Part of the appeal of modeling as a pinup girl is that you can look and feel sexy without having to conform to mainstream beauty standards, said Sarah Wells, president of Summit City Pinups LLP.“Media put out an image that women should look like this: Women should be thin, women should be tall, women should have long hair, short hair. Whatever the trend is, that is what women should look like at that time — but we do not all fit into that mold,” she said. “This genre is something that fits us, whoever we are, size wise, length (wise) … whatever it is, there is something for everybody.”
Formed two months ago, Summit City Pinups LLP promotes the style of vintage pinups models, such as Marilyn Monroe or Bettie Page.
The term “pinup” refers to a mass-produced photo or poster one would want to “pin up” on the wall because it featured the image of a glamorous or iconic person, usually a female.Pinups are probably associated most prominently with the 1950s, the era that is primarily focused on by the 30 members of Summit City Pinups. Yet pinup culture has spanned lots of different time periods and is open to including no limit of diverse creative ideas, Wells said.
Many people consider “Gibson Girl” illustrations made by Charles Dana Gibson starting in the late 19th century as one of the first examples of a pinup.
Two weeks ago, members of Summit City Pinups met for a Celtic-themed photoshoot at the Sunken Gardens park in Huntington. A month ago, the group held a Steampunk-influenced shoot at the TekVenture maker space in Fort Wayne.
Summit City Pinups will host its first ever public photoshoot, called Patriotic Pinups, to be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at TekVenture, 1550 Griffin St. Attendees to the event will receive a 45-minute session where they pose for a patriotic, retro-style photo for $75. Summit City Pinups members who attend pay a discounted fee.
The session comes with guidance on pinup style provided by members of the group, props and the services of a licensed hair and makeup artist, Wells said.
Anyone interested in attending Patriotic Pinups needs to book the session in advance by visiting the event’s Facebook page. They could also send an email to the group, said Courtney Wallace, member of the Summit City Pinups and Wells’ secretary.
It is important for Wells that one of the primary goals of Summit City Pinups is raising money to assist the victims of domestic abuse. For this reason, all of the proceeds from Patriotic Pinups will go to the transitional living center, Shepherd’s House. Supporting Shepherd’s House helps to combat domestic abuse because drug and alcohol abuse is a driving factor of both homelessness and domestic abuse, she said.
She said she was once in a relationship in which she was physically, emotionally and verbally abused. “I know what the struggle is to get out of that kind of relationship,” Wells said. “So, we wanted to focus on how we can assist these women and families — and not just women and families because the LGBT community also has victims and survivors of (domestic abuse) as well.”
Summit City Pinups is also working on a 2018 calendar they hope will be ready to sell later this year. All of the proceeds will go to two local nonprofits: the Center for Nonviolence and Charis House, the crisis shelter for women and children.
The group hopes to raise money for the community by hosting other events in the future, such as pinup contests at vintage car shows, a retro prom and a high school pinup pageant, Wells said.
WHAT: Patriotic-themed pinup photoshoot that is open to the general public provided they pay the $75 participation fee.
WHERE: TekVenture, 1550 Griffin St.
COST: $75 for non-members. Members pay a discounted fee.
MORE INFO: Anyone interested in booking a session at Patriotic Pinups needs to visit the event’s Facebook page. If someone does not have Facebook, they may email the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.