Meeting Playboy model Dolores Del Monte and Olivia, the great pin-up artist

Yesterday, I was working and wondering if I could spare a moment to visit the Glamourcon- a show for Playboy models and Internet models, memorabilia vendors, photographers, and pin-up artists.  And lots of admirers. My schedule has been really busy lately, and I haven’t had time for art, so I was burning with desire to go to the show and get in touch with my artistic side, which I constantly have to put on the back burner.  I finally gave in to the impulse, after making sure I can finish the project I am working on in time.

I read in the show newsletter that Olivia the pin-up artist (my favorite pin-up artist) would be there, so I thought that maybe this time I would muster the courage to tell her what a big fan of hers I am- I have been watching her artwork for years, gone to her art exhibits and bought her books, which she autographed with her gold pen and a beautiful  spiraling”O”.

For those of you who haven’t been to the Glamourcon, I hope you will visit one day. This year it was in Long Beach, sometimes it is in LA.  I arrived there, and the first thing I noticed was that there were a lot more exhibitors than the previous year- a good sign, I think. And I wanted this year to be my first time to come out of my shell, so I decided to start talking to some exhibitors, after my friend Mary Alice encouraged me to do so. I wanted it to be a special year- I think this was my third or fourth visit in about five years or so.

After walking around the tables and looking at the beautiful photos and posters presented by the Playboy bunnies and centerfold from decades- many of which were nude, some artistic-  I decided to say hi to some models for the first time in years of being quiet and just walking by.  I got a good reaction-better than I expected, and I had more fun than ever- because they were all very friendly and talkative! And then I met Kitt Fox- a lovely, beautiful, tall and witty model from North Carolina who told me her secret to a good pin-up pose and would love to talk to me more about  possibly becoming my model. Here is her portfolio, check out her gorgeous modeling photos and say hi to her if you want (you can tell her I sent you, if you are shy) :KittFoxx

After a good tour around, I stopped by Olivia’s table and bought her latest book, which she autographed. Only this time I told her how much I admired her artwork and talked to her. We had a good conversation. She was extremely friendly and nice. Small feminine gestures, delicate frame- she reminds me of her pin-ups- there is a lot of Olivia’s personality in her work.  I was so excited about meeting Olivia that I left my credit card at her table.  Here is Olivia’s site, check out her beautiful artwork:   I bought her Malibu Cheesecake book- which she autographed with her elegant gold pen, making a beautiful spiral “O” with an elegant motion.
The first thing I did was to call my friends and tell them that I talked to Olivia, then her assistant came up to me to return my card. I mustered up more courage and handed him my business card- I would love to help her with her online marketing projects!

After recovering a bit from my excitement, I walked around and found a model whose looks and photographs I liked from the first time I saw them, a few years ago. Meeting Dolores Del Monte again was a thrill-she is Miss March 1954 in Playboy. I talked to her a couple of years ago, but this time I ended up having a good hour of conversation- well, mostly listening, but I was enjoying listening to her. I have always admired her photographs and looks, you may want to check out her website, too: She is intelligent and quite a business woman, and she is still gorgeous.

At one point, Olivia came to Dolores’ table and they started looking at at Dolores’ photo album which was filled with great moments from the past- people, places, times. Dolores had incredible stories about each image, stories about the world of art and modeling, some famous people like Hugh Hefner…I was mesmerized and taken back in time, wishing I could preserve that conversation between them. It is now sorted in my memory files as one of my favorite moments- meeting two icons of the art and modeling industry reminiscing about the past…

It was one of the best days for someone like me, aspiring to be a full-time pin-up/glamour artist. Meeting lots of beautiful women, and meeting of my favorite models and pin-up artist. I was happy that I decided to go.

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