April 2016 Pin-Up of the Month
Miss Violet June, 25, Denver CO
Writer, Scholar, Feminist, and Pin-up Model
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In which city did you take your first class with Bettina May?
What made you decide to do the class?
I took Bettina‘s class when I was 20 years old, and I was already a huge fan of pinup and burlesque. I had taken a burlesque class with Denver burlesque star Vivienne VaVoom, and through her I learned that Bettina would be coming to do a pinup class.
Was it an easy decision, or something you had to step outside your comfort zone to make happen?
I didn’t hesitate for a moment to sign up! Doing a pinup photo shoot seemed like the natural next step in my pinup journey. The idea that I could be a real-life pinup was so thrilling and empowering!
Did you have any previous experience with a vintage look, or was this a brand new experience for you?
I started wearing red lipstick in high school, and exploring the pinup aesthetic through my dress, makeup, and hair. High school was also when I became a fan of Dita Von Teese, and through her I learned how amazing and diverse the intersecting worlds of pinup and burlesque are.
Did you go on to pursue more photoshoots, or take another class with Bettina?
I did another shoot with Bettina the next time she came to Denver, and I’ve done other pinup and boudoir shoots as well. I’m addicted!
How have your new pin-up skills been put to use in other ways?
Pinup is a lifestyle to me. I don’t glam up every day, but pinup is always a part of me. My home is decorated with pinup art, my vast red lipstick collection is displayed on my vanity, and my favorite way to treat myself is with a lovely new piece of lingerie to add to my growing collection. One of my favorite things about pinup is the DIY element, which Bettina exemplifies in her class. Pinups almost always do their own hair and makeup and are self-styled. I try to use that DIY approach in other areas of my life as well.
How do you feel your life has changed since this experience?
Taking Bettina’s class was truly a turning point in my life. It marked my full embrace of pinup, and of myself as well. It felt like I was announcing to the world that I loved myself and my body, and I wasn’t ashamed. With Bettina’s encouragement, I created my pinup persona, Miss Violet June, and I continue to do photoshoots and share my love of pinup. My pinup photos have been published twice in Vintage Boudoir Magazine.
What would you want to tell other people who want to try something new with their life but aren‘t confident enough to take the plunge?
Take the plunge! It’s worth it! Doing pinup has changed my life for the better. Pinup has helped boost my confidence, both during my photoshoots and in everyday life.
Anything else you want to add?