The Pinup Platoon: Fancifora Foxglove

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In association with Erstwilder, Mumpty is running a feature entitled The Pinup Platoon during the month of March. The Pinup Platoon features interviews with all ten Miss Pinup NZ 2015 finalists, together with some other exciting content on the off-days. AND … we have a fabulous competition where you can win one of two highly-sought-after and now sold out, Erstwilder Flamboyant Flamingo Fair necklaces – to find out all about it, see the details at the end of this interview with the fabulous Fancifora Foxglove.

Soooo … without further ado; meet the next gorgeous pinup in our Pinup Platoon – Miss Pinup NZ Finalist for 2015:

Fancifora Foxglove …

MumptyStyle Fancifora Foxglove 2Question one:
Tell me something interesting about yourself most people won’t already know.
A:  I am fairly certain I am New Zealand’s only bionic burlesque performer and real life porcelain doll!  Something that may come as a surprise because of my “youthfulness” is that last year I underwent full hip replacement surgery – a procedure generally only performed on elderly people. So I now have a ceramic hip with titanium pins! I developed early onset arthritis after being born with hip dysplasia so my joint wore out a lot faster than most.  However, since the operation I feel as good as new and am now able to high kick my way through my burlesque routines again.  My doctor says I am never allowed to run again though …which is actually a relief, because I despise running.

Question two:
Think about your favourite outfit; your favourite pair of shoes; your favourite suspender belt … whatever!  If that particular item in your pinup kit could talk, what story do you think it would be most likely to tell?
A:  My custom-made corset from Purdy Corsetry would probably whinge about how hard I make her work!  She is made of sturdy raw silk with strong lacing, but by golly she fights hard to keep my silhouette a dramatic hourglass shape. I pull her, tug her, make her spiral steel boning bend and warm to the shape of my torso.  She disappears under wiggle dresses or stands alone as the feature of a burlesque outfit in her own right.  She prompts ‘ooh’s’ and ‘aah’s’ and gasps of shock as people stare at my waspish waist, only seen before on cartoon characters.  She would speak of how she is special and unique, tailor-made to one person only, like a fingerprint.  She would boast at how those off the rack knock-off’s have nothing on her. They don’t understand my body; they crush the ribs and can’t deliver the level of extreme curve I desire.  She will feel superior and more than just a fashion item because she is a sculptured work of art with purpose, beauty and function.

Question three:
How is your preparation for the Miss Pinup NZ competition coming along?  Would you like to offer our readers any “teasers” with regard to your particular talent or your outfits for Miss Pinup NZ?
A:  I think it’s no surprise I will be doing a burlesque routine for the talent section.  All I can reveal is my performance will be one of my classic “good-girl-goes-bad” archetypes, to my all-time favourite Elvis track.  

Another titbit is that my outfits will all be original vintage numbers.

Question four:
If you could pick a theme song to walk onto the Miss Pinup stage to, what would it be?
A:  “The Girl Can’t Help It” – sung by Little Richard from the movie of the same name – starring the stunning Jayne Mansfield whose character is an overt parody of Marilyn Monroe.  The film features her walking down the street to that song, hips swinging seductively as she attracts stares of amazement from passers-by.  I could not help but feel just as fabulous as Jayne as I strut my way down the catwalk.

Question five:
If  you were to win Miss Pinup NZ 2015, how would you most likely celebrate your win from the options below:

a) I’d guzzle champagne through a gold-plated straw and get lightheaded and dizzy with all my friends.
b) Crank up the music and dance like crazy.
c) Enlist a flashmob and dance through the streets wearing your Miss Pinup NZ crown.
d) Take your crown on a road trip, Instagramming your antics all the way!
e) Go to a karaoke bar and sing your own praises.
f) Other (please specify!)
A:  Definitely option “A” – you had me at “champagne!”

Question six:
What is your most favourite item in your pinup kit, and why?
A:  It is so tough to choose just one but I’m going to be a bit predictable here and go with a bright but matte lipstick (usually red.)  I could be wearing nothing but jim jams and as long as I am wearing a bold lipstick I feel as glam as can be.

And last, but certainly not least …

Question seven:
What are you most hoping to get out of the Miss Pinup NZ 2015 experience?
A:  Firstly, just the opportunity to get my glad rags on and revel in all things vintage with other like-minded people for an entire weekend!  The VVDO is always a highlight of my year, I have attended all but one since it began and the Miss Pinup Competition is the final frontier (other than actually travelling via time machine to experience my favourite eras first-hand!)

I am also really excited about the performance aspects of the competition, both dancing onstage and shooting with photographers after having several months away from the glam life recovering from my operation.  I am hoping to make a real “splash” of a comeback with participating in this competition to tell the world I’m back, I’m bionic and I’m better than ever!

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Thank you so much Fancifora Foxglove – it’s been fantastic chatting with you – best of luck with your aspirations for Miss Pinup NZ 2015.

Don’t forget, if you want to vote for Fancifora Foxglove for Miss Publicity – you can do so by clicking here.

Erstwilder have very generously given Mumpty not one, but TWO, highly-sought-after and sold out Flamboyant Flamingo Fair necklaces. So get in quick – this will be your last chance to secure one of these gorgeous creations!

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To enter, complete the following steps:

1) Like MumptyStyle’s Facebook page here.
2) Like the Erstwilder Facebook page here.
3) Sign up to Erstwilder’s newsletter here to be the first to learn about competitions and new designs.

To see Erstwilder’s existing designs, visit their website here. There’s a list of stockists too, just in case you don’t win one of the Flamboyant Flamingo Fair necklaces – you need an Erstwilder in your life one way or another, right?!  Alternatively, if you can’t find the piece you’re after, you can email and they’ll see what they can do to help.

To read Mumpty’s interviews with the other Miss Pinup NZ 2015 finalists, click here.

And don’t forget to visit The Very Vintage Day Out 2015 website here and Facebook page here to find out about all the vintage and retro festivities over two fabulous days.

Cin cin darlings …

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