The Cast of VH1’s “Mob Wives” Go Retro-Glam with Scott Church
In the 1950’s, women were seen and not heard—not a pretty place for women to be, even though the looks were definitely en mode.
For this XXLusive, my elite glam squad and I envisioned the stars of VH1’s “Mob Wives” in a rockabilly, retro-glam, 1950’s style. It was interesting to contrast the demure, seen-not-heard look with three of the most spirited women on television today.
Once again shot by internationally-renowned photographer Scott Church, the mastermind behind the “Black Ink Crew” and “Love and Hip-Hop: NY” shoots for XXL, the behind-the-scenes video by Michael Donati of TJ Pictures captures all the laughs and all the energy of a typical shoot with us…and even made a breakout star of Angela “Big Ang” Raiola’s Pomeranian puppy, Louie.
But the most touching moment of the shoot came courtesy of Big Ang’s grandson, Salvatore: he and his mother—Ang’s daughter Raquelle, a typical Sicilian-American beauty, and a reminder of the stunner her mother was in her younger days—dropped by the Drunken Monkey to see how the shoot was going. The precocious Salvatore wanted a picture with his Grandma, who was enjoying some Baked by Boddington cupcakes (although he didn’t seem to be a fan of the pistachio and carrot cake flavors). Without prompting, he reached out for his grandmother, said “Grandma, I love you,” and gave her a big hug.
Other highlights of the shoot included Renee Graziano’s exposition on Joan Collins, a.k.a. Alexis Carrington, and Karen Gravano’s assertion that her rockabilly hairdo “made her look like a bull.”—Bernadette Giacomazzo (@bgiacomazzo)
Check out the video here:
Creative Director: Bernadette Giacomazzo (www.bernadettegiacomazzo.com)
Assistant to Ms. Giacomazzo: Amanda Elsheikh (@amandalindseyy)
Photographer: Scott Church (www.scottchurch.net)
Assistants to Mr. Church: Alan Davis and Gena Lee Pacheco
Videographer: Michael Donati of TJ Pictures/ www.tjpictures.net
Hair by: T. Cooper for Andis using Agadir (@tcoopermua)
Assistant to Ms. Cooper: Tracina Dilligard
Makeup by: Tishonna Ferguson (@TishSoFab)
Assistant to Ms. Ferguson: Nicole Boddington
WARDROBE and ACCESSORIES
Stylist: Signature Style by Sigourney Salley (@Sigourney_Style)
Assistants to Ms. Salley: Shenique Marquez, Alonzo Richboi Henderson and Kendraya Mitchell
Atelier: Bettie Page Clothing — NYC (www.bettiepageclothing.com)
Jewelry: Michael Maddaloni for Maddaloni Jewelry (www.maddalonijewelersonline.com)
Cupcakes: Baked by Boddington (firstname.lastname@example.org)