I am so excited for todays post, which features the stunning Ruby Roxx – an internationally published bombshell of a model.
Not only is she going to share with us what is in her makeup bag, she also so kindly answered a few questions for us. I was going to put it all in one post, but Ruby’s answers to my questions were so well thought out, I am splitting it into two posts.
Before we get to the Q & A, I just want to say a big ‘thank-you’ to Ruby for taking the time to share with us not only her makeup, but some great tips on getting into pinup modelling, how to get a perfect pin-up leg, and a few interesting facts about herself.
(photo credit: Cat Tetreault Photography)
- How did you get into pinup modelling? Where did Ruby Roxx begin?
7 years ago, I was asked by a friend to be a model for her hair salon. I had never modeled before, but agreed to do it in exchange for a free cut and colour. When I was at the shoot, I just fell in love with being in front of the camera. I had always had a passion for vintage and retro. I loved the classic looks of movie stars and pinups from the 40’s and 50’s. I asked the photographer if he would be interested in shooting me as a pinup. He agreed. I spent a month practicing my poses in the mirror, and buying just the right outfits. When the day of my shoot came along, I was ready. I had so much fun, and that was the start of Ruby the pinup.
(photo credit: Mike Chatwin)
2.What advice can you give to gals looking to break into the pinup world?
Do your research. Practice your faces and posing in the mirror. Hire a PROFESSIONAL pinup photographer. You will likely get hair and makeup, pose coaching, and even sometimes, wardrobe included. This is the best way to beef up your portfolio. It is an investment in your career. I spend a lot of time online, networking, updating my facebook and other social media, planning shoots etc. It’s a great hobby for someone to do for fun, and its also an amazing career. But as with any career, it takes time, patience, motivation, skill and hard work. Most of all, have fun! That is the most important part.
- What are your wardrobe staples? Your favorite brands and favorite place to shop?
For pinup, my wardrobe staples are what goes on underneath. My support wear and stockings. Proper support wear will give you the flawless shape that is so important when it comes to pinup. Whenever I shoot, I wear support wear (my favourite are from Rago or Orchard Corset), full pantyhose to make my legs look flawless, and thigh high, back seam nylons on top (my favourites are from Kix’ies and Secrets in Lace). Not only does it even out your skin tone and curves but it gives you a true vintage look.
(photo credit: Vestige Photography)
- As a curvy model, whats your take on all the body positive and shaming happening in the pinup community right now?
I can not stand body shaming, but a lot of people have it mixed up. They think by telling me that I am “a real woman” that is a compliment. ALL women are real women, regardless of size, shape, age, or anything else. It’s just as offensive to tell a slim person to eat a cheese burger as it is to tell me to lose weight. Some people seem to think that by telling me I’m better than someone who is slim, that they are being body positive, but I find that terribly offensive. Body positivity is not tearing one body type down to bring up another. In fact, that is body shaming in its truest form.
I am very confident in my own skin, but just like everyone else, I have bad days. It’s upsetting when someone calls me a “pig” or “unhealthy”. I am a very healthy person. My health has nothing to do with my size, just as my beauty doesn’t depend on a dress size. I just try to remember however on those bad days that most of the people that comment those things are just trolls looking for a reaction from me. Its easily fixed with “block and delete” combo.
(photo credit: Pinup Perfection)
- When you are not being fabulous in front of the camera, what else might you up to?
I just had a wonderful summer traveling down the west coast. I love to travel. I got a beautiful camera for my birthday, so im trying to figure out how to use it. When I’m at home, I love to relax with my boyfriend, or friends, with a glass of wine and some good food. Maybe go listen to live music or visit a tiki bar.
I also just started a brand new magazine called “Beauty Mark Magazine”, so that has been keeping me busy. I wanted to create a magazine that was a different kind of fashion/beauty publication. I wanted to challenge people to see their true beauty in all their imperfections and uniqueness, instead of the idealized version of beauty we see in so many magazines right now. It will also include stories, interviews, product reviews and more. It is scheduled to release in November 2014, so that has been keeping me very busy. I’m very excited to see where this new adventure will lead me!
(photo credit: Aparte Photography)
6.Do you have any quirks or hidden talents we should know about?
I used to be a professional chef, so I love to cook. I don’t do it professionally anymore, but I love to cook whenever I get the chance. I also can make a mean cocktail. I have my own mini web series “Retro Recipes with Ruby Roxx” that I am hoping to film more of in the next few months. You can find them on my website at www.rubyroxxmodel.com
My goodness, doesn’t Ruby sound like one fun gal?! If I’m ever in Vancouver, I’m definitely going to have to see how ‘mean’ your cocktails actually are! Make sure you all check out Ruby Roxx on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rubyroxxmodel.
I just had to look up some of her videos, because I love retro cocktails… And of course, I had to share with you… Learn from Ruby how to make a classic Mai Tai below. And stay tuned for part 2 with Ruby Roxx and her makeup bag