In association with Moxie Mama Wear and Pinned on You, 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 2016 finalists, together with some other exciting content on the days where it’s not a contestant interview day.
AND … we have a competition where you can win not one, not two, but THREE fabulous prizes … to find out all about it, see the details at the end of this interview with the wonderful Fran Robertson.
Soooo … without further ado; meet the seventh gorgeous pinup in our Pinup Platoon – Miss Pinup NZ Finalist for 2016:
Fran Robertson …
Tell me something interesting about yourself most people won’t already know.
A: I am an active member of Scouts New Zealand, and have been involved in the organisation for over 20 years now!
I started when I was a kid, and, well, I guess I just never left! I’m currently predominately involved in the Rover Section, which is a group of 18-26 year olds, with a strong focus on community service and self-development.
Throughout my ‘scouting career’ I have been a leader, or assistant leader, with all age groups, as well as being on numerous event organising committees, and holding various voluntary roles within the organisation.
I love having the opportunity to try new things, and meet new people, as well as being able to give back to an organisation that has shaped so much of who I am!
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: I think my favourite outfit – as silly as it might seem – would have to be my wedding dress. I had all of these plans for a supremely elegant, yet slightly alternative dress, and had started making it months in advance, but I just couldn’t find the motivation to finish it.
It wasn’t until just before the big day that I realised I hadn’t been able to finish it because it just didn’t feel like me, you know? So I stayed up until 1am, the night before the wedding, and made something fun, and quirky, and colourful, and I couldn’t have been happier with it!
It just screams “Fran” and every time I wear it, it reminds me of the importance of always being authentically “me’” and to never let myself feel pressured into being anything I’m not!
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: Well, I’m usually a big fan of leaving things to the last minute (I know, I know!) but this has been a really good motivator for me to try and break away from that mindset!
I’ve made a timeline, sketched out all my plans, and started sewing, so I’m well on-track to get everything finished in time!
As far as teasers, well, I guess it’s no surprise that my outfits will be exceptionally colourful, and a little over-the-top. Among other things, I make weird and wonderful costumes for a living, so everything I do is a tad eccentric … I can’t imagine that this competition will be any different!
If you could pick a theme song to walk onto the Miss Pinup stage to, what would it be?
A: “False Eyelashes” by the one and only Dolly Parton!
It’s a bit of a tale of woe actually – all about a girl who moved to the big city to make it in the music business, and doesn’t want to tell her family that she’s ended up just singing in a crappy dive bar.
Despite the somewhat depressing message hitting a touch close-to-home sometimes, its pretty spectacular… and there have definitely been times where it’s resonated with me!
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: Hands down, an Instagram roadie would be my pick!
Visiting my friends and family up and down the country, and being able to thank them all for their love and support over the course of the competition … well, I honestly can’t think of anything better!
What is your most favourite item in your pinup kit, and why?
A: Big ol’ cliché alert right here, but a damn good attitude.
There’s nothing more empowering than feeling confident, and people will always gravitate towards someone who is enjoying themselves, so you’ll never have trouble making friends in our community if you make the effort to be positive and enthusiastic!
And last, but certainly not least …
What are you most hoping to get out of the Miss Pinup NZ 2015 experience?
A: I’ve spent the better part of the last five years building up my business, leaving very little time to build myself up, so I see this competition as an opportunity to work on me!
I have a few self-development goals that I’m focusing on at the moment – learning to be brave, as well as being (and having) more fun – so I’m really hoping that I can try to fulfil those!
Of course, in a more superficial sense, I’m also really thrilled to have an excuse to make a bunch of new outfits!
Thank you so much Fran – it’s been fantastic chatting with you – best of luck with your aspirations for Miss Pinup NZ 2016.
Don’t forget – if you want to vote for Fran Robertson for Miss Publicity, you can do so by clicking here.
To enter, complete the following steps:
1) Like MumptyStyle’s Facebook page here.
2) Like the Moxie Mama Wear page here.
3) Like the Pinned on You Facebook page here.
4) Go to Moxie Mama Wear’s Instagram page (@moxiemamawear) and “heart” the picture of her logo. Use the #lovemoxiemamawear and you’re in to win both prizes!
I will make sure the draw is made and the winners receive their prize PRIOR to The Very Vintage Day Out – because, ya’ know, you might just want to wear it there!
To see Moxie Mama Wear’s beautiful range of pinup and rockabilly-styled clothing, visit the website here. And if you just can’t find what you’re after, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and Esme will see what she can do!
To pick out a little something Deer Arrow or Erstwilder to match, visit Pinned on You’s website here. And same deal … if you can’t find the piece you’re after, e-mail email@example.com and Adele will help you out.
See you all there, looking frocked up and gorgeous darlings …