Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson
MW: Please Introduce yourself?
MLC: Bonjour! My name is Miss Liz Cherie… I’m the french pin-up sensation! I’m designed as the reference in Pin-up/Kustom Kulture in France…I’m just so honored about that!!!
MW: Where are you from?
MLC: I come from Paris, but I live since a few month in the south (In Toulouse).
MW: What made you want to become a model?
MLC: By passion! The fifties is my way of life since ten years… It’s like a wave that had picked me up, and I just never came back!!! For me, modeling is a form of art for recreate this period and his imagery.
MW: When did you decide you want to be a pinup model?
MLC: I did not decide in fact… I had this style, pin-up look, also… someone ask me to modeling for a shooting… for a fashion show…I have appreciate that so much that I never stopped! The people I have met so far have been so friendly! That’s what I like most in my job, meeting peoples! Photographers and peoples in general…! That’s why I work so often on festivals and trade fair.
MW: When was your first pinup modeling session?
MLC: It was 3 years ago, I was modeling for one of the best “pin up” photographer in France, Eve Saint Ramon… who has become instantly a real friend! So, we did the shoot so naturally, it was a great day! We had so much fun!
MW: What city is your favorite to model in?
MLC: I love moving a lot, because my favorites shooting are on locations… you could find some awesome places everywhere!!! That’s something I appreciate a lot from modeling…traveling!
MW: Who is your favorite photographer?
MLC: Not an easy question… I would say Erwin Olaf, because of the estheticism and the strength of his pictures, but not represents the kustom and rockabilly culture… so I must add Roy Varga and Shannon Brooke
MW: What are some magazines you have done shoots for?
MLC: I’m published very often in fact… I could quote for France “Grazia”, “Glamour”, “Le parisien”, “Madame Figaro”, “Kustom”, “Powerglide”, “Nitro”, “Inked”,and for others countries Milkcow (UK), Drive-in (USA), Classy Keen Magazine (USA), Zoom.nl (Holland)…
MW: Who do you want to be the most like?
MLC: I don’t wish to be like anyone else, I just want to be me
MW: Who is your inspiration when you model?
MLC: I take my inspiration from the fabulous movies stars of the 40s and 50s I admire so much… Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, Liz Taylor, Marilyn, Gene Tierney, Barbara Stanwyck…
And from all the pin-up imagery of this period (Elvgren, Varga…)
MW: Who is your favorite pinup model?
MLC: I should say all the pin-ups painted by Gil Elvgren, because that’s really what pin-up are!!! Some sexy girls, but “more”: more curves, more lips, more legs, more hair… that’s my definition of what a pin-up is! An idealistic version of a glamorous woman…
MW: What do you have coming up?
MLC: I’m preparing a big collaboration soon… but I don’t want to talk about it, I’m quite superstitious… I prefer show it when it’s done!!! So…keep eyes open
MW: What would you like to say in closing?
MLC: Thank you for this interview! I just want to say to everybody: live your life as you really want to! Life is so short, just follow your heart!!! Not your head.