Our Top 12 for 2019!
Watch the finals of Jack Daniel’s Miss Pinup New Zealand LIVE at The Very Vintage Day out 2019!
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From Auckland, NZ
HI! I’m Kate (or Betty), very eclectic bubbly and funny gal… I like to make people laugh and feel happy when I’m around them and very warm and inviting.
From Auckland, NZ
I’m Dariel Dearlove! a woman of many hobbies, a pinup “Jill of all trades”, and a mum to my seven month old son as well as my many fur babies.
My biggest passion is sewing which I have been doing since I was six years old but I also enjoy all sorts of craftiness as well as horse riding (dressage), whip cracking, and of course- being involved in all things pinup!.
It was through my sewing that I found my love for pinup which started with an adoration for the style that heavily influenced my creations and that expanded into being involved in pageants and the pinup social scene over the past four years.
Although I am currently on maternity leave I have also been working at an aggregate quarry for the past twelve years which I absolutely love!. Although its all hard hats and steel caps while I’m working outside, I start each and every day in full pinup attire as it makes me feel glamourous, empowered, and ready to take on the world!.
From Rotorua, NZ
Living in Queensland, Australia
My name is Foxy Rocket and for the past 6 years I have been living and loving the pinup and rockabilly scene in Australia. I have been lucky enough to partake in some amazing events, and awarded quite a few titles, but the best reward has been the amazing women I have met along the way and friendships I have gained. I love that the pinup community is welcoming to all people from all backgrounds, and allows women to truely embrace their individual beauty and gain the confidence to showcase their love of pinup fashions and style on stage. I now like to help other women by supporting them as a pinup coach. Giving advice on bios, outfits and pinup posing on stage and for photoshoots. Growing up I was always called a poser (like it was a bad thing), turns out being a poser is great for pinup! After having my second child, I decided to take the leap and get back on stage by entering into pinup pageants and I haven’t looked back since. I grew up in Rotorua and performing is such a big part of who I am, and though I have loved Australia, I am so looking forward to coming home where my heart is and bringing my love of pinup with me.
From Napier, NZ
I am probably considered a grandma in the pin up world but that does not worry me at all as I have found it to be the most supportive enviroment I have ever encountered. I am an insurance administrator and have 2 grown sons and until a few years ago was a blonde surfer girl. Then doing a bit of a Madonna, I completely reinvented myself into what you see today. And honestly haven’t looked back. My confidence has grown enormously and I’m so proud of myself- something the blonde surfie girl never was xx. My partner and I also collect vinyl and have a pretty awesome collection and like nothing more during the summer to throw open the doors, sit in the sun and listen. I have also taken up sewing lessons which is really fun.
From Auckland, NZ
WHO IS HIDDEN JEM?
Meet Jemma Peterson – otherwise known as Hidden Jem.
Originally from Napier, Jemma is based on Waiheke Island off Auckland City and is a community minded person with an entrepreneurial spirit.
Her career started with organising complex travel itineraries for Air New Zealands’ elite high-flyers. On the side she was a leader of the Social Club, organising cabaret and burlesque-themed Christmas parties. This lead her naturally into event management with Wild Estate, Wild On Waiheke and Waiheke Island Brewery, organising corporate and private events to include travel, dining, team-building and entertainment experiences over the past five years.
If your trip to Waiheke Island is planned, you’ll also find Jemma on or behind the stage assisting local music events and shows at Artworks Community Theatre as its coordinator. Never one to shy away from any excuse to dress up, Jemma will often be found putting on themed events of all eras using Vintage and Pinup style in particular to express her bold character. Overall, these roles bring her passion, skills, talents and unique style together in providing a platform for local and professional artists, in the form of local concerts, theatre and festivals.
Jemma believes that these special events on Waiheke Island are a ‘treat’ to everyone involved and it is her mission to engage her audiences and guests in providing quality entertainment that will be remembered for many years to come!
Miss Betsy-Lee Rebel
From Rotorua, NZ
I’m a married mum of two who has been embracing the vintage lifestyle since the age of 17 when I started Rock n Roll Dancing. I love the cars and the music of the 50’s and 60’s era and have a 1968 Rambler Rebel which my husband and I love cruising around in.
Over the year’s dancing and my interest in vintage cars has taken me too many retro shows which is where my interest in Pin Up competitions started. I have always had a like for vintage style clothing and over time this interest has grown to encompass a majority of my wardrobe.
I am very lucky to have a fabulous family (particularly my amazing husband) who share the same passions as me, they are at every event and are my biggest support crew.
Miss Corsair Debonair
From Wairarapa, NZ
I’m a mother of two IVF miracles aged 18 months and 3.5 years and am married to Dave, living the country life in the Wairarapa. I’m a Senior Communications Advisor for the NZ Defence Force and absolutely love it. I’m a massive aviation geek, and I could watch aircraft take off and land all day. Hence my stage name – the Corsair is my favourite WWII warbird from the Pacific theatre. I dabbled in pinup before I met my husband ten years ago, but when we moved to the country and the commute became longer, I sort of lost my direction a bit. I was feeling rather invisible after the birth of my second child and then I saw an advertisement for the pinup pageant at Cruise Martinborough in January 2019. It heralded the sudden ignition of a long extinguished fire. I had two weeks to prepare and came runner up out of 30 entrants. I carried on to win Miss Marineland in Napier in May 2019. I find the challenge of curating an outfit absolutely exhilarating. Every detail must be perfect. I always try to bring my own touch and creativity to every outfit, and make my own headwear. My husband thinks I’m mad, but he was proud of me at Miss Marineland. I almost feel like I have something to prove to him as well. That I’m good at this. It’s not easy trying to mesh all these parts of my life, and indeed when I returned home from my recent Elizabeth J photography session dressed to the nines, I mopped pee up off the bathroom floor. Just smile and carry on!
Miss Estelle Belle
From Auckland, NZ
I like to think of myself as a bit like the Big Friendly Giant of pinups (I’m 6ft tall!), I’m quirky, kooky and a little bit ooky, spooky. I love to interacting with like-minded people at pinup/vintage/car events and have a passion for the pinup style and community here in New Zealand. In my spare time you can find me under the bonnet of my (or partners) car, sewing reproduction style clothing, creating vintage inspired accessories or studying for my MBA. I believe in being authentic to yourself and who you are as well as always pushing yourself for development. Whether it is personal, professional, creative or educational development I strive to be the best person I can but learning and developing myself constantly.
Miss Polly Rose
From Hamilton, NZ
My name is Miss Polly Rose and I’m from Hamilton. I moved to Melbourne when I left school and studied for a Diploma in Event Management. After coming home, I was always interested in skin care and make up. I have now completed 3 years of study part time, and have a Certificate in Master Make Up Artistry and Special Effects. Also combined with that, 4 years ago I entered my first Pin Up Competition, Miss Frankton Thunder. From then on I was hooked. I was extremely inspired by the fashion, the hair styles, the colors, what it did for me and how I could be myself. I’ve met so many beautiful people along this journey, and I love to share all my ideas and beauty tips with them. I’m a very compassionate, innovative and confident person, with lots more goals to achieve.
Miss Vida Vadelle
From Tauranga, NZ
Hi I am Miss Vida Vadelle, at the age of five my mother recalls me being very particular with what I would wear. I started sewing at a young age of eight years old and my love of fashion grew from there. I started making Barbie doll dresses for my dolls and also made pillows for my other dolls, I had a small toy red sewing machine to start off with. In my early teenage years I started altering my own clothing to different unique styles. My love of vintage started at a young age, as my mother had antiques around the home, along with my grandmother.
Growing up being around vintage had an impact on me along with being told by others as I was maturing that I reminded them of a 1950s movie star in particular Audrey Hepburn. I also loved listening to Edith Piaf in my teenage years. Since leaving high school I studied fashion design in the Bay of plenty and got married. I love being a housewife for parts of my week the other parts consist of working on my fashion label (which I would love to work more on) and also working in retail. I love being creative and being able to encourage others with creativity. I also love helping people look and feel their best. If I wasn’t in the fashion industry I would love to be involved in dance or theatre/film productions. I also really enjoy writing, painting and drawing. I enjoy editing and piecing written work together and have started to write a book to help inspire others.
From Auckland, NZ
If friends had to describe me, they would probably use the words: Strong, Honest, Passionate, Compassionate and hard-working.
Over 20 years, I have worked in several industries, all relating to the empowerment of women.
My absolute passion is guiding women to become the best versions of themselves and I am an advocate for physical and mental health.
I spend a lot of time doing volunteer charity work as I love to give back and I believe that even if you only have a little, you can give a lot.
I suffer from bad anxiety and have made it a point this year to push myself out of my comfort zone, ‘walk the talk’ and strive for everything I have ever wanted to achieve. Hello Miss Pinup NZ 2019!
From Christchurch, NZ
Hi im a wife and mum of 4. My main passions in life is family time, cooking, op shopping, and dogs. One day i hope to open my home up to be a foster hime for shelter animals. We spend alot of time renovating our home, so you will often see me in slippers and hoodies. My husband and i love 80s hair metal bands and we can be often found rocking out to metallica in the kitchen trying to cook up new recipes for roast pork. Also im the one who carries the gorgeous large vintage handbag filled with snacks