Lucy Luxe does Viva Las Vegas! Part 5: In the News!

The big event is fast approaching! Just one week from now I’ll be departing from Aussie soils and heading over to the glorious U S of A for my very first Viva Las Vegas experience! I can’t believe it’s actually happening. It’s all very surreal after having dreamed about attending this event for so long now!

Today is an exciting day as I’m lucky enough to be featured in my local paper celebrating my selection as a finalist in this year’s Pin Up Contest!

I had the photos taken a few weeks ago and decided red, white and blue would be a fitting colour scheme given the destination I am headed off to! Trying to make myself as much like the American flag will totally translate in the image, right!? It worked well that upon arrival at the news studio, Ric had already selected a red background. He must have read my mind I think!

 

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I was called by a journalist for the interview a few days after the shots were taken. Having been interviewed for the paper a handful of times now, I’ve noticed they often call around 4PM which tends to be when I’m finishing up at work for the day and relatively scatter-brained. I like to ensure there is a lot of thought going into my responses so I was hoping I’d made sense to the journalist even at the end of a long working day! Reading the article I can see I got the most important message across: That message being how truly awesome it is to be a part of an event that brings pinups together from all over the world! I still cannot get over how amazing this element is going to be! Definitely the thing I am looking forward to the most. I can’t wait to do lots of meeting and greeting of festival goers and just day a giant hello (or gday) from this little Aussie!

I am now counting down the days until I fly out and cannot wait to meet these beautiful women and many more individuals I have idolised very soon!

Until next time, enjoy the article!

 

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Lucy Luxe does Viva Las Vegas! Part 3: Final 6 Announcement & Pinup Posse goes International

Today is my birthday! Which is an exciting day, for a cake lover like myself! But it’s also got me thinking.

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During the years since I’ve become involved in pinup, I have met some truly gorgeous and inspirational women. I’ve been thinking about it these past few days after a gathering with a small handful of these ladies ahead of my birthday to devour cake and bask in their beautiful company.

As I’ve ventured down the fun path that is adulthood, I’ve found myself slowly drop out of touch with quite a number of friends I was once very close with. To be honest, I’ve found this process really quite difficult. Though it’s certainly natural for this to occur (something I’ve realised when talking to other people about how it’s bothered me), that doesn’t mean that it’s an easy thing to process or deal with. I’d love to hear your thoughts an experiences in this adulthood vs old friendship arena!

With a birthday on the cards, I’ve been reminded  how many amazing NEW people have entered my life over the past few years! Most of whom, I have pinup (and also burlesque in more recent years) to thank for. These last few days have seen me showered in all of the love and cake a girl could dream off and I’m feeling like one incredibly lucky lady!

Late last week the lucky 6 ladies who topped the public voting for VLV20 were announced and It’s amazing to see women of so many diverse backgrounds in the top 12! There are women representing New Zealand, Russia, Belgium, Italy, the USA, the UK and the Netherlands! Oh, and little ol’ me representing Australia. It’s just amazing!

Upon entering this contest over the past three years, the thing that appealed to me and excited me the most was the prospect of being united with women who all share a common passion and interest. Women from all around the world coming together for a shared love to experience something special together! The prospect of growing my pinup pal posse internationally makes me feel even more grateful and excited! Now THAT is a prize!

A huge congratulations to all of this year’s entrants! Everyone always puts up a massive campaign and it really is anyone’s game. It takes time and effort too which should not be discounted! I’ve thrown the idea out there that we should hold a contest where every entrant can take part and we could try and set a new record!

Well done to the top 6 ladies: Dariel Dearlove, Ginger Heartbreaker, Helouise Bow Flapper, Lady Lipstick, Miss Monique Sweet and The Dutch Pinup! These ladies make up the Top 12. I still can’t believe my mug is pictured alongside all these stunners!

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I can’t wait to meet the entire top 12 and also any of the other entrants who are still attending VLV! This time, 9 weeks from now I’ll be prepping for my flight over and I know that’s going to go so quick!

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Miss Wings and Wheels

I was excited to be a part of the second annual Miss Wings and Wheels Pinup Contest held at the Caboolture Warplane and Flight Heritage Museum on September 6 2015.

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One of the things that excited me the most about the contest, was the freedom to get creative with the”My Inspiration” category. The idea of this category was to allow all of the entrants to show off one of their vintage/pinup inspirations or idols…and I knew exactly who I wanted to be for the day!

Miss Wings and Wheels entrants were chosen on a first in basis and there ended up being quite a large number of lovely ladies involved. The more the merrier I say!
It was great to have the opportunity to catch up with some old friends and make some new ones. Despite being fairly buggered from the busy months preceding the event, I wound up really enjoying the day and not really wanting to go home!

We met at the hanger early on Sunday morning and prepared for our daywear round. There were a few nervous first timer pinups among us and I must say, I just love seeing the juxtaposition of thoughts and emotions before and after going on stage! Such a contrast and one of many reasons I just love being a part of events like this. It’s such a thrill to be surrounded by women who are challenging, empowering and surprising themselves.

For my daywear, I wore a cute vintage number I have picked up at Greazefest in August. I carried the pale pink and blue theme through to my props and accessories and had a cute little pastel pinup picnic thing going on. It was lots of fun!

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A quick outfit change and we were ready to hit the stage again. This time, for the inspiration round. I had drawn inspiration from one of my favourite 50s ladies: Ann Miller!

My blurb about Ann read:
“Ann Miller was known for her performances in Hollywood musicals of the 40s and 50s.  A true triple threat, she could dance, sing and act, and she did so with the utmost beauty and style.
Whether dressed in a sparkly showgirl outfit, or an elegant gown, she was a picture of Hollywood perfection and it is this that inspires Lucy on her own pinup path.”

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I made my outfit based on a costume Ann herself wore in the musical Easter Parade (1948).
I threw in a few impromptu taps in my tap shoes to surprise the audience and truly had a ball pretending to be a glam film star.

Before we knew it we were back out to hear the judges picks and I was both surprised and thrilled to hear my name called for 1st runner up.
I had the pleasure of standing alongside 2nd runner up Ivy Dynamite and winner Terina Smith.
The beautiful Miss Velvet Crush took out best Daywear and Miss Foxy Rocket took the title of best Inspiration (in THE MOST amazing gown ever!).

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All in all, it was a really enjoyable day out with a bunch of lovely ladies!

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Miss Pinup Australia Post 1: Preparations and B.T.S

Well, as promised, here is my first blog about Miss Pinup Australia 2015. (Let’s see if I can keep my word and continue on after this one!)

I’m hoping to use the blog to discuss the behind the scenes preparations and goings on as an MPA contestant and to also discuss the official events in detail (as there will no doubt be lots of exciting things to report on!).

I am often asked questions by lots of lovely ladies who are curious about pinup pageants/contests, and I am always happy to spruik the many amazing benefits of being involved in such initiatives! But let it be known, Miss Pinup Australia IS NOT a pinup competition as such: It is more about the inner journey (more about that later!)

Now, we are currently just days out from our official MPA workshop and meet and greet…but there have been lots of preparations going on in the lead up to this by both the competition organisers and contestants.

The Miss Pinup Australia journey is one that begins well ahead of the official events themselves. The contestants prepared their entries at the bottom end of the year before the competition and start thinking about how they will approach the competition.

With MPA, you are to have a theme that you will carry through the various rounds: Daywear, swimwear, lingerie and talent. There is also eveningwear for the lovely ladies who make it through to the grand final.

In the lead up to this weekend, I have been a busy bee working through various phases of preparation.

The choosing of a theme was a difficult task for me, as I initially struggled to find something that I thought I could successfully carry through to ALL of the rounds. I also wanted something that was relevant for me as an individual and for my pinup persona too!

Fear not! I found something I was fond of eventually (which I’ll keep under wraps for now).
This was helped by watching previous DVD’s (care of the lovely past competitor Miss Scarlett Tinkerbelle) to help give me an idea of what ladies have done in the past.

I had been brainstorming in an Evernote list and the note section on my phone for quite some time before finally reaching something I felt was strong and could (hopefully) be successfully communicated to the audience easily.

With a theme under my belt, I began hunting for bits and pieces: Clothing, accessories and props. What could I make, where could I source things? The world is my vintage oyster!
Given I am entered into the Miss Perfect category, everything must be true vintage…so this means lots of hunting! Luckily my Mum (whom I often refer to as “The Ebay Queen”) has taught me well. I’m always on the lookout for a bargain and have my bidding finger at the ready! I’m pleased with the bits and pieces I have collected thus far and hope they tie in nicely with my theme and story line. Ultimately, I want the audience to get it!

Ahead of the Workshop and Meet and Greet weekend I think I have just about everything I need…bar a few bits and pieces here and there!

I am beyond excited to meet all the other Queensland contestants.
One of the things I enjoy most about being involved in such competitions is the wonderful people you meet along the way. I don’t doubt Miss Pinup Australia will be any different and I will soon have the addition of some more lovely ladies to my pinup possie!

My next blog will discuss how the workshops and Meet and Greet go this weekend so stay tuned!

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