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Miss Pinup New Zealand 2017 | Who, Why, What and Where?

Miss Pinup New Zealand 2017 | Who, Why, What and Where?

During the Miss Pin Up New Zealand application process I put a lot of thought into what ‘Pin Up’ and pinup culture really means to me.
What do I love about pinup?
What do I want people to know about pinup?

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For me pinup culture is about more than fashion, more than photos and more than a homage to vintage beauty. For me, pinup is an opportunity to learn from the inspirational women of the past and the impact they had on our social, political and creative landscapes. By doing so we can become stronger, more confident women and better role models for those who follow in our footsteps.

Pinup is also a way for me to express myself through style, using clothes, hair and makeup to create the woman I want to be on any particular day. In a society that places increasing pressure on women to look a certain way, taking ownership of your body and personal style is incredibly freeing!

I entered Miss Pinup to share those views with as many people as possible, inspiring women of all ages to educate, encourage and empower each other.
I hope you’ll join me – whether you’re cheering from the audience or encouraging your mates to vote online in the People’s Choice category , your support will make all the difference!

Miss Pinup New Zealand in association with Sailor Jerry spiced rum is held on Saturday October 28th at the Very Vintage Day Out.

 

Let’s Take a Look at the Ten Finalists!

The top ten finalists for Miss Pinup New Zealand have been announced!
They’re an impressive posse of pinups and I’m absolutely thrilled to say I’m one of them ( and that I can breathe again after holding my breath til the call came in! ).


 Taking the stage at Miss Pinup New Zealand 2017  are….
*drumroll please*…..

From left to right, top row then bottom row:
Miss Lulu Jade
Miss Kitty Kaos
Mrs Greatnews
Velvet DeCollete
Miss Jessica Mae
Miss Honeybee
Xamia Arc
Ginger
Miss Flossy Pots
Vola Tile

This is my first pageant and I’m not going to lie, the competition looks intense. There isn’t a single pinup in that lineup who doesn’t deserve to win, so it’s going to take a lot of work to stand out!

If you’d like to support my Miss Pinup New Zealand journey you can…

Vote for me in the People’s Choice category
Share my Facebook or Instagram posts and encourage your friends and family to vote using the hashtags #VoteVelvet and #MPUNZ2017 !

 

Finalist montage | Various Photographers via Miss Pinup New Zealand
Vote Velvet Photo | Tony McKay, Hair and Makeup by the Beauty School Dropouts

 

With Style and Sass,

               Velvet DeCollete

 

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To Cuba with Love | A Retro Baseball Pin Up

To Cuba with Love | A Retro Baseball Pin Up

 

It’s been a few weeks since my Cuban adventure and I’m still completely smitten. I can’t wait to plan a return trip to where the love, warmth and pride of the people radiate the same golden glow as their glorious sunshine.

While Cuba has its problems and surprises in store for tourists, for me it was the adventure I needed. I fell in love with the music and dancing (my poor tour guide had hardly any sleep once I’d experienced a Cuban nightclub), the food, the endless supply of cheap cocktails ( someone hand me another mohito!) and of course the friends I made along the way. The holiday was temporary, but they’re for life.

So this one’s for you Cuba, with love x

Vintage Baseball Pinup | Velvet DeCollete
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Model, MUA, Hair | Velvet DeCollete
Photos | Duke Debonair

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PS: This is what happens when you’re shooting, but your dog wants a cuddle. We all know she’s the real boss around here haha!
This is also the only proof I was originally wearing sneakers for this shoot – before I remembered I’m short and I need heels.

 

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