May 17, 2012

Miss May Unique Vintage Pin Up Girl


Name: Jamie Urbina, a.k.a. Cherry Doll                

From: Flint, Michigan

Bio: I am 30 years old and am a pinup model out of Flint, MI. I love everything about the 1950′s. To me, it was such a beautiful era! Women had curves, families were at the core of everything and the time you spent together was cherished. But ‘50s fashion is what I really dig the most! Feminine modest clothing is always flattering, With that being said, I decided to become a pinup model. I have always enjoyed the styles from that era and I used to love looking at my parent’s collections of retro diner stuff from James Dean to Marilyn Monroe. To everyone who left such kind comments on my photo, thank you so much. I am proud to be MISS MAY!

Ambitions: To be an icon like Bettie Page and inspire other women to follow their dreams!

Favorite Vintage Accessory: My bullet bra

Favorite Pinup Icon: Bettie Page



April 13, 2012

Miss April Unique Vintage Pinup Girl


Name: Miss Andrea Holliday

From: Birmingham, AL

Bio: I guess you could say my infatuation with pinups started after I first saw the movie “Cry-Baby”. I loved the clothes, I loved the music, and Johnny Depp was a total dreamboat. I then discovered my love for Gil Elvgren and his adorable situational pinups. Not long after that, I started collecting vintage Halloween pinup prints and magazine tear-outs. Once I finally found a pinup photographer in my area and took my first photos, I was hooked!

As a girl more suited to be Miss October than Miss April, I hold a special place in my heart for Halloween and all things spooky. I can’t even do a normal summer photo shoot without dragging my skeletons out of the closet. Holidays have influenced every pinup shoot I’ve done to date. So far I’ve done Christmas, Halloween, Independence Day, and Valentine’s Day. I’d really like to do Thanksgiving, Easter, and Dia de los Muertos next.

I’m also a bit of a movie nerd. I snuck a Ghostbusters reference into my Christmas photos last year and I brought a shark fin prop to a “bathing beauties” shoot as a tribute to my favorite great white terror.  (I hope to do a real Jaws-themed photo shoot one day!) I love the Cheesecake genre of pinup the most because I feel like it fits my personality. With Cheesecake pinup, you can show off your sense of humor and turn an innocent situation into something sexy and flirty with something as simple as a facial expression. I’ve found it to be a great way to have fun and express myself.

Ambitions: Too many to name! I have wanted to work for The Walt Disney Company my entire life. I’m currently pursuing a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management and I would love to move down to Orlando and work in some aspect of event, resort, or theme park management at the Walt Disney World resort.

Favorite Vintage Accessory: Hair flowers. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not particularly gifted in the hair-styling department, so big flowers are great when I need to hide a horrendous mistake. Plus, they can really help pull a look together!

Favorite Pinup Icon: I’d say it’s a tie between Marilyn Monroe and Elvira.

March 20, 2012

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

February 17, 2012

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

January 18, 2012

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.

December 12, 2011

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.