Read on as gorgeous, curvy pinup model Miss Priscilla Poison shares her awesome curvy acceptance story!
I’m Miss Priscilla Poison and I am an alternative pin up model. I live in the city of Whittier, CA but travel out of LA/OC county for modeling multiple times throughout the month.
I first began modeling in 2011 when a modeling group invited me to “try out” to become one of their pin up models. I had always gravitated toward pin up and vintage clothing but never in a million years did I think I’d be modeling like the women in the 50’s. I remember being obsessed with “I Love Lucy” and Tex Avery cartoons as a kid. As a baby, I had goldilocks curls and fair pale skin so my entire family called me Shirley Temple. I owned every Shirley VHS and would watch them over and over hoping to really be just like her. I think the real pinnacle point of my “pin up obsession” was growing up and realizing that pin ups had these spectacular curves and it was OK! It was completely part of their sexual persona and it made them almost flawless.
Growing up, I was “the fat girl” with the pretty friends – until high school, when I developed an eating disorder so bad that my weight dropped to 100 lbs in only a few short months. Thankfully, many of my friends noticed something was wrong and I gradually put the weight back on. This time around I was complimented on my curves. I’d walk into a bar or a party and something different happened. I wasn’t the fat girl with low self esteem anymore. I was the curvy woman that turned heads and was asked out on dates or offered free drinks. Pin up style is the best compliment for my body type, or it could be that I just love this pin up culture so much that it’s like a magnet to my life and my fashion choices.
The scene in the pin up model industry hasn’t quite accepted all forms of curvy models. I still get rejected from certain modeling opportunities because of my size and weight. Although it leaves a bit of a sting to my ego, it without a doubt fuels the fire in me to keep breaking down those barriers and those stereotypical walls of what a real “model” should look like. I love knowing that I can represent the everyday curvy woman, but what really keeps me going in my pin up modeling career is that I have the biggest opportunity just to represent ME.