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A Pin-Up calendar celebrating diversity and beauty featuring So-Cal women with glamorous calendar themes to be enjoyed by all.
A Pin-Up calendar celebrating diversity and beauty featuring So-Cal women with glamorous calendar themes to be enjoyed by all.
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Featuring the most Beautiful Bombshells in Los Angeles:

❤Chanel Marie Koi

❤Talia Von Minx

Stacee Mims

❤Vón Feréve

❤Mae Janae

BbwDollFace

Nicky Bella

RaRa Sis Bomba

❤Ariana Rodriguez

Ashleeta

Ruby Champagne

Pinup Angel Tina Marie

Culture

Growing up in Los Angeles, I have constantly been surrounded by Latin American culture; I see it and embrace it everywhere I go. As a result, the vibrant colors, the delicious food, and the powerful history of my Mexican heritage have been prominent themes in my work. However, one particularly large influence to my photography is the Latina woman.

History

History has showed us time and time again of the vast inequalities and discrimination that women face. However, these class stratifications are even harder for women of color. Women in general were instructed on how they should or should not dress, but racist stereotypes prolonged the false notion that one must have ivory skin and golden blonde hair to be considered as “beautiful.” But, over time, more and more women decided to embrace their bodies and skin colors by refusing to ‘cover up’ and thus the pin-up era was born. Photographs of women dressed only in bloomers became a feminist rebellion against a post-Victorian era. Even today, throughout all of California, the pin up girl continues to be celebrated as an empowering image, captured by free thinking photographers who battle against a world which still tries to impose its close-minded conservatism.

Background

As a photographic artist, and a Latina woman, it is extremely gratifying and empowering for me when I work with other women and help build their confidence, as I show them that they are beautiful on the inside, as well as out. When I was younger, I was not fortunate enough to have a carefree and simple childhood, and as consequence I had the nagging feeling that I wasn’t worth much, especially in the eyes of society. However, as I have grown older and wiser, I have learned to appreciate everything I have and all of the important lessons that life has bestowed upon me. The truth is, there are women whose lives are so much harder, women who are forced to deal with terrible experiences and have an unfair quality of life. Thus, I discovered that my purpose in my life would be to use my photography to inspire happiness in others, and to do what I can to make them feel good and loved in a world that changes everyday.

“Año de Las Mujeres”

“Year of the Women”. This calendar is dedicated to all of the hard-working women who have faced obstacles, but overcame them and have never given up on themselves. 12 beautiful women will be photographed in this calendar to represent each month of the year, and they will exhibit their bodies with pride and earn the right to be cherished by all as an empowering pin-up girl. I hope those reading this will see how devoted I am to making this dream of mine become a reality, and that you are inspired to contribute any amount of donation. When all is said and done, this project will be a beacon of hope to all of the women who have ever questioned their bodies or themselves, and they will know that they are beautiful. My crew and I are willing to take the time and do the work to create something nothing short of amazing. Gracias.

I am hoping to raise $1,540 in order to cover costs for: 

-Studio space 

-Gas stipends for my assistants, MUA, models and myself 

-Catering 

-Supplies 

-Wardrobe/Props

-Pay for the crew for their time and effort 

-Calendar and postcard production 

-Mailing supplies and postage

To get things done, we need the funds! Please donate what you can, and check out the amazing rewards you will get!!

Risks and challenges

As a photographer trained by masters in their fields, I was taught many things. But once we get out there in the field, unprotected by the four walls of the darkroom, we are prone to so many crazy things. Equipment and props might break, models flake, make up artists don't show up, photographers forget backup batteries or memory cards. Hard drives might crash..I'm feeling stressed out just typing this out. But if you practice at what you love to do alot, the mistakes won't happen as much. I'm anxious, excited, and exploding with anticipation!

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    Facebook Shoutout + 4 Postcards featuring four of the Pin-Ups from the "Año de Las Mujeres" series + handwritten “Thank You” letter from Ana and sealed with a kiss! + 11x17 wall art calendar of the "Año de Las Mujeres" series!!

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    “Pin-Up for a Day” Photoshoot with Ana! Makes a good Christmas or Birthday present for your loved one, or for yourself! Includes: -Hair and Makeup -Studio or Location shoot -(1) 8x10 print -CD of images from shoot. Backers will receive a email contact from Ana and can schedule shoot after Kickstarter has paid. (Limited to So Cal residents only, provide your own wardrobe)

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