This month’s pin-up girl, Nicole, gives an alternative interpretation to beauty and seduction as she displays child-like mystique in donning the role of pretty faery and that of a sophisticated 1930’s pin-up ala Rita Hayworth.
Music seems to be an important part of your life, as you used to be in a band, is it still an important element in your life now?
I love music. It sustains me. I don't think I'd have any reason to continue living if, for some reason, I was never able to hear music again. It will always be a vital source of inspiration to me.
Do you think that there are any influential female icons that women can look up to today?
I've always really admired female musicians. It's an industry ruled by men and women are rarely taken seriously; they're either objectified (example: Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, etc.) or dubbed "femenazi" (thanks a lot for that word, Rush Limbaugh) because they don't allow themselves to be objectified (example: Ani DiFranco, Shirley Manson, Corin Tucker, etc.) So, I have the greatest respect for women who can make it in the business without having to throw their tits around to gain recognition.
Do you think that the era of art has truly deceased as everything has become commercial and mainstream?
I don't think art is dead; I think it's extremely under-appreciated and really taken for granted, though.
What are your future aspirations?
My dream is to be a designer for a top fashion house and eventually go on to start my own house. Right now, I'm going to school to get a business degree and from there I'll go on to an art school and major in fashion design.