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  • Miss March Unique Vintage Pinup Girl, Ashleeta Beauchamp

    Name: Ashleeta Beauchamp           

    From: Westwood, CA

    Bio: I've lived in the Los Angeles area since I was born and everyday I’m grateful to live in such a beautiful and historically glamorous area. I've also always had a soft spot for vintage fashion and culture in Los Angeles. I was raised listening to jazz music with my dad and watching all those glamorous old Hollywood movies with my mother. Eventually it crossed over from just my taste in music, movies and burlesque to my taste in clothing and soon became somewhat of a lifestyle for me!

    When I reached high school, I began using the opportunity of homecoming and prom to wear the vintage formal dresses I had found on shopping trips with my mom. And when I hit my last two years of college, I became really interested in more than being a burlesque enthusiast. I wanted to actually try my hand at being on stage! After a couple a shaky auditions, I was accepted into the Brazen Booties Burlesque Troop and became part of a group of amazing girls that I’m proud to call my family. I don’t know how I got lucky enough to tangle myself into this crazy rhinestoned world of pinup and burlesque as well as manage to meet some of the most amazing and talented people in my lifetime, but I’m so happy and thankful to have experienced so many things so soon in life. Being chosen as Miss March for Unique Vintage is really just the cherry on top. Thank you so much!

    Ambitions: I have several ambitions and goals I've set out for myself in life. I'm an art history major and I plan on going back to graduate school to get my PhD. I'd really love to be able to use these credentials to open up my own art gallery and house some of the work of my favorite up and coming artists in the area. Another goal of mine or rather a fantasy would be to continue to work as a pinup model and even more so, to have the ability to burlesque dance for a living. Right now it’s more of a moonlighting job, but I really love it and its something I have so much passion for. The ability to express myself so creatively (and with so much glitter ;) has brought a lot of joy into my life.

    Favorite Vintage Accessory: My favorite vintage accessory I have in my collection is a black felt tilt hat with bows I found at the Vintage Expo in Santa Monica. It goes with pretty much everything and whenever I’m feeling like my outfit is missing something, I always put it on to complete the look. I pretty much bring it everywhere with me just in case;).

    Favorite Pinup Icon: Josephine Baker

  • Miss February Unique Vintage Pinup Girl; Missy Cae

     

    Name: Melissa Cae Cornell aka (Missy Cae)    

    From: Saint Paul, Minnesota

    Bio: On a stormy, wintery evening I was born in Sparta, Wisconsin November 15th, 1989. For the past 20 years of my life I was living with my parents in Long Prairie, MN. My interest in modeling didn't start until I was in 9th grade. At first, I wanted to be in Playboy. When I did my first photo shoot for my senior pictures I thought it was a blast and I even said to myself " I could see myself doing this all day!" Then after I graduated, I started to get tattoos and piercings, well Playboy is very clean cut, so my idea of that went down the drain. Then it wasn't until last year I decided to relocate myself to the Twin Cities to better my chances at modeling. I have met some wonderful people who have basically took me under their wing and taught me a lot of things about modeling. Over the past year of knowing them and being apart of something so amazing, my life has changed for the better, and I can't wait for the future!. Along with modeling, my other interests consist of going to metal and rock shows, hanging out with loved ones, sipping on a cup of coffee, fishing, and watching scary movies.

     

    Ambitions: Eventually going to school to become a personal trainer and owning my own gym. But ever since I have branched out into the modeling world, that is really what I want my career to be. It wouldn't be because of the fame or the money.  I truly enjoy the art of modeling and being in front of that camera and creating beautiful images.

     

    Favorite Vintage Accessory: My Favorite Vintage Accessory would have to be my black clutch purse. It's a perfect going out purse because it fits my ID and my lip gloss.

     

    Favorite Pinup Icon: Marilyn Monroe

  • Miss January Unique Vintage Pinup Girl

    Name:  Sarah Harley

    From:  Wilmington, Delaware

    Bio:  From a young age, I always knew I was weird. This is not a statement that is a cry for pity, but more of a statement of rejoice. When I was younger, I did not think of this as a positive thing in my life because of the lack of friends and invites to Lisa Frank parties. However, I was able to figure out who I was and be proud of the woman I was becoming. So without further ado, I am going to attempt to tell everyone a bit about myself:

    hroughout my nineteen years of weirdness, I have accomplished a shocking amount of wonderful deeds. I am a volunteer, drummer,  horse back rider, student,  scuba diver, world traveler, model, and a lover for all things Saturday Night Live. I have also been blessed with the most incredible family a girl could ever ask for. My mother, who I believe is secretly an angel, has been with me through everything and loves me, as I love her, unconditionally. With everything I do, I just want to make my mommy proud. I know she will probably read this and think “I am proud of her all the time,” but I still want to accomplish even more wonderful things so she can continue to say with pride, “That’s my baby!”

    Currently, I am in my sophomore year at LaSalle University as a Mass Media Communications major with a minor in Leadership and Global Understanding. In the beginning of the semester, I started LaSalle’s first Equestrian team and continue to ride every Tuesday with an awesome group of girls. I also started volunteering with the Writing Matters program, which is a program designed to allow students to raise their voice through the power of creative writing. In February, I plan to go to India and Nepal with my history class to volunteer in various locations to help the locals, and also to learn about their culture. I am also one of the main writers for LaSalle’s Q&A game show and hope to soon be one of their hosts! Overall, as you can tell, from being weird I am able to call myself a very lucky nineteen-year-old who has already accomplished many of her ambitions. I hope to show the world that just because I am young does not mean I am not mighty. Through my passion and love, I will succeed!

    Ambitions: Within the near future, I plan to continue riding my horse, judge, as well as study abroad in either South Africa or Australia. I hope to also graduate from LaSalle with honors and attend graduate school. Between graduation and graduate school, I plan on participating in roller derby and continuing to travel the world! My ultimate goal is to gain a job (or even an internship) with either NBC, National Geographic, or WMMR! Also, I hope to continue to be published more with my modeling and hopefully see a live recording of Saturday Night Live! Overall, my main ambition is to continue being happy and most of all to make my mom proud!

    Favorite Vintage Accessory:  No pin-up is complete without the perfect string of pearls!

    Favorite Pinup Icon:  Marilyn Monroe! She is definitely the reason why I am so interested in pin-up and why my hair is blonde! Her role in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes just amazed me and made me want to learn more about her as a person and as an actress.

  • Miss December Unique Vintage Pinup Girl

    Name: Elisa Keane                  

    From: Des Plaines, Illinois

    Bio: I grew up in Des Plaines, Illinois, a suburb not far from Chicago. My parents got divorced when I was 8, but both raised me equally with love and support.  It was interesting being raised by them separately because they both contributed valuable wisdom and shared their own life lessons. I always felt a little “lost” as a teen, trying to discover my true self. I hung with different crowds, all of which impacted me in opposite directions.

    I met my true love in high school without realizing it at first. James, my now husband, led me in the right direction. We never dated in high school but just knowing him was an awakening towards looking at life differently. We kept in touch throughout my college years and basically grew up together. We learned from each other and found strength and love. We recently got married on October 29th, 2011 and the wedding was a perfect reflection of our personalities and love. I found my true self through him.

    I attended three different colleges all shooting for a degree in graphic design. My love for music and art gave me hope to eventually work for a music label one day, creating artwork for albums, magazines and posters. At the age of 23, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I had to drop out of school during this time because the illness basically took over for some time and I needed to regroup and breath in this new challenge in my life. Today, I have it under control and I’m on medication that slows the progression of the disease. Honestly, I feel so good that I barely think about it. I’m a huge believer of mind over matter and I never focus on my M.S.  I currently work for Starbucks Coffee Company as a supervisor. This corporation offers me wonderful health benefits which I highly appreciate considering my situation.

    I was always interested in modeling and admired the 1940’s pin up style. A few years ago a friend of mine asked me if I’d like to be in a shoot with her, so I felt like this was my chance to experience something intriguing. I fell in love with this art form and being the subject was something I never saw myself actually diving into. I’m so glad I did though because it changed me. It became an outstanding dream to pursue.

    Ambitions: It has been quite some time since I’ve been in college and since then I’ve imagined, many times, what I want the rest of my life to look like.  I have a grasp on my interests but haven’t exactly decided what I want to be when I grow up! I think the biggest problem for me is that I have too many fantasies about certain things that I could potentially see myself doing that would make me satisfied and happy. I have an amazing love for music, art, antiques, fashion and oddly, organization. I would love to try and incorporate all of these aspects into my life. The fun part is trying to get there…

     Favorite Vintage Accessory: I must admit I have many, but the most meaningful vintage accessory that I own is my grandmother’s ring. It actually is my engagement ring and getting proposed to with her ring meant more than any other ordinary diamond. By far, this is my favorite accessory.

    Favorite Pinup Icon: Bettie Page, of course! She was such a beautiful woman who had many struggles in her life but has been an inspirational icon to many, even in today’s society. I’m a big fan of her signature bangs.

  • Miss November Unique Vintage Pinup Girl: Jennifer Forster

    Name: Jennifer Forster 

    From: Louisville, KY

    Bio: My story starts out in the down home state of Kentucky, where I was born and raised. With the horses and the bluegrass, the countryside and the sweet demeanor of the people that have lived there their entire lives, Kentucky is absolutely beautiful. Up until six years ago, I believed I would live out my years there too in a small town with a good old country boy. Then I met my husband. He is completely the opposite of everything I had grown up with. He is a nerdy, video game-loving, big city kind of guy, and we were meant to be together from the moment we laid eyes on each other in our sophomore year of high school. He was not into the typical Kentucky way of life...horseback riding, hanging out in the barn, and getting down and dirty out on the farm. He inspired me to achieve more than what a small town could provide. So after we graduated from high school, we moved to Chicago to pursue our careers. Now I am a college graduate with a license to practice as a veterinary technician and we were married this October.

    Ambitions: As a young girl I always loved animals and was always there for any little critter running around lost, hurt, or just needing a friend. As a little ginger-haired and freckled faced girl, I carried home many mangy little strays, much to my parents' dismay. My biggest ambition in life is to become a veterinarian. I not only want to help the animals, but I want to help the owners understand how to better care for their precious companions. I have already put myself through school and have become a veterinary technician, but it would put the icing on the cupcake if I got accepted into veterinary school!

    Favorite Vintage Accessory: It's hard to narrow down what my favorite accessory. But if I have to make a choice, it's gonna be my pearls. I could definitely wear pearls with just about anything! They make everything a little more sophisticated. And who can forget the high heels?! I love the way they make my legs look so long and sexy :}

    Favorite Pinup Icon: Rita Hayworth was a beauty icon for all women in the 40's. She was a gorgeous pin up girl for our servicemen, and a very successful film star. She was so beautiful inside and out. And although she had many difficulties in her personal life, she shined above all of them and had an amazing career. And to top it off, she was a dynamite redhead.

  • Miss October Unique Vintage Pinup Girl

    Name: Patricia Rodriguez Tillman

    From: San Salvador, El Salvador

    Bio: Not long after I was born, El Salvador-the beautiful tropical paradise that I called home-erupted into a civil war. My parents no longer felt safe in our own home so at the age of 3, my parents packed up what we could carry and flew my two sisters and I to live with relatives in Montreal, Canada for a better life. A couple of years later, my parents decided to move to Toronto, Canada where I grew up for most of my life. While living in Toronto, I would dream, as so many other young girls do, of moving to Southern California and one day becoming a famous actress or model. As a result, I enrolled with talent agencies and was an extra in a couple of movies and shows in the 90's, but I never got my big break into showbiz.

    While on spring break in Virginia Beach, VA with my best friend, I ran into and fell in love with a sailor in the US Navy and my future husband-to-be. Soon after we met, he deployed for six months, so we stayed in contact through letters, phone calls and emails. Soon after his return, he asked me to marry him and I said "yes".  A little over a year later we were married and due to the military lifestyle, we have called many places home such as Florida, Virginia Beach, Guam and now sunny Southern Caliifornia where I have dreamt of living since I was a little girl.

    For our 11th anniversary this past year, I wanted to do something special for my husband: Being that we are both fans of the 20's swing era and pin-up art, I decided to pay tribute to him and the sacrifices he makes in the US Navy by becoming his very own USO pin-up girl to boost his morale when he is away on long deployments.

    Ambitions: I always aspired to be a model or an actress, but because I wasn't tall enough or stick thin, I realistically didn't think I could do it.  Ambitions and goals changed in life, and currently I am a Navy wife and a mother to two beautiful little girls. My ambitions now are to raise my little girls with love and adoration and to provide for them and help them follow and achieve their dreams and aspirations in life.

    As far as my own ambitions, I have once again decided to pursue a modeling career, but this time I decided to take matters into my own hands and find a photographer. When the search began, I wasn't looking for just any photographer, I wanted one that specialized in classic pin-up art forms, because if I was going to model again, this time I wanted to do it my way. To me, and most men will agree, stick figured looking models aren't classy. The pin-up models of the 1940's were real woman with curves and they knew how to be sexy without showing it all. They also knew how to embrace their beauty inward and out. They are definitely an example of what a true woman should be!

    Favorite Vintage Accessory: I would definitley have to say my white rose.  I absolutely love it, it makes every outfit a little more special, and it makes me feel pretty :)

    Favorite Pinup Icon: Betty Grable.. She had both beauty and talent!

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