Friday, June 15, 2012

An Interview with Miss Liz E Borden

Recently, I had the opportunity to catch up with my good friend Miss Liz E Borden. Not only do we go way back (We've known each other since high school...that's 10 years!!!) But we also worked together quite a few times. She is a pinup model in the Louisville Area, and we have joined forces doing multiple photo sessions!




Hello Miss Liz, can you tell my readers a little bit about yourself? 
Hey hon :) Despite my name, I'm actually a relatively shy/keep to myself kinda gal. I love pinup/retro (duh). I'm a nerd. I could probably be quoted for saying,"It's cute. Does it come in black?" Right now I'm finishing up school (only one more year left!) which is just consuming all my time and stifling the pinup in me (I need to be creative!).



How did you become interested in the pinup era?
I've always been retro/vintage so it was a natural path. My mother has always decorated with antiques and vintage items so I've grown up with a classic style. I've always noticed how women in old movies were well dressed and mature (even if they were only early 20s). I think that elegance and class is missing in today's society. Pinup (though some think it's just naughty or risque) shows women in power, elegance, and beauty.



What does pinup mean to you?
Pinup is celebrating beauty. It doesn't matter what size a person is, pinup is for all shapes and sizes. Pinup is often confused with a negative connotation of something along the lines of centerfold. I'd like to change that. For the time periods that pin up style was popular it was risque: a shapely woman in a tight sweater flashing some thigh, oh my. (wry laugh) People need to get past idiotic stereotypes and see it for the beauty, art, and personal expression that it is.

what about that period in time interests you?
That's a really tough question. I love, love, love the decadence of the roaring twenties (art deco makes me so happy), lovely Grecian gowns from the 30s, Rosie the Riveter/war time pinup of the 40s, happy housewives of the 50s, and the "modern" but elegant woman of the early 1960's.



who do you look to for inspiration and why?
Like any "good" pinup I like Bettie Page and Marilyn Monroe but I draw more inspiration from styles of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O. Both women utilized classic lines, a tailored look, elegance, and grace. For modern day pinups, I love Doris MayDay and Violet Fiori. Yes, both are/were Pinup Girl Clothing models. What can I say? The models rock as much as the clothes ;)



you are a model as well. what got you interested in modeling?
I know I've always wanted to do this. I once had an ex tell me I wasn't photogenic. Guess he's eating those words now ;) I love picking out my outfits, props, and scenes. It's like permanent memory of playing dress up (in fabulous, fabulous clothes).



where do you find your vintage clothes?
Everywhere. I leave no stone unturned. eBay and etsy are great resources. I can usually find a dress or two at a Goodwill or other thrift store. Local vintage shops like the Nitty Gritty and the Crazy Daisy (more of an antique mall) have good selections as well as peddlers mall/trader bakers, which are only in Ky and In. I've formed a friendship with a local vendor (she has booths at the Daisy and several of the peddlers malls) and have gotten most of my clothes from her. I need to go visit soon.

over on your blog, the practical pinup, you give tips on incorporating retro hairstyles as well a beauty tips. any tips you'd care to share with us?
I've discovered, perhaps a bit late, that youtube is helpful for tutorials on retro hairstyles. I've seen some easy every day styles I might try. I have two books by Lauren Rennells on vintage hair and make up. I use these for inspiration. I'm challenged when it comes to hair though I have made that my goal this year to overcome that barrier ;)

As for makeup, I take a "natural" approach. All my make up is paraben, pthalate, and artificial ingredient free. I want to look as good as I feel as well as knowing I'm not putting toxic shock on my face. Despite what people think, it doesn't cost more, the cost of my make up is the same (or slightly less expensive) as before with a better quality. I couldn't be more thrilled :D

Want to get to know more of Mis Liz E Borden? Check out her blog at http://apinupextraordinaire.blogspot.com/

I hope that you guys enjoyed reading this interview, as well as meeting one of my friends. This is the first of a new series of interviews that I will be incorporating in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for this new series!

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    1. woot woot! glad to have your interview chica!

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    2. woot woot! glad to have your interview chica!

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  2. Great interview - looking forward to checking out her blog!

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    1. thanks so much julee! her blog is coming right along!

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