Doris Mayday is a 21st century bombshell based out of “Sin City.” She has the kind of classic good looks that will make you melt and we found her to be a real sweetheart too. Check out our interview…
Tell us about yourself?
I was born and raised in Las Vegas with my folks coming from West Virginia. I’m a huge vintage nerd, and never planned on modeling. My original dream was to either own my own theme park or to be a sex therapist! I even went to college at 16 to get a head start. Modeling has fallen into my lap and I couldn’t be happier!
You work a lot with Pin-Up Girl clothing. Care to tell us about that relationship?
I met the owners when I was 18 or 19 at the clothing convention Magic and hit it off right away! Laura Byrnes is a real hoot and a genius with her work! She loves to tell me that she wanted to work with me cause ” I have a lot of shelf life” meaning she was ecstatic when she found out my age, not worried like others since majority of pin up models are in their late 20s, and 30’s. They’re a great company and have become dear friends and always through me a Tiki birthday party when they come out to Vegas- can’t beat that!
As a blond myself, it’s always nice to see some lighter locks out there. But is it tough to compete with all of the dark haired “Betties” working the scene?
Actually, I believe my blonde hair has help immensly in this scene. In fact, my first gig I only did as a favor and it’s because she desperately needed a blonde! I woudl love to change it up, but it seems that it’s my trademark now.
You always look so put together in your shots. Does a lot of thought go into each outfit?
Well, one of my favorite things to do is style shoots. I’m always thinking what needs to be or more importantly what does NOT need to be in the shoot. Being a vintage conasuir, the little details count and knowing what will make the shoot more authentic is what I strive for.
How about posing?
Here’s some of my tips : I always try to transition into different poses instead of stopping and breaking character. THINK of intense feelings of either love , happiness , despair , whatever you need to come across. Also, whenever you give the ‘look away” pose, don’t look too far away , it captures different on film. Remember to make sure your feet are still modeling – point toes! And a slightly open mouth laugh smiles are the best , and somehow manage to keep your neck up but chin down . All of this sounds like the hokie pokie but it works!
What’s some of your favorite vintage movies or music?
Katharine Hepburn and Mamie Van Doren are my favorite actresses so I will always watch what they’re in. “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” has to be my favorite classic movie ; I used to fight with my sisters over who was who, what color dress we’d wear, and what brother we’d marry! When it comes to music, Rose Maddox is my idol! Honkytonk’s queen in my eyes. And Jackie Wilson, to this day, NO ONE sounds like him!
How about more modern stuff?
Reckless Ones is this great new band who’s sound is retro rock and roll but isn’t typecast in your typical rockabilly genre. They put such a refreshing twist on their music, I can’t get enough of them! I also really enjoy new wave and I randomly catch myself singing along to emo pop punk bands. I’m sure I just lost lots of rockabilly points – oh well!
You’re based out of Las Vegas, a city more known for the Rat Pack than rockabilly. What’s the music scene like there?
The music scene out here for traditional rockabilly ( which my favorite) is incredibly small. There’s a band out here called The Delta Bombers which I love, but other than that most retro music bands are more pyschobilly or drunkabilly… it’s a bit harder for me to get into it since I always want to jive or swing dance to live bands.
Are there any photographers or clothing lines you’d like to work with?
This may sounds silly, but I try not to follow photographers too much who I haven’t worked with simply because if the opportunity happens where I meet them, I would want our interest to be genuine. Also, if I never got to shoot with them, I wouldn’t want to feel dissappointed. Clothing companies I’m always open minded and would love to work with most. I feel that we are really fortunate of having some great designers out there. Whirling Turban and Freddies of Pinewood are some of my favorite lines I’ve yet to work with!
What can we expect from you in the future?
Hopefully my own website up soon! I am the manager of the Bettie Page Store at the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas and I always have so much on my plate that I never get to network myself or focus on other modeling. Working for this company is such a dream job though, that it’s worth it! So maybe in future I will be better organized and not have to squeeze in my photoshoots!
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