First it has to be Kat Von D. She's an amazing artist who started tattooing at the age of 14 and never stopped. She's a rebel that made something of herself and never gave up on her dream, that's really inspiring. I'd love to get a Kat Von D pin-up girl tattoo one day, just need to save some pennies.
She adores music and is metal through and through. Her style is totally unique and she looks like she can party hard. She's also a hopeless romantic. She goes against the 'normal' perception of beauty as she's got tattoos head to toe but I think she's more beautiful than any supermodel or Hollywood actress.
Next, Dita Von Teese. I love burlesque and I love classic glamour and Dita is both of these. Again she's a woman who worked hard to follow her dream and succeeded. We got to see her strip at the Erotica exhibition a few years ago and she was such a professional. She's pale, interesting and curvy which I adore. She makes me want to paint my nails red, flick up my eyeliner and walk around the house naked! I won't though, don't worry.
Courtney Love is most people's idea of a fuck up. Years of drug abuse, botched plastic surgery and a pretty disastrous love life. That's why I love her though. She's still here, still putting out music and getting on with stuff despite all the setbacks. Plus I think she looks so cool, she's a style icon! Celebrity Skin is one of my favourite albums ever, her voice is perfect and I'm listening to it right now.
If it wasn't for Bettie Page there would be no Dita Von Teese or even modern glamour modelling as we know it. She was the first real pin-up girl and was famous for fetish shoots and basically getting naked in the 1940's and 50's. She did it all with a sense of fun and zero shame. She was years ahead of her time and her style still looks classic today.
There seems to be a lot of half naked ladies on my blog and here's one more. Pamela Anderson. I adore her. She's not only a great glamour model but a really great mum and animal rights activist. I adore animals and she does a lot of really important work with Peta. Whenever I see her in interviews she's just really sweet and down to earth, not fake at all. She's been going for years and still looks amazing!
I can't have a list of heroines with Marilyn Monroe. A true beauty who I'm sure did some pretty shocking things to succeed but maintained a sense of innocent and wit. Her untimely death means she'll forever be a sexy blond bombshell. She can do no wrong in my eyes.
Here's a curve ball. Lindsay Lohan. I'm sure time will tell and right now I don't think she's having her finest hour but she intrigues me. Mean Girls shows how great she can be and if you've not seen it then you have to! She's grown up in Hollywood and the spotlight and I think that would fuck up most people (Drew Barrymore, Britney Spears....) but after rehab and family troubles I think she'll be back on form soon. She's one to watch and I really can't stop reading about her.
Finally, I've mentioned before that I have a guilty pleasure and that's Geri Halliwell. The girl will not give up! She knows she can't sing great, or dance well and she's awkward and...well the list goes on, but she just keeps putting herself out there and having a go. She's always been open and honest about her eating disorders and as someone who has never had a very healthy relationship with food I really admire that. I got to meet her at a book signing and she was so sweet (and she liked my Batman top!). She's a mum now but I'm sure we'll be seeing more of Geri, she just can't help herself.