I’ve been a little quiet on social media and haven’t done a bog post since Christmas time. But a lot has been happening in between my full time job, moving house and of course practising social distancing as well.
Something that happened early February was I entered my first ever pin-up competition.
I originally thought the competition would be more like a fashion parade where you wear a pin-up inspired or vintage unfit, parade on the stage and get judged that way. But I soon realised there was much more to a pin-up competition.
Preparation for the competition
I entered the Rockabilly section of the Rock Ballarat pinup competition.
There was a lot of prep leading up to the competition, including some hair & makeup workshops, and figuring out what to do for my routine.
The routine was to be under 3 minutes and I had to have at least 3 different poses help for at least 5 seconds. And of course I needed to choose my outfit.
It was very nerve racking leading up to the day. Originally I had planned to do a routine to a beach boys style cover of “Barbie Girl”. Obviously this makes sense when my pin-up name is Vintage Barbie! But I saw some videos of previous years and realised some one else had already done it.
So I came up with something a little different and did a routine to the long “Dream Lover”.
My routine was basically waking up, a quick “getting ready” by choosing my shoes to match my dress, and then going off “in search” of my dream lover. I thought it would be best to kind of have a story to my song.
Rock Ballarat Friday Night Tiki Party
The kick off to Rock Ballarat was the Tiki Party on Friday night. All pinup contestants had free VIP entry (love those perks!)
Opportunity to meet fellow contestants, meet past winners, and just mingle with people who love vintage, pinup and the old style rock and roll.
Here are some photos from the weekend, including the Friday Night Tiki Party.
Dress: eBay | Shoes: Target | Bag: Forever New | Belt: Review | Bangles: Lovisa | Earrings: Resin Doll | Headpiece: handmade
Rock Ballarat Saturday Pin-Up Competition
On the morning of the competition, all the pinup contestants gathered backstage to get ready by doing hair and makeup. We also practiced our routines and our posing.
We also given a nice fruit tray and cute cupcakes to keep our energy levels up
As it was my first ever competition, I learnt lots of important tips and tricks from others backstage. For example, one person explained some judges mark you down if they can see your petticoat. This is because it is considered under garments and undergarments were not to peak through the bottom of your skirt back in the day.
Here are some of the professional shots from the day:
And here I am with the obviously shocked but very deserving overall winner of Rock Ballarat, Miss Lulu Lipstick
What I would do differently next time
I think I should have used less props, and focussed more on displaying my outfit and posing. I could have just made up a cute choreographed dance instead and I think that may have worked better.
I definitely should have ironed or steamed by dress on the day of the competition. And stored it in a hanger bag too. I think I was too nervous to think about these things but those little details are things the judges notice.
Unfortunately my hair did not work on the day. Some curls didn’t work at all, and the rollers made the ends look funny. I also would have practiced my hair more to perfect it – and definitely should have put my rollers in the night before!
My routine wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do, but I am still glad I gave it a go. I really put myself out of my comfort zone by doing this competition, and I made some lovely new friends in the process.
Dress: Unique Vintage | Shoes: Target | Scarf: eBay | Earrings: Resin Doll | Necklace: Vintage | Bangles: Lovisa
Have you been to or entered the Rock Ballarat pinup competition? Let me know in the comments section!
Bye for now,
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