💫 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

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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 🤷🏽‍♀️

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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💋

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

Skin Deep : Interview by Tiffany Walton

 

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Photo by Laura Okita.

“SKIN DEEP”

Interview by Tiffany Walton

Tiffany What are your favorite skincare products?

Jenny I have quite a few skincare products that I swear by.

  • Baking Soda
  • Castile Soap
  • Acure “Facial Brightening Scrub”
  • La Roche-Posay “Thermal Spring Water”
  • “Radiance Moisturizer for Dull Skin” by Shea Moisture (smells delicious)
  • Raw Coconut Oil
  • Organic Almond Oil
  • The Eye make-up remover lotion with soothing cornflower by Klorane                                                                                                                                                                             Discover my first Beauty Interview now by clicking the link.

Pinup Talk #3: An Interview With Jenny Rieu

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Photo by Coco Haus Photography.

[Note that this article was initially posted on the blog section of the brand My Retro Closet on July 30 2016, following our collaboration]

If you haven’t already heard of pinup entrepreneur Jenny Rieu, let me introduce you! I think I must have come across Jenny via Instagram and I was hooked on her fierce retro style. She’s not only bringing much needed diversity to the retro world, but she oozes old Hollywood glamour and old school vintage class. I  just knew I had to get her in some of my handmade nightwear!
Me and Jenny collaborated recently, which culminated in some truly beautiful shots. She wears my handmade baby pink ‘Veronica’ Robe and ‘Bardot’ Babydoll, doesn’t she make them look dreamy? So to combine showing off all the beautiful images she created, I thought she’d make for a fabulous interview too! And boy, did she! Grab a cup of tea (or a glass of wine – hey it’s always 5pm somewhere, right?), it’s time for a lesson in pinup glamour..
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1. You seem like such a busy lady with singing, acting & modelling careers under your belt, but which has been your favourite so far and where does your focus lie in the future? 

That’s a tough question! I wish I didn’t have to choose because for me they are all part of the same mould. Growing up I wanted to live in Hollywood, be in movies and sing.
Many moons later, I live in Hollywood, I’ve produced my own Cabaret show “The Lady In Red” which I performed for years and I got to do a lot of extra work in movies and appear on the Fran Drescher Show.
My Cabaret show was great as it allowed me to have plenty of experience performing live. But I never got around going to the studio to record a full album. I did write a song for an award-winning documentary “Let Them Eat Cake” back in 2012.
And we got a lot of praise for it with Michael Bogomolny who co-wrote ” Patisserie. ”
I would love to do more soundtracks because they really allow you to work on other projects at the same time. But, ultimately I feel like I need to release a record that is 100 percent me. Music will always have my heart. This is where I am the most vulnerable and this is where I get to write songs about topics that are important to me.

To go back on the topic of modelling. I started working on building up my portfolio as a model by collaborating with different photographers. back when I was still living in Paris in 2008. At the time my shoots were more artistic and I worked with no brands at all. After graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts of New York, I moved to L.A in 2010. I quickly became part of the pin-up scene and 4 years later I landed my first campaign job as a model for Pinup Girl Clothing. It was for their Couture for Every Body Campaign that has now become one of their house brands.
After doing that photo shoot, I decided to take charge and reach out to other brands and independent designers to help shape my own brand and get myself out there more. As much as I want to do more mainstream modelling jobs, they really don’t quite fit with the aesthetic that I see myself being a part of. I find that a lot of plus size clothing brands are not that exciting and frankly I don’t like the styling at all. Being considered a petite plus size model is tricky because some would say I’m not really plus size because not big enough and not really a real model either because I have huge boobs and curves for days. So mixing my pin-up aesthetic with more contemporary or non pin-up brands is a lot of fun.

This year I wanted to get into lingerie modelling and I booked my first lingerie campaign with Secrets in Lace, a lingerie brand that works with pin-up icons like Dita Von Teese and Gia Genevieve. I had a few meetings with Daniel Whitsett (CEO and Designer of SIL) who designed several samples to fit my voluptuous body and this was yet another dream come true.
Since then I shot another campaign for Zathiya Lingerie which will see in Elle Magazine and I began collaborating with more lingerie brands such as: Curvy Kate (UK), Curvy Couture Intimates (US), Hips and Curves (US), Cervin Paris (FR) and of course your brand My Retro Closet.

As far as short term projects, I am currently working on two editorials with my husband, Jason Kamimura and noted fashion photographer, Heidi Calvert. Planning on a trip to London this fall so that I can coordinate my own bookings for campaigns with both Lingerie and clothing brands. I’m not signed to an agency, as I am a freelancer so I like to go ahead and make stuff happen for myself. That’s the only way I know!

Reflecting on my achievements and goals, I realize that the past two years have been strictly dedicated to my modelling, as well as growing my own PR business that focuses on working with retro inspired brands ( I represent the UK based brand “The Pretty Dress Company”) . Instagram has become my own TV network. I really fell in love with digital marketing and the endless possibilities that one has, to create their own niche. I am not sure what the future holds for me, but I definitely want to get into Videography more. Now we have one full minute to share moving images on I.G and that’s dope!
I began sharing fun videos from my photo shoots on my Instagram last year and my followers loved it.
My goal this year is to definitely incorporate more music and create more video content for my Instagram page and beyond. It’s a need for me. As much as I love modelling, performing has always been a part of me. So mixing modelling, performing and video all together would make me so happy and fulfilled. I am extremely grateful for the trust that brands and up and coming designers have placed in me. This has led me to work with amazing people like you Abi and I hope that we will be able to collaborate on more projects together.

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2. I’m in love with your sassy pinup girl style and it looks like you have the wardrobe of dreams! But what lead you to become interested in vintage inspired fashion?

Thank you so much! It always cracks me up that people see me as Sassy pinup girl. As far as my pin-up wardrobe, I really can’t complain, my closet is literally exploding at the moment! And I just re-organized my closet, so it’s finally getting there. As far as what led me to become interested in vintage inspired fashion, it has been quite a journey to be honest.
Fashion was always a part of me. Growing up I always dressed to the nine and drew inspiration from designers like Paco Rabanne, Yves Saint-Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier or Thierry Mugler. I doesn’t mean that I did a good job at emulating their style, but they were always on my mind. I love going to museums in general and I become super excited when it’s a fashion or jewelry exhibit. So far I got to see the designs of Armani, Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier and Cartier as part of various fashion exhibits that took place in Paris and New York. Sadly I missed the Yves Saint-Laurent exhibit that took place at Le Petit Palais in Paris years ago. I almost got on a plane to Paris just to see that one. But my mum did get to see it and she told me she was grateful I told her to go. I also travel a lot and I love buying books about fashion on TV shows or movies that have had an impact on me. “Sex in the City”, “Mad Men”, “Blade Runner”…. all have had such a tremendous impact on the way I see vintage inspired fashion. So as you can see fashion is something that takes an important place in my life. Not for the superficiality of it, but because it is a form of Art and it has helped create so many amazing characters.

I think it’s interesting how “The Lady In Red show” led me to fall in love with vintage fashion, as it was a tribute show to the 1920s up to the 1950s. I created that show because I was going through a bad breakup back in 2010 and I felt like I needed something in my life that would help me make that bridge between my Parisian upbringing and living in crazy La La Land. The more I looked for costumes for my show the more I fell in love with the retro lifestyle. And I’ve never been quite the same ever since. I think that my background in Opera and Theater also makes me look at clothing with different eyes. I still love rocking black leggings when I go workout but for the most part I dress pin-up 99 percent of the time.

3. Who are your beauty & style inspirations?

I’m not going to be very original but Dita Von Teese and Gwen Stéfani are my number one queens when it comes down to beauty and style inspiration. Growing up I listened to No Doubt a lot and I wore bindis like Gwen. I love her free spirit and the fact that she does what she does following her guts and no particular trend. Gwen is a rockstar and being myself an avid rock addict I relate to her style a lot. Dita has more a timeless look, but she also does edgy vintage to perfection. Dita has inspired me to pursue excellence when it comes down to styling and find looks that are unique to me.

Fun fact, Dita Von Teese follows me on Instagram. I met her several times at some of her events in L.A and we both had a booth at the Vintage Expo in Los Angeles. I respect both Dita and Gwen Stéfani for their ability to carve their own niche, the fact that they are strong women who are hard working and unique.

As far as beauty inspirations I love contemporary icons like Charlize Theron, Jessica Alba and Salma Hayek. But If I had to pick my all time favorite beauty icon that would be the great Sophia Loren. She has that joie de vivre and natural beauty that make me feel like I can relate to her. I’m European after all.

4. What are your favourite retro lingerie essentials?

My lingerie essentials would be:

  • A black bullet bra for my ladies. Believe it or not if you already have large breasts it’s tough to find bullet bras. Luckily I had one made in my size by Secrets in Lace for my upcoming cover in Vintage Boudoir Magazine. Now I wear this bra all the time, underneath a blouse, a wiggle dress. It just goes with everything.
  • A pair of high waist panties are a must! I just don’t feel the same if I’m not rocking them. I used to wear thongs as a teenager, but as I got older I got curvier. And now they are my go to panties!
  • A set of nude underwear in my skin tone. It took me a while but I just found the perfect set that is offered in my size 34G. This is great because it will go underneath everything, as it is pretty much my exact skin tone!
  • Robes for comfort! Yes please I love them! They are so easy to wear and take off. And I love the comfort when I chill at home or go to bed that’s what I wear. I currently wear the Veronica Robe in baby pink by My Retro Closet. And I cannot wait to add it in more colour ways. It’s comfortable, classic and timeless.
  • A pair of FooFoo Slippers. I fell in love with their designs earlier this year and I hope that we get to work on more projects together. They are such a staple and I love how comfortable the heel is, yet extremely elegant!

 

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Photo in the middle by Coco Haus Photography.

5. From Paris to LA! But which is your favourite city & why?

I love both Paris and LA. I’ve also lived in New York and Barcelona and I find that each city has something that I really love. LA has been amazing to me, as it has inspired me to become an entrepreneur, push myself even more and allowed me to create my own niche. When I moved from New York to Los Angeles, about 6 years ago I would never have thought I would become a pin-up and curve model. So the experience has been pretty incredible and I especially cherish the dialogue that I have with my followers on social media. After years of hustling and I’m still at it, I have a new appreciation for the expression “work your ass off to make your dreams come true” and what it entails.

Paris is my birthplace and where I got my values from. I will always be a Parisian at heart and I hope to be bi-coastal at some point because it’s part of having a balance. I love Paris for its easy access to culture, the fact that I can walk everywhere and of course the food. I miss eating crepes in Montparnasse sometimes! Growing up in Paris I had American dreams which I have now mostly fulfilled and that’s incredible to me.
So Paris will always have a special place in my heart, although L.A was the place that allowed me to really do things instead of dreaming about them.

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6. Finally, I have to ask, what’s on your My Retro Closet wish list?

The Veronica Robe in every other colourway! It’s to die for. I love that the fabric is so fluid and soft. It makes me feel like an effortless Old-Hollywood starlet. The Joan bed jacket and The Dixie Open Babydoll in signature black are also on my wish list. I’m excited to see My Retro Closet grow and see what other designs you will come up with Abi! Everything is just so pretty and made with love.

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How amazing were Jenny’s answers?! I was blown away, she’s so inspiring. What an absolute dream to work with. What My Retro Closet pieces would you like to see her wear next?
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For more in my Pinup Talk blog series, explore the interviews HERE. Who would you like to see next on my blog?

Thanks for reading, pinups!
xo

Bullying is not ok

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So last night I was cyber-bullied by a very insecure  young girl. I responded back by calling her out on all of my social media handles. I do what I do because I enjoy it and I grow from it. Growing up, it was always my dream to be an Actress/Singer and Model. After pursuing acting and singing for a while, I found my way into the pin-up community upon moving from New York to LA back in 2010. From that I produced my own cabaret show and started my professional modeling career back in 2014, when I modeled for Pinup Girl Clothing and their “Couture for Everybody Campaign”. I was at my most vulnerable during that time, but decided to make the most of that experience and had a blast.

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This is the second post that : Officiallyviviennetaylor  decided to share to illustrate her point.

Everyday I strive to pursue my dreams, work hard, eat clean, workout, and I choose to live a healthy lifestyle. Yet still I don’t fit into society’s beauty standards. There are and there will always be people telling me that I look unhealthy, that I should lose weight and workout. I think it is a shame that some people are still so brainwashed by what they considered the ideal beauty standard, as shown in the post of Jayne Mansfield below, along with a definition of what Curvy is.

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Pictured here is actress Jayne Mansfield.

Definition of Curvy.

“Why hide your body or yourself because you are not a size 0?”

The amount of support and love I have received back from followers and non-followers was mind-blowing. I didn’t expect for this to bring in so many good people. What is really painful in all of this, is that these attacks were made to hurt me personally. I actually met the troll at a retro shop over a year ago, but I didn’t remember. Apparently she held a grudge against me, without me knowing and started leaving mean comments below my photos a few months ago. I blocked her and forgot about it. Cyber-bullying along with stalking are such a big issue when you decide to put yourself out there like I do.

The whole experience really made me realize that posting on social media can attract crazy people. I still want to have a voice in this world and I feel like I was meant to be part of the body positive movement. Becoming a pin-up model contributed to making me more body positive and self-accepting. It has also opened my eyes on the fact that all bodies are beautiful and everyone deserves a place in our society. And everyone obviously deserves to wear beautiful clothes. My message isn’t about glamorizing a certain body type, it’s about celebrating myself as a woman and an artist.

Here are some re-posts by fellow Instagrammers supporting me.

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This is why I decided to continue branding myself as a pin-up model and plus size model. And I can’t tell you how many women have thanked me for giving them better lingerie options or inspired them to “Slay”. Why hide your body or yourself because you are not a size 0? At the end of the day we only live once and I believe that loving yourself and others is the way to go.

Furthermore, Pin up modeling is for me  a form of therapy and also taking the power back. It is about knowing that all women and all bodies are beautiful and have a place in our society. When I first started in the industry, it was a way of  re-discovering my body and myself, after a physical trauma. My body has changed throughout the years due to personal medical issues, which I have previously exposed. (cf: https://jennyrieu.com/celebrate-yourself-2/) I have worked through them and still do; and will not tolerate any cyber-bullying about myself or  anyone else.

Wearing Curvy Kate Swimwear.
Wearing Curvy Kate – Photo by Jason Kamimura Photography.

I will end on this note, that if we can’t support one another how the Hell are we going to positively move forward in a world that is already falling apart. Being creative helps get my feelings out there and express myself, and I feel blessed for that. But I also feel like people should stop tearing each  other apart, as there is enough negativity and hatred in this world.

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

Jenny

Retrofuturism

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*Retrofuturism (adjective retrofuturistic or retrofuture) is a trend in the creative arts showing the influence of depictions of the future produced in an earlier era. If “futurism is sometimes called a ‘science’ bent on anticipating what will come, retrofuturism is the remembering of that anticipation” (source: Wikipedia)

Wearing the Alice Crop Top and matching high waist Knickers by Maude Nibelungen.

Photo by Jason Kamimura Photography.

For this column I teamed up with independent designer Maude Nibelungen who is based in Montreal, Canada. In her own words, Maude was “Taught by her grandmother, who was her role model and she started knitting when she was five. Needing to find an artistic outlet, she tried out different mediums before settling down. After attending a rigid catholic high school with the sole purpose of learning English and leaving the countryside. Later on, she studied History and Religion Anthropology. Her desire to understand the human nature that often feels surreal and questionable never left her upon graduating. Her first collections are based around mythology and anthropology. Her newer collections are more personal, including her passion for the subjects previously mentioned and they are a piece of her soul.”

Officially since 2010, Maude has been turning her demons into knitwear. Knitting allows her to experiment within a wide range of texture possibilities; matter and anti-matter dancing on the skin. Pattern writing involves a lot of mathematics which is also a great interest of hers.

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As part of our collaboration I chose: the Alice Crop Top and matching high waist Knickers in jet black. This was an obvious choice to me, because I was looking to create an edgier look for this column. Jason and I decided to head back to the Los Angeles River and its Brutalistic architecture. I previously shot at this location back in January for Pin Me Up (Lesson 4) with Heidi Calvert. I really wanted a sense of emptiness around me, futurism, as well as the element of water. A mix between the bygone era and the future, which I believe represents Maude’s brand and myself so well. I feel like we are both creative beings with retro influences, but we are very much into the future too. She says and I quote: “Our work is all about balance; between traditional techniques and modern, timeless designs. We value craftsmanship and  refined materials. Our pieces should last you a lifetime.”

I love paradoxes and Sci-fi movies are my absolute favorite ones, therefore this column is titled: “Retrofuturism”

Some of my favorite Sci-fi heroines are Sigourney Weaver in Alien and Charlize Theron in Mad Max Fury Road. At first I wanted to do a shoot that would be really badass and extremely feminist, as I felt like this was the story behind the Alice set. But at the same time I felt like I would have omitted the softness and delicate characteristics of the custom knit set I was wearing. This set was made by hand with love and had nothing to do with heroines I was looking to channel. So instead of showing myself as rough, I decided to express my vulnerability and femininity. Chicago based hairstylist Lillian Dion reached out to me the day of my shoot to do a 1930s finger waves hairstyle on me in collaboration with Miss Rockabilly Ruby whom I have known for years. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect, as I feel the hairdo they did on me was the perfect contrast to Maude’s Alice knit set. I added a strapless bra from Curvy Couture Intimates, did a vampy makeup look, put on 5 inches black heels, added some coconut oil on my body and voila.

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I didn’t want to add any jewelry, or accessories to this look, as I feel it would distract from its beauty. Lately my love for the minimalist aesthetic has been growing, as I feel it really brings the attention to the subject. The Alice knit set is super comfortable to put on and it felt like second skin right away. I wore a size 14 for the top, but I could have easily sized down with the top, as I like the top to be tighter usually. The knickers were size 12 and they felt comfortable and form fitted. The size of my tummy always fluctuates, so I love to wear form fitted pieces that don’t suffocate that part of my body. I appreciated the fact that I could breathe through the garments I wore.

Maude offers sizes 1 through 14, but she also offers custom pieces and she prides herself in adapting her designs to the needs of her clients. I have always loved personalization since I was little and that’s exactly what Maud proposes.The Alice Crop Top costs CAD 175 ($137,55) and the Alice Knickers are worth CAD 175 ($137,55) dollars as well. A total cost of CAD 350 ($275,10) + shipping for a set that is made to your measurements and completely unique to you and timeless.

The Alice crop top is a sleeveless with a ribbed elastic under-bust and mock neck. It is described as a boudoir piece that can easily be included in everyday wear. You know I have a thing for lingerie as outerwear, so I immediately loved that about that top. The Alice Knickers are high waist, with an open knit and a tightly knit gusset. Both pieces are offered in the following colors: black, navy with black elastic, pink with silver elastic, pink with gold elastic and pink with black elastic.

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One last word about this Editorial being entirely shot in black and white. I chose to have all the photos in black and white as they perfectly emulated Maude’s spirit and my own. When I wore this set I felt sexy, feminine and strong at the same time. I also felt like I would be proud to look at these photos when I am much older, as they are timeless.

All photos by : Jason Kamimura Photography.

Hair by @hairbyliliandion and @missrocabillyruby

*Get the look:

-The Alice Crop Top: https://maudenibelungen.com/products/alice-crop-top-pink-w-silver-elastic

-The Alice Knickers: https://maudenibelungen.com/products/alice-knicker-pink

– Strapless Sensation Multi Way Push Up Bra by Curvy Couture Intimates: https://curvycouture.com/products/strapless-sensation-multi-push-up-black?variant=37156372424

*For more information visit Maude’s website by clicking the link here:

https://maudenibelungen.com/

hank you for reading and remember to always own who you are and celebrate yourself as you are.

*Retrofuturism Photo Gallery (photos by Jason Kamimura Photography)

 

 

 

 

Pin Me Up: Plus Size is Glam (Lesson 3)

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Photos by Jason Kamimura Photography.

“ The Candice Gwinn 1940s long robe is the epiphany of Old-Hollywood glamour and I felt like Jean Harlow wearing it.” – Jenny Rieu.

Story by Jenny Rieu

A native from Paris, France Jenny Rieu is a Curve model with a passion for retro and beautiful lingerie. Through her social media handles & website, Jenny has been building up an organic following of over 80,000 followers combined who follow her adventures as a modern pin-up and entrepreneur living in Los Angeles.

[Note that this column for ” Pin Me Up “ was first released on The Lingerie Journal on February 1st, 2017. I have decided to finally branch out and start a brand new platform so that I am able to write everyday and not be restricted by any other entity but my own. I will now be posting fashion stories and tips for all women on the regular basis. This website is my Fashion and Lingerie Diary. So thank you for keeping up with me and reading.]

The Plus size industry has been exploding within the course of just a few years. Yet, we are constantly told what we should or shouldn’t wear. What looks good and what doesn’t on a plus size body. But, at the end of the day, I believe it’s up to us to decide what we want to wear and be fearless while doing it. Brands that cater to the plus size market have yet to create designs that are more lavish and glamorous.

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As a retro enthusiast and what’s considered a petite plus size model myself, I am always on the lookout for brands that have a glamorous feel. I am especially fond of brands that are capable of recreating the Old-Hollywood style.

Sadly, we rarely see plus size women and especially women of color who have curves portrayed in that style. Nonetheless, it is a style that fits any woman who wants to feel timeless and stand out.

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For this column I decided to team up with the New Orleans-based brand, Trashy Diva. I created a series of photos in collaboration with photographer, Jason Kamimura Photography to illustrate that being plus size can be glamorous and sexy. I have been contemplating doing a review about a lingerie piece that can be worn as outerwear and this is now checked off my list.

About Trashy Diva

In 1999, Candice Gwinn launched the Trashy Diva clothing line, a collection of vintage-inspired frocks featuring a long silk and satin 1930s-style dress and coat. The collection was met with much success and led Candice to expand the collections featuring vintage-inspired styles from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s ranging from size 0 to 24.

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Her design inspiration not only comes from vintage clothing but also from Trashy Diva customers and the 30 women she employs. I have known about Trashy Diva for a number of years now and I wanted to review some of their lingerie pieces for a while as they are well curated and executed.

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Above: French artist Gemini.H recently created this wonderful illustration of Jenny Rieu wearing the Trashy Diva Candice Gwinn 1940s long robe.

The Candice Gwinn 1940s long robe is the epiphany of Old-Hollywood glamour and I felt like Jean Harlow wearing it. This ankle-length robe is part of the new Velvet collection released by the brand towards the end of 2016. I love that it feels elegant and versatile and it has a flattering vintage silhouette that feels like an accurate replica from the era.

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Wearing The Candice Gwinn 1940s long Robe, paired with Harlow & Fox Eleanor Grey Set and a Vintage La Perla Velvet mini purse from my personal collection.

“I can see myself wearing this robe many different ways and it is now part of my staple pieces that I hope to own and wear for the rest of my life.”

You can wear it as a “boudoir piece” to lounge around your house, or if you are more daring, it can be worn as an evening gown paired with a slip or beautiful lingerie underneath. The robe is made of Rayon and Silk Velvet with billowing sleeves and it feels luxurious the minute you put it on. I love that it has a lot of fabric as it adds more drama to the whole look and it’s all about the legs.

I wore this robe three different ways: with lingerie, with lingerie and a corset on, and with a sheer bra and a slip.

When I look back at the photos my favorite look remains the one where it shows more leg and where my waistline is accentuated. I enjoyed wearing the robe off the shoulders but I do love the neckline of the robe if worn in its original configuration.

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The gown opens at the front with a hook and seven buttons, but I do wish the buttons went past the belly button. I own a vintage robe in that exact style and what I love about it is that it closes past the belly button, however it doesn’t reveal the legs as much as the Candice Gwinn 1940s robe does.

I can see myself wearing this robe many different ways and it is now part of my staple pieces that I hope to own and wear for the rest of my life. The robe is available in US sizes 2 through 24 and I am wearing the size 16. I think a size 14 would have given me a tighter fit around the bust, but I like having room to breathe and the option to tailor a design to my measurements.

*Get this look by clicking the links below:

http://www.trashydiva.com/shop/trashydiva-1940slongrobe-blackvelvet

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All Photos by Jason Kamimura Photography.

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Pin Me Up – Plus Size is Glam (Lesson 3) Image Gallery

Pin Me Up – Reaching new Heights (Lesson 2)

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Story by Jenny Rieu

A native from Paris, France Jenny Rieu is a Curve model with a passion for retro and beautiful lingerie. Through her social media handles & website, Jenny has been building up an organic following of over 80,000 followers who follow her adventures as a modern pin-up and entrepreneur living in Los Angeles.

[Note that this column for ” Pin Me Up “ was first released on The Lingerie Journal on January 18th, 2017. I have decided to finally branch out and start a brand new platform so that I am able to write everyday and not be restricted by any other entity but my own. I will now be posting fashion stories and tips for all women on the regular basis. This website is my Fashion and Lingerie Diary. So thank you for keeping up with me and reading.]

We just started the new year and we are all hopeful for a better year and a new self. As for me, I am really looking forward to reaching new heights as far as my goals and my personal life. Last year was a journey of self discovery through my work with a variety of lingerie brands that cater to full bust and petite plus size ladies like me. It was also the year I discovered Harlow and Fox, created by Independent and Fierce designer Leanna Williams back in 2011.

Last year we collaborated together on a lookbook that reviewed a lot of her lavish designs and I feel so grateful to have been chosen to wear so many stunning sets.

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All photos by Jason Kamimura Photography.

This year I wanted to start the year with a bang and that’s why I reached out to her to model “The Viola Jet” set. It includes three designs: The Viola Kimono Jet that is made of French lace and delicate sheer golden tulle that almost looks like cream on my golden skin, The Viola Jet Longline Bra and The Viola Jet Thong.

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What I love about Leanna’s lingerie is that it always makes me feels like a true Queen. Often times when looking for lingerie that fits me I find that the execution, choice of fabrics and style don’t match my ideal. I have always loved Silks, French lace and even Velvet. Those are my top three favorite luxury materials when I look for lingerie and even outerwear.

Harlow and Fox takes you to the next level and makes you feel like you should be sipping champagne all day long in your Marie-Antoinette inspired couch, actually I’ve done that. Or simply admire the view from the fire escape of your 1920s 14th story building overlooking the Hollywood Hills like I did during the course of this photoshoot with my husband Jason Kamimura Photography.

Every time I wear a Harlow and Fox design it feels like second skin and I feel like an opulent queen.

We are always told as women to settle for less and I never understood that. I love luxury and I love the fact that I am a Curve model rocking couture designs that are sourced all over Europe and made with love in Great Britain by a designer who truly cares. I treasure all my pieces from Harlow and Fox and I see them as part of my journey as I rediscover my femininity and reach new heights in my life. When I wear a Harlow and Fox design I feel transported and I love every single piece from the Violet Jet set.

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Starting with The Viola Jet robe that gently reveals my bronze skin underneath. I love the dramatic wide sleeves adorned with black French Eyelash Lace and I love that they are so reminiscent of Old Hollywood silent movie stars such as Louise Brooks. For this particular shoot I didn’t want to completely emulate that look and I went for a modern setting as I love playing with contrasts too.
I love that these photos show me as I am today in the city that I chose to live in six years ago. I am owning who I am at this very moment and wearing gloriously spectacular lingerie while striking sensual poses on a fire escape overlooking the City of Angels.

The Viola Jet robe closes with a black silk binding and a wide silk sash revealing the sultry lingerie set underneath it. This design is soft and spectacular at the same time, as you truly feel like you make an entrance when you wear it.

The Viola Jet Longline bra is made of delicate jet black lace and I am wearing a size 36FF.

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This bra has become my new favorite and I am already planning on wearing it as a bustier with a black pencil skirt and a sheer blouse to reveal the beautiful lace work on the cups of the bra.

Something I have learned from Dita Von Teese is that lingerie is meant to worn outside and seen.

Ideally I would walk around in pretty lavish undergarment all the time, but I like to choose the occasions to wear my lingerie outside. The Viola Jet Longline bra is the perfect new addition to my vintage inspired collection of underwear. I am already dreaming of going back to my native Paris in a few months and wearing this bra as part of a sultry all noir look by The Seine.
This is what I love the most about this lingerie is that it actually triggers the fantasy to be the femme fatale you forgot you were. Thankfully through my work as a Curve model I am reminded of this almost everyday.

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Last but not least, is The Viola Jet Thong made of black silk, black lace and diamanté pearl ornament as the final glamorous touch. I must admit I am not a big fan of thongs at all. Growing up I wore them a lot but I was four sizes smaller than I am today. Currently I am in between a size 12 and 14. Like most women there are certain parts of my body that I choose not to show. My belly is a part that I still work on and I still have a lot of insecurities about it.

I recently posted a body positive video on my Instagram and I got picked on by some trolls who thought I was not trying hard enough to lose weight or tone up. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I work out, I eat clean, and yet I still have a belly. So wearing this thong was a little intimidating for me as it is not high waist. Ideally, high waist is my preference but Harlow and Fox designs couture garments that are meant to reveal the woman’s body. As I looked at the pictures from my session today, I am pleased because they show me as I am today.

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I strongly recommend any woman in search of lingerie that makes a bold statement and makes you feel like a queen to head over to Harlow and Fox’s website now You will not regret it. Whether you are getting married, doing a boudoir shoot or simply treating yourself to a new lingerie set, you will find something lavish and goddess worthy.

Thank you for reading and see you next time for Lesson 3!

*Get this look here:

The Viola Jet Kimono: https://www.harlowandfox.com/products/violajet-kimono
The Viola Jet Longline Bra: https://www.harlowandfox.com/products/violajet-longline-bra
The Viola Jet Thong: https://www.harlowandfox.com/products/violajet-thong

Photo Credit: Jason Kamimura Photography.

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