See that picture up there? That's what model Leslie VanLovelace does. The East Houston native is a rising Houston pin-up model with a unique, devilish style and a beauty that cannot be denied. Her pictures have appeared in more than 100 different magazines (Including appearing on six covers) including Delicious Dolls, Tattoo Envy, Tenebrous, Ink Pushers, Surreal Beauty and too many others to name. She's also appeared in Alternative Revolution, where she contributes as a blogger.
VanLovelace has always had an interest in modeling, but never really stuck to it long enough to make it a serious path in life. One day she told herself "It's now or never," and embarked on her successful career that has her traveling all over the world. She loves to work outside the box, with a keen interest in exploring eroticism in photography with a twist.
"What I like most about being a model is getting to portray a whole new side and take in a new form of art and let it show on camera and pictures," said VanLovelace via email. "One day I could be a sexy pin-up girl, a dark high fashion goddess, or even the bride of Frankenstein, which I'm doing tomorrow morning with Obscuri from Dallas."
She also currently travels internationally as a member of Sin Girls, giving her pretty much any city she could possibly decide to visit. In the end, though, she comes home to Houston.
Her family, especially her sons, is her strongest form of inspiration for her work. She's also built of strong core of support from an ever-increasing fandom that keeps her going and makes it easier to work a full-time job as a nurse, model, and raise her kids.
VanLovelace has begin branching out into acting, a profession that she sees as just another form of self-expression. In keeping with her love of the silver screen, she has aims on Hollywood and a chance at the glamour and lights of the film industry. What do you expect of a girl with a huge Hollywood tattoo on her torso?
"It's always an exciting feeling to get published but to get a cover is such a dream," she said regarding her upcoming appearance on her seventh magazine cover. "I just want to pinch myself. It tells me my hard work is paying off and it helps fuel my fire to work even harder more than the ones that don't support you!"
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.