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The Lingerie Addict Interviews Bernie Dexter, Pin-Up Queen Extraordinaire

I can't tell you how excited I am to bring you this exclusive interview with the reigning queen of pin-up, Bernie Dexter. I've been a fan of Bernie for even longer than I've been blogging, so it was an absolute honor to ask her a few questions for The Lingerie Addict.

But before we get started, I just want to say that Bernie Dexter's famous "nice act" isn't an act at all. From the start of our interview to the finish, she was one of the nicest, kindest and most gracious people I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. And when you remember that she's a celebrity with literally thousands of people demanding her time, her demeanor becomes all the more impressive.

I hope you enjoy reading this interview as much as I enjoyed giving it, and when you're done, remember to like Bernie Dexter's fanpage on Facebook!

First of all, I just want to say thank you so much for letting me interview you. I know you’re a very busy professional, and I appreciate you sparing a few moments of your time. So let’s hop right to it! As an icon in the world of pin-up modeling and retro fashion, how do you feel about the recent surge of interest in all things vintage?
Thank you sooo MUCH! I think the recent surge and interest  in vintage is amazing. Honestly, I do not think it ever left, but the internet has shown what a HUGE interest there really always has been. It is wonderful to see women embrace their femininity!

Not only are you a model, you’re a designer as well (and a darned good one, if I say so myself). What makes your designs different from other brands in the world of vintage reproduction fashion?
Thank you very much again! Well, a big thing is that my collection is 100% made in the USA!!! A lot of companies are importing from China and India.

I design from my heart... things I want to wear that I think are flattering on women and girls. I am not JUST in it to make money (though it would be nice) like a lot of the other companies. My designs are a reflection of my own personal style and a celebration of the female form. I choose fabrics based on their comfort and beauty, not just what I see everyone else using, because sometimes women may not know what they really want until it is presented to them.

I prefer to design using 100% cotton and cotton/spandex blends because it just feels better on. I LOVE to dance, so I keep this in mind with choosing fabrics and fit! One of my rules is if I can't dance in it... forget it! After all, I do wear my own collection nearly every day and even when on the road doing appearances and rockabilly shows.

I also LOVE to use colorful prints. It is so nice to give a new point of view rather then regurgitate what there is already a glut of.

What are the best parts of your job? 
The best parts of my job are knowing I helped other females feel better about themselves and inspired them to follow their dreams.

The worst parts?
Being compared to pin ups of the past. I really had an uphill battle for a few years trying to show people that I am not an impersonator. Finally, people can see the difference and that there is more to me than just a haircut!  

Many people think of you as a sex symbol...
Ohhh I love it! Heheheee

How would you define sexy?
Sexy is being comfy in your own skin and exuding confidence. Nothing is more of a turn off than someone who comes off as self-entitled or full of themselves. Do you have any lingerie tips for my readers who want to get that perfect pin-up shilouette?
YES! Foundations! foundations! foundations! I highly recommend my BernieDexter for Lucy B. Merry Widow! It holds everything in without being as extreme as wearing a corset. When you get comfy with the merry widow, then you can add the Bernie Dexter for Lucy B. steel-boned corset waist cincher that will be coming soon!


If a woman is just discovering pin-up lingerie, but isn’t sure how to start buying it, what’s the one piece you think she needs in her lingerie drawer?
A garter belt and stockings... that was how I started! Or you can kill three birds with one stone with the Bernie Dexter for Lucy B. Merry Widow!  Can you give us one of your personal “lingerie rules?
Save the ruffles and frillies for at home and in the bedroom. Nothing worse then lumps under your clothing! Keep it sleek and smooth under your clothing.  ;)

Just a couple of “quickie” questions...
--what’s your favorite color?

--your favorite animal?
Cats, I love alley cats!

--your favorite type of lingerie?

And finally, the most important question of all, where can we buy your stuff? so much for your time, Bernie. See you next month at MAGIC!

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Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. Author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that everyone who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

13 Comments on this post

  1. pinup lingerie says:

    good interview. lot of professional info about bernie

  2. Fajr | Stylish Thought says:

    Great interview! I love bold, pin-ups and she seems like a truly lovely women, inside and out!

  3. Kashaya says:

    Great interview! Bernie sounds like a lovely person.

  4. Panty Buns says:

    That is quite a coup getting to interview Bernie Dexter. Im sure most people who are addicted to vintage lingerie have seen her. The Black Hardware Merry Widow looks very nice. I like the expression she has in the photo of her holding the crop, the vintage black full briefs and the ruffled pink ones.
    I hope you become just as famous doing pinup poses. You're very good at it and look fantastic when you pose.
    Love the links. That lingerie is wonderful.

  5. Elisa Day says:

    I love her as well!

    Thank you so much Bernie for carrying XL in your line! I will be ordering some pieces for sure.

  6. Anna says:

    Well done to you, nice score getting that interview.
    Its a proof too that you can still be famous and remain a nice person without the arrogance that comes with fame.

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  7. dottie's delights says:

    yay! I love Bernie! Like you said, she really is the biggest sweetheart in the world!

  8. marlen.james says:

    You rule! great interview, she is in my top 5 models of all time. I want to own everything in her line. :)

  9. miss nylon says:

    great Interview, I love Bernie's attitude, just wish I had her body, the only small gripe I have why spoil her gorgeous body with a tattoo

  10. Miss Kitty Plum says:

    Great interview, Bernie is such a lovely. Nice to see her getting more and more popular.

  11. Ana Tomás says:

    loved the Black Hardware Satin Merry Widow, but I don't think XS-XL size range is a very good way of doing something with an integrated bra, it will not fit well on most girls. Plase do a wider range of sizes and if it's not too much too ask with big cups and small "band" sizes too so that I can wear it.
    (loved the lenora & frenchie dresses)

  12. badside says:

    What a score landing that interview, you're really going big time! Wonderful post, very interesting reading, keep up the good work.

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