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3.20.2015

NSFW: Gia Genevieve is today's ultimate pin up

Coming from the lips of Playboy’s Big Hef, himself, “…this is only the beginning..” couldn’t ring more true when it comes to discussing Gia Genevieve’s career. Primped for success, the curvaceous pin-up girl is following the footsteps of her idols, Marilyn Monroe, and Dita Von Teese by landing her first Playboy cover—a major dream come true. If you’re unfamiliar with the blonde-bombshell and Jayne Mansfield look-alike, here’s a series of intimate shots taken by Jamie Burke and Tristan Bayer, featuring Genevieve baring all in a Connecticut barn on an icy nip-stinging 10-degree night. Along with the shoot, we got a few words from the babe about some of her favorite treats, and her opinion on the fashion industry’s narrow perception of the female figure.

You’ve just been on the cover of Playboy. Tell us a bit about your experience, and what it means to you.

It was truly a dream come true, the stars had just aligned. If I could have picked anyone to shoot it, it would be Ellen von Unwerth. I was very comfortable having worked with her before a few times. Being on the cover was very special to me because I achieved something that most of my idols have done. Marilyn, Dolly, Anna, Pam and of course Dita!

How much of a badass is Hugh Hefner?

Hugh was lovely. In my eyes he truly changed the world. It was incredible meeting such an iconic figure. He said to me, "its only the beginning!" I hope he’s right.

Tell us about your pin-up aesthetic. What first intrigued you about the style, and who is the quintessential pin-up girl?

I fell in love with old Hollywood glamour. The glamour and sophistication of that period really intrigued me. The ultimate pin-up girl is Bettie Page. She was perfection.

Your images depict various personalities. What are some of your go-to characters?

All the blonde bombshells. Right now I’ve really been into Bridgette Bardot during her Harley Davidson moment. Jayne Mansfield is who im compared to the most.

You’re considered a plus-size model. Has breaking into the modeling industry been a difficult journey so far? Do you have any words of advice for other ladies trying to make it in the game?

I got my start doing pin-up modeling so plus size wasnt something I was referred to then. Curves are more celebrated in that industry. I was lucky to have Ellen help me break into the fashion industry which I didn’t even imagine would be in my reach. Advice, hmmm… always be who you are. I’ve had people try to make me more commercial looking and that doesn’t work, also be kind to everyone. No one likes working with a bitch or a diva.

Can you tell us about how you feel about the medias common portrayal of the female body, and about society’s standard of feminine beauty as a whole?

I don’t like how the fashion industry for so long has not represented a wider range of women’s bodies. For a woman like me who will never be a size 0 or 2, it was very unhealthy and detrimental to my self confidence as a young girl seeing only tiny women represented in magazines. I really hope designers seize this moment to change things.

Besides posing, what are some of your other hobbies or interests? Any guilty pleasures?

I’m really into buying vintage everything. I love sifting through Salvation Army locations and flea markets. Nothing beats finding a treasure after a long hunt. Cro-nuts are my guilty pleasure. Omg, to die for.

If you were to collaborate on a project with anyone, who would it be and what would you create?

I’ve been really into film recently, so I’d love to eventually do something with Quentin Tarantino. His movies are always amazing.

This interview is running along images from the shoot you had with Jamie Burke in Connecticut. Can you describe any highlights from that day?

Our host, Mikki James, was absolutely lovely. It was about 10 degrees with a few feet of snow on the ground and I don’t know why but somehow I thought it would be a good idea to do some nude shots in the snow! Jamie would have me sit in the car until the lighting was set up and I’d run like hell to my mark. I could only last about 5 minutes at a time but we made it work!

Photography by Jamie Burke and Tristan Bayer

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