This week’s StyleCrush is independent designer, international burlesque performer and plus size model Iliana Vera! Vera is based in Austin, Texas, and is published across the web. She currently works as head makeup artist at Blo&Glo.
Iliana: It is definitely ’60s and ’70s Bridgette Bardot meets Tongolele in a Russ Meyer Film!
WYV: What inspired your brand/blog/project?
Iliana: I have been a burlesque dancer for almost 10 years. I graduated from fashion design school and beauty school. It’s been a collection of my travels around the world and desire to mix several facets of style from different eras.
WYV: Who are your three StyleCrushes?
Iliana: Bridgette Bardot, Maria Felix, Jayne Mansfield.
WYV: Where do you shop?
Iliana: Locally, I love the selection at Blue Velvet, Frock on Vintage, Bloomers and Frocks. I tend to mix standard clothing (plain jeans, tops, miniskirts) and incorporate them with a beautiful vintage cardigan, dress, or top.
WYV: How do you wear your voice?
Iliana:I wear my voice by picking out my clothing with no reservations or apology about my body. I wear whatever I want to feel, at times it can be very glamours and other times more relaxed. I try to not limit myself by staying with in any specific genre of clothing or style, and make sure to always go out of my comfort zone.