Puerto Rican bombshell Jasmin Rodriguez is a 32-year-old retro style expert who started popular blog, Vintage Vandalizm, in 2008, showcasing her sinfully seductive style and creativity as a multimedia artist. What started out as an online hobby quickly transformed into a successful platform, reaching thousands of readers from across the globe, all hoping to a get a sneak peek inside her fabulous life.
But the native New Yorker was born to help lead the neo-retro movement.
Raised by a Brooklyn-based street car racer for a father and a fashionista/break dancing mama from Queens, the brunette beauty explains they were one of her earliest inspirations in embracing personal style, along with her exposure to ‘80s culture and street art. And while she first pursued art and design for comic illustration, Rodriguez ultimately discovered her true passion for fashion design, especially those that embody the throwback ‘50s culture, one she aspired to unite with her ‘80s upbringing.
However, the road to her stylish journey wasn’t always smooth sailing.
Upon research, Rodriguez noticed there wasn’t sufficient material chronicling the legacies of Puerto Rican actresses or pinups from the ‘50s, prompting her to discover everything possible on these seemingly forgotten women. She did find inspiration from other earlier greats, including Debra Paget, Yvonne De Carlo, and Hedy Lamarr, among others.
And despite her willingness to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology several times, she was never accepted. The result became an urgency to launch her own fashion blog, one where she would have a voice everyone can hear.
Rodriguez’s goal for Vintage Vandalizm, as its namesake implies, was to celebrate her earlier years discovering rare gems at the Salvation Army on a budget, which would ultimately transform into wearable works of art featuring her personalized designs. Meshing the ‘80s from her youth and the ’50s era she adores, Vintage Vandalizm, much like her pieces, has become a celebration of Rodriguez’s passions and individuality in New York City.
Since launching her site, Rodriguez has stepped in front of the cameras as a muse to many photographers looking for the next major bombshell to brighten up the fashion world. She has been featured in magazines, including Glamour France, Time Out New York, Nylon, and Playboy, among others. As a blog veteran of six years going strong, Rodriguez has also collaborated with over 50 brands, participating in music video styling, and photo shoots. She has also assisted in fashion shows for couture designers, including Betsey Johnson and Agent Provocateur.
And everything Rodriguez continues to create and represent is a loving homage to the timeless beauty from the past, uniting with her gritty, vandalized city. And despite her hunger to explore the past fashions from the ‘20s to the ‘60s, it’s the ‘50s that continues to resonate best with in. In 2008, upon attending a Bettie Page Cruise, named after the late queen of pinups, Rodriguez discovered the rockabilly culture, which proved she was no longer a black sheep when it came to her passions. Rather, there were many others, like herself, enamored with wearing, and living, the vintage lifestyle.
As a self-proclaimed chameleon with a limitless sense in fashion, Rodriguez is capable of easily adapting to any style inspiring her. Jasmin’s retro-meets-modern approach has made her a well-known name across the blogosphere, reaching over 7K followers on Twitter, 14K followers on Facebook, as well as 24K followers on Instagram, all continuing to grow.
When Rodriguez isn’t discovering rare pieces, she continues to educate the masses about the glamorous eras of old Hollywood. She’s done a video segment on how anyone can implement retro clothing into their wardrobes for FOX News and has done pinup modeling for vintage reproductive brands, including Bettie Page Clothing, Pinup Girl Clothing, Mode Merr, and more. Her goal, as it has always been, is to deliver an effortlessly chic, old school sensibility back to the fashion world, as well as inspire women, regardless of their age or size, to celebrate their individuality with a unique take on self-expression.
In other words, she wants you to know that anyone can transform themselves into titillating sirens without emptying their wallets or changing who they are as individuals.
What has Rodriguez been up to lately? She has since relocated to Las Vegas in 2013 where she is currently working on her own Vintage Vandalizm clothing brand that will be released Summer of 2019. Rodriguez still continues to maintain her blog where she shares her love of vintage and other reproductive styles. However, she hopes to deliver her New York flavor and love of pinup culture to the west coast by unveiling her clothing line.
Vintage Vandalizm is more than just personal fashion blog. It is the go-to destination for the best in the vintage lifestyle with Rodriguez as its fiery leading lady.
Art by Santiago.