From Gallia street, Sudzy’s Pinup Palace takes the onlooker back to the 1950s. Halter necklines and petticoat dresses fill the window display, a dusty pink color paints the walls, and vintage accessories fill the register counter. Formerly a bank and now a shared space with a local photography studio, the vintage store makes reference to an era of American domesticity. While Sudzy makes a bold claim to early 1950s pinup culture, she seeks to disrupt stereotypes about traditional femininity by embracing everybody and every body that enters her now 3-year-old business. Sudzy’s Pinup Palace is a space safe that promotes body positivity in downtown Portsmouth, Ohio.
“I put body positivity and acceptance outreach right on my logo so that people would know that this is a safe, accepting space. It doesn’t matter your sexuality, age, religion, color, your race, whatever it is that it is making it hard for you to walk in anywhere and get dressed, like I said, it’s an elementary concept for anyone who’s never had trouble doing it before.”