|Renee Boudoir copyright Mike Brits Photography|
Renee Boudoir represents!
I was recently interviewed by a reporter interested in the resurgence of Pinup style among today's young women. My opinion is that the retro, cheesecake, rockabilly scene is a response by young women hoping to reclaim their own sexuality in a world now saturated with internet pornography...and maybe a bit of the lost glamor.
Feminism brought some mixed blessings. Clearly some extraordinary artists were tossed out with the sexist bath water in the 1970s. I find so much unpublished material for this site because by the tail-end of the smut years, folks working in the industry were banished from our culture. Partly because a good deal was inappropriate, certainly, and partly because hardcore porn, often run by organized crime, quickly saturated the market leaving some far more innocent (and often talented) folks out in the cold.
Bettie Page and the others had hard, often ugly lives, unfortunately. But then so did many women not in the pinup or burlesque business. All did what they had to do. Fortunately, the new pinup lifestyle seems far more woman-friendly and positive, more inclusive and even frequently self or women-driven.
This being the 25th entry in the contemporary vintage sleaze series (serious artists working today who are influenced by sleaze from the past) I present not only the youngest participant, but one representative of what has become an international community and scene centered around pinup glamor.
The earnest and charming Renee Boudoir found me on Facebook, of course. Ms. Boudior is a most distinctive looking young model from Liverpool, and a walking, breathing, talking whirlwind of pinup. Not yet 20 years old, she is already a serious, hard-working model, actress, dancer and more. An unusual representative of the emerging scene which looks backward to find beauty. Certainly you will have to agree she is quite striking. The photographers who have worked with her are quick to provide compliments and I am happy to provide a forum.
Along with making sure she had her mum's permission to appear here (the first time THAT was necessary) I put only one question to the model, and provide her answer directly.
When did you decide to pursue what we can call the "pin up lifestyle" and start dressing to match?
The first pin-up I saw was Bettie Page, in an advert for the film The Notorious Bettie Page. I was 13, and started looking into who she was and discovered pin-ups. I cut myself a Bettie fringe and from then really got in to what pin-ups and burlesque was. I loved how she put so much of her personality in her photos, how everything she did was very tongue-in-cheek, it really connected with me a lot more than sour-faced, empty pout models in Vogue and the like. I’d look at them and their image was unobtainable and unapproachable for someone like me, whereas Bettie even in her most striking photosets was relatable, and had a warmth and wholesomeness to her. I probably started dressing in a 1950s style when I was about 16 or 17; before that I wasn’t particularly confident enough to stand out from people in my age group. As soon as I turned 18 I was started to perform burlesque and look into how to model for pin-up photos. I just felt a real connection to it very early and knew I wanted to persue that lifestyle.
|Renee Boudoir Copyright Mike Brits Photography|
RENEE BOUDOIR'S resume, photographs and contact information appears on several sites including Pure Storm through which she may be contacted. Her Facebook is http://www.facebook.com/reneeboudoir
NOTE: THIS IS NUMBER 25 in the Series CONTEMPORARY VINTAGE SLEAZE.
"Contemporary Vintage Sleaze" is a series which profiles artists and cartoonists working today. All art is copyrighted by the respective creator, distributor or publisher and therefore should not be reproduced WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE ARTIST. NO cribbing and I ain't fibbing! Each and every post in the Vintage Sleaze Contemporary Series links to the artist's portfolio, website, publisher or representative. EACH POST IN THE VINTAGE SLEAZE CONTEMPORARY SERIES WAS CREATED WITH THE ARTIST'S PERMISSION AND CONTRIBUTIONS. Serious artists are participating in this series, please respect their efforts and intellectual property. Artists who have contributed so far include: Lena Chandhok, Gary Panter, Vanessa Davis, Jane Dickson, Astrid Daley, Antonio Lapone, Leslie Cabarga, Trevor Alixopulus, Paul Swartz, Rebecca Whitaker, Denis St. John, Zahira Kelly, Fairfax and Emery, Elizabeth Watasin, Stephen Adams Jane Dickson, Mala Mastroberte William Schmidt and many more. If your work is influenced by the girlie cartoons or pinup models of the past, we would love to see your work.
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