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As Corvette aficionados, we know that they are attention grabbers just about anywhere we go. But what about Hollywood—what grabs people’s attention in La-La land? For a celebrity known as the “Billboard Queen” and one who knows a thing or two about getting attention and self-promotion, it is a hot-pink C7 Corvette.
Angelyne is a Hollywood celebrity who is now best known for, well, being a Hollywood celebrity. When asked what exactly it was that she did, she answered, “Although I act, model, dance, paint, write and create magic, I’m most known for my persona, the essence of who I am.”
Back in the mid-80s, however, she acquired fame as the “Billboard Queen” when billboards began cropping up all over L.A. bearing just Angelyne’s face, her prodigiously proportioned body and her fan club’s phone number. They quickly became a cult attraction to the extent that CNN once noted “The image of Angelyne is said to be as much a part of Hollywood as the “Hollywood” sign. But, when her singing and acting careers never caught fire, she turned to another source for attention and press coverage – hot pink Corvettes.
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The Billboard Queen recently bought her ninth Corvette, a white 2015 Stingray coupe. Corvette, of course, doesn’t have a standard pink color, so Angelyne took the car to Andre’s Auto Body to do the color conversion from white to pink. Just any old pink color wouldn’t do—she hired Ruben Hernandez to mix her a custom pink color. Ruben, who has been mixing paint for nearly 30 years and who has worked in over 200 movies, and Angelyne came up with “Heroine Pink”.
Andre removed all of the Corvette’s body panels, applied five coats of base color and four coats of clear topcoat to each, reassembled everything and, voila, a “Heroine Pink” attention getter. When asked why she loved pink, she responded, “The color Pink has a thing about me. Pink is part of my persona and extension of my character, it helps me express the fact that I do something because I like it.”
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Angelyne spends a lot of time driving around L.A. getting noticed and selling T-shirts (Angelyne T-shirts, of course), posing for photos and, generally, just being herself. As an experienced L.A. driver, she offers these driving tips:
- If you’re in a hurry, drive in the parking lane
- Only drive between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 10p.m.-2 a.m.
- West Hollywood has the hottest pedestrians
- If you love driving, then buy the car you love and treat it like a pet!
The only one of these to be taken seriously is the last—but then, Corvette owners already know that one.
So, if you find yourself in driving around L.A. taking in the sights and you’re passed by a woman in a pink C7 Stingray, check the license plate. If it says “Angelnn”, you’ve just seen the celebrity “Billboard Queen”. If not, then it was probably the world’s fastest Mary Kay lady.
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