. 

What is some of your favorite clothing lines? Collectif, Pinup Couture, Trashy Diva, Stop Staring, Whirling Turban, Hell Bunny. Can I have them all? 

Favorite Designers?
Hmm, I have to say that Oscar de la Renta makes me drool. Impeccable attention to detail and romanticism, femininity, and classic silhouettes. 

If you could shoot with any photographer, past or present, who would it be?
Bunny Yeager I think she had a knack for drawing out inner playfulness in her photography. 

What is your favorite color and why?
Rojo the color of love, lust, and passion. Plus who doesn't feel better with a fresh coat of red lipstick? 

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead who would it be?
Again hands down Mae West. She was a pistol. 

How did you get your model name? 
What?! This old thing? 

Actually it's derived from my favorite burlesque star of yesteryear Lili St Cyr and Celia Cruz because she was the undisputed Reina of the Latina entertainment world.  

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