Bachelor Pad 8th Cheesecake Contestagain
brought out a bevy of the pin-up beauties to compete for the coveted crown.
But only one gal can claim the title of Cheesecake Queen.That
gal is the sultry Asia DeVinyl. With her vocal fan base,
came away with almost 30% of the vote. As with all our Cheesecake
Contest winners, we like to learn all about them.
Here now is an exclusive interview with Asia
DeVinyl as well as a selection of her pin-up photos.
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(Interview from February 2007)
Java's Bachelor Pad: First, congratulations on being named the
latest Cheesecake Queen. You took the lead early on and never looked back.
You really have some devoted fans. What do you attribute your success to?
Asia DeVinyl: That's it exactly! My fans! I call them The
Asia Army, they are incredible! I owe everything to them. But I really
had no idea what great voters they were until this contest!
JBP: I always like to ask gals where they got their start. When
did you start modeling and what drew you to pin-ups? Who are your influences?
AD: I started modeling when I was 16, and immediately fell
in love with it. How could I not? Playing dress up all day long, and getting
paid for it? Too good to be true! I did my first Pin-up shoot about 6 years
ago, but I have always been a fan of Pin-up. My Grandmother was a huge
influence on me growing up. She was always very "put together" with perfect
hair, makeup and nails. She loved the glamour of classic 1950 Hollywood,
and has always carried herself with poise and grace. I inherited it from
her! I also look to Sophia Loren, Gina
Lollobrigida, Brigitte Bardot, Rita
Hayworth, and Jayne Mansfield for
inspiration! Now THEY were women!
JBP: Besides pin-ups, you have a Goth/Fetish side to your modeling.
How do these different types affect one another?
AD: Really, the crossover was very natural for me. The Goth
and Fetish is where my soul is, but my heart is with Pin-up. Does that
make any sense? I just brought the two together, and ended up with a very
"Bettie Page meets Patricia Morrison"
feel in the beginning. It just felt right. I still consider myself a Gothic/Fetish
model, and find that flowing between that and the Pin-up world to be quite
comfortable. Why limit myself to only one genre, if I can identify with
more than that? That may be why my fan base is so strong, my photographs
can appeal to more than one group of people.
JBP: You have a "bad girl" attitude in your photos. The "don't
mess with me or you're going to get hurt" look. But underneath it all there's
a come-hither stare. You remind me of Tura
Satana in that way. Talk about the "Asia Attitude."
AD: Funny that you should mention Tura Satana, I recently
befriended her via myspace! She is a very nice woman, and I was so honored
to be able to express my appreciation for her work to her personally! I
guess the "Bad Girl" attitude is just what I can convey onto film the most
convincingly. I could try to do the Cheesecake smile, but it just isn't
very believable! And it is so funny to me when I meet a fan for the first
time, and they say "Gee, your so nice. I thought you would be a bitch!"
I guess I feel the most powerful when I get in front of the camera, and
it shows. I turn into this wild ravenous Man Eater! A photographer once
told me to "make love to the camera", and I've been doing it ever since.
Oh how I would have loved to have met Russ Meyer! I think we would
have gotten along famously!
JBP: You are also a gal who is not afraid to show off your curves
(and you've got some great ones). That was the great thing about 50's pin-ups.
They had figures. It seems modern pin-up modeling is the last bastion for
gals to be buxom and curvaceous. What are your thoughts?
AD: This is a subject that comes up quite often, and I even
blogged about it last May. I love my curves! I cant imagine what I would
look like if I lost a ton of weight so that I could look like "everybody
else." That would be scary! I think mainstream men and women today are
totally brainwashed into thinking that you have to be 5'10" and 125 pounds
in order to be sexy. It just isn't true! If I were a man, I would want
a woman that I wasn't afraid to break!
JBP: Talk about some of the photographers you've work with. Les
Slenning? Marco Patino? Who are
AD: Oh how I love my photographers! If I were rich, I would
buy a huge compound, move them all in, and just shoot all the time! Les
and Marco would be the firsts to move in, (Well, actually, the first
to move in would be my darling husband/photographer Joe DeVinyl!)
along with Steve Diet Goedde, Roz DeMinion, Simon Thorpe,
Hundsnurscher, Stahlwolf, Frank De Blase... That list
doesn't even cover the photographers that I still want to shoot with but
haven't had the chance to as of yet, nor does it include all of the clothing
designers that I love, or the makeup artists, or the hair stylist, or all
of my model friends that I just couldn't live without! We would have a
full house, for sure!
JBP: What's next for Asia DeVinyl?
AD: I just submitted some photographs for a horror film called
"Behind The Cross" that will be shot in Helsinki, Finland. The images will
be shown in the beginning of the film, and I play the part of a murder
victim! The photos are extremely graphic, of my dead and bloody body in
a bathtub. That was a fun shoot! I will also be shooting for Badland
Beads, Black Kat Kustoms, Goth Rosary, and Zombie
Kitten very soon! And of course, I cant WAIT to shoot for Sugar
Kitty Corsets when my prize arrives, its going to knock everyone