Un après-midi avec FiFi Chachnil

Shot at the Atelier de Fifi Chachil on July 2017 by Jason Kamimura. Jenny is wearing ‘Mon Amant’ lace gown. Corset by Hips and Curves. Make-Up by Beauty Is Life Cosmetics.

This Summer I flew back to Paris, where I was born and raised. I was invited to a family wedding which inspired me to do my first Bridal Editorial entitled: ” Les Plus Belles Photos de Lingerie de Jenny Rieu.” , that was recently published on Ma Grande Taille.com an online French magazine dedicated to plus size fashion. My goal for doing this editorial was primarily to inspire all women and show that plus size gals are equally deserving of glamorous lingerie and to have pretty pictures taken at dream locations.

As the body positive movement is getting bigger and bigger each year, my frustrations at the lack of diversity and access to luxury designs for plus size is gradually dissipating. Of course I feel like there is still a long way to go, but do I still personally feel excluded? Not entirely anymore! I feel a great sense of hope and I think that there are big changes in the works in the fashion and media industries. The plus size market is worth $17 billion and the world is taking notes.

IMG_7045 (1)

For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know that I love luxury and Couture brands. I am always on the lookout for new and established lingerie designers from all over the world and this time around I wanted to invite you inside my Dream Fashion House for French Lingerie.

Nearly 6 months ago, I shared a lovely afternoon with one of my favorite French lingerie designers of all time, an icon, and someone I have heard of since I was a teenager: Mademoiselle Fifi Chachnil. I still remember watching documentaries about her on TV, and that’s when I discovered her beautiful babydoll inspired designs. Never in a million years would I have thought that I would get to meet her in person and have a private personal fitting session. I was also permitted to snap pictures outside of her Parisian atelier and improvise a photoshoot for the purpose of this article.

Anyone who loves luxury lingerie as I do, with lots of beautiful French lace and silk fabrics in every color, needs to visit her atelier already. The minute I walked in I felt like a Parisian Princess, something I always try to emulate in most of my photo shoots. It’s my way of paying a tribute to the Parisian aesthetic that I grew up admiring and loving more than anything. Being a former high school student from the Versailles district, I was obsessed with all things regal and Marie-Antoinette inspired. My mum often said of me that I have always loved luxury since I was very little, and that passion has been growing even more since I became an expat moving to America nearly 10 years ago.

IMG_7051 (1)

At the Atelier, Fifi Chachnil selected for me the gorgeous  ” Mon Amant ” lace robe that was made of French lace with gold and pink accents. I felt relieved when I saw that she had picked a design that was adjustable to my size, as I was wondering if anything would even fit me. At first glance, the plus size selection on the website and inside the shop seemed almost non-existent. But at the Atelier, I was told that Fifi accepted bespoke orders all the time.  I can’t stress enough how important it is for designers to have more designs available in a wider size range and preferably past a ” Large ” size. So the fact that the Atelier offered a bespoke option made me feel accepted and embraced.

During the fitting session, Fifi kept telling me that dressing me was like dressing a doll. When I introduced myself to her as a plus size model, she said it was funny to her to use this adjective and that if you are a model you are model regardless of your size. We talked body confidence and how the next generation of women and young girls felt more empowered now than ever. I was really nervous the whole time because Fifi was always kind of a fashion icon to me growing up. So being able to have this conversation and fitting session with her was a dream come true and I felt very privileged.

F​ifi Chachnil and Jenny Rieu striking a pose outside of the Parisian Atelier. Shot by Jason Kamimura Photography.

*Note :

To order the “ Mon Amant “ Lace gown designed by Fifi Chachnil please visit her website, by clicking the link: https://fifichachnil.paris

For size orders you can visit or contact the Fifi Chachnil atelier at 68  rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris.

I would like to thank the entire team from the Fifi Chachnil Atelier and especially Bridget for connecting us and  the warm welcome! I hope to visit the shop again on my next trip back home.

Bien A Vous Fifi, Jenny.

IMG_7032 (1)

This is Halloween

So for this season I wanted to introduce a couple of styles that truly evoke the spirit of Halloween and caught my attention for that reason. I met with my Photographer friend Bao Ngo at a kitschy Hollywood motel to shoot these looks and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

*Music is «  No Rest for the Wicked » by Darren Curtis (Royalty Free)

We started out with  The Underwired bra and matching panties designed by the fabulous Ashley Graham . I paired this set with a Kirsten Krog long sequin Kimono that I also received through Navabi Fashion .The shoes were from Golden Age LA. For this look I wanted to create a mood that was both spooky and sophisticated. Therefore, there was no crazy make-up and I wore my usual bob to complement the whole look.

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

7.JPG

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

9.JPG

The Second look was from the French lingerie brand Maison Close. I received the Directrice sheer dress and a velvet bunny mask through my favorite French lingerie store Glamuse.com

B&W

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

All photos and video footage were taken by Bao Ngo.

Find out more about her work here: https://www.instagram.com/baohngo/

Thank you for reading and Happy Halloween.

Jenny

#halloween

Week 2 of the 30 day Yoga Challenge completed!

IMG_8687 (2)

I have made it through week 2 of the 30 day yoga challenge. This week I took less Yoga Sculpt classes and took more Yoga Power Flow classes. I have to say I really looked forward to the Yin and Restore class that happened on Friday night. That class offers a different challenge it is all about letting go completely and stretching . My upper back muscle still hurt this week, but I worked through it by adjusting my poses and taking as many breaks as needed during the classes. I am really excited to jump into week three this afternoon with a Yin and Yang class. The perfect Sunday evening class. I am still very much determined to fulfill the 30 day challenge. Let’s do it.

30 Day Yoga Challenge.

I recently discovered the most amazing Yoga place in Los Angeles. I started my Yoga journey a decade ago when I was still living in New York city and training to become an actress while attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Something I have learnt as an artist and model is that taking care of your body and soul is crucial. It’s like training like an athlete, your life is kind of like your battlefield. I have changed so much over the course of the past decade. As I went through personal doubts as a performer, became a model and body advocate and also battled with a lesser known medical condition called fibroids.

The interesting thing is that despite the obstacles I have faced in my life, I still went back to yoga, as this practice positively impacts me. It helps me reflect on my goals and what needs to be done next. It also helps me build up strength physically and mentally. 

Finding a good Yoga studio is key, as you really want to feel great where you do your practice. I never feel rushed or stressed out when I go to Soho Yoga DTLA. The staff is genuinely kind and welcoming. That is why, I went ahead and purchased a one month membership to figure out if this was the right fit for me. The fee was $30 for the first one month unlimited and includes a 2 hour free parking validation. A rate that is the best in La La Land given that you get unlimited access to the studio, they even give you a free mat towel if you check in on social media and there is plenty of space inside the studio for your to practice. After attending classes at least 3 times a week for the past 4 weeks, I decided to push myself further and signed up for their 30 day challenge.

This week I took a variety of classes, from Sweat & Sculpt, Sweat and Stretch, to Power Flow classes as well as one Yin & Restore class. I love the Power flow classes because they are a great balance between cardio work and working on letting go. The Sweat & Sculpt and Sweat & Stretch are more intense. I also think that listening to your body and finding a balance is key in any yoga practice. The great thing about yoga is that you can really stop and breathe and do what feels right on that day. This week I couldn’t do every single pose, but I feel like I pushed myself a great deal. 

When I took the Yin and Restore class on Friday night I was really ready for a break, as my back was sore and my muscles were tired from the non-stop practice of the week.  I had a hard time letting go in that class and was breathing heavily that night. Some of my back muscles were still hurting so I decided to take a Yin & Yang class later this Sunday for my eighth day out of 30 day Challenge at Soho Yoga DTLA.

Note: feeling of lightness and strength when I walk down the street.

Thank you for reading and remember that engaging in a regular physical practice is really important. Working on my body has been a priority again for the past year and a half. I wanted to build up strength and stamina and I am excited to see where this new Yoga journey will take me.

For more info visit: https://www.sohoyoga.com

Jenny

#sponsored #ad #sohoyogadtla #bodyconfidence #bodypositivity #bodyconfident #confidenceisyou #ownit #pursueyourgoals #womenwhoexplore #womensupportingwomen #womenempoweringwomen #empoweringwomen

Boudoir Shoot with Karen French Photography.

Orange County Boudoir Photography
My Boudoir Photoshoot at Karen French Photography.
  •  I recently teamed up with Karen French Photography and Curvy Couture Intimates to offer my audience, the most body positive giveaway ever. I wanted to share with you my experience of shooting with Karen French for the first time and why I decided to do my giveaway a little bit differently this time.
  • Both Karen and I  love to encourage women to embrace their bodies at any size and we love to inspire women to  pursue their dreams. So it felt right to me to team up with her, as we essentially have the same purpose.                                                             
  • I have been enjoying being a freelance model for nearly a decade now.                        When I decided to become a lingerie model in 2016, everything changed for me. I started embracing my curves more and built up a confidence that was still struggling to shine through.  I love wearing beautiful lingerie , creating my own content and I genuinely have a blast each time. The aim of my collaboration with Karen French Photography  is to positively change someone’s life like mine was when I started celebrating myself at any size.

Orange County Boudoir Photography

*Credits:

-Shot by Karen French Photography
-Muah by Jennifer Christine Beauty
-Styling by #OohLaLaPR
-Lingerie by Curvy Couture Intimates

  • My experience at Karen French Photography studio was amazing! The photos that she took of me are my favorite boudoir shots ever! Karen offers these body positive sessions to make women feel beautiful and empowered and that’s exactly how I felt when I shot with her.
Orange County Boudoir Photography
Parisienne look wearing Emma Harris Bespoke Lingerie set.

From the minute I walked into her photo studio, got my hair and make-up done by Jennifer Christine Beauty,  I felt I was in great hands. I can’t stress enough how difficult it is to let go for me since I am so much in control of my image and branding at this point. I styled myself for most looks you see, except for two. Karen added feather boas for The Parisienne lingerie look and the Pink Boa look below.  This classic actress shot is one of my favorite looks from our session together and it will be part of my portfolio forever.

Orange County Boudoir Photography
Shot and Styled by Karen French Photography. Muah Jennifer Christine Beauty.
  • Each set feels a little bit different and that’s the part I enjoyed the most about Karen’s photo studio. You can navigate from one mood to another and you can truly create unique looks and shoot them all at the same location. As someone who usually shoots outdoors un-apologetically,  it felt great to stay within the same location for once.
Orange County Boudoir Photography
Cleopatra Inspired look wearing Harlow and Fox Elanor Damson Lingerie set.

And Remember to always Own Who You Are.

Jenny.

💫WIN EITHER SET💫

Photos by Karen French Photography Lingerie by Curvy Couture Intimates Muah by Jennifer Christine Beauty

We have launched the most amazing body positive giveaway a few days ago in partnership with @curvycoutureintimates & @karenfrenchphotography
If you go a few to the following post on my Instagram account:

you can watch the video again and learn how you can win either set and a possible boudoir shoot, styled by me for my LA people.

Make sure to read and enter the giveaway.
Ends October 2nd!
#EverykindofCurvy 🍑

#bodyconfidence #bodyconfident#confidenceiskey #confidenceissexy#curvycoutureintimates #jennyrieu#karenfrenchphotography #ownit #flauntit#womensupportingwomen#womenempoweringwomen#empoweringwomen #empoweredwomen#empowering #bodypower #bodyposi#fullfigured #fullfigure #lingerieaddict#ownwhoyouare #giveawaycontest#confiance #confianceensoi #confianca#woc #wocmakeup #fullbust

 

 

 

💫 Metallics for the win💫

Jenny is wearing a gold lame dress designed by Tempest Storm in collaboration with Tatyana Clothing. Photo Jason Kamimura photography.
  • Gold, Silver, Copper etc these pretty metallic tones always pop on darker skin tones. And they instantly make anyone stand out.

Make-up tip

  • wear a pop of red on your lips like I did with my red hot red lipstick 💄 by  @besamecosmetics and keep your eye make-up minimal with a simple cat eye, nude eyeshadow ( on me a bronze works) and well defined eyebrows.
    Happy Friday friends!
Wearing Stop Starring Million Dollar Baby Silver lame dress paired with dark gold, black and silver accessories. Photos by Jason Kamimura Photography.
Wearing the Fatale Pencil dress in Pale Gold by TPDC. Photo by Jason Kamimura Photography.
  • Another viral video on Instagram with over 400K views on that one.
  • Wearing Playful Promises bodysuit. Music is ” Burn ” by The Cure   the soundtrack from one of my favorite movies ” The Crow. “

✨Glowing in the dark ✨ Still one of my favorite looks from #newyeareve 2015. 📷 @jasonkamimuraphotography

A post shared by ⚜️Jenny Rieu ⚜️ (@jennyrieu) on

IMG_6087
Wearing Bernie Dexter Gold Lame Dress, Glitter Paradise and White & Davis Snake Bracelet. Shot by Jason Kamimura Photography.

 

Wearing Bernie Dexter Catsuit paired with Secrets in Lace caged bra I modeled for their catalogue in 2016. I also added a deco touch with my all time favorite heels by Lola Ramona. This is an outtake from my first fashion editorial in Ellements Magazine and their Superstar Issue. Photo by Heidi Calvert and Muah Natasha Marcelina.

 

Feeling myself 👸🏽 I want to thank every single one of you who stood up for me since last night after my picture got body shamed on another IG account. I booked my first paid modeling campaign over 3 years ago at a time where I felt the most vulnerable. Yet as always I had a blast and this experience made me realize how this was my new calling. I am humbled and grateful that so many women feel inspired by what I do. At times I wonder why I keep hustling so hard to do what I do. But then I realize that's because I love it, I love what it symbolizes and I love the connection I have with all of you. To me the reward in all of this is knowing that there is a sense of community and support in a society that clearly has a lot of negativity and hatred. However, this whole thing reminded me that our pinup community is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Thank you for your love and support. I'm here for you too. Lingerie by @houseofsatin 👑 Stockings @nubianskin 👸🏽 📸 @jasonkamimuraphotography #bopowarrior #ownwhoyouare 🤷🏽‍♀️

A post shared by ⚜️Jenny Rieu ⚜️ (@jennyrieu) on

My Art Deco Staple look in black and gold. Shot by Heidi Calvert at the Salton Sea.

Wearing The Secret Agent Swimsuit by Swimsuits for All in collaboration with Ashley Graham, retrosunnies and my own vintage gold lame swing coat from the 1950s.

Wearing a red lame dress designed by Ainselkestyhaus for my Cover of the French Magazine Pure Vintage Magazine. Shot by Erika Nelly Photography.

 

  • So far I have been wearing a good variety of metallic designs. Some of my inspirations are Icons like Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez or Halle Berry.
  • I am preparing my most lavish metallic look to date in collaboration with the UK lingerie brand Jane Woolrich. They are currently making me  a custom gown!      Stay tuned to discover the dress I will be premiering at the Cinespia Masquerade Ball on October 28th. This look will be one for the books!

Thank you for reading.

Bisous.

Jenny.

💋Beauty is an attitude not a size💋

BoPopost

Always remember this, you can be any size and still radiate. That’s no secret that how you feel inside matters more than anything. Since I was little I always laughed. Yes there are tough times, but in those moments you build yourself up. At my heaviest I’m the most resilient, strongest & most determined! 🙏 Namaste.

 

 

Chic Smart Look

Wearing the The Classic Short Sleeved Shirt (White) by Exclusively Kristen paired with a black pencil skirt and my Swagger Jacket by Vivien Of Holloway.

I am wearing Exclusively Kristen classic short sleeved shirt 👚 designed for full bust women 🍑. If you have been looking for a blouse that closes all the way, you will want to own that one as part of your wardrobe staple. As you can see it works well to perfect an everyday professional look.  I got inspired by Marilyn Monroe to create this look, as she was the epitome of glamour and chic.

JennyVsMarilyn

I added a high waist black pencil skirt by Pinup Girl Clothing (available up to a 4X) that fits my curves perfectly and put on my Swagger Jacket by British brand Vivien Of Holloway. (Available up to an XL . I am a size 14 and I wear a size Medium)

All photos by Jason Kamimura Photography

Note: For a modern touch wear a bold lip color and you are good to go.


 

Bolero Beachwear the busty friendly brand.

IMG_9719

Wearing the Ponti Di Roma dress in red by Bolero Beachwear.

“Bolero Beachwear perfectly combines the tropical flavors of South Florida and the beautiful mix of people with high quality fabrics and figure-flattering cuts into an effortlessly chic collection of tops and dresses.  Combining her technical background creating costumes and clothes for the entertainment industry with a sizable dose of creativity and passion, Patricia McCaw, the owner and designer of Bolero, excels at designing beautiful clothing to fit and flatter a curvy figure.  Her expert understanding of proportions, her deft manipulation of patterns, and her obsessions with impeccable fabrics blend together to create superior garments which drape naturally over curves and last season after season.”

When I first got in touch with Patricia McCaw through Instagram I immediately noticed that her designs would fit my figure perfectly as she specializes in dressing curves. I can’t tell you how many times I have struggled finding a dress that would let the girls breathe, but still hug them the right way. As a curve model I have modeled for a variety of brands from all over the world and the issue I have found is that often times the fabric is too rigid or not stretchy enough. The minute I laid eyes on the Ponti Di Roma, it evoked Sophia Loren or movies like La Dolce Vita. I love its rich red color and the fact that the fabric was curve hugging but I didn’t feel crushed in my dress.

IMG_9749.jpg

The Ponti Di Roma is available in four other colors, a gorgeous Green, Black , Plaid (in black and white) and  Navy. The size range goes from XS to 1XL. I wore an XL and could have easily sized down, as the waist fitted a little bit  too big for me. My current measurements are 43-33-46, so I would go by their size chart. One tip from me is to always make sure that the dress feels comfortable on, even if it is a little bit loose and get it tailored to your exact  measurements so that you get that perfect fit. The price point of $150 seems fair given the quality and the beautiful execution of the dress.

One of my favorite things in the Ponti Di Roma dress is the color, as well as the fit around the bust line. It is extremely flattering if you are busty. I adore the V neck and the fabric used is a soft jersey.  Other fabrics used are a blend of Rayon and Spandex for that extra stretch that our curves love. This dress is the perfect fit for an hourglass like mine and I love the contrast between the cinched waist and the circle skirt that allows a lot of twirling moments!

0S2A3546

Styling Tip: Add a corset belt and matching red gloves to give the dress a chic rockn’roll look that will be perfect for the autumn/winter  season. Put on your red lipstick and red or black heels and you are good to go.

All Photos by Jason Kamimura Photography.

*Get the Ponti Di Roma dress now here: https://www.bolerobeachwear.com/collections/ponti

Thank you for reading and remember to always Own Who You Are.

Jenny.