I don't know about you, but
I think this whole Java's
Bachelor Pad Cheesecake Contest thing is really taking off.
This time around we had 25 gals entered and 451 votes cast. The contest
was close the whole way through. But now it's over and we have a new Cheesecake
Queen. It's none other than the Brazilian Bombshell, Miss Ana!
Before we get to her exclusive interview, I
have to once again say a big "thank you" to all the lovely gals who entered
the contest with a special mention for our 2nd place winner Dillon
Thomas and our 3rd place gal Amber Lox.
And of course we would be nowhere without the
support of all our Cheesecake Contest sponsors: Sin
Wardrobe: 1940s-1950s Fashions, The
BowlingBombshells.com/ CruisinUSA.com, Cameo
Intimates lingerie, Big Al Caricature/
Pin-up, and last-minute sponsor Burlesque
Costumes! Please visit them all and buy lots of stuff from them.
And now, let's find out about our newest Cheesecake
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(Interview from July 2004)
Java's Bachelor Pad: How does it feel to be crowned the newest
Bachelor Pad Cheesecake Queen?
Miss Ana: Its feels wonderful! I'm flattered!!! Its such an
honor for me to wear this crown. Its also gratifying 'cause it tells I've
did a good job, since all the production, the clothes, the hair styling,
and makeup was done by myself . The pictures were taken by my boyfriend,
JBP: The Cheesecake Contest has a record of surprising people.
Were you surprised you won?
A: Yes, I was veeeery surprised! I entered in the contest
just for fun. Honestly, I had absolutely no hope to win. The other contestants
were very pretty and everybody had gorgeous pictures. When my boyfriend
saw the results he woke me up saying: "Good morning, my Cheesecake Queen!"
I jumped out of the bed to check the group's site, and I just couldn't
believe it was true! It was such a happy moment, and I'm sure its something
to remember forever.
JBP: Which of the other girls in the contest really impressed
A: There were many beautiful gals and tons of nice pictures,
so to answer this is a hard task. Anyway, I guess the ones who impressed
me more were the ones that focused their themes in traditional pin-up art,
bringing out beauty, sensuality and innocence--for me these are the 3 musts
for a good pin-up. As Bruno Bernard used to say about his pictures, "You
can't mix hot with hot, you must to mix hot with sweet." For this reasons
I would say Heidi had the most impressive job, in fact I could bet that
she would be the contest's winner. Then other girls with the same spirit
are Emylou, Nena, Miss America and Atomikitty.
JBP: Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get into pin-up
A: I'm a 26 year old girl, living in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil. I work as an art buyer at an advertisement agency and I'm also
a designer of my own lines of vintage clothing accessories and rockabilly
inspired jewelry. I've been a retro culture addicted for the last ten years
of my life. Since a teenager I was into rockabilly and psychobilly music
and style. A little later I became interested in swing and lounge music,
then I started collection records, clothes, vintage fashion magazines,
vintage girlie magazines, vintage furniture, pin-up art books and stuff.
The retro culture is not very popular here in Brazil, and its not very
easy to find things you like. That's why I decided to start my own thing.
To have pinup style pictures of myself
taken was something I always wanted to do for my own satisfaction, but
never took the time to actually do it. Then one day I needed to send pictures
of my clothes for an interview, and I thought it would be better if I sent
pin-up pictures then just the products still pictures. Produced pin-ups
would help the readers understand the concept of the work I was doing.
So I did my first shooting session, the telephone ones, and everybody liked
the results. Then I decided to model again for my new winter collection,
and again I'm very happy with this job! Some of the pictures were old ideas
of mine and were taken specially for the contest, such as the "Martiki
Time" session and the ones with my old records.
JBP: Is there anyone you base your pin-up style on? What's the
basis for you look?
A: I couldn't pick one person, since I have thousands of references
for my style. A lot of things are influence for my look, including everything
I read, see and listen. For example, my daily look is pretty much based
on the juvenile delinquent characters of the bad girl's movies of the 50´s.
I like to look a bad rockin' gal, but sweet and innocent at the same time!
Sometimes I add a little glamour to my look, inspired by the 40´s
bombshells of Hollywood, specially Rita Hayworth, or the pin-up art of
Art Frahm, Vargas, Elvgreen and specially Peter Driben--by the way, I identify
a lot with his girls, BIG redheads, just like me.
Other times I like to add a little tease
to my look, and for it my inspiration are the Irving Klaw's, Bunny Yeager´s,
Bernard of Hollywood cheesecake girls--the famous ones and the unknown
girls too. I could go on and on here but, anyway, I couldn't forget
to mention that I feel very inspired by the work of some of the modern
pin-ups, such as Bernie Dexter,
Donovan, Nancy of Glamorlux. Their effort
for keeping pin-up alive is something wonderful, a job that I really admire!
JBP: Earlier you said there's not much of a pin-up culture in
Brazil. Are you doing anything to change this?
A: Well, I think I'm already doing what I can to make the
pinup culture grow around here, and I think there are some results.
In my female clothing line named Voodoo Doll, I use the slogan "Pin-Up
Style Clothing." All my pieces are inspired by pin-ups. I always use them
in the flyers and in my communications . On my latest catalog I've produced
all the pictures as pin-ups, the other models were all good friends of
mine! This job can be seen on the following link: www.gottarock.com/voodoodoll.htm
People seems to adore it, and things are going very well for me around
JBP: Tell us a little more about your clothing store.
A: My clothing store is named "Gotta Rock!" Its gonna
be an online store, and also a portal with information about retro culture.
There are 3 different lines inside the portal: "Lady Luck," specialized
in rockabilly theme's jewelry (dices, dominoes, mah-jongs, cherries, nautic
stars, swallows, etc...). Then I have "Gato Caolho" (One-eyed cat),
specialized in men's retro and bowling shirts. And then there's the female
clothing line "Voodoo Doll" specialized in girl's vintage retro clothing,
lingerie, swim wear, and accessories. Unfortunately, the websites are not
ready yet, but I'm working very hard on it. In meanwhile you all can checkout
some of my creations on the following link :
JBP: What are your plans now that you're the newest Cheesecake
A: Wow! Its sooo good to listen to this title!!! Would you
say it again? Hahahahahahaha.
Well, I guess my plans are to keep up my
present job with the portal and the clothing lines and get those sites
ready ASAP. This year, I have many events planned around my clothing line
and I'm creating my summer collections. Soon, I'm gonna be producing more
pin-up pictures for the next catalog! Lots of girls in retro bikinis! That's
gonna be a fun job to do!
I created a Yahoo group for my pin-up work--as
a model and as a producer. You're all welcome to join!!! Here's the link
And, my biggest dream for the future is
to organize, here in Rio, one of the biggest Rock ´n´ Roll
Annual Weekenders, with lots of international bands, all sponsored by Gotta
Rock Enterprises! That would be awesome!!!