“I am what I am, I am my own special creation” – Gloria Gaynor
[Author’s Note: This post was originally published as an article in the first issue of Adore Pin Up Magazine, and has been altered.]
was sixteen when I first realised that it was possible to use eyeliner on top of my eyelids. It happened during class as I asked one of my friends how she managed to have such dark lashes and cat-like eyes. Not sure if I was making fun of her, she shared an amused look with another friend, and revealed to me the wonders of successfully applied make-up. That eyeliner could do more than just slowly melt down my face, was a personal epiphany.
Sadly, I am no longer in contact with this particular friend, but to this day I remember her as the woman who enthralled me with her unapologetic femininity, and who introduced me to the realm of personal taste, elegance, high-heels, corsets, and Dita Von Teese.
It didn’t take long for me to become obsessed with this newly revealed world and to want nothing more than to be part of its decadence, spectacle, glamour, confidence, titillation, and shameless self-love. I was hooked.
Nine years have passed since then, and I have spent a great deal of time exploring, testing, and trying on “femininity, “being a woman,” and wondering what that even means.
As I am sure you know, this process is an ongoing and complex one, but I wanted to share one crucial step on this journey with you because it changed a lot for me:
Getting involved with the Pin-Up lifestyle and community.