About Me

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Puerto Rican bombshell Jasmin Rodriguez is a 27-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 currently works as an executive buyer for Pinup Girl Clothing. In a 1960s house by Palmer & Krisel with best friend and fellow artist Santiago, Rodriguez continues to maintain her blog where she shares her love of vintage and other reproductive styles. Rodriguez hopes to deliver her New York flavor and culture to the west coast and finally unveil 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.

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55 Comments on “About Me

  1. i must say i’m very impressed. your image is very congruent and it’s delivery is executed with the same delivery. my name’s lucho, i’ve been reco’d ur site from a friend who mentioned that you know some of the same people i kno. i’m a designer my self, if you ever need anything as far as making clothes or whtever, please contact me whenever.
    the name of my line is BOLIVARES. i’m a designer based out of nY, have my studio in BK. thought it be dope to reach out and big u up for sure. keep doing ur thing mama, very impressed.

    salud, dinero y amor,

    LUCHO

  2. Wow sorry to hear that.. I always visit your blog. I love your style and I love that you love life and you go out and get what you want! If people have to stoop as low as to imitate you, then girl you are doing something right!stay sweet and fab!

  3. Just wanted to say I think you are an amzing young woman. I have two young daughters and I am trying to raise them to have the mentality you have…follow the beat of your own drum and f… everyone else. If they don’t get you, then you’re doing something right. I want them to live beyond what people expect them to be and I always show your pics to them and read your bio to them so they know that mommy is not just talking out the side of her head. Keep doing what you’re doing and don’t ever let anyone get in your way. LIVE LIFE LOUD!!!!

  4. Forgot to mention..if you’re ever inspired to try your clothing ideas on little girls…I’ve got two I will volunteer to you!! (lol)

    • AW! Im sure you are a GREAT MOTHER, so you should have no problem raising two equally great children! Thank you so much for your support!<3

  5. V.V.- What a long strange trip from my Harley here on the southcoast of Maine to your blog.It all started when I googled ‘bayrum bodywash’. After checking out about a million websites,I ended up at Glamma Rays. Out of boredom I followed some links and Vio’la-here I am. The miracles of modern science! I don’t make a habit of replying to websites,but your zest for life is infectious.I wish you and your group of friends much success.I’m no fashion fan or expert,the few things we probably only have in common is leather jackets,tshirts,and cowboy boots. Go get’em girl! What a strange and fascinating world this web thing is…Best of luck in your lifes journey,from one of the few billion people on this planet you’ll never meet but wish you well as a fellow human being.

  6. V.V.- I’m a biker from Maine,the only things we probably have in common is leather jackets,jeans and boots.Thru this modern miracle called the internet,you and I meet.I googled ‘bayrum bodywash’,(even bikers like to smell good-most anyway!) found GlamaRays,followed your thread out of curiosity and here we are.As one of the several billion people on this planet you’ll never meet,I wish you well-one human to another.Your zest for life,your ability to see what you want and the balls to reach out and grab it comes through in spades.Here’s to success in all you do,go get’em girl!

  7. Sorry ’bout that.My computer jammed and I thought the first reply didn’t get out.I shortened it and re-sent it.You get my meaning.Have a great life,and I’ll quit being a ‘Blog-Hog’.:)

  8. Folks, SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT this woman because in these days it is hard to find someone so beautiful & I am not just talking about her outside appearance. V.V. has a soul that angels envy. She’s honest, up-front & 100% a real woman. :-)

  9. I came across your link on tumblr today & was curious to check your site out (your name caught my attention) and I must say… I ABSOLUTELY LOVE your blog!!! it’s awesome! I will definitely keep checking for updates. I am also a fan of thrift shopping! I love searching for stuff (usually in the village)

    anywho, props on the site!
    you go girl :)

  10. Gosh! I admire you so much! I love your whole blog! I love to dress up, and really don’t feel like me when I’m not, hopefully one day I’ll have the confidence to wear what I truly want (but living where I am doesn’t help).
    Keep it up.
    Gecko. x

  11. Waw ! Your blog really impressed me. I love your style and your way of thinking ! Just admire the whole thing.. Keep it up.

  12. Quick question.. I am always struggling to find the perfect red lipstick, and since we seem to have the same skin tone I was wondering what brand&color you use?

    xx

    • I use Mac’s “ruby woo” as my default red color, its not a glossy lipstick which means it lasts longer and the color is always vibrant.

  13. Love your Blog!! Now is in my top 5!

    Quick question… Do you have any advice for a fashion lover like myself on where the best places or locations to look for vintage dresses? I try and always end up with nothing :(
    I think I am in the wrong places.

    Any help would help!

    Thanks

  14. I have been absent for some time, but now I remember why I used to love this site. Thanks , I’ll try and check back more frequently. How frequently you update your site?

  15. Please tell me that youre likely to keep this up! Its so good and thus important. I cant wait to read more from you. I just seem like you realize a lot and know how to make people pay attention to that which you need to say. This blog is simply too cool to become missed. Great stuff, truly. Please, PLEASE keep it up!

  16. With all the doggone snow we have gotten recently I am stuck indoors, fortunately there is the internet, thanks for giving me something to do. :)

  17. Hi, I would like to know if is possible to have you as a personal shopper but I am in Spain.
    Do you have any ideas for making this work???
    I love what you choose and buy.
    I have never seen someone to get such a cheap clothes that look so good!Congratulations with your work.You are someone to admire!
    Good luck with everything and please, let me know how can we work this! Kisses from Spain!
    M

  18. I believe I’m going to look for the theme that’s utilised in your blog. It is actually pretty neat and appealing at the very same time.

  19. I wish more people would write sites like this that are actually helpful to read. With all the crap floating around on the internet, it is refreshing to read a site like yours instead.

  20. I have a question. Well first of all I love your website, but second did you use a certain website, as in Wix, to create it?

  21. Just wanted to say YOU ARE AMAZING! Bravo! I love your free spirit and
    individuality! You are incredibly beautiful, talented and smart, young
    lady!

    I feel like we are very much alike in a ” black sheep ” sense : ) Embracing the ” black ” ; )

    Anyway, I’m now following your blog! : ) you can read more about me HERE

    I hope I’ll be wearing my next vintage black dress with a ” V.V ” label on
    it ; )

    PS — ALL the clothes I were are also from Salvation Army, Crossroads and
    American Vintage .. even those dresses I wore to the biggest red carpets
    in Hollywood … ; )

    love & light,

    EL

  22. I just wanted to say I absolutely adore ur style. I’m so glad i stumbled upon this page because I think I’m in love lol. Anyway I just wanted to know where I can find the swimsuit u are wearing in ur cover photo or one just like it. Ive been dying to find a good looking vintage swimsuit but they’re hard to come across. Can you help me please? I would really appreciate it.
    Best,
    Ivy

  23. We need more people like you in the world ^_^ If you’re ever in Australia please look us up! You’re an inspiration! – Jess

  24. I love everything about what I’ve seen and read….Make me over and I’ll teach you how to cook! :-)

  25. I came across a black and white picture of you via Facebook and right off the bat it reminded me of “Britches” off of the movie The Wild One. The vintage look had me at first glance but the rebelness behind it is firme..ORALE! An acquaintance led me here and said she had met you at viva. After further reading your script, you sound a lot like the greatest personality I know….ME =) The mind never at ease but “Always running” I could never stay in just one genre myself whether it is my taste in music, fashion, hobbies and most of all the felines lol Great page darling. A great find this lovely cold but Sunny Califas dia. OH and my prayers your way because I know that hurricane was a monster desgraciadamente =/.

    Adiosito,
    Gallo

  26. Great style and attitude. Nice to see a real woman who knows how to inspire others. I didn’t see any place where someone could purchase your designs. I know some of the articles said you were an aspiring designer, Is there or will there be a online site to purchase?

  27. I also follow up on IG and had asked about how you got into doing what you are doing. you are such an inspiration not only to me but I think a lot of other women who do “fit” societies idea for us. I love your style and I would love to meet you in person one day.

  28. Hello, just Love your style. randomly came across your page while looking for information on a friend who recently passed, Mr Michele Savoia. We found out he passed just today, and was just looking back in reflection. He would’ve loved your style as well.
    Sincerely, Troi

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