Sunday, 12 March 2017

#badgirlcrush -Tiffany Cadillac

#badgirlcrush -Tiffany Cadillac

Q: Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?

A: I'm Tiffany Cadillac, 27 years old, an island gyal who lives in Tokyo.
I love vintage style and music, I pose for clothing labels once in a while and I'm starting to make music now.

Q: Where did you grow up?

​A: A few years after I was born in Tokyo, my family relocated in Jamaica which my father is from. I was running around barefooted, picking mangoes and guava, always lurking on the beach, and surrounded by Jamaican music. I lived there until I was around 11 years old, and came back to Japan. I visit occasionally and since it's my second home.

Q: Where do you find yourself most inspired or gain inspiration from?

A: My pot of inspiration is from so many things, film, photography, art, music etc.. But for style wise I like to look at vintage pictures of real people in everyday life, and also backstage pictures of showgirls and vintage girly magazines.

Q: Is there a particular era of time you identify with the most? 

A: I love everything from the late 40's - early 60's! My style will change 360' every time, I would feel 50's glam one day, then the next day I'd be wearing a mini dress tied with a beehive like a 60's girl group.

Q: Can you recommend your favourite clothes shops, record shops, bars and art galleries in Tokyo?

A: There are a lot of stores I like in Tokyo but for vintage I would check out Boop Poop a Doop in Ebisu/Daikanyama and Fizz vintage in Kouenji. If it's outside on Tokyo, I like Samantha's vintage in Osaka. My friends and I always go out to see local bands play at a bar/venue called Heavy Sick in Hatagaya. I'm not a deep vinyl collector but For killer records I would check Anchor records in Shinjuku and of course I'd hop in any Disk Union if I'd pass by one.

Q: What do you love about living in Tokyo?

A: Tokyo is a busy, safe, and compact city, and it's so easy to travel. Although everything is modernized, tradition still exists, and I love to see traditional architecture and old atmosphere neighbourhoods.
Tokyo is the nearest city to my heart, But who knows, maybe  I would be living in a different city in a different country!

Q: What are your favourite movies? 

A: Usually I would watch a lot of documentaries but I grew up watching a lot of Audrey Hepburn movies and 50's romcoms are what I tend to go to for style inspirations.
I also love Teen B movies and 70's Blaxploitation films, I just love seeing bad girls misbehaving!

Q: Tell us about your favourite beauty products? Why you love them?

A: For skincare I go for natural things, like coconut oil to remove makeup and moisturize. I absolutely love MUJI beauty products and have using them for years. From toners to moisturizers and serums, their products are simple and ethical, and have a range of lines for every skin type.
My go to red lipstick would be everyone's favorite - Ruby woo. My favorite coral pink - Pink in the afternoon, very much like what Holly Golightly wore in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

For my brows, Shu Uemura hard formula eyebrow pencil is a staple in my beauty kit, I'm so used to it that I'm afraid that I can't use anything else!
I also love perfumes, more on the sweet, heavy and sensual notes are my jam. Black Orchid - Tom Ford, J'adore -  Dior,  Amber and Patchouli - Jo Malone is my mostly beloved scents.

Q: Who are some of your favourite musicians? 

Such a difficult question, as I love all kinds of music, I would play anything from Vocal jazz, old R&B, authentic ska, early reggae, 70's punk and 80's hardcore, fuzzy funk, Latin soul, all the way to conscious hip hop, you name it! The list will go on...but I adore Billie Holiday and I relate to her a lot. If we're talking about modern artists, my album pick would be... : Never twice - Nick Waterhouse, We're Rollin' - Soul Crap, Shrunken head familia - Bobby's Bar, Twice - Hollie Cook, Coming Home - Leon Bridges.

Q: If you could pick one, who would be your Ultimate Bad Girl? Why?

A: It's so hard to pick one, i can't choose from Eartha Kitt, Nina Simone or Pam Grier but Ugh, cannot be said enough, Pam Grier! The looks, the sauciness, she kick ass and be flaming hot at the same time who wouldn't want to be a fox like Pam, although Eartha taught me how to be a wild kitten and Nina is my true hero.

Q: What are you currently working on?

A:  I'm actively working on my own music project, been recording and writing songs for a while now. I hope to share an EP really soon, and a set of covers with a few of my favourite tunes by the end of the year!

Tiffany wears our Anita Turtleneck, you can find it here 

Q: What do you love about The Original Bad Girl? 

A: First of all I love the prints and the cut, it's form fitting and beautiful. You can pair it with anything. For a girly girl but tom boy at heart like me, I need styles that can play both parts, It's easy to dress it up and down, became such an important label for my wardrobe!

Tiffany wears The Original Bad girl T and our Bella Top

Q: What does being 'bad' mean to you? 

A: To be ambitious and empowering, ready for everything, knows what to do and what to get, and doesn't give a bloody shit about what ppl might say!

Q: What are your goals for 2017?

A: 2017 is for a lot of changes and new encounters. I've met so many beautiful individuals already and I hope for more, plus I have my music cooking, so that's pretty exciting for me and I hope for a successful recording so I can get to share soon.

You can find out more about Tiffany Cadillac here

Sunday, 19 February 2017

#badgirlcrush – Dorothy Dandridge

#badgirlcrush – Dorothy Dandridge

This month’s #badgirlcrush is the beautiful and talented actress, singer, dancer and all-round glamour siren, Dorothy Jean Dandridge.

From her early beginnings as a vaudevillian child performer, Dorothy rose through the club circuits of New York and LA to become a box office star of Beyonce proportions during the mid 1950s.

The first American woman of African descent to be nominated for an Oscar, Dorothy carved out a successful – yet ultimately short-lived - movie career against many odds, making her a true Hollywood trailblazer and bad girl to the core.

Born in 1922 in Cleveland, USA, Dorothy Daindridge and her sister Vivian started singing and dancing from a young age, encouraged by their aspiring-performer mother Ruby who dubbed them, ‘The Wonder Children’.

The two young Dandridge sisters travelled their song-and-dance-act in churches throughout southern American for five years, before the family moved to Los Angeles in 1929 in search of stable work and stardom during the Great Depression.

Following the success of ‘The Wonder Children’ in 1934, Ruby Daindridge renamed her daughters’ act ‘The Dandridge Sisters’, including a third member into the group named Etta James (not to be confused with legendary jazz singer, Etta James).

Steadily growing in popularity, the trio began touring across high profile nightclubs, such as the Apollo Theatre and Cotton Club, where they were given a regular show thanks to their steady fan base.

The Dandridge Sisters regularly drew comparisons with another famous all-girl singing trio - The Andrew Sisters - but after rigorously performing in clubs across the country, the group disbanded in 1940.

Living and working in LA, Dorothy naturally found her way into the motion picture business. The roles she was offered over the next 13 years were stock-standard racial stereotypes that did little to showcase her extraordinary singing and dancing ability.

Dorothy continued to perform in clubs and was famously ‘discovered’ by an MGM producer whilst singing at legendary Hollywood hotspot, the Mocambo, who promptly invited her to audition for the supporting female lead in a musical called Carmen Jones.

Not only did she land the leading role by storming the office of director Otto Preminger, Dorothy Dandridge was nominated for the 1954 Best Actress Oscar alongside Grace Kelly, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn and Jane Wyman.

The golden statue went to Grace Kelly, but Dorothy’s star status was cemented as a bonafide motion picture sex symbol. The hard-working girl from Cleveland with stars in her eyes finally became a star at 32 years old.

Here are some publicity photos and clips from Carmen Jones. Babetown!

'Carmen Jones was the best break I’ve ever had. But no producer ever knocked on my door, there just aren’t that many parts for a black actress' - Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy’s journey to stardom was fraught with obstacles, thanks to the racism and racial segregation rife in America at the time.

After her star turn in Carmen Jones, a leading tabloid published an article stating that Dorothy had casual sex with a white bandleader in Nevada back in 1950. Back then, it was common for gossip publications to pay off hotel staff for seemingly juicy information that could become a trusted ‘source’ of their mostly untrue articles.

Dorothy fought the magazine in a much-publicised court hearing, sued and won a large settlement; however, the salubrious publicity from the fall out did nothing but amplify her public persona as a seductress.

Her personal life was equally as trying. After an unsuccessful first marriage to entertainer Harold Nicholas in 1942, Dorothy gave birth to her only daughter Harolyn in 1943, who was born with brain damage and required around-the-clock care. When the medical care bills for Harolyn started to mount, Dorothy was forced to accept bit parts in movies and tour the nightclub circuit, in addition to caring for her daughter.

Dorothy and Harold Nicholas divorced in 1951 and in 1959, she married Jack Denison, a man disposed to domestic violence. They divorced in 1962 at a time when Dorothy was broke and forced to sell her Hollywood apartment – and perhaps most tragically - give up Harolyn to the authorities at a mental institution in Ventura, California. At the age of 42 years old, Dorothy Dandridge died of an overdose of anti-depressants in highly mysterious surroundings.

Although Dorothy Dandridge acted in a slew of movies, from the highs of her star turn in Carmen Jones to the low-budget thriller Malaga in 1962 that was to be her final film, she struggled to shrug off the ‘exotic temptress’ stereotype that had plagued the majority of her career. 

Character roles that didn’t rely on ethnic clichés for Americans of African Descent - especially women - were few and far between. Dorothy actively challenged directors on movie roles and ultimately chose to retire from the film industry, in face of the lack of work and insulting roles she was offered. Dorothy went on to resume her night club career as she was left in debt from her previous marriage and continuous medical bills for her daughter. 

Since her untimely death, the life, work and legacy of Dorothy Dandridge has found a new audience in celebrities like Halle Berry, who played her in the 1999 biopic, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.

Below you will find our most favourite DD outfits, Dorothy's style was very modern, elegant and classic for the time, you could even say that most of her outfits are the 'trends' of today's generation. From her stunning one of a kinda stage gowns, to her everyday classic wear, Dorothy certainly knew how to wear outfits that exuded a confident, lady-like, with a hint of bad girl quality that accentuated her knock out curves! Some of Dorothy's favourite methods and finishing touches, were to use scarves and wide belts to show off her hourglass shape, she was also a fan of adding bold gold jewellery to dress up a casual out fit and sparkling diamond pieces for her stage performances to add an extra Va va voom!

 We salute Dorothy for being an original bad girl of talent, integrity, style and substance. 

Patsy @patsypbl

(Columnist for The Original Bad Girl Blog)

Sunday, 22 January 2017

#badgirlcrush – Shelbie Dimond (@notshelbiedimond)

 #badgirlcrush – Shelbie Dimond (@notshelbiedimond)

         Q: Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?

A: I’m Shelbie Dimond, 24 year old gal born and raised in a teeny tiny town called Delton, Michigan. I am currently based out of Los Angeles, California. I am a freelance fine art and editorial photographer. The main theme in my personal work is an ongoing series of self portraiture. 

Q: You are a very talented and creative analog photographer, how did you get involved in this industry?

A: Well- through a series of life events it just sort of…happened. Basically, I was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, and as a JW you are not allowed to date (or even be friends with) anyone outside of the religion–they are called “worldly” personsand me being me, I just couldn’t follow the rules. I wanted to go to prom and had a “worldly” boyfriend at school, thus resulting in my removal of high school all-together. My father found his old canon a-1 one day that winter and he gave it to me to play around with. I began taking traditional darkroom courses at the local community college and the rest is history. I feel that photography saved my life, and it’s really the only thing I know how to do. I currently have a munch more extensive bio on my Gofundme for those interested in reading more. 

Q: Where do you find yourself most inspired or gain inspiration from?

A: I am inspired by 1930’s and 1940’s film noir; an empty room; my own demons and pain; and when the light hits something just right. Honestly, my favorite place to shoot–and where the inspiration hits the most–is my home town in rural western Michigan. The lake, the woods, the cow field behind my house– it’s all there, within less than a mile of my home. 

Q: Is there any era in particular that you are drawn to?

A: As far as fashion, hands down the 1930’s and 1940’s–HANDS DOWN! The styles were so elegant and feminine. I really do believe that the 1930's were the definition of glamour. 

Q: Living in California, are there any places which are a must see to any of our Bad Girls planning a trip?

A: All Bad Girls must visit the Madonna Inn and Hearst Castle in the San Luis Obisbso area. The Madonna is an institution of glamour and kitsch, and Hearst Castle is an art-deco American relic preserved perfectly in time!

Q: How old were you when you first got behind the lens, was it an instant love affair?

A: I was 16 years old, and yes- it was an instant, deep, deep love affair. I had finally found my voice. I haven’t put the camera down since.
Q: You must have quite a camera collection! If pushed could you pick just one camera to use?

A: That is so tough! If I had to pick one, it would be between my polaroid sx-70 and my Hasselblad. But when it comes down to it, I would have to choose my Hasselblad. Only because I then have the capability to print the work by hand.   
Q: If you could pick three who would your favourite photographers be and why?

A: Sally Mann: after reading her memoir, I realized just how much I see myself in her work. Her attachment to the land in which she was raised resonates so deeply with me.  Cindy Sherman: for obvious reasons. I remember during one of my first critiques at college, my photography instructor noted that my work reminded him of Cindy Sherman’s. At the time, I had no idea who that was. Once I studied her work, she became an immediate favorite, and someone who’s work I keep coming back to. She is capable of morphing into literally anyone–sex, race, era–she can do it all.   
William Eggleston: because his work has a documentary-like feel to it, and the subject matter / aesthetic to me, conveys an idealistic lifestyle.These are all themes that find their way into my work as well. 

Q: We can see you have shot some striking nude photos of yourself and others, what is it about this subject matter that you’re drawn to?

A: I find it exhilarating to be able to express myself in this way. My entire upbringing I was conditioned to feel ashamed of my anatomy and of my sexuality. When I first began taking self portraits (or photographs in general), it was absolutely forbidden to even touch on this subject. I remember when I was 17 or so, I took a beautiful image of my best friend walking into a lake. Her back was bare. This resulted in “spiritual counsel” from the elders in my congregation. Even after I had moved away and was beginning to live my life outside of the religion, I still felt guilty and couldn’t find the courage and confidence to do it. Finally in 2012, I met a wonderful model who was totally down. I took pre-Raphaelite-esque nude images of her in the forest, and it was exhilarating. Now, with my newfound freedom, I am continually trying to embrace & explore my anatomy and sexuality. I feel it is important to share this with the world.

Q: Apart from cameras are there any other vintage items you collect?

A: I am obsessed with everything vintage! Vintage novelty prints: hot air balloons and bunnies being my favorites. I love hats..of all kinds, and anything 1930’s / 1940’s! I also collect 1960’s kitchenware called “tickled pink” by Vernonware. I almost have a full set!

Q: What advice could you give to any of our readers and Bad Girls looking to venture behind or in front of the camera?

A: Begin with an all-manual analog 35mm camera. Take lots of pictures - even if some are junk. Just keep shooting. Also: " ‘pretty' doesn't necessarily mean interesting” is a great piece of advice that was once given to me by a photographer and mentor that I greatly admire–Todd Hido.
          Q :If you could describe your style in three words what would they be?
A: Elegant, Americana, Feminine

 Q: With beautiful platinum curls can you let our readers know any tips and tricks for the ‘Shelbie Dimond’ brush out?!

A: Elnett Satin Hairspray is an absolute MUST. It’s the only hairspray with an *actual* touchable hold. I find that I really can spray my set, brush it out and find soft, but sturdy curls. 

Q: Do you follow any health / beauty routines? If so could you share some with our readers

A: I spent years not knowing how to do my hair or makeup. Now that I have my wet-set down, I’m really focusing on my skin, meditation, and fitness. I try to: never go to sleep with makeup on (I failed at this miserably for most of my teenage years); moisturize every morning and night; and exfoliate at least twice a week! It is so important to maintain healthy skin, because our skin is our blank canvas for our masterpiece! Also, you don’t get a second chance with your skin, so take care of it!

Fitness and meditation are fairly new for me, I’m going to be completely honest. I try to meditate for at least 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes before I go to bed. Practicing meditation is proven to increase grey matter in the brain! Which, of course, directly affects your mood, anxiety levels, etc. And believe it or not, just spending 10 minutes, twice a day, drastically affects the way you feel. 

I never felt pretty before I found my vintage style. Finding vintage and becoming a glamour “Bad Girl,” really was a pivotal point in finding myself and embarking on my journey of self acceptance. When I was a teenager, I was in no way, shape, or form–healthy. I ate poorly, I never exercised…and I felt bad about myself all the time. Last year, right around my 24th birthday (after being encouraged by my lovely boyfriend), I decided it was time for a change: I would eat more food - healthy food - and I would include fitness in my daily life. We started with yoga, and by mid-summer I signed up for a gym membership. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I began my fitness journey for the physical results, yes, but what I wasn’t expecting was the mental and emotional side effects as well. I feel calmer, stronger, & more energetic on a regular basis. This is so cheesy but beauty starts on the inside, ladies! Haha!  

Q: What is your all time favourite film? Do you have a favourite film director?
A:  The Godfather(1&2)! I know it sounds cliche- everyone loves The Godfather. I became obsessed with the movies around age 14 - AMC does an edited-for-television Godfather marathon every Thanksgiving and my mom had it on every year without fail. I remember the first time I watched the un-edited theatrical version, boy was I in for a surprise. When I read the novel it was practically life changing.
On a related note- Mario Puzo’s “The Sicilian” is probably my all-time favorite novel. I’ve read it 7 times but I refuse to watch the film adaptation out of fear that it will ruin the imagery for me. It is sort of like a sequel to the Godfather in a way, taking place when Michael is still in exile in Scilly. 
My favorite film directors would include: Paul Thomas Anderson, Woody Allen, Alfred Hitchcock, and Wes Anderson.

Q: Who are some of your favourite musicians? What is your favourite era of music?

A: Eminem, Tom Waits, Emily King, The Cure, Leonard Cohen, MF Doom, Paul Simon, Led Zeppelin, Patsy Cline, Neil Young, JJ Cale, Death Cab, The Strokes, Beck, Emmylou Harris, New Radicals, Miles Davis, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lightnin’ Hopkins. Era / genre…it really doesn’t matter for me, good music is good music!

Q: If you could pick one, who would your Ultimate Bad Girl be and why?

A: There are so many “Bad Girls” that I look up to: Dita Von Teese, Lauren Bacall, Marlene Dietrich, Frida Kahlo, Veronica Lake (I use her wet-set pattern!) Right now, personally, my ultimate “Bad Girl” would be Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She was raised Muslim (mainly in Ethiopia but also lived in Saudi Arabia among other countries), endured FGM, escaped an arranged marriage, taught herself how to read and write Dutch, became a member of the Dutch Parliament, uses her past as a way to bring awareness and empowerment to women, has to live with a bodyguard due to the death threats that she receives (as she is also an outspoken apostate) and yet she still continues to speak out against what she truly believes is wrong. 
Two of my favorite Ayaan quotes is “Without sexual freedom, there is no self” & “...Bear true witness, even if it be against yourselves, your parents or your family.” 
Also, she’s a stone cold fox!! She is my ultimate “Bad Girl” crush. 

Q: What do you love about The Original Bad Girl?

A: I love that TOBG is all about confidence, glamour and empowerment. As a brand, that is so important to me! TOBG caters to all women, no matter the body-type and the price point is accessible across the board, without sacrificing quality of the garments!

Q: What are your goals for 2017?

A: In 2017 I hope to be more compassionate with myself, live healthy, respond to text messages in a timely manner, create more, collaborate with other badass creatives, and travel.

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Patsy @patsypbl

(Columnist for The Original Bad Girl Blog)