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We're proud to present Kate Donovan
as our pin-up of the month for April. As both the brains and
body behind Kate's Pinups, a super site with thousands of photos
featuring elaborate costumes, sets, and props from the 40s and 50s,
she's definitely the pin-up's pin-up. We managed to catch for
an interview inbetween her many travels, and she passed some
pictures along to share, as well!
How long have you been a pin-up?
This year marks my fifth year! Wow time flies when you're having
What's the coolest thing about
running your own pin-up site?
Not having anyone tell you what you can/can't do and the shopping!!!
Who's your favorite current and
Gosh there are so many! As for the current ladies of pin-up
Lana Landis and Kitten
von Mew of course! I would have to add April Atomic and Glamour
Lux! The classic pin-ups that come to mind are Bettie Page, Marilyn
Monroe, Jane Russell and Lana Turner! Sorry but I just don't have
one favorite anything, variety is the spice of life right?
What's the best retroDRINK?
Tom Collins or a Highball for me, but the
Fashioneds and the
Grasshoppers are great, too!
What's most surprising thing
someone would find in your bedroom?
Well it's not surprising really...over 150 pairs of shoes?!?! Oh
wait, I know... how about my pre-ban
What's the biggest difference
between sexy babes from the 40s and those of today?
Well if you look at the changes in the US culture through the
decades there are so many defining factors that were reflected in
the pin-up arena. Generally speaking the art of pin-up in the 40s
was very playful, patriotic, teasing and very rarely "fetishy" or "vampy".
As you look at the pin-ups of the 50's there was still the elements
of the 40s. However the outfits changed the hair changed and you saw
different props and elements added all while maintaining the girl
next door feel. They changed drastically in the mid to late 60s.
More and more skin was shown with less and less smiles and tease. As
you move into the 70s the lighting changed the fuzzy lens or
Vaseline lens came into play. The facial expressions turned from fun
and teasing to more of a porn expression I call it the "_" me face.
I believe pin-up is an art and should be loved and respected for
what it is with out blending it in to the fetish arenas.
What movie makes you cry? What
I will not watch movies that make me cry. Song all be it unwillingly
- "If I Died In Your Arms" by
Devil Doll and "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"
Why are retro-pin-up girls so
I would say people are longing for something that has seemed to have
gotten lost. From the 40s till now I have only seen a few modern day
pin-up girls that have had that spark and a teasing nature that
beckons your eyes to the pictures. Some how they don't seem to be
able to hold on to it and embrace it, the "industry" seems to strip
them of it. To me the true pin-ups are those of the 40s and 50's or
those recreating the same style and feel, And it would seem that I
am not the only one to think so.
What do you like doing with your
What is free time?
One last dinner, and one last
dessert, what would they be?
A 5 star dinner in the most exclusive Manhattan restaurant. For
desert I would go to the
Mezzatorre Resort in Italy, secluded in a Junior Park Suite sat
in the private Jacuzzi, overlooking the Bay of Naples. As a chef
food is very important but as a lady the atmosphere and company take
How long does it take to prepare a
It really depends on the shoot, it can be anywhere from 2 1/2 - 6
hours. In that time I might be sewing on a costume or building the
last bit of a set all while waiting for my curls to dry!
How many members do you have on
Oh it varies month to month. It has been paying my bills and
allowing me to travel for the last 3 years though!
What would you say your official
Retro Pin-up Model, Internet business owner, Webmaster/admin for
Mentor/software provider to those partnered with the pin-up Portal,
Site Designer, Shoot Director, Set designer, Costume Director,
Hair/Make-up stylist, Digital Photo Processor, etc...
What's the secret to keeping
amazing looking teeth?
Well I paid for my braces when I was 18 but other than that I think
lots of smiles must keep them gleaming!
What was your favorite toy as a
Hot Wheels and my BMX bike! Yep I was a tom-boy for sure!
On Halloween what candy did you
It didn't matter my Mom would swap it out for health food candy
Ever get recognized on the street?
Yea, from time to time. Mostly at rockabilly shows. I found it most
startling when a taxi driver asked for my autograph or when I was
sat on a plain to England next to a couple that were fans of mine!
Whaaaa! So Weird! Everyone has been so nice though! It's always
great to get to hear from fans face to face, even if mine does get
Thanks again for the time and
wonderful pictures, Kate!
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