1. Tell us what you love about pinup?
There’s tons to love about pinup- the attitude, the clothing, the sculpted hair, the curves. Even the pinup community is an amazing community. Most pinups that I have met are such beautiful, diverse souls. Being someone who isn’t a “traditional pinup” could be really off putting but I’ve never felt out of place or scrutinized. There’s always been an overwhelming acceptance. It’s definitely something that makes me love pinup even more.
2. Is there a best/worst experience you’d like to share?
Luckily, I haven’t had too many negative experiences while modeling. Most of my experiences are usually positive; the people I work with are really wonderful. One of my worst experiences was last year. Long story short I had gotten super cheap lash extensions where surgical-grade adhesive was used. I had a product shoot 2 weeks later and of course on the morning of the shoot, half the lashes fell off. For 3 hours I was in my bathroom trying to remove them but the adhesive wasn’t budging. Finally, I got the lashes off along with 85% of my natural lashes. Despite the lashpocaplypse, I still had to shoot. So yes, there’s images somewhere of a lashless Cypress floating around.
3. What exciting projects do you have coming up?
Recently, I have joined a new group, Pinups for Mental Health Awareness. I’m really excited to part of this group, it’s something that hits extremely close to home for me. We are a group of pinups in the NJ/NY area who are affected by mental illness in one way or another. We want to reach out to those who feel under supported and ultimately give them the support that they need, for them to know that they are definitely not alone and everyone has their own cross to bear. There will be different location meet ups and events further down the line. Right now, we are shooting a 2018 calendar that can be purchased on pinups4mha.com . People can also make donations to the foundation of the month- all foundations related to mental health.
4. Do you have a tip that you feel is important for models/photographers?
Tons of tips, but they’re all relative to different situations. If I had to choose one, I’d say be careful who you work with. This goes for both models and photographers. The last thing you want is to be tied to negativity in this realm or be in danger. Regardless of truth vs hearsay, it’s all part of the same curse.