Saturday, February 7, 2015

Donation drive to help My Belleza Inc.

Hello everyone, it's Candace Michelle founder of Black Pinups. Below you will read information of a fellow pinup lovely, Samantha who is asking for your help with her new publication, My Belleza Inc. It's for a great cause so please help if you can!

Thank you!

xo Candace


 I am a military spouse her stationed at Fort Campbell. I mentor and minister to women and young girls. I also am a published model with experience in the fashion industry. I train these ladies who are inspired and want to become models. Little do they know how much they will actually gain by working with me! My mission is to empower and uplift our female society spiritually through Christ and give our youth a chance to a brighter future.

Recently I launched an online magazine called "My Belleza Inc." which is also my company marketing name. Currently I have 6 young ladies under my wing!  March 7th "Sunburst" will be holding a Pageant and Model Search contest at the Governor’s Square Mall at 5pm. In order to prepare the girls paying for their registration and attire, I would like to hold a donation collection to help support the girls and we will also be donating a third of what we raise to "The Emanuel Family Life Center" her in Clarksville, TN. The Emanuel Family Life Center is a nonprofit organization who feeds the homeless, caters to our youth and help our community through Christ.

Our goal also with "MyBelleza Inc." is to be able to help others who wish to register for the Sunburst Event who may be unable to due to finances. Get our youths attention and giving back to our community is what is in our heart! If you are interested in helping please let me know. I am reaching out to a few local businesses that are willing to have a donation box and flyers to support the cause. We are collecting $5 donation with a chance to win a $100 gift card! There will be multiple winners depending on the donation result. Of course all donations are welcome; however, $5 or more enters you in. Multiple entries are welcome to win. You will be provided with all the materials needed and all people have to do is take a ticket, fill it out, staple it to their donation and enter it into the box (instructions will be visible on the ballot box)!

Last but not least, the businesses that choose to help will be named as a sponsor for one of the girls which will be named at the event, put out through social media, as well as a radio broadcast! The business will also be mentioned in the donation to The Emanuel Family Life Center.  Please review the website as well as the event pages below.



 

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 recently came across a wonderful model, by the name of Cherry Dollface and she gives 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 www.pinuppassion.com 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 blackpinups@yahoo.com

 
Candace

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.


Images that are 1MB or higher will only be accepted. Check your file size before you submit, if you don't have it then contact your photographer or have the photographer email me at blackpinups@yahoo.com

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 www.dropbox.com 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 blackpinups@yahoo.com. 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!

Candace

 

    

 

 

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