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#vintage: Serenity Ford aka Rosie Cheeks

Today’s #vintage is from the lovely Serenity (although you may know her as Miss Rosie Cheeks) from @missrosiecheekstx

Hi Serenity! Tell me a little about yourself.
My name is Serenity, professionally I go by Rosie Cheeks, or most just call me Rosie! The name Rosie was given to me some years back because of my love of wearing & vast collection of bandanas, in which I emulated the style of American WWII icon, Rosie the Riveter. I am a 25 year old Aries & single mom. I discovered my love of the Rockabilly & Pinup culture in 2010 in Monterey, California where I moved shortly after graduating high school. I am a West Texas Native; born & raised. I graduated with 60 kids in my class and to say individuality was almost laughed at at my school would be an understatement. I had a lot of insecurities about myself growing up. My thighs were too big, I didn’t fit the “mold” and for that I always felt alone. It wasn’t until AFTER my discovery of the Rockabilly and Car Show scene all those years ago that I openly embraced everything about myself. Pinup freed me. Since I was 8 years old I knew i wanted to have a career in the beauty industry, 17 years later that dream is finally coming true; however, when using the words “Makeup Artist” or “Pinup Model” or “Photographer” I do so very lightly, and almost reverently. At the end of the day, I am an artist. Seeing my visions come to life, it’s a feeling I could never put into words. I am blessed for the support and outpouring of love I have received from my community here in Texas.

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What first sparked your interest in vintage fashion?
This is funny to me, I was so vanilla to the whole scene haha! I was walking my dog, I was 18 years old and I saw this girl driving down the street, she was tatted and was rockin’ the most badass hairstyle, bandana and bumper bangs to complete the look. I stood and stared, I wanted to know her. Hell, I wanted to be her. I thank God for Google, I think I typed in “40s style girl” (haha I feel so silly looking back now) and Google, as usual, delivered. My mind was jolted awake to this, what I thought was merely a fashion style when in reality it is a way of life! From there I learned about the music, oh the music!!! Without it, there would be no Rockabilly! I started watching YouTube videos, people like The Cherry Dollface, Pinup Doll Ashlee Marie, Kandee Johnson; I owe my foundation to them and their videos.

Do you remember what your first vintage/vintage inspired/reproduction piece was? 
Yes, it was a 1940’s era rose needle point coin purse, along with a silver plated hand mirror which I still have.

What’s your current favourite item in your wardrobe?
My black anklet wedges, they didn’t come from a boutique or anything but they are the most beautiful style and shape! I can wear them with most styles of outfits! I also can’t live without my High waist shorts in the summer and pants in the winter!

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You’re the owner of Rosie Cheeks, a pin-up studio that gives ladies the ultimate 40’s and 50’s inspired vintage makeovers. What made you want to start the business?
Ultimately, creating Rosie Cheeks was about creating a community of like minded people (mainly women). In a city like Abilene (where I reside) it can be…challenging for one to be different & look different, thus making dressing and/or living “Pinup” to be very lonely. Abilene is on the fast track to broadening it’s horizons and I am proud and honored to lead the way for the Pinup community for this area of Texas. I coordinated and hosted Abilene’s FIRST Pinup contest (of our time for sure) and by doing so I had the pleasure of watching 10 lovely, amazing, unique and strong women flourish into total bombshells, what an honor! Helping women look & in turn feel their best through MUAH, wardrobe & photography is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things I have yet to experience in my life, that is what Rosie Cheeks is about.

With the platform I have created with Rosie Cheeks, I have taken things a step further in creating Abilene’s first Pinup Social Club “The Abilene Pinup Dolls.” The Dolls is an organization made up of everyday women, single, married, kids, no kids, grandmother’s, etc. We volunteer our time for events and work to raise funds and awareness for disadvantaged Single Moms/ women & children. As someone who lived a childhood of abuse, hunger & neglect caring for the children, our future & starting with nutrition is such a priority to me and our cause. As a woman who has been homeless, abused & made questionable choices, I know that change in our future starts with the mothers of that future. The struggling women and mothers of my community, my country and this entire world need to know they aren’t alone & there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I always say, give a woman confidence and with that alone, she could rule the world.

Do you have any style heroes?
Oh my! Where do I start! My style ranges from super cheesecake cutesy to grungy garage girl. Bettie Page sticks out right away when speaking on style due to her kinky, rebellious side. I look up to icons like Kim Lenz, Gwen Stefani, Dita Von Teese, & Bettie Boop. When Modeling, my inspiration is always and will always be Gil Elvgren. In high school people told me I reminded them of the Classic Audrey Hepburn as I always kept my hair short and dressed in the vintage persuasion. I can’t forget my namesake Miss Rosie the Riveter!

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Wearing vintage inspired fashion tends to get odd looks, finger pointing and the occasional laugh, do you experience this at all? How do you deal with it?
All the time! On top of being a gal with tattoos and piercings, this only adds to the speculative looks haha! When I started years ago it made me uncomfortable, but now, I know myself a little better, I’m more secure, so when this happens I just put on my biggest “Red Rum” smile and make eye contact til they look away hehe. Head up, chest out. Work that!

Any words of advice for anyone who is considering vintage style?
First of all: go for it! Absolutely! Never let anyone tell you you can’t do what you want. I hear so many girls say they’re “too fat” and I am stunned! Too many beauties not realizing their full potential in this world! If you don’t know where to start; Google, YouTube, or you can ALWAYS message me!

Thank you so much Serenity!! 🙂

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