Perth's very own pinup queen, burlesque artist, producer, & blogger.
Good morning beautiful pinups!
I’ve created this blog today for the ladies competing in the Miss Sou’West pinup competition, taking place on the 9th of November in Busselton, if you’d like to attend this vintage extravaganza visit the official event page. This is the part two, to a blog I posted a couple months back, if you missed this, click here!
Preparing your routine:
You have one minute on stage to wow the judges, where your required to have a minimum of 5 poses (each held for 4 seconds) with a theme of ‘surfer gal’, in this time you’ll need to shine on stage through confidence and vintage glamour. When creating your routine its good to research as much as possible to find a storyline/theme that matches the contests theme. Looking up artwork by Gil Elvgren and watching old movies like Pin Up Girl with Betty Grable are great inspiration.
Once you have this, for creating your routine its good to think of choreographing events, rather than a dance routine, as this is a pinup contest, not a dance contest. You want to have a bold entrance and exist on stage as this will really stand out to the audience members and judges. Having a storyline will make creating this routine much easier and make your performance much more memorable,for instance I once competed having a beach BBQ as my theme, I walked on stage with a vintage BBQ, pretending to light and cook on this, then bathed in the sun, after having this to follow the poses created themselves. Don’t forget glamour above all things, pinups are not practical; if you look at Gil Elvgrens art, there will be a pinup painting a picture in her finest day dress, and silk stockings. To have the best possible mark its important to take into account important aspects that you’ll be judged upon to have the best possible performance (these are listed below).
When you’ve finished your routine, have a spectator (friend or family member) watch what you’ve created so you can have a second set of eyes to give you feedback on what you can improve on. Its important to take this onboard as no matter how good you are, there’s always room for improvement, the person reviewing us is not trying to hinder use, but rather help us grow.
Upon reaching this stage you need to rehearse your routine as frequently as possible, as this will let you body’s muscle memory kick in, so rather than trying to remember what to do, you’re able to perform more. You’ll also want to practice in full hair, makeup, costume and props to ensure everything runs smoothly, more often than not there can be a costume malfunction that’s easily averted by rehearsing this.
What you’ll be judged on:
Practice your hair and makeup, it’s an important aspect to have, and without this even the most amazing pose won’t have the same affect. Its important to not neglect any aspect of hair and makeup, as ignoring something as simple as emphasising your eyebrows will completely change the look, and have much less impact. Pinups are very expressive, and the makeup aids this, especially on stage. In saying this also you cannot pass day makeup on stage, you need bold stage makeup that will be able to seen by all the audience members.
Be sure to be in a healthy routine, eating good foods, getting the right amount of sleep, and exercising regularly will all aid with helping you feel the best you possible can, and give you extra confidence.
Above all of this, don’t take the contest too seriously, have fun; you’re doing this for you. The confidence that comes from being able to perform on stage is astronomical and truly does make it all worth it.
If you have any question feels free to send them through!