Ruby Mae Collins Rockin’ pinup doll based out of San Francisco, Ruby Mae Collins has made a name for herself taking the music scene by storm with her timeless songs and vintage style. Collins’ journey began working at a used record store as a teenager while attending beauty school at the age of 16. Collins' has always loved the art of music and styling and has worked behind the scenes with musicians, performers, fashion shows and photo/video shoots as well as mused for artists and even asked to sing on albums. For the last ten years she has become a talented and recognized Hair/Makeup Stylist/Model with features in news ads, magazines such as Rolling Stone, Car Kulture Deluxe, Ol’ Skool Rods, Rebel Ink and The New York Times; just name a few and now she is furthering her reach by diving into the music industry. With the dream of being a singer since childhood, and now life experience has led her to find her own voice and she decided that she wanted to pursue her dream of recording her own music.
History Collins sees her music as sharing her diary, confessions and an artistic expression of her soul and she wanted to find someone with whom felt completely comfortable collaborating with, so she called up her long time friend and Grammy Nominated Producer Joe Haze. Haze has worked with artists such as Sublime, 8MM, My Glorious and Kid Savant and Collins' felt that he would be perfect for the job, so they got together and started bouncing ideas off each other. With a little patience and elbow grease Ruby Collins ‘Decades-EP’ was born, and released July 2012. With Haze’s rock background and Collins’ love of timeless music and 90s girl rock, the EP has a classic sound with a modern rock/pop edge. Keeping genuine and true to self, they even recorded with classic gear from the 60s and 70s to give the album an authentic sound. With a new single 'Are Your Satisfied' from Ruby Mae Collins, June 2013 feel the release of emotions running through her veins. Keep a watch on more singles, and a full album in the works from Collins'.
Everything Collins does is filled with the love and passion of a woman who is boldly following her dreams. With Collins’ love of female singers ranging from Wanda Jackson,Cyndi Lauper, and Shirley Manson, ‘vintage elegance with a modern edge’ describes both her music and her style. Collins admits to being an avid vintage collector and is obsessed with anything pre-65 vintage, especially the 1940s. Her look is inspired by her grandmother who Collins said, “was born in 1919 and had elegance and a beautiful sense of wit and charm.” Collins’ tattoos, seen as modern by some, are actually inspired by vintage circus and vaudeville days and she takes both her music and style seriously and to heart. Her fans are what make it all worthwhile to Collins. As she says, “I’d be nothing without them. I am very grateful for my Gems.” So make sure to become a Gem yourself and check out her website for updates. And don’t forget to shout out your town on her website because she just might come to a city near you!
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Model/MUAH : Ruby Mae Collins for Rose La Mer Headpieces
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Carmen Rouge Interviewed By Ruby Collins
Q : Tell us about yourself. A: I was born and raised in sunny Modesto, California. I would classify myself as the typical girl next door, but a tom boy at heart. I am a tell-it-like-it-is type of person and am extremely loyal. I am the type of person to go out of my way to help any of my friends and family. I make it known that there is always a shoulder to cry on. I am highly ambitious and will stop at nothing to make a project or dream happen. With that being said I am currently going to school at the Illinois Institute of art Schaumburg for my bachelor in fine arts for fashion design. I hope to create Retro inspired pieces and open my own boutique.Also, I recently retired from the Navy where I was modern Rosie the Riverter. My job entailed working on General Electric gas turbine engines and Allyson 501K generators. I earned my enlisted service war far specialist earned three nams and was a mentor/supervisor to an entire engine room.
Q: How did you get into pinup modeling? A: A good friend, Serenity Jones, invited me to take photos with her and photographers Cliff Pepper and John Goyer, and of course, the lovely Ruby Collins. I’ve always dreamed about doing pinup photography so i most certainly seized the opportunity. I was instantly hooked and from there on and went full sprint into modeling. I love the energy, networking, trying new ideas with poses, getting dressed up and defiantly making new friends.
Q: Who is your favorite pinup artist? A: Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Paige, and Hedy Lemar.
Q: Who or what inspires you? A: Beethoven, Betsey Johnson, Lady Gaga, Kandee Johnson, Jenna Marbles, Alexander Mcqueen. Art, Music, Musicals esp. Zigfield Follies, Singing in the Rain, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes etc. Being an American and last but not least my amazing friends and family.
Q: Who are your favorite modern pinup models? A: Jenny McCarthy, Cherry Doll Face, Christina Hendricks, Dita von Teese, Zooey Deschannel, Katy Perry, and Carmen Electra.
Q: What do you love about pinup? A: What isn’t to love about pinup? Hair, Makeup, Clothing, Poses. I was seriously born in the wrong era and it is apart me. Pinup leaves more to the imagination than most types of modeling. Both men and women can appreciate its beauty. I love the type of pinup that it is untouched, with no photoshop, i like light makeup with just the model in her true form portraying woman as they truly are, timeless pieces of art. Shape and size does not matter in pinup world and it defiantly makes women feel classic and sexy.
Q: Tell us about your favorite shoot? A: My favorite shoot was with Cliff Pepper and makeup artist Dezi Doll. Cliff is highly professional photographer and was willing to teach everything he knows about taking a perfect picture. I learned a lot of different techniques and had a fantastic time shooting.
Q: What’s your vice? A: Being too honest, partying hard, and shopping
Q: What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future? A: I would love to get more involved with pinup world. I want to meet new people learn new poses have fun adn just further my career in modeling. Also, I want to have my own retro-inspired fashion line. I am a student so I will be going further into depth with sewing techniques but hope to have my boutique in a couple of years. So watch out for that.
I loved being on the radio last night on the Evie at Eight show! Thanks to everyone who listened in tonight on the radio for me the podcast is now up on www.Fccfreeradio.com click podcast click Evie at eight and you will hear the show ♥ we talk about style/music/inspiration and all kinds of goodies ! Joe Haze/ my producer even called into chat ! Check it out