Originally posted on VINTAGE VANDALIZM:
Last weeks heat wave was intense and what better way to spend it than at Coney Island with my favorite gal pal sipping lemonade out of Nathan’s jumbo cups enjoying the scenery of this beautiful place! I hadn’t seen my friend Ingrid in months because she’s been in Miami so it was a nice day to catch up and check out Coney Island’s new look. I am always trying to kill 3 birds with one stone so I also decided to shoot some swimsuits for a review on my blog being that CI has many great backdrops (This wouldn’t be my first time shooting at Coney Island lol Love it!). I haven’t been to CI in a while and it was refreshing to see how much it has changed for the better whilst still having many elements of its history. I was afraid they would tear it down and build casinos, apartment buildings, or completely modernize it so much so that it would lose its historical magic/value. I was even thrilled to see the steeplechase ride, one I have only seen in photos and Harold Lloyd silent film clips from the 20′s. It isn’t exact to the steeplechase of the 20′s but it is a safer replica that keeps Coney Island’s history alive. There were tons of amazing backdrops for shooting my swimsuits and we had so much fun absorbing CI’s new look. For a while, CI wasn’t really the safest or cleanest theme park to go to but now it is cleaner and safer with patrol officers in the vicinity. I can even feel better about going to their beaches, it was clean and calm. I see myself visiting CI more often this year, I have always been in awe of the history, inspired greatly by old photos, and remember and cherish every moment I spent there as a kid with my mother. I am so glad it is still standing today. So this post is a little bit of history, a little bit of fashion, and a lot a bit of fun. Check out photos of us having fun in this great place, before and after shots of CI, and Ini and I modeling our favorite summer swimsuits by Beach Bash Beachwear, Meshalo, and Forever 21!