Tell us briefly about who you are, and where you are from and, we really wanna know about the story of miss Amoure.
I am Ariel Amour, sometimes with an e at the end sometimes without. I am a single mother of two boys from California, recently moved from Texas after fleeing domestic violence and came to sunny South Florida! I have been a trained dancer most of my life, started modeling in high school and started performing Burlesque almost two years ago.
I have more recently discovered the world of Sideshow and perform as a Target Girl for a Professional Knife Thrower.
I’m an odd, sensitive ambitious, positive, free spirited self proclaimed gypsy with wanderlust dreams . My boys are my life. My art is my soul.
Tell us, what made you think like … “hmm, I want to be a model” and when and why did this interest of yours emerge? Have you been interested in photography from childhood?
Since I was two years old I was obsessed with fashion and clothing and how it created a beautiful picture when arranged a certain way. I literally used to cut up my socks and make full lines of clothing for my Barbie dolls from night gowns to ball gowns. It was the over all visual image, from the hair and makeup to the wardrobe and even down to the details of the models individual look that speaks to me from a fashion sense. At first I considered myself a more behind the scenes person and really enjoyed the creative aspect of modeling and fashion design. I was a very late bloomer. I had braces for three years up until second semester of my freshman year when I got them off and suddenly saw myself in a different way. I had so much more confidence and was coming into myself as a woman and I was proud of the woman I was.
So I stepped in front of the lens and it just felt natural.
I have always had an entrepreneur spirit so I am constantly pursuing multiple endeavors and seeking fresh inspiration. Now I kind of use myself as free advertising for the many businesses I am building as a way to create a platform for my long term goals of success in the fashion and entertainment industry. Also it has become a way for me to celebrate the beauty that is life while I have it and I feel like I do that with every photo I’m in and even the ones I creative direct for others. I found as I’ve progressed as a model, Its something I’m good at and something I truly enjoy. Creating art and celebrating beauty.
What best describes the alternative subcultures in your part of the world? Are those accepted ways of living where you’re from?
There are many different subcultures in the Pin-up and Burlesque communities. There are so many different types of women that appreciate the timeless beauty and elegance of the fashion and culture of the vintage era’s but still put their own modern spin on it. From Alternative models to classic Burlesque performers of all shapes and size and from all walks of life, they all have this passion in common. As a Burlesque performer and Pin up model I have definitely dealt with my share of judgment, discrimination, harassment and even bullying because of my chosen professions. Being a professional in the artistic industries is always going to come with critics as well as fans.
Who was your role model as a child an how did that help in being a model?
I was an odd child. Of course I looked up to my mother for her over all strength as a person but my inspiration and role models as a child were the models of that time. I was reading Vogue in the 6th grade. And not Teen Vogue. But again it was always more about the fashion and the visual imagery. I just wanted to recreate it. Modeling has allowed me to live out every wild, childish, magical fantasy I’ve ever had. Those fantasies were inspired also by the pinups of my childhood. Disney Princesses.
How did you feel when you did your first ever fashion show or photo shoot?
Of course I was so nervous I felt slightly sick lol.
But one glass of wine, or a shot of whiskey to calm the nerves and its like a switch goes on and I just did it. Eventually It felt natural and it was so much fun!
How do you cope under the pressures of being a model?
I don’t necessarily feel a lot of pressure, or rather I don’t allow myself to. I don’t think I fit any mold of a typical model. I DO NOT have a ” model body”. I’ve had that pointed out to me by photographers many times. Whilimena Models in Los Angeles told me that I was too big to model for them when I was a size 6. They said I would either have to go down to a size 4 or go up to a size 12. But what I do have is a body after having two beautiful children, that I think still takes a great picture! So I am just enjoying this season while it last and I hope it last a long time and I continue to progress as a model. The moment it stops becoming fun is the moment I quit.
What beauty tips do you swear by?
When I don’t have a lot of time, I swear by the basic 4 C’s: Concealer, Contour, Cat eye with a Crimson lip. For shows and shoots Its all about the highlighting, contouring and lashes to pull your features out in the best way! I love using tinted BB creams as my base instead of foundation. Its much easier on the skin. And on my days off I like to let my skin breath as much as possible by going au natural. Also Coconut oil. For everything.
What are the 5 things you can’t live without?
My boys so that’s two, my hands and feet, and my lap top.
What are your plans for the future? Are you perhaps pursuing some special U.S. or European contracts?
I am in the process of building an empire that I have been dreaming of since childhood that consist of all my many dreams, goals and ambitions combined into one well oiled and sturdy machine. I am currently producing a Carnival style variety show call The Wicked Ways Carnival. It has already grown faster and bigger than I ever expected and I am excited to nurture this growth and success. I hope to eventually have a full scale production that travels all over the world. I also am working on a Fashion wear line of clothing and accessories as well as a homemade herbal skin care line. I would love to be able to fund all of these endeavors by booking more acting, modeling and performance art projects. My ultimate dream is to travel to the most magical places in the world while doing the things that I love! I don’t have any special contracts in mind but I am ready for anything!
What is a Pinup Girl to you? Describe to us the essence of Pinup Modelling.
Being a Pinup Girl is about celebrating the woman you are.
Celebrating every curve, every freckle, every imperfection because they are a part of what makes us so beautiful. Pinup Girls are the essence of the perfect combination of grace and elegance with strength and passion. The essence of Pinup Modeling is all in the story you are telling. Being able to relay a message or invoke an emotion with a look, creating a beautiful curve in the body with a pose, highlighting all of our best assets while making it all look effortless. We are all woman with a story and we are celebrating our journey. Pinup girls promote confidence and class