Well, the latest JBP
Cheesecake Contest is over and a new Cheesecake Queen has been
crowned! This has been the best contest yet with 25 stunning beauties battling
it out to be the next queen. More than one person said is was next to impossible
to pick just one gal. When it was all said and done, 622 has been cast.
When the votes were counted, Miss Tina Grant came out
on top with 183 votes to her name. That was almost 30 percent of the votes
cast! So, not only does Miss Grant win the Cheesecake Queen
Crown, but she also gets enshrined into Java's Bachelor Pad
gallery of Modern Femme Fatales.
Below is an exclusive interview with Tina
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Java's Bachelor Pad: How does it feel to be the latest JBP Cheesecake
Queen? You were competing alongside some very pretty gals.
Tina Grant: It feels wonderful!! So many gorgeous women...
I'm thrilled and stunned, all at once!
JBP: Now that you're a Cheesecake Queen, you have a duty to spread
the word about the glory of pin-ups throughout the world. Are you up for
TG: You betcha' I am!! I really feel much of mainstream is
missing out on what was truly sexy and innocent with the pin-ups of yesteryear.
I'm always impressed
with finding other gorgeous models who have similar interests as
me and want to
keep the tease-factor in all of their photos. What's the fun in
giving away all
JBP: Although your look isn't 100% retro, it does have its foundation
glamour. How do you place your style in the wide spectrum of pin-up
TG: Yes, I found many of the other models in your group that
nailed the retro
look...to a "T". I know I don't have the vintage-ness in most
of my images, but I'm inspired by all of the hollywood glamour and blonde
bombshells that we all know and love. Where would I place myself
in the wide spectrum? Perhaps in the middle; between the feel of the past,
with the look of today.
JBP: Where do you draw your inspiration from? Are there other
gals who you like? Was there anyone in particular that made you want to
be a model?
TG: I have always said it and my fans would even tell you
that I draw much of my
inspiration from the #1 blonde bombshell in history--Ms. Monroe.
When modeling, I feel I channel some of Marilyn in most of my shoots. However,
I must say, she is not the reason I decided to model.
I gained experience from my mother who photographed me endlessly--so
much so, that being in front of a camera was natural. Modeling
was the most logical
thing for me to do.
JBP: What do you think makes a good Cheesecake model? What do
you think it means to be a "pin-up"?
TG: A woman who is comfortable in her skin and let's her personality
come through in her images produces some of the best pin-up material. To
be a pin-up, to me, means to create art with your work, without it looking
like it's work. If it
provokes a feeling of "wow, truly remarkable", all the while keeping
it classy--it's pin-up art.
JBP: How did you get started in modeling. You've actually been
at this for a while,
haven't you. What's your story?
TG: Mama started it all...she knew I was a ham in front of
the camera and that I
loved being photographed. After moving out on my own, I was photographed
by amateur photogs, just for fun. I gained a ton of experience when deciding
to open a website with a photographer in '98. We stuck with the non-nude
policy, keeping it sexy and erotic--as that was the style of images I loved
Luckily, many, MANY men agreed with the format and at present, I
am thrilled to say it's been one of the most rewarding decisions I've ever
made in my professional career. That is, keeping the format of my website
JBP: From what I understand, you're in the midwest (like myself).
Most of the other gals come from the west coast. Is it hard being a model
in your part of the
country? What sort of challenges have you come across?
TG: I've been told many times that I don't "look" like I'm
from the midwest (or a
corn-fed honey, as one has said), but I don't mind it at all. Sure,
I'd rather be where it's warm year-round but the people here down-to-earth
folks for the most part and can make anyone feel at home. I'm not an aspiring
actress, trying to make it on the big-screen so me and my website are just
fine and dandy, smack-dab in the middle of the US!
JBP: What are your plans in 2005? What sorts of things can we
expect from you?
TG: My plans for 2005? To put out the best work yet--I want
my site to please my loyal (and outspoken!) fans and keep them coming back
for more, just to see what I do next. Here's to a wonderful year, fellas!
I couldn't do it without 'cha!