Old Hollywood Style Self Portraits
The other morning, I woke up, made myself a cup of coffee, and stumbled across this fascinating Buzzfeed article (I know!) on the first Asian-American actress, Anna May Wong. While reading, I came across another actress I’d never heard of named Lupe Velez. She was a gorgeous Mexican woman who began as a silent film star then transitioned into the talkies of the late 1920s. Velez became known as “The Mexican Spitfire” because of her sharp, comedic, wit and brash demeanor. Inspired by the magic of Hollywood’s Golden Age, I decided to try my hand at some Old Hollywood style self portraits!
Considered one of the best actresses of the Hollywood Golden Age, Elizabeth Taylor was probably most known for playing the title role of Cleopatra, as well as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Fun Fact: Taylor voiced Maggie in The Simpsons’ episode entitled, “Lisa’s First Word.”
When Old Hollywood labeled Lupe Velez as “The Mexican Spitfire,” they were not kidding. Velez, best known for her Mexican Spitfire movie series, was a force to be reckoned with both in acting and in relationships. At the age of 36, Velez tragically took her own life; The mystery of which was just solved in 2013.
Crazy Fun Fact: Velez once shot at her lover, actor Gary Cooper, and barely missed his head as he fled from her.
For one of my Old Hollywood style self portraits, I chose to recreate this photo of the internationally-famed Mexican actress, Dolores del Rio, because it is the most humble and subdued photo of her that exists. It feels almost like her first photo session ever, and a far cry from her customarily strong & highly glamorous style.
Fun Fact: Dated Orson Welles & was once named the “best figure in Hollywood.”
I couldn’t do an Old Hollywood inspired photoshoot without including the stunning, Marilyn Monroe. Quite possibly the most famous of all Golden Age stars, Monroe reached legendary status because of her sex appeal and radiant personality. She is best known for her roles in Some Like It Hot, and The Seven Year Itch. Monroe became a pop culture icon and an inspiration for many products, bands, and visual artists.
Fun Fact: The famous, white dress Marilyn Monroe wore in The Seven Year Itch sold at auction for 5.6 million dollars!