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That Angelic Being Angelique Noire
Classic pinup has become a huge phenomena lately, what about it first captured your interest?
Since a young girl I began collecting Alberto Vargas pictures that I admired. I also loved watching movies with Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Jane Mansfield, and more. These women looked so glamorous, classy, feminine, with a sexiness that was obvious but not gaudily overstated. I found these images to be examples of what I envisioned myself being able to imitate when I was old enough to do so.
What do you think about pinup becoming part of the mainstream culture?
I don't think this look has ever left because it is timeless. Since the times when it was at the height of it's popularity, women continue to revisit this style at various points in their fashion journey. Gwen Stefani, Dita Von Teese, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and many more entertainers are putting their own twist on this classic look, and making it more visible, but I highly doubt there will be a time when ultra sexy, feminine, classic beauty will ever vanish from mainstream.
What is it that excites you about pinup modeling?
I kinda feel like I am the first Black modern day pinup :) Being that I have yet to see a chocolate color woman packaged in the 1940s/50s pinup style, I feel like I am able to put my mark on this undeveloped territory. Though I have been a professional model working for various clients doing clothing catalogues, commercials, print advertisements, runway shows, etc, I rarely booked jobs that presented me in the pinup style. As a result, I birthed the Angelique Noire persona on July 14, 2011 to indulge my passion for recreating this retro look for photos, videos, and even for my walks to the grocery store :) I am overwhelmed by the positive responses that I have received as a result!
Are there any other creative mediums you work in?
As a means of saving money (or being cheap), I have developed my skills in digital editing, video editing, and photography. I am very much into doing arts and crafts. I paint, make hair accessories, dabble in sewing outfits, restore/redecorate vintage hats, glue Swarovski crystals on as many things as possible, and more! I have too many hobbies, and ideas to keep myself occupied that I could never find myself bored.
What are your favorite types of outfits to model in?
Colorful wiggle dresses and lingerie. I LOVE bright colors and pastel hues against my skin tone.
What are your least favorites?
I am not a fan of thongs. I'll wear them, but not happy to be in them. I'd rather go panty-less than wear those annoying booty slings.
What kind of music do you like?
It depends on my mood. Most of the time I like music with adown tempo, jazz, lounge vibe such as Wax Tailor, Billie Holiday, Bebel Gilberto, and Edith Piaf playing while I'm doing things throughout the day. If I want something with an up tempo to dance to, I listen to samba, salsa, meringue, and hip hop. If I feel like singing (at least pretending that I can), I listen to Gospel and R&B. If I am feeling like something a little more exotic I listen to east Indian music.
What do you like to do for fun?
DANCE, DANCE, DANCE!!!!I am also ADDICTED to Words With Friends!!!!!!!!!!!I use to play Scrabble a lot against my computer, but just a few months ago discovered that I can play against my Facebook and Twitter friends. I've been hooked ever since. My username is Modelnoire by the way...challenge me if you dare! Muah ah ah ah aaaah (wicked laugh)
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