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GIA
GENEVIEVE!

  • Paparazzi! Ponyboy Magazine women's editorial, starring Miss Gia Genevieve from the Wilhelmina Agency New York. Photographed by Alexander Thomspon.
  • Gia Genevieve photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine in New York.
  • Model Gia Genevieve, with the Wilhelmina Agency, photographed by Alexander Thompson in New York City for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Gia Genevieve poses for Ponyboy Magazine in New York City. Photo by Alexander Thompson.
  • A blonde leopard clad Gia Genevieve, photographed for Ponyboy Magazine women's editorial by Alexander Thompson.
  • The beautiful Gia Genevieve models for Ponyboy Magazine in New York. Photograph by Alexander Thompson.
  • The blonde and beautiful Gia Genevieve photographed in New York City by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • The beauty of Gia Genevieve. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine in New York.
  • The voluptous Gia Genevieve, photographed in New York by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine editorial.
  • The glamorous Gia Genevieve photographed for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson in New York.
  • Blonde bombshell Gia Genevieve, with the Wilhemina Agency New York, photographed for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson.

GIA GENEVIEVE

SUPERSTAR!

Gia Genevieve is a recent New York City transplant who fled the sunny skies of Hollywood to take a walk on the wild side. Blonde, beautiful and very buxom, this classy young lady is making her mark in the world of fashion by recently signing with the highly reputable Wilhelmina Agency New York. Gia bears a haunting resemblance to the late Anna Nicole, and is always done in 1950’s Jayne Mansfield glamour when photographed about town. So we, of course, were extremely excited to book her for our latest women’s editorial.

Ponyboy stylist Xina Giatas put Miss Genevieve in beautiful vintage inspired foundations from labels Dottie’s Delights and Secrets In Lace, as well as vintage fur coats and the latest pencil skirts. Our concept was old school Hollywood glamour with an obvious nod to Miss Mansfield. We kept with Gia’s trademark 50’s makeup and we could think of no one better to accomplish this fete than the incredible makeup artist James Vincent, using Ardency Inn products. Art direction, as well as hairstyling, was lent by the genius of Walton Nunez.

We welcome this beauty to New York and see very big things for her in the very near future!

DORIS MAYDAY
RED HOT

  • Doris Mayday, pin-up model, photographed for Ponyboy Magazine by Alexander Thompson.

THE CULT OF DORIS MAYDAY

50’s GLAMOUR GIRL

We were thrilled to photograph beautiful classic pin-up model Doris Mayday in sunny Las Vegas. Miss Mayday is a legendary presence in the pin-up/rockabilly world. Her new lean California figure looked spectacular in form-fitting dresses and capri pants. The stunning redhead had her signature glamorous 1950’s look, all from her own exquistite vintage collection including lurex pieces and outrageous over-the-top sunglasses. Our lovely model Doris was shot on location at the magnificent mid-century home of Yoceline “DJ Maybelline” Lizarraga.

PONYBOY:  You hail from Las Vegas originally?

DORIS MAYDAY:  I was born and raised in Las Vegas until I was 21. It may may seem odd that I left at the crucial ‘Vegas’ age. But when you grow up in that city, I had been 21 since I was 16 and was ready for a change.

PONYBOY:  How did you get into pin-up modeling?

DORIS MAYDAY:  I was heavily into the rockabilly scene and got asked one day as a favor to be in a calendar since they needed a blonde who already had that aesthetic. I had never thought about modeling before and didn’t think anything would really come from it. After it came out though, I started getting really great response from retro clothing companies and shoots kept coming up. I went along for the ride since I thought it would just be temporary and it would be nice to have some good photos of me to show my grand kids one day – that was almost 8 years ago!

PONYBOY:  You really resembled Anna Nicole Smith when you were a blonde. Did other people see the resemblance?

DORIS MAYDAY: I never really saw the Anna resemblance. The first people to bring it to my attention were Micheline Pitt and Laura Byrnes from Pinup Girl Clothing. Micheline said that the resemblance was the reason why I was chosen to model for them in the first place. Hah! After she passed away I would hear it pretty regularly. But when you’re a blonde rockabilly girl, you get everything shouted at you. Marilyn! Anna!! Mansfield!!! Lucy!!!! Bettie Boop!!!!! (that one still baffles me).

PONYBOY:  Your newer red hair is BEAUTIFUL. Do you plan on keeping it for awhile?

DORIS MAYDAY:  I love having red hair! I keep bouncing in between shades of orange, copper and burgundy trying to find the one I love the most. But that’s the great thing with red hair, you can change the shades easily without destroying your hair – usually by just washing it. I don’t’ think I’ll be changing it anytime soon.

PONYBOY:  Have you always been into 50’s glamour?

DORIS MAYDAY:  I have been completely enthralled with 50’s glamour for as long as I can remember. From old movies, album covers, magazines, old family photos, nothing is more sexy and yet classic to me.

PONYBOY: You recently relocated to the west coast. Tell us how that’s been.

DORIS MAYDAY: I surprisingly am enjoying living in California. Growing up in Vegas, I would come out to LA every month to visit, model, shop and go to theme parks. I had a laundry list of reasons why I would never live here including the traffic, overpopulation, pollution and the expense. A terrific job would be the only reason I would make the big move. Then I got the offer to manage the Pinup Girl Boutique in Burbank. Since living here, you understand how to avoid or accept the faults of LA. You start finding all the charm it has to offer and the rich diverse culture. You can totally be okay with traffic after getting a Disneyland season pass.

PONYBOY:  Any aspirations to be an actress? You certainly have the face for it.

DORIS MAYDAY:  I have never had a desire to act before. I always believed that was a career and commitment you had to make for yourself when you are younger and that I just missed that boat. Since moving to LA and seeing how things really work though, apparently you don’t need to quote Shakespeare or have go to theatre camp since 5 years old. But it pops into my head from time to time. To be honest, I’m terrified of rejection. I cry easier than I care to admit. That industry is filled with 99 “No’s” before you here a “Yes”. I’m pretty sure I would need to get much thicker skin first before signing up for acting lessons.

PONYBOY:  Who are your role models? Who inspires you?

DORIS MAYDAY:  Walt Disney, Jim Henson, and my mother Cindy. It is impossible to not be inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of Disney. I am also practically green with envy of creative people and Jim Henson made magic out of felt and ping pong balls for goodness sake! The older I get, the more my mother impresses me. My respect grows for her with every new chapter in my life. How did she do it? She married her high school sweetheart and is still happily married after 36 years, with three successful daughters, a college education and a great job. As an adult, going through my own struggles, I have  realized the amount of work it all takes. She gave me such a happy supportive childhood that it all seemed so effortless. I love coming to her for advice. She really has the “mother’s touch” and I hope one day I can be the woman she is.

PONYBOY:  Your favorite shoot so far? And worse?

DORI MAYDAY:  I can’t pick just one! Shooting at Cicada Club for Pinup girl Clothing and Rick Baker’s studio this year is definitely up there, as well as getting to shoot with Shannon Brooke in Palm Springs. Years ago I shot with Formento + Formento in downtown Vegas and those images are still some of my favorites. Alexander Thompson shoots are obviously the best, too! Though the first shoot with Alexander could of easily been the worse shoot of my life, due to some personal issues that were happening. Instead he turned my drama and emotions I was going through into some truly beautiful and raw photos that I cherish.  The worst shoot hands down was a catalog shoot for Bettie Page with a new photographer. He constantly was telling the other models to “Be like Doris! Why can’t you look like her? You’re doing it wrong!” He was making me coach them and using me as the example. It was incredibly aggressive and negative, not to mention awkward and made the other models cry. I grew up an ugly fat kid. I will NEVER be comfortable with someone telling me that I’m “perfect” or putting me on a pedestal. I’ve never wanted to leave a shoot so badly. God he was the worst! Needless to say we never hired him again.

PONYBOY:  You’re still quite young. Any plans for taking over the world? Or will you be content to be married with kids in an apron…50’s style?

DORIS MAYDAY:  I want both, dammit! I would love to make more of an impact on the world with whatever path I choose to take. But I know family life is an ultimate goal for me. I plan on doing business meetings while wearing my apron.

BETTINA MAY
BURLESQUE QUEEN

Bettina May. Red head. Pin-up model. Burlesque Queen. Always in demand. Always on the go. With bombshell movie star looks, Ponyboy caught up with this beauty recently before she jumped on a plane for a quick chat. All photos courtesy of Bettina May.

THE BEAUTIFUL NYC REDHEAD

40’s-50’s PIN-UP MODEL

  • Bettina May photographed in NYC 2013 at R Bar. Photo by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Photo collage of Burlesque Beauty Bettina May for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • The beautiful Bettina May, collage for Ponyboy Magazine.
  • Photo collage of pin-up model Bettina May for Ponyboy Magazine.

PONYBOY:  You hail from Canada originally?

BETTINA MAY:  Yes, I was born in a little town in British Columbia near Vancouver and moved to Victoria to go to university. And from there I moved to New York.

PONYBOY:  How did you get into burlesque performing?

BETTINA MAY:  I got into it through vintage culture, hairstyles and outfits. I did pin-up modeling first  and through that was introduced to the burlesque world. I basically saw it as a way to explore my love of all things vintage.

PONYBOY:  It really is a true talent, not just something that anyone can do. Who are your burlesque idols?

BETTINA MAY:  I have to give a huge shout out to Dita Von Teese for bringing the modern burlesque resurgence to a more mainstream audience without diluting the art form.  I also love the work of Tempest Storm, Tiffany Carter and Bambi Jones – true legends of burlesque.

PONYBOY:  Have you always been into the  vintage aesthetic? 40-50’s?

BETTINA MAY:  Yes, it has appealed to me for as long as I can remember.  I grew up watching “I Love Lucy” and “Leave It To Beaver” and couldn’t wait to dress like all the stylish ladies I admired onscreen.  I dabbled with 60’s and 70’s styles in grade school and spent a lot of time working on perfecting hairstyles, makeup and collecting clothes from the 30’s-50’s.

PONYBOY:  All that glamour you have…you must get stopped in the street a lot. Do people recognize you?

BETTINA MAY:  People are definitely not used to seeing red lips and precisely coiffed hair out in public, even in New York City. So I do get a lot of attention. Once in a while people recognize me, but mostly they just think I must be someone legitimately famous. People still associate that high level of glamour that Hollywood starlets in the golden age of cinema flaunted with celebrity, so I get asked if I’m “somebody” quite a bit.  Short answer: No! Hahaha!

PONYBOY:   Are you a natural redhead?

BETTINA MAY:  While red hair runs in my family  and I prayed for years that it would come in, my dreams did not in fact come true. I took matters in my own hands.

PONYBOY:  In your burlesque career, what has been your favorite performance?

BETTINA MAY:  Oh goodness, that’s a tough one!  Every time I get on stage is my next favorite because I enjoy being up there and sharing my love of dance with every person in the audience and feeling their enjoyment reflected back on me.  I think the one I’ll always remember was during my first European tour in 2007. I performed in a beautiful little club in Lisbon, Portugal to a gorgeous, perfectly dressed audience of vintage culture enthusiasts. Unforgettable!

PONYBOY:  Who was your favorite celebrity to perform for?

BETTINA MAY:  Performing for Brooke Shields was my favorite experience. We got to meet her after the show. She was so lovely, genuine and sweet – everything I’d hoped she’d be.

PONYBOY:  What brought about your Bettina May Pin-up classes?

BETTINA MAY:  When I started performing I had so many ladies come up to me after shows asking me for hairstyling and make-up tips. After a while of trying to explain the finer points of a proper roller set in a loud night club to drunk fans, I decided a proper class was in order.  The first class in 2006 was a great success. And since then I’ve brought my class around the world and tour the US with it at least once per year.  It’s been amazing to see how life-changing it can be for my students. It’s truly heart-warming.

PONYBOY:  Congratulations on your green card. Any big plans for the future?

BETTINA MAY:  Thank you so much!  It seemed an impossible task, but now that the US Government has declared me an Alien of Extraordinary Ability in burlesque and pin-up modeling, I’m inspired to set much larger and loftier goals.  I’m currently booking another European tour for Spring 2014, and lots of other exciting projects are in the planning stages that I need to keep under wraps for now.