Monday, November 24, 2014

How to Pose like a Pinup!

So you read (at least I hope you did) on how to be a pinup model, but what about posing? Well I have recently came across a wonderful model, by the name of Cherry Dollface and she give video tutorials on how to do just that! Not only does she show you how to pose, but how to pose with props, and facial expressions of a pinup model. Also she tells you how to market yourself as a pinup model. These videos are amazing and very helpful! You can also "Like" her on Facebook and subscribe to her on YouTube! Good luck and I can't wait to see your pictures!

Facebook: The Cherry Dollface Facebook
YouTube: The Cherry Dollface

Monday, October 27, 2014

"I Want to be Loved by You..."-Body Shaming

One day I came across a picture of a beautiful plus size model, that one of my favorite singers, Lzzy Hale posted. And the comments I read were unbelievable, comments along the lines of, "real women have curves," "I rather have a woman with curves than a skinny woman," or "Bones are for dogs." That was really hurtful to me, because I'm 5'2 and petite, I'm shaped exactly like my Mother. Unless you're dieting, to become a stick figure because that's your choice I and other women can control are body shapes. One of my favorite actresses, Audrey Hepburn was 110 pounds after WWII, she didn't try to be that way, she had an hour glass figure before the War but because of her hiding out and being malnourished her body was permanently altered. Women tried to diet to be as skinny as she was but she told them no that's how she was shaped due to the effects of war. Some women are an Audrey, others are a Marilyn or a Dottie (Dorothy Dandridge) and some are a Queen Latifah.

What others like is their choice, there are some men that only want a plus size woman, there are others that only want small framed women, and there are some that just don't care as long as a woman looks their way! Lol. But to put down a woman because of her natural size is wrong. I never liked the motto, "real women have curves." It has annoyed me since the movie came out, and even saying it a few times didn't fit me at all. The term, "real women" is now taking on a different meaning. Some say it's a woman that's completely natural, no makeup, real hair, etc. Others say it's a woman with confidence, smart and knows herself (which I agree with) and secure in her own skin. And some think as long as you can talk and move doesn't matter if you look like Barbie you're a "real woman." I think what's on the inside is what counts. If a woman wants to get implants and a tummy tuck that's her business, I don't think that makes her any less real. The Queen of Burlesque, the Goddess (what I call her), Dita von Teese has implants does that make her less real? Not in my book.

I know that people have their preference for what a "real woman" is but all sizes need love too. No matter what I do I will never be 5'8 nor will I be a size 12 with curves like Mae West or Marilyn Monroe. That's okay, God built me this way, but no dog will ever come after me because he likes bones, a real man will come to me because of the inside. And that's what it should be about I know you guys are visual creatures but I'm sure you will get bored real quick with a vain person rambling about herself and her looks. So no more body-shaming! You like what you like and keep your negative feelings to yourself.

xo Candace

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

How to be a Pinup Model

So you want to be a pinup model or do you just want to model for fun? Whatever the reason for your choice to model I will give you some of helpful tips to get you started!

  • Study! Look through pinup pages on Facebook, websites, and Youtube to study posing and looks. Youtube is very helpful because there are tutorials on how to pose and what look it will create for your body. A DVD that I absolutely love that is extremely helpful is, "How to be a Pinup Model" with burlesque and pinup lovelies, Bettina May and Go-Go Amy. It's short and simple and to the point. For Youtube I recently discovered a pinup by the name of Cherry Doll Face she is perfect for explaining poses, and what and what not to do with your hands and feet.
  • Take selfies! It may sound silly to some but it's a great way to look at how you look in front of the camera...even if it's with your phone. Also practicing in the mirror is a great way to see what look you feel the most comfortable with.
  • Drink and eat healthy! I swear by water and green tea! All the time every time, it's okay to have soda every once in awhile or a glass of wine (I'm absolutely a wine gal!) But everything must be done in moderation. Water flushes everything out in your system and of course keeps you hydrated. Green tea is an excellent what I call antibiotic. It gets rid of the toxins in your body, especially if you have crazy hormones and are prone to swollen lymph nodes (such as myself). Green tea, water, and walking around the block help with swollen lymph nodes (and lots of Ibuprofen) and makes your body feel rejuvenated. Eating healthy like veggies and fruit give you a healthier look and clears up your skin. I hate working out and walking is the only "work out" I do. Eating healthy, getting 8-9 hours of sleep before a photo shoot will make you feel ready for each shoot. Partying and drinking makes it that much harder for editing on the photographer and why would you put your photographer through so much work? :-)
  • Research! Research for photographers in your area, look at their portfolios and see which one you think would be a good fit as well as compare pricing that fits your budget.
  • Get the look! Again, Youtube will be your best friend, makeup and hair tutorials galore! Relaxed, natural, short, or long Youtube is your friend! Or you could buy vintage hair/makeup books, Amazon is your new best friend. You can also go to I started there when I was looking at how to get the looks I wanted as well as Youtube and looking at beautiful pinup lovelies, like Angelique Noire, Ashleeta, Dita von Teese, and Lili Rose.
  • Wig it out! Wigs are great for the retro look, they're diverse, and if you just don't feel like doing your hair, throw a wig on! There are quite a few pinup lovelies that rock "wig it out" very well!
  • Have fun! The most important thing in the retro world whether it's rockabilly, burlesque, or pinup, have fun! The best thing about the pinup/rockabilly world is that there is no standard look. There are so many different types of pinups; alternative, gothic, rockabilly, classic, tattooed, and even if you're an expecting mother, there's a pinup look for that! So any size, age, or look you can be a pinup model! Now that you have those tips, "strike a pose!"
  • *One more thing!  NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT YOUR RED LIPSTICK! There's nothing worse than looking dolled up and your lipstick is fading only to find out that you can't reapply, the worse thing ever! Trust me I know! Buy as many as you can and always have an extra one in every purse!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

As most of you know I've been working on the magazine and website...solo. It's very overwhelming and very stressful and due to limited finances I still don't have internet but that should be changing soon. So I've decided to ask for helping hands. I'm looking for anyone that has experience in writing.

So far I’ve have four items for the magazine; recipes, Q&A with the cover model, car of the month, and makeup tips. Now for your part I’m looking for anyone that knows of history pertaining to; pinup, retro, burlesque, arts and entertainment. The arts and entertainment that also covers today’s artists that are jazz, big band swing, singers and standards. I will also need someone to cover rockabilly, antiques, and hair.

If there are any artists out there please respond! I don’t know if any of you are familiar with the old magazines. They used to have a section of sleazy humor and comics which is what I want for my magazine.

Unfortunately, there won’t be any pay starting off but I do want that to change hopefully by the second issue. I don’t mind different having different writers for each issue but I do want to build a team and prefer consistency.  If you have any pictures that contribute to the article please upload them if not let me know and I will find them. The deadline will be October 27, 2013. You can e-mail them at


Monday, August 19, 2013

Photo Submissions for Black Pinups publication

Photo Submissions

So you want to be featured in Black Pinups? You can be a part of the magazine! Here are the guidelines and requirements.

Pinups & Burlesquettes
Please send high quality and high resolution pictures. If you’re an aspiring pinup model and don’t have any professional shots you can post them on the page. Selfies or self-taken shots will not be accepted but can be posted on the page.

If you don’t see your picture in this issue don’t worry you will be in an issue of Black Pinups I will e-mail you and let you know. You can submit as many pictures as you want and you can resubmit as many times as you like. Please submit pictures in Dropbox at or Photobucket. For those of you who don’t know what Dropbox is, it is a file hosting service much like Photobucket but you can upload documents, photos, and videos for free. You can share your pictures with the link of your picture or folders you placed your pictures in and send it in an e-mail. The e-mail you will send it to is This is to ensure me that I will not download any unsuspecting viruses you may not know of. And please make sure that these are retro inspired pictures. I have gotten a few “video vixen pinup” submissions that I will not accept. This isn’t KING magazine it’s about celebrating the look of the past. And make sure that I have the photographer's name and or company and if applicable makeup and hair artists as well.

Retro Living
Do you have any retro, vintage, or antique items you’re proud of? Whether it’s a living room, kitchen, or even a collection you might have is fine. Anything that’s from the past that you would like to showcase and give a story about the item and what it means to you and how you came across it is acceptable. If you’re taking pictures make sure they aren’t blurry and there is good enough lighting. If you’re taking a picture of a vanity table or an item that’s on top of a surface please make sure the surface is clean and there aren’t any objects in the background. Please no pictures of yourself in the background. If you’re taking a picture that has a mirror in it make sure that you’re not visible. No cell phone pictures!

Family Photos
Do you have any family pictures from back in the day? Any year until the year 1979 I will accept. You can submit a story if you would like. What that person was like and if they inspired you. You can submit the photos by scanning them in and submitting them to Dropbox or Photobucket.

Car Photos

Do you have a classic car that you own or just finished restoring? By all means submit! Any car, hot rod, or truck that you have restored or own will be accepted as long as it's up to 1979. I will not accept anything after the year 1979. Please make sure these are clear pictures. And make sure the car is clean! No bird poop! I will be featuring it as "Ride of the Month" and you can provide information about your vehicle, how you got started, and if it applies, what your next ride will be.

Make sure you include your name and if you have any questions. Please feel free to ask!






Monday, July 29, 2013

As most of you all know I am working on pinup magazine, a magazine that will correlate with this page. I will admit it's easier said than done. And I won't lie I'm scared out of my mind. So far I only have myself and another lady that I will be working with soon. As the date gets closer to releasing the magazine (I'm going for January to coincide with the page's birthday) more doubts are entering my mind. I do feel overwhelmed asking myself what did I get myself into? I know that there are lot of Pinup Lovelies and Burlesque Lovelies that are excited about the first modern day black pinup magazine. Seeing how few and far between they are featured in modern day pinup magazines. I just want this magazine to be the best that it can possibly be the Ebony version of pinup magazines. I do have big dreams for life and for Black Pinups and I often wonder how in the world will I get to accomplish them.

Lately, I've been thinking about giving up on the project and just sticking with the page. Moving to a new place, trying to furnish it, expenses and seeing how the paycheck just isn't enough I wonder what I'm doing and if this will happen. Something keeps me going though, I don't know what it is despite being thisclose to throwing in the towel only this morning, something won't let me. I hate not having internet, I hate not being able to attend events that Burlesque Lovelies invite me to, and I hate not being able to work for myself. I do try a lot with this page. So bear with me if it doesn't get updated throughout the week. I have to travel to Starbucks to get Wifi because the library 5 minutes down the road has crazy hours and their Wifi is absolutely horrible!

I just thought I would share my feelings I'm open for comments and if you know of anyone that can help me out. I'm doing this not just for me but it's long overdue and I want the world to know that brown pinups are fierce and lovely!

xoxo Candace

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Recently, I was asked to write an article on Black Pinups. Why are Black Pinups so rare and my experience on it. I also decided to do some research on Google to find out more reading the frustrations and rants on why there are hardly any Black Pinups. And it made my heart sad to see that in this day and age it’s like nothing has changed from the 1950s.

It’s been 10 years since I discovered Dorothy Dandridge thanks to seeing her biopic played by Halle Berry. I remember when there was media frenzy over who would play Dorothy and I remember shrugging my shoulders thinking “What’s the big deal?” in my ignorant 12 year old mind I had yet to realize why she was so important and thought of how good-looking she was. When I finally did get into her a few years later I was intrigued. I liked Carmen Jones and felt sympathy to Dorothy’s plight. I wanted to know more but there wasn’t much more on her. So I continued my love obsession with old movies. I spent countless nights watching TCM, looking up on Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn and all the while there was a small voice that asked a burgeoning question; “Where are all the black actors?” I knew of Sidney Poitier only because I’ve heard his name around knew he must have been a man of importance. I knew of Harry Belafonte only because of Carmen Jones and that was it. Surely, these two men Josephine Baker and Dorothy Dandridge weren’t the only ones.

When I was becoming a fanatic of Marilyn Monroe I noticed that she was a model and yet my mind couldn’t run away from the question, “Are there any black models from that time?” Being a history nerd I knew of the struggles among African-Americans in this country and the lack of recognition that went unnoticed. Fast forward to the end of the decade and I got more into the retro scene always loving anything that had to do with that time. It was around this time I discovered pinup models and was so enamored with it. And yet again the question, “Where all the black models?” I had no problem trying to style myself after the white pin up models I loved how they looked and I was even more happier when I saw that there were modern day pinups. A little part of me was sad to not see any modern black pinups. Again the questions: “Where were they? Does anyone know of them? Are they hiding? Maybe it’s not cool to be a black woman and like anything retro and that it’s a thing of a past.”

Then I moved out to California still not seeing anyone that looked like me that loved what I loved. It was fun seeing how many young ladies were into the rockabilly, pinup, and retro scene but the more that I went to car shows, rockabilly shows, and anything retro related I started to feel a little sadness. Then one day I decided to go on Google and type in Black Pinups and there I saw pictures of pinups from the past and then I came across the prettiest pinup since Dorothy Dandridge, Angelique Noire. I went on her Tumblr and was floored! You can imagine the happiness I felt. And then I came across Ashleeta Beauchamp and as I was on Google and Facebook that’s when I thought why not make a page for Black Pinups past and present. 17 months later a quest for finding anything all things pinup related has turned into a love that I can’t do without.

 I now feel like I was put here to bring awareness. It’s never a bad thing to be yourself. It’s never a bad thing to like something that makes you happy even if others don’t get it. I want the world to know that there are black pinups and that it’s okay to dress like you’re from a different era. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Normal and routine gets stale. Being different and being you is unique and a breath of fresh air. You must strut to the sound of your stilettos and walk like you own the town. You must accept yourself for who you are. There are some models that will always be skinny, like Audrey Hepburn skinny no matter if they eat eight hamburgers in a row. There are some ladies (like myself) who loathe at the slight thought of working out. Hey pinup models did not have the J.Lo booties, they didn’t have abs like Janet and they were considered women. They had a little pudge, a little flab and can you believe there was a pill to make a skinny woman gain weight to get more attention? WOW! If you’re a size 0 or a size 20 are happy with what you have and work with it. If you want to gain or lose weight do it the right way. The world is your oyster take that pearl and make fabulous jewelry with it!

Xo Candace