Brittany Everitt works in a high-end jewelry store in New Albany by day. But, in her spare time, she is Brittany Jean: a successful, confident and sultry pin-up model.
Originally a commercial and editorial model, Everitt simply thought pin-up modeling – which generally requires a different, shorter look – just wasn’t in the cards for her. However, she went after her dream and has graced the covers of several magazines, appeared in ads and was even featured on a billboard in Times Square.
Brittany sat down with us to discuss her passion for pin-up and how it has changed her.
What attracted you to the pin-up art form?
I have always been attracted to the 1940s and 50s. From the music to the hairstyles, the clothes, the Atomic artwork, the old ads, the dancing – it all just speaks to me. I’m not really sure what attracted me to the pin-up art form. I’ve always been an admirer of those classic beauties like Bettie Page, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe, and also just as in love with the artwork of Vargas and Elvgren. I actually used to draw and create my own pin-up artwork before I started posing myself.
Is pin-up your full-time job or do you do anything else?
I truly wish it was my full-time job. I have such a blast in front of the camera, getting all dolled up in my victory rolls and red lipstick – although I like to dress up just for fun. I’ve even come to work with my hair curled up, wearing a reproduction dress from the 1940s or 50s. It’s just too much fun! I always wonder if my clients at Koerber’s Fine Jewelry think I’m odd, but it wouldn’t bother me if they did. Also, I am working on starting my own line of fashion. Right now, it’s just a side project to design and create my own designs, but I hope one day it’ll be something bigger.
Do you think pin-up has empowered you?
Absolutely! Before I got into it, I never thought I could do pin-up modeling. I always admired the women who were recreating the images from the past, and secretly envied them for their wardrobe. I started modeling when I was 18, and had been on the road of high-fashion or commercial modeling. Finally, a dear friend of mine and excellent photographer in Cincinnati –where I’m from – told me I should get over it and just try it. So, I did, and it was probably one of the most fun shoots I’ve had. Being a pin-up model has really empowered me to feel confident in just about any shoot I get hired for.
Why do you think pin-up has remained popular today?
I think that pin-up has always had some level of popularity. Bettie Page had a resurgence in the 1980s, and I think the love for her and other pin-ups has always been alive. Those women really made a statement back then, in a time when things were much more innocent and simple. We recognize that today and, I think, really just pay a homage to those women by recreating the art of pin-up.
What does it take to be a pin-up model? Can anyone do it?
Of course anyone can do it! All it takes is to not be serious and have fun with yourself. It’s all about raising your eyebrows really high and puckering yours lips into a perfect little “Oh!”
For more information on Brittany Jean, visit www.brittanyjean.net.
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