by Sad Man’s Tongue
So we have had the pleasure, over the past few weeks to be able to communicate with Croatian Pin Up Girl and Model Ivana Benko aka Greta Macabre. Our original conversations centered around us asking Greta if she wanted to participate in our series, “Cooking With A Pin Up.” Well she said yes and over the past few weeks she has shared some ideas and a lovely recipe that we will feature next week.
Greta was also gracious enough to answer some questions we posed for her which you can find below. We thank Greta for her time and can certify that she is not only beautiful, but a real class act.
SMT: What was the pivotal point in your life that made you want to model? Was it a movie, a poster, a person or event?
GM: As a child I spent a lot of time in my grandparents tailor shop. I could hardly waited to grow up so I could wear high heels, feminine pencil skirts and put red lipstick on. Ever since I was a child, I wanted to look like a “femme fatale.” My personal taste in music, my interests and subcultures also affected my style and my modeling career. I am big film lover and I like trash horror movies as well as movies from the golden Hollywood era. When I was a teen I was also in one modeling agency, but I didn’t obey the rules and got pierced. 🙂 Maybe I was burlesque dancer, fashion model, entertainer or something like that in past life.
SMT: I myself discovered you through some rockabilly photos, Is Rockabilly style a passion for you and if so why?
GM: Of course 🙂 I love rockabilly style but I also love 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and early 60’s. I also love avant-garde, fetish, and I adore burlesque. My favourite daily style is look of “Wanda Woodward.” She is my favourite “Crybaby” character.
SMT: What is your favorite Rockabilly, Punk, Rock, or Psychobilly band?
GM: My favourite horror punk band are the Misfits. I grew up with them and they formed my musical tastes. Motorhead was also my favourite band when I was a teen. I also love UK Subs, Dead Kennedys, and the Ramones, but now I am more into psychobilly and rockabilly music. Psychobilly is my favourite. I love Batmobile, The Meteors, Demented are Go, Reverend Horton Heat, Stray Cats, Banane Metalik, Rezurex….
I like Hank Williams and sons, Ronie Dawson, Elvis… My musical taste is quite open. I adore old school music like The Andrew Sisters, Edith Piaf (she is my favourite female singer ever…), and Screamin Jay Hawkins.
SMT: Give our readers a beauty tip.
We all know that positive thoughts, charm and charisma are the main beauty and success factors but lots of green tea, less meat, lots of vegetables and AHAs (Alpha hydroxy acids) will make you glow.
SMT: What other styles are you passionate about?
GM: I love 30’s, 40’s and 50’s but I also adore flapper look and avantgarde. I love “Vampira” style which is little bit macabre but feminine. I love fetish shoes ( “Bettie Page” heels),and corsets as a small waist is my passion. 🙂
SMT: Now for some Favs: Who is your favorite actor and actress between 1930 – 1965, Mine is Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.
GM: Marlene Dietrich is one of my favourite icons – she knew how to wear pencil skirts, but a man suit as well, and she looked a lot sexier than most of today’s girls in mini skirts. I also love Lucille Ball. She is my favourite redhead.
Vampira (Maila Nurmi) is my favourite “macabre” diva and hottest vampire ever.
I also love beauty and talent of Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, and Ann Blythe.
My male old Hollywood crushes are Marlon Brando, Orson Welles and Vincent Price.
SMT: What is your long term goal?
GM: I would like to finish college (I study history and I am in my last year now) and dedicate myself to modeling, writing, media and creative stuff. I have plan to visit Berlin and London soon maybe for a longer time. Prague, too 🙂
SMT: Any advice for those who would want to start in the pin up and modeling role.
GM: Pin up and alternative modeling is all about you – you have to know this culture, do your hair, make up, and be creative! If you’re enjoying something you will succeed.
SMT: What’s your favorite book.
GM: Recently I read “That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor.” It’s about Wallis. I also adore her style and she is one interesting icon.
But my all time book is “Kiklop” by Ranko Marinkovich. I love World War Two Romance Novels.
I can not just decide on my favorite book and movie. 🙂
SMT: Where were you born and how would you describe your childhood.
GM: I was born in Croatia in a northern town called Čakovec, but now I live in capital city Zagreb. I was very creative and little bit odd as a kid. I loved to hang out with my grandparents and their old friends more than my peers. These were mostly old ladies that experienced their youth in “other times” but even at an older age they looked glam. My grandpa and grandma are tailors and designers so I spent lots of my time as a child in their workshop meeting new people and sewing clothes for my Barbie dolls. When I was little I was a “kid of nature”. I loved to spend lots of time in the woods. I love nature, green, and gardening. I remember that I had a little cactus garden at home. It is sad that today’s children are alienated from nature.
SMT: Thank you so much for answering our questions and being so gracious and giving of your time. We look forward to seeing what you do in the future and wish you the best of luck. We also can’t wait to try out that cake recipe you sent us, but that is another article.