Vivi von Welt
A while ago I started following a stunning woman on Instagram who went by the name @vivivonwelt. I loved the images from photoshoots she was posting, and I especially loved her confidence that came through in every post. Vivi is now a brand ambassador for The Nylon Swish and it’s about time you all met her!
Tell us about yourself!
My name is Vivi and I am a plus size model. I live in Houston, Texas. I love photography and art. I am passionate about working to create beautiful images. Old Hollywood, Art Deco, and WWII era inspire me creatively and aesthetically. I am also passionate about people. I love people and always am cheering for the underdog and fighting for those that face injustice. I am also inspired in general by the roles friendships and relationships play in our lives. Willingness to be open and vulnerable about struggles and life stories with others in our lives is something I am passionate about.
Photo by Xander Roberts
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I worked at Walt Disney World while I was in college. It was, oh, so magical!
You post a lot of different styles of images and photography. Where do you get inspiration for these photoshoots?
I pull inspiration from many different places and there are so many style opportunities within the each of the eras that inspire me. Part of being a model is working with photographers to help you reach your goals. I have worked with photographers of varying styles but I choose the photographers carefully because all of my work goes towards creating a portfolio of work I can be proud of. I capture varying styles, but they all scream "Vivi".
Photo by Amanda Rose
Can you tell us about your first photoshoot, and how it felt?
My first photoshoots were my bridal portraits before I got married. It was so exciting; I got to practice getting ready for the big day with my hair, my dress, accessories, and flowers. Since it was my first photoshoot I was so nervous, but I felt excitement than anything. 10 years later I found myself in a point in life where I wanted to try modelling after having several years of doing photography. I started with a shoot in a pleated yellow skirt with a cinched belt and felt like a million bucks Seeing how the pictures turned out was such an exciting time.
Photo by Brian Martin
You seem to enjoy wearing retro clothing and underwear, when did you start wearing this style and why?
I came into the retro aesthetic in a weird way. After having my daughter, I got a severe infection and I ended up dealing with medical problems for about 5 years. I was always feeling ugly and frumpy in jeans and a t-shirt going to treatments every day while trying to manage with a little one.
One day I decided I was going to change that. I went to the MAC counter and bought my first powerful leading lady matte red lipstick like the fabulous women from my technicolor dreams. I ditched the jeans and started slowly building a collection of dresses and skirts and blouses that had a vintage feel to them.
Photo by Xander Roberts
I was looking for fun new vintage things I hadn't thought of and came across stockings. I remembered getting my first suspender belt when I got married. I also remembered the stockings not fitting right on my plus size legs. I searched online and came across The Nylon Swish! I showed my husband and then didn't think anything else about it for a couple weeks. The next thing I knew, I had new Nylon Swish stockings sitting on my pillow when I got home from work one day with a suspender belt. These fit me and I felt so damn sexy!
I started dressing more and more retro with proper underpinnings included. I felt like such a fox.The best part was feeling powerful as a woman. People questioned my clothing choices but I just found myself explaining clothing history to them and enjoying explaining my clothing choices to people. The pinnacle of finding my retro style was my husband finding me true vintage dead stock seamed stockings. It was pure heaven.
Photo by Alberto Rodriguz
Can you tell us about some of your favourite pieces of lingerie?
My favourite pieces of lingerie are my treasured true vintage seamed stockings, my suspender belts, my bullet bras, and corsets. One of my favourite pieces of lounge wear is my ever so lovely Catherine D'lish robe and my Nylon Swish Reyna gown. I am still searching for the perfect true vintage or vintage inspired pajamas. For nights where I go out on the town, usually a burlesque show, I throw on my Nylon Swish Jasmine gown.
Photo by Brian Martin
What's your dream piece of underwear?
It's my dream to find a true vintage girdle with suspender clips. I envision a cream or pink colour with ruched suspender clips, topping it all off would be a perfect padded bullet bra of my Old Hollywood film dreams.
Always spend time on yourself. Always wear what makes you feel good and empowered.
You can follow Vivi on her Instagram account here!