Thursday, July 6, 2017

Becoming a Pinup


I have been making all sorts of big, fun, and even life changing decisions lately - one if which is deciding to embrace my inner pinup, Lady Lipstick. I feel like I need a better pinup name though!

It all started almost ten years ago, when I went to my first Peggy Sue Car Show and Cruise in Santa Rosa, CA. This is an annual car show that bring the vintage car community and pinups together, and something my family looks forward to each summer.

Year after year I would dress up in a pencil skirt, or high wasted shorts, corset, and high high heels. The best part, and if you know anything about me this is so obvious: the hair and makeup! I have gotten good with pin curls, winged liner, and ruby red lips.

Five years ago, someone asked me if I won the pinup contest.  What? There's a pinup contest?! I had no idea! So I replied no, I did not win, but thank you for the compliment.

Then another stranger asked if I won the pin up contest.  Ok, I think, this is too cool! I decide the next person who asks if I won, I would say yes!

I was not asked again, and was a bit heartbroken.

I did not have the confidence years ago to enter a contest like that, so I blew it off. Every year I thought about it,  but couldn't.

This year however,  is a new year. I decided to enter.  Eek!

I had no idea how I would be judged, and what the criteria really was. So again, in true Jen fashion, I researched like none other about the pinup contest world. And it really is a whole world, a whole community and lifestyle.

There are professional pinups out there, like Cherry Dollface, Miss Rockabilly Ruby, and Ginger Watson, all of whom I found on YouTube. Some of these women go from car show to car show, and contest to contest and win them! I had no idea, not surprised though.



Being a pinup is not easy! There is a lot that goes into it. There is a lot of preparation for hair and makeup, deciding on the right outfit, and knowing what kinds of questions will be asked. Yeah, there's a Q and A, and it's important too!

For this contest,  the most important criteria was hair, makeup and wardrobe. Next is personality that had to shines through during the Q and A portion on stage.

Before getting into the contest though, I had to submit a few photos, and a brief bio.  Based on that, I was chosen to participate in the contest - a pre-contest contest, I felt!

I had no photos, and very limited 'pinup wardrobe', so I talked with my friend and borrowed some awesome pieces.  I had my very own, mini photo shoot with my husband as a photographer and did some selfies to create a bio.



It took days to hear back that I was accepted to be in the contest. When I finally got word that I was in, I was too excited!

After all my practice over the years, I felt confident about getting the hair and makeup right.  And I found an awesome dress, along with hair accessories and sunglasses on Amazon.  It was a hard choice in dresses,  so many that I liked.

I was torn between a dress by Dresstells, V Fashion, Grace Karin, and Killreal.

I decided on the Killreal because it is a dress I can wear to work without the need of a sweater,  and I could see using it many times. I also got the petticoat from Grace Karin for that 50's puffy skirt.



As I mentioned before, I looked up YouTube videos for inspiration on different hair styles, and to see what a contest looks like. I like to be prepared people!

I got the to fairgrounds where the car show was being held,  with over 900 cars on display, their owners, and all the spectators.  Within 3 minutes I had people asking to take my picture! Holy! So awesome.

The contest show time was 11am, but again, with all the photos being taken of the 8 participants by professionals and novice alike, we were a bit late.

We were announced, one by one, so we could say hello to the crowd, and tell a little about ourselves. Before moving to the next girl we were asked a question.

I was prepared to answer what does being a pinup mean to me, or what inspires me about the rockabilly lifestyle, or what is my favorite vintage car ('49 Mercury coupe, chop top, slightly lowered, and painted matte metallic black cherry).

To my surprise, I was asked why I chose to wear a dress with polka dots.

What I should have said was that I was torn between the vintage inspired dress I chose, and a Rosie the Riveter outfit to show that I work on cars with my husband.

That in fact, I have done most of the labor on the car we are currently working, from stripping the wiring, to dismantling the pedal assembly, even building up the rear sub frame.

And I even know what in talking about!

Instead I said was that I love polka dots, they're cute and kitschy, and I love to dress up. That I love that a pinup can be attractive and sexy without having to reveal their whole body.

Really Jen, um, I mean really Lady Lipstick? Ugh.

That could have gone so much better. "Polka dots are cute", oh man.

After we were all introduced, and answered our questions, we were asked to exit the stage.

They announced the top three. The pin up I KNEW was going to win (so obvious, she has to have won so many of these contests before! ) was called as 3rd place.

Oh, I think.

The one pinup who chose to wear pants, and was too cute, called in 2nd place. Huh? Oookkaaayyyy.

"And our winner, Miss Peggy Sue 2017 is Laaady Liiipstick!"

Shock. Awe. Racing heart beat. You-know-what eating grin. Wow.



I walked back on stage, had the sash placed on me by last year's Miss Peggy Sue, handed a plaque, and asked to address the crowd again.

I told everyone about how Peggy Sue has inspired me for years, so much so that I had planned an event at the store I was working at 36 miles away for just the next day with a retro rockabilly theme! When I had planned it I didn't know Peggy Sue was the same weekend, I just knew it was time to be a pinup again!



I won $300 in cash, a pinup photo shoot from Ronephoto, a beautiful hair flower, a fascinator, a $50 certificate for Mary Kay with complimentary consultation, and a ride in the coolest cars and trucks for the cruise downtown!



I was also in the newspaper, and before leaving the show, I was able to do an impromptu photo shoot with a '49 Mercury coupe, chop top!



This experience has been amazing, inspirational, motivating, and rewarding.

One of the best rewards is that my husband even posed with me for a picture, and that is huge he HATES pictures!

I can't wait to do the photo shoot, we are thinking of doing it with vintage airplanes! I'll post some photos of that later, after we do.


39 comments:

  1. How exciting!! Congratulations!! The photos you've posted are seriously cool! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    1. Thank you! I had a lot of fun taking the selfies, and now being a pin up and doing photo shoots are awesome!

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  2. So fun and congrats on winning!
    Jen @ www.afiremanswife.com

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  3. You are a doll and have the most fun blog ever! I am now following you! Thank you for joining the Ladies Who Link Up party today! Peace!
    Cheryl
    http://www.northwestmountainliving.com

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    1. Thank you for following! I have a blast getting my litting fingers into as many pies of life as I can!

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  4. that's fabulous. i love that you watched videos online...and i would have no idea you had to speak. i thought it was just who rocked the retro vibe the best. congrats!
    b

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    1. That is what I thought at first. It is amazing what some of the pinups do at the larger shows like Viva Las Vegas- creating a website, and making key chains with instructions to vote for them!

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  5. This is so awesome! I love pin-up style but have never gone all out like you. I love how you set a goal and worked towards it to make it a reality, too. I hope you post your photoshoot later!
    -Kristin
    countdowntofridayblog.com

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    1. I am all about goals, and working to be the best version of me! My next big goal is doing a fitness competition in October!

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  6. Congrats! Sound like you had a lot of fun.

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  7. Oh my gosh, how fun!! Super brave and you looked fabulous! Congrats!

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    1. It was a scary new venture, but so fun, and got to meet so many awesome people!

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  8. How fun - congratulations! Thanks for sharing on The Blogger's Pit Stop!

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  9. Congratulations! This looks like a lot of fun. Thank you for linking up at The Blogger’s Pit Stop. I’m sharing your link on social media.
    Carol (“Mimi”) from Home with Mimi

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  10. Congratulations! Great Post, you look stunning! Thanks for linking up with tinaspinkfriday :) XO Tina

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  11. Loved what you would've said, too - you can save it for your next context (but i also love polka dots for all the right reason!)

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    1. definitely saving if I do another pin up contest!

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  12. Jennifer, I just found this post on the Trend Spin Up Link Up and how excited I am for you! I love vintage, pin up style myself and have featured a few dresses like these on my blog. Although my pin up wardrobe is by no means extensive either, it is a genre that I do adore! You look fabulous in your red polka dot dress (I have a similar one in green) and it is no surprise you won the contest...because your smile is enchanting and genuine and so sincere and you are rocking the dress! Congratulations! I look forward to seeing more of your fabulous style! (Also, check out Rosegal, Zaful, and DressLily for some adorable pin up style dresses).

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. Thank you for the suggestions! I am looking to add to my wardrobe for sre! I have now done one photo shoot, and have 2 more lined up, in of them I will be a paid model- WHAAAAA!

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  13. this is SUCH a fun post--I read it and practically cheered when you won!

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    1. Thank you! I cheered, so much. SO shocked, and pleased, and humbled to win among all the beautiful and amazing pin ups!

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  14. I love this post, and this style of dresses. You looked great. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.

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  15. Such a fun post! You look fantastic and congrats on the win. Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday!

    Jennie
    A Pocketful of Polka Dots

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  16. Oh my, you look wonderful! I love vintage fashions and the idea of a pin up contest is just so much fun. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you so much for sharing this uplifting post with us at Hearth and Soul!

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  17. Jennifer you look fabulous! Congratulations on the win! And it is so refreshing to see someone follow their vision!

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  18. Good for you! You look beautiful. I always wished I knew how to do those awesome hair styles. Pinning. Thanks for sharing at the To Grandmas House We Go Link Party.

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  19. You look fantastic! Congratulations on stepping out of your comfort zone. Extra rewarding that you won.

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  20. What an amazing experience (even before winning)! And I love polka dots because they're cute, too! :) Thanks for sharing at the This Is How We Roll Link Party.

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  21. Congratulations! That sounds like so much fun! Thank you for sharing at Ravenwould.

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  22. I love your Dress and your Hair I never knew there were competitions for it but you totally deserved to win :)

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