Pin-up ronde et glamour, découvrez la sublime Jenny Rieu

Une Interview par Solène.

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Originaire de Paris, Jenny Rieu est journaliste et mannequin grande taille, passionnée par la mode rétro et la très belle lingerie. Elle vit aujourd’hui à Los Angeles, faisant de sa passion son métier. Ses plus de 80 000 followers la suivent quotidiennement dans ses déplacements et ses shooting photos. L’équipe Glamuse est allée à sa rencontre.

Parle-nous de toi Jenny, quel est ton parcours ? Comment as-tu été propulsée dans l’univers de la lingerie et pourquoi ?
Mon parcours est assez atypique : j’ai débuté ma carrière à l’âge de 20 ans comme co-animatrice d’une émission sur Fun TV, une chaîne câblée française. J’ai par la suite fait de nombreuses figurations avant de partir pour Barcelone où j’ai travaillé quelques temps pour un magazine à destination des expatriés anglo-saxons. Après ça, j’ai pris mon envol pour les Etats-Unis afin d’intégrer l’American Academy of Dramatic Arts de New York. Passionnée par les arts de la scène et le chant depuis toute petite, j’ai eu la chance de monter et produire mon propre spectacle de cabaret plusieurs années après, en 2010, à Los Angeles : « The lady In Red ».

Je suis alors follement tombée amoureuse de l’esthétique rétro et des tenues de scène vintage. Au fil des années et de fantastiques rencontres,  je me suis faite un nom au sein de la communauté pin-up et je suis devenue mannequin rétro grande taille. Un style de mannequinat assez unique et spécifique que je me suis moi-même façonné. Au départ, je me suis associée avec des marques de vêtements d’inspiration 40’s et 50’s pour assurer leur promotion sur les réseaux sociaux. Progressivement, mon envie de me lancer dans l’aventure du mannequinat lingerie est devenue une évidence. J’ai longtemps hésité par peur de me faire juger, jusqu’au jour où… Je collabore depuis avec de nombreuses marques de lingerie grande taille et « full bust ». Je suis également chroniqueuse de la rubrique « Pin-me up » sur thelingeriejournal.com.


Que représente la lingerie féminine pour toi ? Est-ce plutôt un instrument de séduction, un accessoire de mode, un moyen pour gagner de la confiance en soi…?

La lingerie féminine est pour moi le symbole de la découverte de ma féminité, de mon sex-appeal et de ma confiance en moi. Elle peut être utilisée pour séduire l’autre, mais à mon avis, il s’agit avant tout de me faire plaisir et d’avoir l’opportunité de créer un univers visuel qui m’est propre.

Nous sommes en 2018, ère où la culture du « body positive » est en pleine effervescence dans beaucoup de pays occidentaux et où les femmes veulent célébrer leur corps et leur féminité pour elles-mêmes avant tout. Aux États-Unis, nous assistons à une vraie révolution de la mode des courbes et il y a maintenant une plus grande représentation en terme de variété de morphologies dans les médias.

Il est vraiment essentiel pour moi aujourd’hui d’endosser le rôle de porte-parole pour la diversité. Par le biais de mes réseaux sociaux et ma chronique, les femmes en recherche de jolis sous-vêtements à leur taille peuvent trouver un peu d’inspiration. La lingerie est devenue à mes yeux bien plus qu’un accessoire de mode, elle fait partie de mon quotidien. J’aime aussi l’inclure dans mes tenues de tous les jours.

Qu’est-ce qui te plait dans l’esthétique vintage et dans la lingerie rétro ?

Ce que j’aime tant, c’est que cela va à tout le monde ! Peu importe la taille et l’origine, il s’agit avant tout d’un style classique, élégant et nostalgique. En tant que femme ronde, je trouve qu’il n’existe pas d’univers qui m’aille et me corresponde aussi bien. J’aime le côté cinématique et bien exécuté que l’on retrouve encore et toujours dans la lingerie rétro. Les jupes crayons, les bustiers, corsets, culottes taille haute et autres bas mi-cuisse.. Il n’y a rien de plus glamour et sexy sur un corps voluptueux.

Les magazines rabâchent sans cesse qu’il faut à tout prix perdre des kilos avant l’été, pour être prête pour la plage. Ça m’exaspère parce que ça perpétue des stéréotypes inaccessibles pour beaucoup de femmes, qui ne font pas, ne peuvent pas ou ne veulent pas une taille 34. La lingerie et l’esthétique rétro a tendance à embrasser les formes et à les mettre en valeur. Il s’agit d’une véritable célébration de notre féminité. Cela a quelque chose de très positif.


Comment as-tu découvert Glamuse.com ? 

J’ai eu la chance de rencontrer à plusieurs reprises Dita Von Teese à Los Angeles au fil des ans. Elle représente pour moi, avec Ashley Graham pour le curve modeling, de véritables icônes du monde glamour rétro moderne.  Un crédo : la liberté d’être femme sans pudeur.

Suivant Dita sur ses réseaux sociaux, j’ai appris au travers de ses publications que sa collection de lingerieétait disponible sur Glamuse.com où je me suis offert l’une de mes pièces favorites, dont je ne peux plus me passer : Le déshabillé Lamarr Robe.
J’ai par la suite eu l’opportunité de compléter ma tenue avec la nuisette longue Dalhia Noir en m’associant à Glamuse pour illustrer ma rubrique « Pin me Up » parue en juin dernier dans thelingeriejournal.com sur le thème des arts de la scène et des vieux films hollywoodiens.

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Jenny Rieu wears Dita Von Teese Lingerie through Glamuse.com Make-up by Beauty Is Life Cosmetics. Photos par Erika Nelly Photography

Ce n’est un secret pour personne, le corps d’une femme change tout au long de sa vie. Comment as-tu appris personnellement à appréhender ces changements ?

Je confirme, le corps d’une femme change tout au long de sa vie. J’ai pendant très longtemps fait une taille 38, pour ensuite faire une taille 40. Mais c’est après m’être expatriée de New York à Los Angeles que je me suis vraiment vu progressivement changer. Aujourd’hui, je fais une taille US 12/14, ce qui correspond à un 44/46 taille française. Le changement n’a pas été évident à appréhender au début, d’autant qu’il est survenu suite à un problème de santé en 2013. Après une opération et des traitements hormonaux pour traiter de multiples fibromes, j’ai alors pris deux tailles supplémentaires. Le volume de ma poitrine a augmenté, mes hanches se sont arrondies et j’ai commencé à avoir un peu plus de ventre. Pour être tout à fait transparente, ça m’a vraiment agacée au début car plus rien ne m’allait. Il a donc fallu que je refasse ma garde-robe. Mais surtout, je ne me reconnaissais plus physiquement. Je continuais à comparer mon corps d’aujourd’hui à celui d’avant, malgré moi. J’ai cependant réalisé que je pouvais continuer à m’entretenir et à faire du sport au moins 4 fois par semaine, et bien sûr manger sainement.

Love your body at any size ❤️ I was shocked when I found the picture on the left in my archives. I thought to myself: did I really look like that 10 years ago? My tummy is the most sensitive topic here. As I revealed it before, I underwent a heavy surgery 3 years ago to remove 12 fibroids. And after that I ended gaining another size. Currently between a size 12/14. I know that I am still working through it, but I also know that I am no longer that girl on the left and that's ok. I am sharing this with you to show you that you should love your body no matter what size. The funny thing is that I have way more confidence today than I ever did over a decade ago. #ownwhoyouare #bodypower #womanhood @allgoodthingstv

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Je prends donc soin de moi, peut-être même plus qu’avant. Mais j’ai aussi accepté le fait que plus jamais je ne retrouverais une taille 38. Je suis ronde et fière de l’être mais il ne faut oublier que c’est un travail quotidien sur moi-même. Et la meilleur façon pour moi de gérer ces changements physiques est de les accepter tout en maintenant une certaine discipline de vie. Au fil des années, j’ai développé une véritable philosophie d’amour ou « self-love » pour mes nouvelles courbes.


Tu es passionnément engagée dans le mouvement « Body Positive ». En quoi est-ce indispensable pour toi ?

Je suis passionnée et engagée dans le mouvement « Body Positive » car il véhicule un message important d’acceptation de soi-même et de son corps, quel que soit sa morphologie. Notre société adore mettre l’accent sur les kilos en trop, le fait de devoir rester jeune, de ne pas avoir de cellulite ou de vergetures parce qu’elles dévoilent les imperfections de nos corps, etc… Mais en réalité, la majorité des femmes ont des corps différents et imparfaits. C’est ce qui nous rend intéressantes et uniques.

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Collaboration avec la marque de lingerie Curvy Kate – Photo par Jason Kamimura Photography.

Je me souviens qu’étant adolescente, j’achetais des magazines féminins et je voyais toujours le même type de mannequin en couverture. Grande, mince et blonde. La jeune femme était belle à tomber mais elle ne me ressemblait pas. Aujourd’hui encore, c’est le critère de beauté le plus mis en avant dans les médias et je trouve cela particulièrement redondant. Cependant, avec la révolution « Body Positive » nous voyons enfin des femmes rondes telles qu’ Ashley Graham, Tara Lynn et Sabina Karlsson en couverture de magazines comme Elle, Vogue ou Glamour. Et je pense que nous avons besoin d’avoir plus de diversité dans les médias car cela fait du bien au moral et met à mal les clichés. Pour moi il est indispensable que la petite fille de la génération suivante puisse s’identifier quand elle regarde une série à la télévision ou lorsqu’elle feuillette un magazine.

C’est véritablement un sujet qui me tient à cœur car j’ai souffert de ce manque de représentation lorsque j’essayais de devenir comédienne. J’adorerais aussi voir plus de femmes rondes au cinéma, mais il semble que cela reste difficile.


Ton mot de la fin ?

Merci de m’avoir accordé cette interview. J’adore Glamuse.com et la sélection de lingerie que vous y proposez.

Vous pouvez me retrouver sur Instagram ou Facebook et pour les bilingues mes rubriques sont sur : http://thelingeriejournal.com/category/opinion-columns/jenny-rieu/
Je souhaite rédiger prochainement mes rubriques en français sur mon nouveau site internet. Je ne manquerai donc pas de vous tenir au courant.

Et merci encore pour ce partage et l’opportunité de m’exprimer sur un sujet qui me passionne !

Lingerie de luxe pour femmes rondes : les plus belles photos de Jenny Rieu

My Bridal Editorial in collaboration with the online French Magazine: ” Ma Grande Taille ” was released on September 18th, 2017 and it was a dream come true. As the year is coming to an end. I wanted to include additional photos that didn’t make the final cut, as many wonderful lingerie designers contributed their pieces to create this wonderful story.

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Robe: The Pretty Dress Company. Chaussures: Golden Age LA. @goldenage_la Styling/Muah: Ooh La La PR #OohLaLaPR Photo par Pauline Darley @paulinedarley

[Article in French language from the Bridal feature on Ma Grande Taille.]

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The Bride getting ready wearing Christine Lingerie Pink Silk gown paired with Harlow & Fox Lingerie set. Make up by Beauty Is Life Cosmetics. Photo by Jason Kamimura.

Vous la connaissez déjà certainement, Jenny Rieu est un mannequin grande taille au style glamour inimitable. Mais cette Parisienne installée à Los Angeles est aussi une fervente militante du mouvement body positif. Elle nous prouve aujourd’hui s’il le fallait encore que les femmes rondes peuvent avoir elles aussi fière allure en lingerie de luxe.

Jenny Rieu, un mannequin grande taille pas comme les autres

Elle s’appelle Jenny Rieu et fait partie des nombreux mannequins grande taille que nous suivons. Difficile pourtant de la comparer à ses collègues modèles plus size car s’il y a bien quelque chose d’unique chez Jenny, c’est son style !

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The Bride getting ready wearing Christine Lingerie Pink Silk gown paired with Harlow & Fox Lingerie set. Make up by Beauty Is Life Cosmetics. Photo by Jason Kamimura.

La belle porte en effet à merveille le style pin-up et est une véritable source d’inspiration côté style. Elle a d’ailleurs collaboré en 2014 avec la marque Pinup Girl Clothingpour la campagne « Couture for Every Body ».

Mais si Jenny est notre source d’inspiration fashion, elle est aussi notre modèle lorsqu’il s’agit d’accepter et d’assumer ses rondeurs. C’est d’ailleurs un rôle qui tient à cœur à notre mannequin rétro qui est un modèle certes, mais aussi une militante body activiste.

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Jenny wears a vintage I. Magnin & Co Marabou robe paired with the Serena Rose Lingerie set by Harlow & Fox. Make-up by Beauty Is Life Cosmetics. Photo by Jason Kamimura.

Elle se plaît d’ailleurs à utiliser les réseaux sociaux pour faire passer son message body positif, notamment sur son compte Instagram où elle nous incite à célébrer notre corps peu importe notre taille.

Jenny a collaboré avec de nombreuses marques comme Secrets in Lace, Curvy Kate ou encore Harlow & Fox. Sa collaboration avec la marque Zathiya Lingerie/ Comexim a même été publiée dans le numéro de septembre de Elle UK. Une carrière prolifique donc, qui ne semble pas prête de s’arrêter. Et on ne peut que s’en réjouir.

Les plus beaux clichés de Jenny Rieu en lingerie de luxe

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Vous rêvez vous aussi d’arborer une sublime parure de lingerie de luxe mais n’osez pas franchir le cap ? Laissez-vous inspirer par la belle Jenny Rieu et comme elle, assumez pleinement vos rondeurs.

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On commence notre top photo de Jenny Rieu avec ce superbe cliché qui reflète à merveille l’univers de notre modèle grande taille. Dans cet ensemble de lingerie, elle est tout simplement sublime.

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Soutien gorge par Comexim @comexim_lingerie (sur Instagram) Disponible via @zathiyalingerie (sur Instagram) Corset Antoinette par Angela Friedman @angelafriedman (sur Instagram) Robe de chambre en dentelle : The Giving Bride @thegivingbride (sur Instagram) Styling/Muah: Ooh La La PR #OohLaLaPR Photo Jason Kamimura Photography @jasonkamimuraphotography (sur Instagram), @jason_kamimura (sur Twitter), @JasonKamimuraPhotography (sur Facebook)

Une fois de plus un ensemble de lingerie à croquer mais aussi un décor recherché pour un résultat haut en couleur. Jenny nous montre ici comment accessoiriser une parure de lingerie, en portant par exemple un éventail et un joli collier.

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Jenny nous prouve avec ce cliché que les femmes rondes n’ont pas à rougir de leurs rondeurs. Notre mannequin les porte à merveille et nous incite à assumer pleinement les nôtres !

TENDANCE NUDE

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Le saviez-vous, Jenny Rieu a collaboré il y a peu avec Nubian Skin, une marque de lingerie anglaise qui s’attache à proposer de la lingerie pour toutes les couleurs de peau. L’occasion pour nous de rappeler que la tendance nude doit pouvoir s’adresser à toutes les couleurs de peau en proposant des teintes adaptées à chacune.

DEVOILEZ VOS RONDEURS

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Le ventre est une source de complexe chez de nombreuses femmes, qu’elles soient minces ou rondes. Jenny nous incite ici à nous dévoiler sans aucune gêne. Et on a vraiment envie de suivre son exemple…

VIVE LA MARIEE

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Lingerie: Harlow & Fox @harlowandfox Stockings: Secrets in Lace @secretsinlace Styling/Muah: Ooh La La PR #OohLaLaPR Photo Jason Kamimura Photography @jasonkamimuraphotography (sur Instagram), @jason_kamimura (sur Twitter), @JasonKamimuraPhotography (sur Facebook)

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De nouveau un cliché qui résume parfaitement le style de Jenny que nous aimons tant. Rétro, glamour, sensuelle, on est fans, et vous ?

Miroir, Mon Beau Miroir

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Jenny is wearing a Lingerie set and robe designed by British Lingerie Designer Harlow & Fox. Nude Stockings by Nubian Skin. Photo by Jason Kamimura.

Un dernier cliché absolument sublime de la belle Jenny Rieu. On est vraiment sous le charme de son univers et de son look glamour. Des photos qui nous donnent envie de nous aimer nous aussi et de sublimer nos rondeurs, peu importe notre taille. Merci à elle pour l’inspiration !

A special thank you to Harlow & Fox, Christine Lingerie, Comexim Lingerie, The Giving Bride, Golden Age LA and Long Gone Shoes who has contributed to dressing me.

All the make-up was provided by Beauty Is Life Cosmetics and Bésame Cosmetics.

Photos by Pauline Darley and Jason Kamimura Photography.

I feel extremely grateful and I am in love with this editorial.

The full original article can be found here: http://www.ma-grande-taille.com/lingerie-de-luxe-pour-femmes-rondes-plus-belles-photos-jenny-rieu-183188

XoXo.

Jenny

True Nude in Jane Woolrich Designs

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True Nude 👸🏽🎭 Wearing my bespoke Copper silk gown by @janewoolrichdesign Mask @soffittamasquerade Jewelry @cecipunch Purse @whitingdavisbags Shoes @goldenage_la 📸 @jasonkamimuraphotography

I recently had the pleasure of teaming up with one of my favorite luxury lingerie designer of all time, Jane Woolrich. I attended a Masquerade Ball at the Los Angeles Theater in Downtown LA for the screening of the movie Labyrinth with David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly.

For the occasion I wanted to create a unique look that emulated Old-Hollywood and my passion for luxury lingerie worn as outerwear. When I think about showstopper red carpet moments that have inspired me in the past, Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez are the two queens that come to my mind. I always love how their looks are never overdone, they look feminine and their stylists are able to dress them in styles and colors that complement both their skin tone and body type.With that in mind, I wanted to find my own look and style it my own way.

I fell in love with the Mermaid Style Nightdress, which is 1930s  inspired design in silk satin, with a bias cut and silk chiffon godets. The back featured a mesh panel edged with Chantilly leavers lace in a beautiful bow design. The straps were adjustable and the gown was custom made to my measurements.

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I chose the copper color as I knew it would be my true nude and it matched the location so perfectly. I have worn variations of copper several times before for photoshoots, but this gown is my all time favorite copper look. The quintessence of luxury and old-Hollywood.

We discussed measurements, color choices well in advance with Jane’s team and it was hard for me to make a choice in the sea of luscious designs and options available to me. My idea was to collaborate on a design that would be part of my life forever, almost like a Heirloom piece. And this Mermaid Style dress will be in my closet forever.

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Wearing Jane Woolrich Designs, Soffitta Masquerade Mask and Ceci Punch Jewelry. Photo by Jason Kamimura Photography.

For this look I also chopped off my hair for the occasion into a shorter bob. It happened the night of the event and I am so glad I did it as I thought it was the perfect hair length to contrast this long gown. I was inspired by Louise Brooks and Coco Chanel, but again I put my own spin on.

You can custom your own nightdress by visiting the Jane Woolrich website now, here:

https://www.jane-woolrich.co.uk/1673-mermaid-style-nightdress.html 

A massive thank you to the entire team from Jane Woolrich, this look was for the books.

Jenny.

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All Photos by Jason Kamimura Photography.

 

Retro Chic in Lavinia Lingerie

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Jenny is wearing the The Lace Overlay Cleavage Boosting Plunge Bra Lavinia Sofia bra (I wear a size 36G) and its matching high waist brief (I wear a size XL). Photo by Jason Kamimura Photography.

The Birth of the brand

I had the pleasure of recently working with the lingerie brand Lavinia Lingerie to share some of my favorite lingerie and swimwear sets that they currently carry.

Lavinia Lingerie was founded in 2002, as a family-owned business that offers lingerie for the woman of today. What caught my attention was that their website also offers quite a few options for plus size ladies who want to dress their curves with the perfect foundation.

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I love the peekaboo effect of the high waist panties, it’s extremely sexy and I felt confident rocking this set. Captured by Jason Kamimura Photography.

The new classic 

For years I have been on the lookout for a full-bust push up bra that would be my go to classic set. I immediately fell in love with The Lace Overlay Cleavage Boosting Plunge Bra Lavinia Sofia bra (I wear a size 36G)  and its matching high waist brief (I wear a size XL).

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The Fit

I love wearing this bra with everything as it gives me maximum cleavage and support. It also gives the illusion of a sheer lace push up bra, but nothing is revealed. I feel sexy and fully supported wearing it and I finally own a classic bra that doesn’t fully cover my breasts. For  years, I was searching for that perfect plunge bra and Lavinia Lingerie made my dream come true. This style is absolutely classic and timeless and I can’t rave enough about it.

The high waist panties are a little snug around the bikini line, as I am clearly in between sizes right now.  The 2X would have been less tight around my tights, but the waist area would have been too big.

So I am glad I sized down, as I know the garment will also stretch out a bit and relax overtime as I wear this set more and more.

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I fell in love with this classic black lingerie set and high waist briefs to match. I felt right at home the minute I put it on and I know that I can wear it with confidence.

So if you have always wanted to embrace your inner Sofia Loren, this gorgeous retro inspired lingerie set will definitely give you that feel.

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*Find out more about this set by visiting the Lavinia website and clicking the links below:

https://lavinialingerie.com/products/lace-overlay-cleavage-boosting-plunge-bra-lavinia-sofia-ll0216?variant=35499968769

https://lavinialingerie.com/products/lavinia-sofia-lace-overlay-high-waist-brief-ll0236?variant=35506438913

Sailor Pinup Gal

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1940s Pinup girl wearing a swimsuit by Forluna Swimwear found through Lavinia Lingerie. Photo by Jason Kamimura Photography.

The 1940s Aesthetic

My second choice as part of my collaboration with Lavinia Lingerie was a Sailor Inspired swimsuit that they carry by Forluna Swimwear. That swimsuit is such a classic piece and I am happy to introduce it to you with a modern vintage twist.

I immediately fell  in love with that set, as it reminds me of the Technicolor films from the 1940s. I immediately was on the lookout for a location with a vintage feel and beautiful colors to complement the swimsuit I wore. And Manhattan Beach Pier was perfect for that.

The first photo was taken in front of the showers that had the most magnificent tiles I had ever seen. I felt inspired and was reminded of my love for pinup modeling.

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I also styled my hair in a 1940s inspired hairdo and added scarf to match my swimsuit. Red lips were also a thing then, so I wore the shade of American Beauty by Besame Cosmetics, as they are the only brand that exactly replicates the lipstick colors from the past with precision.

What still really strikes me when I look at the world of pinups then and now is the lack of inclusivity. That’s why I take pride in breaking down those barriers by working with a variety of brands. I feel like everyone deserves to be represented and there shouldn’t be just one cookie cutter pinup look, like the one that has been the “ model” forever.

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To this day, women of color still aren’t playing enough leads in movies or getting cast in mainstream campaigns and that needs to change.

The Fit of the Swimsuit

I wore a 36G bikini top and an XL for the bottoms and the fit was really perfect. I felt supported and I was happy that the bottoms were high waist as they are my go to even for my everyday underwear. The band isn’t too tight and I feel like the cups of the bikini are true to size.

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If you would like more info about this set, feel free to click the links below.

-Plus size Bikini top by Lauma Swim Regata: https://lavinialingerie.com/products/plus-size-bikini-top-lauma-swim-regatta?variant=36267428609

-Full Brief Bikini Bottom by Lauma Swim Regata: https://lavinialingerie.com/products/full-brief-bikini-bottom-lauma-swim-regatta-lm07f51?variant=36264844417

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All photos by Jason Kamimura Photography.

Thank you for reading!

XOXO

Jenny

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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

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Boudoir Shoot with Karen French Photography.

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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.

👙GIVEAWAY TIME 👙 I have teamed up with @karenfrenchphotography & @curvycoutureintimates to bring you this body positive giveaway. 🖤 Two people will win. Both will get one of The Tulip Strappy set that I flaunt in this video. And One lucky 🍀 LA based winner will win a photoshoot with @karenfrenchphotography with styling and glam done by me! @jennyrieu Here is how to enter : 1️⃣ Like & watch the video 2️⃣Tag 3 friends (Each friend in a new comment!) 3️⃣ Be sure you are both following @curvycoutureintimates & @karenfrenchphotography (We will be checking) Hurry the contest will end soon. A winner will be announced on October 2nd. Good Luck! 👸🏽🤗👙😘 #EverykindofCurvy

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  • 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.

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*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.
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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.

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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.
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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:

👙GIVEAWAY TIME 👙 I have teamed up with @karenfrenchphotography & @curvycoutureintimates to bring you this body positive giveaway. 🖤 Two people will win. Both will get one of The Tulip Strappy set that I flaunt in this video. And One lucky 🍀 LA based winner will win a photoshoot with @karenfrenchphotography with styling and glam done by me! @jennyrieu Here is how to enter : 1️⃣ Like & watch the video 2️⃣Tag 3 friends (Each friend in a new comment!) 3️⃣ Be sure you are both following @curvycoutureintimates & @karenfrenchphotography (We will be checking) Hurry the contest will end soon. A winner will be announced on October 2nd. Good Luck! 👸🏽🤗👙😘 #EverykindofCurvy

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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 🍑

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