19 Black Miss Pinup New Zealand

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19 Black Miss Pinup New Zealand 2018 Finalist – Astrid

Tell us about yourself

“I’ve always been obsessed with glamour, both in a aesthetic and magical sense, and one day in my mid-teens I decided that the image I wanted to project was one of absolute feminine strength (and slightly gothic). With a bit of research, I found this archetype of the femme fatale, who is both beautiful and deadly, absolutely in command of themselves. I wasn’t too fond of the sadistic ends those women came to, so I decided to live vicariously for them.

I was born in Auckland to a Kiwi dad and a Shetlandic mam, I enjoyed swimming at the beach, reading in the treehouse, and whatever crafts were on the go at kindy. When I was 10, my parents split up and my two brothers and I went to live in Shetland with my mam and her extended family. I didn’t really fit in, it was a really small community and I was a pretty Goth kid. Eventually I met a couple of kids I could eat lunch with, but I spent most of my time reading alone.

Around the age of 15, I decided that if I wasn’t going to fit in, I was going to stand out in a way that made me happy. I bought my first red lipstick, searched the charity shops for black velvet and lace, and read even more books (mostly about vampires).

Just before I turned 17, I decided that if I wanted to go to University and have a future in something I loved, I needed to be back in New Zealand. My brothers and I once more shifted halfway around the globe, this time to live with my dad. I remember nervously pin curling my hair the night before I started my new high school. Thankfully, I met some really great people that finally made me feel welcome and sort-of-cool, despite being a volunteer librarian too. I also discovered Fashion and Fabrics and was stunned that not only was this considered a legitimate subject of study but I was also pretty good at it. I took on my first big costuming project that year, doing costume, hair, and makeup for the student lead production. I had no idea of the size of project I was taking on but even after many sleepless nights I was so excited and happy to be involved in the Arts.

Following that, age 18, I started studying the University of Auckland and got myself a job at Spotlight. I had a bit of a rough time in my first year, but I started medication for some long undiagnosed depression and anxiety and made a few more friends both at school and work. A few years later I had done some costumes for a few short films and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Media, Film, and Television. I had also come to some important realisations about myself (my friends care about me!), my self-image (it’s okay not to be thin!), my health (chronic illness sticks around!), and my sexuality (I’m not straight!). A few departments asked me to consider post-grad with them but I decided to pledge myself to Media and Communications for the freedom it gives me to explore stories from a variety of mediums, including my beloved fashion.

I recently submitted my Master’s thesis, The Gothic Hand, which has a whole section dedicated to classic Monster Movies, another to femme fatales, and some 3000 words about gloves. While I await my feedback, a state I think of as “”post-graduate limbo,”” I picked up a job tutoring at the University, a job I always thought I would like but it turns out that I love! Teaching is very rewarding, especially now that I am tutoring a course involving the Golden Age of Hollywood. I also decided to submit an idea to the university paper, which they loved, and now I write and illustrate an unsolicited advice column that mostly just things I wish somebody had told me when I was younger. I have lots of plans for the future and I hope Miss Pinup can be part of it!”

 

What is it about vintage and pinup culture that you love?

The creativity! There’s so many great things to reference from the past and I love seeing how people adopt those aspects and make them their own.

 

Who is your favourite pinup icon and why (past or present)?

Tough question! Greta Garbo is one of my all-time favourites because she set the groundwork to transform how we think about women in film. She was famously fastidious about her performances and she was the first to insist on a contract that allowed creative freedom in the projects she worked on. The first film she made under this new contract was Queen Christina (1933), a film about a gender non-conforming Swedish royal. Garbo was an intensely private person and there’s been a lot of speculation that she was bisexual or lesbian, which colours how I read her work and further endears her to me, but we cannot say for sure as she never addressed her sexuality. Towards the end of her life she was an iconic eccentric in oversized sunglasses walking the streets of New York, which I also aspire to.!

 

What would winning the title of Miss Pinup New Zealand mean to you?

I would love to win because dressing like a femme fatale has brought me so much joy even when on days where I felt like I couldn’t even get out of bed. That modicum of control in my aesthetic wellbeing makes me feel better even when I feel like my body and brain are actively betraying me. I’d also like to be a part of the competition to show queer people that they also belong in the vintage and pinup community! We’ve been here all along and I’d like to be visible and put myself in a position where even if you feel isolated, there’s space at my table, pull up a chair and help yourself to some conversation.

 

What is your top tip for being a pinup?

Do what make you happy! The more I have researched history the more diversity I have discovered. There is a precedent for whatever you love and makes you feel like your best self and I will fiercely defend your right to express it.

 

Social Media Linkshttps://www.instagram.com/astridcrosland/

 

19 Black Miss Pinup New Zealand 2018 Finalist – Grace Velocette

Tell us about yourself

I’m a Hawkes Bay Honey with a love for all things vintage, especially glamorous hair. I’ve embraced what I love and spend my days creating beautiful hair in a local salon.
People who know me the best would describe me as the fun quirky one of the group. I love to have fun, i’m fiercely loyal and most importantly has a absolute heart of gold.
I believe that pinup is all about being a pineapple. Stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet on the inside.

 

What is it about vintage and pinup culture that you love?

The pinup culture for me has been an amazing way to come out of my shell.It’s filled with the most amazingly supportive people which has given me the confidence to embrace my qualities and a style that i love.
I never thought that i would have the confidence to strut my stuff on stage, yet i got up for Miss Frankton Thunder and Miss Marineland, placed in both and had the best time doing so.

 

Who is your favourite pinup icon and why (past or present)?

For me what my love going was watching Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I loved the way that Holly Golightly was confident to be her self say what she wanted and most of all I loved her style. “A girl can’t read that sort of thing without her lipstick.”
As part of the love for that movie I named my first cat Tiffany.
From there I was introduced to Marilyn Monroe and I was hooked left right and center.

 

What would winning the title of Miss Pinup New Zealand mean to you?

For me, it would be proof that if I put my mind to it, I can do anything.
A few years ago I could barely talk to people out side the hair salon (I somehow managed to put my prickle suit on when I was there).
Now i’m putting myself out there with the confidence I can do anything, and I’m proud of how far I’ve come

 

What is your top tip for being a pinup?

Just have FUN
I mean this with all my heart! I dress and do my hair like this because it makes my HAPPY. It doesn’t have to be serious. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

 

Social Mediahttps://www.instagram.com/gracevelocette/

19 Black Miss Pinup New Zealand 2018 Finalist – Harlie Lux

Tell us about yourself

My name is Martin i am a drag queen from wellington, ive always been inspired by vintage and pin up but never really explored it until i became a drag queen 3 years ago. Drag was a great outlet for me wearing vintage/Pinup Clothes that i have always admired and loved because its all about creating a persona and i see that in the pin up community aswell. i am a full time hairdresser by day also just got into styling wigs for fellow performers and myself , as a hairdresser i find the vintage hairstyles so breathtaking and so beautifully sculpted so i have been doing a lot of research in vintage hair styling techniques and trying to bring them back.

 

What is it about vintage and pinup culture that you love?

firstly i love vintage hair (slightly obsessed ) i love the community feel it has and that it brings people of all ages together

 

Who is your favourite pinup icon and why (past or present)?

Violet Chachki , because she has broken the wall from the drag world to the vintage/fashion world is changing peoples minds of beauty and that’s what i aspire to be and do one day.

 

What would winning the title of Miss Pinup New Zealand mean to you?

as a Man/Drag Queen entering a pin up competition i would just love to open people minds and show the world how open minded and progressive New Zealand is

 

What is your top tip for being a pinup?

Be yourself

 

Social Mediahttps://www.instagram.com/harlielux/

19 Black Miss Pinup New Zealand 2018 Finalist – Kiki Kisses

Tell us about yourself

Hiieee! I’m Kiki Kisses, I’m a pin-up vixen with as many curves as your friendly neighbourhood cul-de-sac. By day I’m a designer, by night a dazzling burlesque performer and a full-time glitter enthusiast that believes everyone has a reason to sparkle! I spent my younger years making googly eyes at classics like The Pink Ladies, Twiggy and of course Marilyn herself. Going on to study film at uni really solidified my passion for pin-up and classical styling and became an everyday style for me a few years back.

 

What is it about vintage and pinup culture that you love?

Being a designer – I love to experiment with colour, textures and silhouettes when it comes to clothes but on top of that (as cliche as it may sound) I’ve made some amazing friends through the community and going to the various events we have here in lil olde NZ. Also – the compliments you get from little old ladies are nice too – haha

 

Who is your favourite pinup icon and why (past or present)?

I wouldn’t class her has a typical “pin-up” icon – but Violet Chachki has been someone I have always admired. She’s a Drag artist who has always had such a polished high-fashion vintage inspired look about her. Mixing elements of the old with the new and recreating some Iconic looks of the pin-up era.

 

What would winning the title of Miss Pinup New Zealand mean to you?

Winning, to me, would mean so much more than a shiny sash. It would first and foremost be a complete honor to represent the legacy of amazing women who have come before. As well as so very heart-warming that my little kooky style was appreciated by some very fashion forward ladies. But most importantly it would give me a positive platform to spread a message of free love, acceptance and individuality. You do you boo!

 

What is your top tip for being a pinup?

There is no ‘wrong’ or ‘right’ – if you feel comfortable in what you’re wearing then in my eyes – you can do no wrong! Be unique, be yourself. But also you can never own too many lipstick colours – haha.

 

Social Media www.instagram.com/kikikissesnz

19 Black Miss Pinup New Zealand 2018 Finalist – Lady Lou Lou Bell

Tell us about yourself

I am a blue haired bombshell, who through stumbling into the PinUp Community (literally all I did was get my hair done at a car show and was invited to meet some local PinUps), I have found my passion and where I feel that fit.

What is it about vintage and pinup culture that you love?

I truly love the community that we have in New Zealand. Sure we’re all united by our love of shoes and wetsets, but it goes deeper than that. The Southern PinUp Belles have used our powers for good and raised money for 3 charities so far, who knows how far we might be able to take that! As a fat, freckly, almost 40, Mum of 2, Im showing NZ and the world that PinUps come in every size, shape and age.

Who is your favourite pinup icon and why (past or present)?

That really is a hard question, there are so many babes that I love for different reasons. Cherry Dollface is a huge inspiration to me, she is living her best life and after meeting her and being her hair model in 2017, I know now that she is beautiful on the inside and out. I also adore Lady Kittyhawk, I havnt met her yet (I was fan girling on the other side of Shed 10 last year but didnt have the guts to talk to her), but I feel a kinship with her being a bigger size and an older pinup. But then I also love Bettie Rage for her Bad Assness mixed with being a fantastic Mum. Maybe mix them all together and thats me????

What would winning the title of Miss Pinup New Zealand mean to you?

Everything and nothing (hope that doesnt sound rude). I dont need to win the title to validate myself in this community, but it would be mindblowing Lol. I guarantee that the photos would be nothing like Velvet’s controlled, calm, graceful photos when she won – Id need eye drops and my make up redone!

What is your top tip for being a pinup?

Be you! There are no hard and fast PinUp rules, only suggestions that you can make your own.

Social Media https://www.instagram.com/ladylouloubell/

19 Black Miss Pinup New Zealand 2018 Finalist – Miss Cecelia Rose

Tell us about yourself

I’m a Tupperware lady by night and an Property Manager by day, I like long walks on the beach and mexican food. I bake, play guitar badly, binge watch Netflix when I have time. I’m always keeping busy, be it op shopping for new outfits, organising someones pantry or a market day, or simply making time for what matters most: my family and friends.

What is it about vintage and pinup culture that you love?

the friendships. We are such a supportive bunch – sharing our knowledge, our wardrobes, styling tips, sale warnings, or on a deeper level; relationship and job advice. You name it, we help each other out with it.

Who is your favourite pinup icon and why (past or present)?

Miss Victory Violet, because she set the bar for NZ Pinups on the world wide stage. She’s achieved so much, is a total down to earth babe and we all look up to her

What would winning the title of Miss Pinup New Zealand mean to you?

It would give me the confidence to believe in myself, that I can do anything. That I can be on stage in front of people – maybe even in a bikini! That I am funny, talented and whatever else it is that the judges are looking for. It just means that I had the confidence to have a go.

What is your top tip for being a pinup?

Be you, everybody else is already taken.

Social Media https://www.instagram.com/tuppinuprose/

19 Black Miss Pinup New Zealand 2018 Finalist – Miss Harmony Belle

Tell us about yourself 

I am a 38 year old, primary school teacher from Canterbury. I live in a little old fishing bach, on the southern tip of Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere), with my partner and 3 cats. I love to read, run, and sing. In the last year I have also joined a contemporary dance class, fulfilling an unrealised childhood dream of being a dancer. I eat a vegan diet, and love to cook and share food with others. In the last year I have taken ownership of Georgie, a 1965 Ford Anglia and I am learning, with a fair bit of help, how to fix and maintain her myself. Like most pin ups I know, I have growing collection of dresses, shoes, hats, gloves and brooches, and I enjoy a little vintage shopping with friends. I also love a little crafting, especially creating and enhancing accessories to finish off an outfit. In this regard, I may have a small obsession with glitter and things that sparkle, and no, I don’t know how all that glitter ended up in my partners vehicle, it wasn’t me!!!

 

What is it about vintage and pinup culture that you love?

The look!! I have always struggled with my body image, hiding behind non-descript clothing, fading into the background. Upon discovering the pin up community, I have found clothes that are flattering, feminine and full of colour, learnt how to apply make-up, style my hair and to accessorise. There is no hiding for me now and I feel that my outside better reflects who I am inwardly.
The people!! I don’t know about everyone else, but making friends as an adult, when you work full time and have so many adult commitments seems really hard. So it has been a lovely surprise, since beginning my pin up journey 2 years ago, to have met so many wonderful people, who have accepted me as I am, who have supported me in my journey and I am thankful for the friendships that have blossomed as result.
And… I also love the cars, and the music both old and new.

 

Who is your favourite pinup icon and why (past or present)?

 I am going to be, and if I’m honest, have always been that child in the class who answers the single response question with a multiple choice answer, as choosing one is just too hard. My three favourite past icons are Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich. These woman were all strong, beautiful and very unique in their style. They all experienced hardship within their lives, which they overcame, in order to become successful in their own rights. Audrey in particular resonates, in the way she utilised her hard earned fame throughout her life to raise awareness and support for those in need.

 

What would winning the title of Miss Pinup New Zealand mean to you?

It would mean I had set a challenge for myself, worked hard and achieved it. Life often throws challenges in our path that keep us busy, for me it has been things like cancer and a broken back, these prevent us from having time to set our own personal challenges. This challenge is one I have chosen for myself, and the journey is exciting regardless of the outcome.
It would be a triumph for the school age me who, like most children, was tormented by a few about my physical appearance throughout school and would be a pat on the back for the personal growth I have made in relation to my self-body image.
As a teacher of primary school age children, it would strengthen my dialogue with them in regards to the fact that beauty and style is not only what they are combatted with in social media or on TV, it is not one body shape or one brand of clothing, it is many. I would continue to challenge them to see that they are beautiful in their own unique way!!

 

What is your top tip for being a pinup?

Smile!! A smile will attract people to you and show your true beauty. It will help you make friends as you wait in line for a pageant and help you fake it till you make it, as you walk out on stage. It will also make for some pretty amazing photos!!

 

Social Mediawww.facebook.com/missharmonybelle

 

19 Black Miss Pinup New Zealand 2018 Finalist – Miss Lily Grace

Tell us about yourself 

I am a stay at home mum to my 4 year old son and also my husbands full time career, so in what little spare time I get I will either be doing a jigsaw puzzle (the bigger the better) or a cross stitch, and recently I have taken up swimming in a effort to try and train to become a lifeguard at my sons Surf club in orewa.

 

What is it about vintage and pinup culture that you love?

 I love how it can make everyone welcome in such a exciting community.. Weither you prefer true vintage or more modern day pinup there is a place for everyone to share there looks/ideas and thoughts.. I love how it makes everyone unique as everyone interprets it there own way.. I love how It can make you look so glamours and ladylike buy adding a simple petticoat, red lips and the perfect flick of the eyliner.

 

Who is your favourite pinup icon and why (past or present)?

 I have two favourites and one is more vintage glamour then pinup which is Grace Kelly, she is the picture of pure elegance, grace and style. Everything she wore she did so with such poise. And for a modern day pinup its none other then the amazing Dariel Dearlove.. She just shows how no matter what industry you work in you can always be yourself and dress exactly as you wish you no matter what others may think.

 

What would winning the title of Miss Pinup New Zealand mean to you?

It would be something that I could always look back on and say to myself and my son that anything you set your mind to you can achieve it.. That it’s ok to have faith In yourself that you can step out of your comfort zone and have a go at anything that is going to make you happy.

 

What is your top tip for being a pinup?

It would have to be to always stay true to yourself.. Never settle for being anything less then what you want to be, and to always have confidence… And that you never know when your going to run out of time to live so jump in head first and be happy to be whatever you want to be.

 

Social Media  https://www.facebook.com/MissLilyGrace/

19 Black Miss Pinup New Zealand 2018 Finalist – Miss October Diamond

Tell us about yourself 

My name is Kiri and my pin up name is Miss October Diamond. My birthday is in October and everyone knows that “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!”

I’ve been a member of this awesome community for 10 years now, gosh time flies when you’re having fun! I was raised in a hot rod obsessed family and car shows play a big part of my life. I remember when I was little seeing women at the Meremere drag strip wearing petticoats and head-scarfs and deciding right there and then THAT was what I wanted to be when I grew up!
I’m the perfect balance of modern pin up and petrol head, I spend every moment away from my real job at vintage & pin up events, car shows and expos, absolutely 100% invested in this community, including the people, the events and of course my vendor family.

 

What is it about vintage and pinup culture that you love?

 I love that I can really be myself. Pin up has no real rules – it’s a real life style.

I love the girls I’ve met with in our community,they are such kind an beautiful woman who build each other up.

I love the confidence i have grown into over the last few years, to the point where have done a full photoshoot in a 1 piece bathing suit!

I have never felt more empowered than I did that day, and I want everyone to feel that way.

I love the feeling of nostalgia, in a world of of advancement where we as woman were once repressed we can now put on a pretty dress an feel empowered by a simple thing.

I once read that “Pin Up isnt about having the perfect figure. Pin Up is about finding the glamour in the size you are now.” Ladies and gentleman i do feel glamourous every time I walk out that door.

 

Who is your favourite pinup icon and why (past or present)?

I am really lucky that I get to call some of the modern “Pin up Icons” my friends.

I have to say my favourite Pin up has to be my girl Fran.

Getting to know her over the last few years has been an absolute delight. she is one of the funniest, wisest, most giving woman I have met in my life. Fran has opened her home to me and taught me so much. She works so hard, to the point where I have seen her feet bleed. When she is in pain she still shows up and smiles.

If I could be half the queen Fran is then I know I would be doing great things.

 

What would winning the title of Miss Pinup New Zealand mean to you?

Winning the title of MPUNZ would mean the world to me. It would mean bravery, and strength. To follow in the footsteps of some of the most beautiful an kindest woman I have met. I would be honoured to represent a community that no matter your colour, your size or your sexual preference, you are included.

It would show that no matter how hard your life has been, no matter what struggles or hardships you have faced, that you can change your life. You can be anyone or anything you want.
I would love to win MPUNZ and tell my story, to empower other woman, showing that you don’t have to look perfect all of the time and most of all to return the kindness, love and support I have been shown back into our community.

 

What is your top tip for being a pinup?

Unapologetically be yourself.

If you find stockings hard to wear, or you don’t like floral, don’t wear it because you feel you have to.

If your more a rockabilly girl, than a vintage queen than wear it proud! There are no rules, and everyone starts off wearing that red pokadot dress. (Mine was black hahaha)

You will grow, you will find yourself and where you fit.

Be kind, and be humble – you will meet people and make friends that you will keep for life

 

Social Media  https://www.facebook.com/missoctoberdiamond/

19 Black Miss Pinup New Zealand 2018 Finalist – Miss Stellar Moon

Tell us about yourself 

 Hi im Miss Stellar Moon a sparkly personality that loves Hot rods bugers & beer but also has a passion for beauty and classy fashion!
I’ve always been a lover of cars I saved hard for a few years and bought myself a Chevy truck it’s been fun learning about mechanics and getting down and dirty! The hot rodding community has an amazing group of people I call my friends.
I’m a beauty therapist by day so I have a passion for makeup and hair
Even though I wear a uniform I always have my hair and makeup in pinup style, the clients love this and refer to me as the pinup beauty therapist
When I’m not working I wear bright happy colours, tropical pinup is for sure my favourite It makes me feel happy too!
On top of that I’m a mum of two daughters it’s my job to be a positive roll model for my girls dressing in pinup makes me feel confident and happy I hope my girls are learning the importance of being happy to be yourself.

 

What is it about vintage and pinup culture that you love?

I love the high presentation and sophistication of pinup fashion it’s so nice to look and feel elegant but on the flipside you can look bad ass and feel sexy and empowerd
I also love the community of pinups everyone is so supportive and friendly

 

Who is your favourite pinup icon and why (past or present)?

Mrs Greatnews
Libby takes such pride in her appearance she has an amazing flair at putting her outfits together
She is also the most kindhearted pinup out there.

 

What would winning the title of Miss Pinup New Zealand mean to you?

 It would be empowering
I’ve had many challenges being a single parent and suffering from depression but I’ve made it through
It’s amazing what you can achieve in one’s lifetime

 

What is your top tip for being a pinup?

Have confidence to be yourself

 

Social Media  instagram.com/miss_stellar_moon
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