Most of you will know the ultra-glam and ultra-sassy Bettie Rage, the current reigning Miss Pinup New Zealand. Mumpty was really excited to talk to Bettie about what she’s done with her time as Miss Pinup New Zealand and what her future plans are. But before we go anywhere … there’s this:
Woahhhhh! A MASSIVE congratulations to Bettie and her “man-thing” as she so affectionately refers to her partner! We CANNOT WAIT see this beautiful little baby of yours when he/she arrives!
So now to a few quick questions about your Miss Pinup NZ year …
Q: What impact has being Miss Pinup New Zealand 2015 had on your life?
A: Life has carried on, all be it a little busier – trying to balance running the diner, all the while attending events and MPUNZ duties. But I still am a little taken aback when people say “Oh! you’re Bettie” or “You won MPUNZ, right?” and I have to remind myself, that oh yeah! I did win that – hahaha!
From your social media presence over the past year, I gather you have two major passions that you’ve put your efforts into supporting and promoting; those two passions being the vegan lifestyle and #dontbullymybreed – in support of bull terriers.
Q: Why is it so important to you to promote and support these two issues?
A: Let’s be honest – they’re two things that get a bad rap in life for the wrong reasons.
On the one hand, you have bully breeds that have such a stigma that when caught by certain councils (not just in NZ – internationally as well) they have a no-rehoming policy and the beloved pooches are euthanised on the spot.
These dogs have no voice. I want to help be the voice for the voiceless!
And on the other hand you have the vegan lifestyle. Now I know there’s the good old running joke of “how do you know if someone is a vegan? Don’t worry they’ll tell you” and this gets thrown around in jest. When actually, we are just trying to gain awareness and to show there are alternatives. People are just so far removed from what they eat that they don’t think about it. This for me, again comes back to animal welfare. It’s the whole reason I decided to change my lifestyle and I want to spread awareness for it.
Q: What are your plans for the future with regard to these two passions?
A: Keep doing what I am doing and try to do more!
It’s a great feeling when something you have said or done strikes a chord in someone else and makes them re-think their choices. That is what it is after all, a choice.
When you think about it, both passions/causes go hand in hand. How is a mistreated dog any different to any other animal, including cows, chickens and pigs etc?
Q: Rather less important in the scheme of the world, but still important to Mumpty’s readers (!) – have you got your outfit planned for that sashay on to the stage to present the crown to Miss Pinup New Zealand 2016? And if so, any hints about what we can expect?
A: Well, that has proven quite difficult with the lovely little beach ball growing rapidly at my waist – haha!
At this stage all I can say is that I will be wearing a creation by Linda McCarthy Costumier on stage for handing over my title as MPUNZ 2015. xx
Q: Is there anything you can tell our current MPUNZ contestants that you wish you’d known before the “Big Day?”
A: How rushed you will feel on the day! But honestly, just go with it and try to be where you need to be, when you need to be there.
And don’t stress too much about the little things. HAVE FUN and OWN IT!
Thank you so much Bettie Rage – I wish you all the very best for the remainder of your year as Miss Pinup NZ and for the exciting new life you are about to embark on as a mama! Look forward to seeing you at The Very Vintage Day Out.
And I’ve sneakily added this new compilation pic that Bettie has released – because – OMG smokin’ hot mama!!!
Don’t forget … there is a FABULOUS Pinup Platoon competition where you can win awesome prizes …
Mumpty has THREE gorgeous prizes from Moxie Mama Wear and Pinned on You to win … check them out:
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 …