Sophia Florence of ThatPinup interviews Candace Michelle of Black Pinups Magazine
I cannot express the importance of representation enough. Especially for black women such as myself. Black women are told constantly that they need to conform to a Eurocentric standard of beauty to be seen as feminine or glamorous. Which leads to women of a darker skin tone being underrepresented in the media. Especially vintage/pinup media. It’s very said [sic] that this ‘50s mentality is still held by the small minded few - but, there’s a women that goes by the name of Candace Michelle, who wanted to show the world that black women are and can be just as glamorous and feminine as any other women (whether the mainstream media chooses to acknowledge it or not.)
Read the full interview: If You Want Something Done Right, Do It Yourself; Why This Women Decided To Create Her Own Pin-up Magazine on ThatPinup.
“I started my magazine because I didn’t see any magazine geared towards Black Pinups... I know of a few pinups that weren’t published in pinup magazines because they were black and were told 'they don’t have the right look' so I started Black Pinups and haven’t looked back since.” - Candace Michelle