Perfect Pinup Emily Renee is Making Dreams Come True!

Emily Renee won June’s Perfect Pinup contest, with a photo where she is posed as the one and only Betty Grable — a real life pinup who was the inspiration for nose art during the 1940’s. Emily has been around aviation all her life, and finally had an opportunity to make a dream come true: to pose with WWII era planes at EAA Airventure Oshkosh. She shared her story with me, and some of her photos from her shoots!

June 2016 Gallery

So, what got you into aviation?
My dad is the reason I love aviation! He owns a business called Wings Metal Works where he restores antique cars, hot rods and makes airplane parts. His specialty is the sheet metal work! He’s an amazing fabricator and quite the perfectionist!! Since he’s in this business, I’ve been around airplanes my entire life and I’ve been to several airshows! So my dad is the reason I’m involved with aviation, I’ve grown to love airplanes just as much as him!


Can you describe a little bit of what Oshkosh is, and what it means to you?
Oshkosh is the world’s largest airshow! Every type of airplane from all over the world comes to this show. The show has at least 10,000 or more aircraft that come every year. This show has something for everybody. My favorites are the vintage and warbird planes, but if you’re not into that, it’s okay because they have experimental, ultra lights, etc. To me, Oshkosh is more than just a vacation or airshow! It’s like one big family reunion!! I meet so many new people and get to see old friends! Everybody helps each other out in the aviation world and what I mean by that is if I’m looking for a certain part or drawing, but can’t find one, there’s people that may know of one or will help me look. We help each other out in achieving the goal of our airplane! And that’s just one way to describe it. There’s so many things to see and do at Oshkosh and it’s just a good time! I never want it to end and I’m always counting down to the following year!

What are some of the planes you’ve shot with?
I have shot mostly with vintage and warbird planes because those are my favorite and are around the era that I like, which is the 1940s. Some of the specific names are Waco UPF-7, Stearman, B-17 bomber, P-51 Mustang…..etc. Most of my pictures with some of these are just standing in front of the plane because you should always ask permission to touch or be on the plane and sometimes the owner isn’t around for you to ask.


What planes did you shoot with at Oshkosh, and why were they so important to you?
This past year at Oshkosh, a lot of my dreams came true! I’ve always wanted to get on a warbird and do a shoot, but I was always to shy to ask or the owner wasn’t around. This year on Wednesday, July 27, I was walking through warbirds posing in front of the planes and this guy came up to me and started talking to me about taking pictures. He said I could take pictures with his plane as soon as it was parked and wanted to know what I’ve always wanted to do, so I took a deep breath and said, “I’ve always wanted to get on the plane,” and he goes “sure you can do that.” He was so excited, but I was ecstatic. I was thinking this is it, I get to pose on the wing of an airplance, my dream! It was a 1968 Mohawk from the Vietnam War. It was a lot of fun and quite the learning experience.

I posed on a Spartan Executive. This one was really special to me because of the history behind it. I was walking through the vintage area and my mom wanted to get a shot of me in front of the Spartans, which I believe all 8 Spartans that are in existence were there parked side by side, so I walked up and did the Betty Grable pose where she’s looking over her shoulder. The owner of the plane happened to be sitting there and he loved the shot, but said hang on a second, let me show you something. He got out this binder that had a picture of Betty Grable posing on his airplane from back then and he wanted to to replicate the pose. I felt so honored that I got the chance to do that because I love Betty Grable, so to get the opportunity to pose exactly like her on the exact original airplane was amazing.


I also posed inside of a DC-3 with my head sticking out of the window. The last airplane that I got to pose on at Oshkosh was a P-51 Mustang called “Pecos Bill.”

These airplanes were so important because they were helping me achieve my dream and are playing a big part in what’s going to help me get out there more and get noticed! Everything felt like it was starting to fall into place and that I could possibly have a pinup modeling career in the future! When I was on the planes posing, it was in those moments I was 110% sure that this is exactly what I want to do and I’m not going to let anything get in the way of me becoming a pinup!


What would be your dream plane to shoot with and why?
It’s hard for me to pick one plane, but it would definitely be a warbird whether it’s a corsair, bomber or a P-40. I love them all!! The 1940s are my absolute favorite era and these planes fall into that part of history!

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