You have a lot of creative pursuits, including co-owning Stone Fox hair salon, modeling, photography as well as selling and designing for your online vintage retail shop, Indigo Moon. Where did it all start?
I’ve been a hairstylist for 15 years. I was originally going to hair school so I had money for college, but then I fell in love with being more of an artist so I continued doing creative jobs. My best friend Eden [Walton] and I co-own Stone Fox . We always wanted to work together, so when we got offered a space in Downtown it was perfect. We brought all our [clients] down, and we have our perfect little bubble now. We do makeup for photo shoots, too.
You’re a Southern girl originally from Louisiana. What brought you to Las Vegas?
My parents—I was a teenager. They moved me out here against my will.
Did your love of the vintage lifestyle stem from them?
Actually, no. I grew up around a lot of the ’70s stuff from just being an ’80s child. I remember a lot of the ’70s décor from being at my grandparents’ house. That’s where I got the nostalgic feel for that stuff. My dad collects old cars, but that’s pretty much the only thing from the ’50s that I have a connection to from being a little girl. It really just happened once I became a hairstylist. I loved doing vintage looks. I’m a very nostalgic girl at heart—everything old just feels right.
You’ve called yourself a vintage hoarder in the past. What’s the deal?
I was a vintage hoarder. I’ve actually been trying to get rid of a lot of the stuff. Now, I’m just a regular vintage collector. For a while it got crazy. We lived in a huge ranch- style house, but now I’m in a tiny bungalow Downtown. I’ve had to force myself to let go of what I don’t love. I feel so much more free.
This is your sixth year releasing your own calendar (PinupOrDie.com). What inspired you to do it in the first place?
A few years before I did my first calendar, I was on the cover for the West Coast Choppers calendar. It was a really pinup-style photo. I got a lot of attention for it, and people kept telling me I should do my own. I sat down with [local photographer] Deed DeBruno, and she just said we’re doing it. It took off, and we had fun with it. We got such a good response we made it more and more elaborate every year. It’s my main modeling gig that I do each year at this point.
You’re now on the other side of the lens working as a photographer. Was that a natural progression?
At first [it was because] we needed photos at the last minute for a few projects. I’ve always had a camera and shot for my personal use. Now I have girls always wanting to shoot with me, and I’ve been setting up little photo shoots and collaborations for companies. It’s been fun having a project that I was passionate about that’s now turning into a whole other business. I plan to start shooting pinup and boudoir photo sessions [this year] in Las Vegas and on the road.
Do you have a health or fitness routine to keep you going during your multiple projects?
I have a morning routine where I stretch, do yoga and meditate to get myself at a steady, relaxed pace to start the day. I’m always way too hyper and usually have to do some of that in the evening to calm myself down, too. I really don’t do a lot of working out. I try to keep weight on me. If anything, I feel like butter is a part of my regime—I am a Southern girl.
Where do you shop for vintage?
I shop a lot at Exile on Main Street—it’s great. They have a lot more ’70s stuff, which is my personal preference. I’m more of a ’70s girl day-to-day, and for the fancier times, I’m more of a ’50s girl. For ’50s-style dresses and décor, I end up going to the Antique Mall on Decatur Boulevard. I also love Vintage Vegas.
Which other projects have you worked on as a model that you’re proud of?
I shoot for things that I’m passionate about, and companies that I love at this point. My favorite company that I model for is Bandit Brand. They have a little Western town in California that they bought. I get to be more of my Southern-girl self when I model for them. I also model for Pinup Girl Clothing, which is a huge retro clothing company.
Any goals for 2016?
I really want to travel and create more art. I’ve been trying to find the perfect balance between all my businesses. I’m excited to see the merging and evolution of them.