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Cheesecake Dolls is a pinup community & portrait studio! We are committed to providing a safe and fun environment for anyone and everyone interested in vintage, pinups, and community.

Our mission is to bring people together and be accepting of every body shape and lifestyle all while appreciating the classic eras (1920s-1960s)

Vintage Vibes. Not Vintage Values.


The term “Cheesecake” was used within the last century but has mostly fallen out of popularity as so many slang phrases and words do from days gone by like “jiffy, daddy-o, kookie, peepers, and gams.” Legend has it that a New York news photographer once asked a woman in 1915 to lift her skirt ever so slightly to make a better picture. The beautiful woman complied. When the editor saw the picture on his desk, he exclaimed “Why this is better than cheesecake!”

Cheesecake can be easily interchanged with a word most of us know - Pinup! Webster dictionary describes pinup/cheesecake as “a photograph or poster of a person considered to have glamorous qualities.” and “a photographic display of shapely and scantily clothed female figures”

While the history of pinup didn’t begin or end with World War II, the 40s and 50s are often seen as the golden age of pinups. Pinup is distinctly different from other sexualized pictures in that they feature suggestive, but demure poses in various stages of undress. They are designed to be elusive in their come hither-ness either lounging in lingerie or “accidently” showing off their garter being themselves doing everyday things.  

You may remember celebrities like Bettie Page, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Jayne Mansfield, Eartha Kitt, and Jane Russell who were all at the height of the pinup craze. Not to mention famous illustrators like Gil Elvgren, Alberto Vargas, and Duane B. Bryers who pop into our minds when we imagine a pinup girl.

Today, modern pinups revolve around the recreation of the 1950s housewife and iconic soft curls and red lips but takes a sharp turn from the old values that notoriously oppressed women in this era. The pinup community celebrates all body shapes, ages, sexuality, and honours the strong creativity and quirky individuality of everyone.

The Team

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Kaela Joelle
"Missy Jo"

Photographer

Missy Jo is a photographer by trade and absolutely loves taking pictures of people, places, and things! As a photographer, she captures people's enthusiasm for life in each frame. And although it's great for the scrapbook (or social media) she wanted to create something that was alive, something that people could join and have fun with. So she thought about what made her incredibly happy and how she could replicate it for herself and others. She realized she loved the 1940s and 1950s, the music, the fashion, the simplicity, and of course, the glamour!

She began to formulate a dream, one that would provide the opportunity for like-minded people to gather at fun and unique events, attend workshops, and of course, photoshoots! And that's how Cheesecake Dolls came to be.

To her, Cheesecake Dolls represents a safe place to gather, where you can sign up for fun workshops on how to curl your hair or posing for your next photoshoot. And events where you can meet, enjoy, and chat with other pinups just like you!

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Lianne
"Lustredust"

Makeup Artist

Lianne is a Canadian makeup artist and body painter from Calgary, Canada. Curating over ten years experience as a beauty and bridal makeup artist, her work gained world wide acclaim through her passion for body painting.

She has taught her artistry at events such as MADS 2016, IMATS London and Vancouver, the Kryolan's Master class and more. Her greatest passion is making her clients feel "out of this world!"

Lustredust's Instagram
Lustredust's Facebook Page
Lustredust on Twitch (Sundays)

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Nikki
"Holly Von Merlot"

Hair Stylist

Holly Von Merlot has been into pin up for over 10 years, honing her skills to perfection. She is a certified hair stylist and makeup artist as well as a photographer on occasion. Her specialty is creating pin up hair without bobby pins, lots of volume and all day hold. If your hair doesn't hold curl then you just haven't had her do it yet! Fashion is her creative outlet, she loves the fact that pin up style has so many facets and everybody is welcome.

@thatpinupwitch on Instagram

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Amber
"Miss Bambi Moore"

Event Planner

“Miss Bambi Moore” aka Amber may be a newcomer to the Calgary pinup community, but she has always had a natural flair for all things vintage.

She began planning fundraising events while still in high school, learning early on that she loved listening to people’s thoughts, ideas, and dreams, working closely with them to bring their visions to life. This became even more clear when she moved into creating events and weddings.

Bambi is over the moon excited to be able to blend these two passions, creating present-day events, with all the class, colour, and charisma that is encompassed with Cheesecake Dolls.

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