The work of Viva Van Story is risqué but never too explicit. Her photography is naturally erotic but never too overt. Each image she creates spins a flirtatious tale of a fiercely, independent woman. A woman who isn’t at all shy about showing off her assets. Her subjects are bombshells who have rosy cheeks, bouncy hair, hourglass figures, and thematic lingerie. All of which serves as the framework for celebrating the message of body positivity and self-acceptance.
The popularity of pin-up style photography is on the rise. Viva Van Story has truly made a name for herself within this genre of photography. One of only a handful of women, Viva Van Story makes showcasing kitsch look simple. But her iconic images are not only about the costumes and glamor. They’re about empowering her subjects and turning them into the modern day equivalent of the sexually liberated woman. Her imagery embraces some of the classic old-school style, which is both cheeky and playful. But she pushes the limits and goes beyond the titillating cheesecake and explore the powerful allure that all women possess.
The golden age of American pinups dates to World War II when soldiers pinned photographs of Hollywood starlets such as Betty Grable on their lockers. The recent resurgence of this art form has given female artists like Viva Van Story a chance to rewrite the narrative. Instead of cheesy poses illustrating the girl-next-door attitude, Van Story injects a sense of humor with sex kitten style glamor. Her female subjects aren’t adorable submissive housewives who hail from Pasadena. Instead, they are dominant female personalities who can be from anywhere. They are daring women who don sheer panties and nylons in the most powerful way. They push themselves beyond the campy lingerie. Instead of the costume’s wearing them, these fierce Femme Fatales use them as props to tell their seductive story.
From tattooed temptresses in heat to fearless buxom beauties, Van Story’s work is unapologetically erotic in nature. Her work may be explicit and a little bit raunchy but this is what gives it each image an unmistakable allure. By capturing both sensuality and sexuality, Viva Van Story’s work surpasses typical locker room banter and invites women to be part of the conversation. Her Bombshell Betties run the gamut in body type. Through her lens she lets them tell a torrid tale of sex and intrigue.
About Viva Van Story
There once was a time when images of women were filled with secrets and mystery, intrigue and enticement. A sideways glance, the trailing smoke of a slender cigarette, a whisper of danger on cherry red lips. Photographer Viva Van Story takes us back to the days of gun molls and garters with her stunning collection of vintage-inspired imagery.
Ms. Van Story eschews the modern-day trend of in-your-face sexual explicitness, instead harkening back to an era where tease and suggestion reigned supreme. Her timeless images range from smoldering seduction to coquettish playfulness.5