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The Grand Dame of New Zealand burlesque

The Grand Dame of New Zealand burlesque …

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Miss Chevious Cinders on stage at the Promenade event – 2014 NZ Burlesque Festival

Imagine if you will, someone who, on one of her Facebook pages describes herself as a “retired locomotive engineer” and on the other, as an “entertainer” – more accurately, a burlesque entertainer.

From who she was, to who she is; this is the story of Miss Chevious Cinders and how she became the Grand Dame of New Zealand burlesque.

When she’s not “in character” as Miss Chevious Cinders, she is simply known as Cindy. Born in Takapuna, Auckland in 1936 (yes, she’s 78!) and bought up by her grandparents, Cindy says she always knew she was “different.”  And different she is … in the very best of ways!

Cindy now lives her life as a transsexual woman and is actively involved in the NZ burlesque scene. She says she has never been happier, but it wasn’t always that way …

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Cindy at the Pride Parade 2014

As early as the mid-60’s, Cindy says she was cross-dressing, but only in the privacy of her home – she took photos, but developed them herself, scared to take them anywhere in case she was found out. She started working for the railways in March 1954, where she fired steam locomotives and drove steam, diesel and electrical trains until her retirement in November 1990. Cindy lived in the NZ Rail Hostel for thirteen years, and in 1965 went to her first “vice versa” party where she said she “had a lot of fun.” In 1975 she met her future wife whom she married three years later and fathered two girls – Cindy thought her cross-dressing days were over. Unfortunately for Cindy’s marriage however, they weren’t – she returned to her cross-dressing ways; got found out and got kicked out in January 1994!

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Onstage at the NZ Burlesque Festival 2014 in Palmerston North

During that period, Cindy started to cross-dress more often and when she discovered the internet and typed in “cross-dressing” on her computer, a whole new world opened up for her. She joined transgender groups, re-named herself Cindy and met her long-time friend, Dot. Cindy and Dot started going out together dressed as women, mostly after dark, and mostly to the late night pictures. Cindy felt she’d worked out what had been “bugging” her all those years and in 2002 started hormone treatment as the first step in her journey to becoming a woman. A year later she officially changed her name to Karen Cindy Jane and after selling her home in 2004, found herself with some available funds and decided to pursue sexual reassignment surgery in Thailand. She and Dot flew over on the 20th of March 2005; Cindy had the surgery and they had a holiday together in Thailand. The rest, as they say, is history.

Now, nearly ten years later, Cindy has firmly established herself as one of the most colourful and loveable characters on the NZ burlesque scene and is actively involved in the pride movement too. She says all transgender people really want is acceptance; not to be treated differently or to be changed, but just to be accepted and loved for who they are.

Cindy credits her happiness in the last few years since she had her sexual reassignment surgery to the level of acceptance she’s found from the people in the community she’s created for herself. As a woman who has accepted and embraced her true self, Cindy is finally living the life she deserves. She’s one of the lucky ones too – her family have accepted her as she is and she enjoys the company of her two daughters and eight grandchildren, who call her Gran.

At 78 years old, Cindy is showing no sign of slowing down! She’s a regular performer on the burlesque scene, and not just in Glamilton either – Cindy travels all over the country, and often overseas as well, to perform and to be an extremely supportive and enthusiastic audience member. There probably hasn’t been a major burlesque show in the country that Cindy’s missed for a long time and there’s a photo of her and nearly every international burlesque performer who’s ever visited NZ on her “wall of fame.”

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Cindy with internationally-renowned burlesque performer, Perle Noire

She attends workshops too and this year was invited to perform at the NZ Burlesque Festival in the Promenade event – a performance for which she was proud to receive a standing ovation from her adoring audience. Her Pink Panther routine has reached almost iconic status here in New Zealand, and has been performed for many lucky audiences – I’ve personally seen it several times, and each time, it makes me happy and so proud to be a friend of Cindy’s.

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Miss Chevious Cinders in her infamous Pink Panther costume

Cindy’s Facebook status updates show a woman on a mission! She’s hopping a bus to a show in Palmerston one minute; then she’s back for a few days, then catching a plane to Australia to attend a festival somewhere. Then she’s off up to Auckland to watch a show and attend a workshop, then back home. She shows up regularly at burlesque class and often has a new set of fans, or another addition to her costume wardrobe to show us!

She appeared in the “Bring Back Burlesque Christmas Show” at the Riverlea Theatre in 2013 and has overseas trips and plans booked all the way out to April next year!

At the NZ Burlesque Festival this month, Cindy earned the title of “Industry Groupie” which was an honour very fitting indeed!  Aside from her groupie activities, she spends time with her friends and family and the boys down at the Workingman’s Club!  Phewww … I can only dream of having that much energy now, much less at 78!

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Mumpty with Saacha Midnight and Miss Chevious Cinders

So all in all, Cindy would say it’s been a good life so far and there’s still lots more fun to be had; lots more shows and workshops to attend and lots more international burlesque stars to be photographed with!

Acceptance and love … they really do make the world go round … and characters like Cindy, aka Miss Chevious Cinders, add that extra layer of sparkle and character.

Extra for experts:
If you’d like to watch the short film Cindy has made about her transition from male to female, you can click here.

Click here to watch Cindy’s peformance at the 2014 NZ Burlesque Festival in Palmerston North.

You can visit Cindy’s Facebook pages here:
facebook.com/CindyLewis
facebook.com/MissCheviousCinders

Love (and acceptance!) …

Mumpty

 

 

Updated taking stock tag

Updated “taking stock” tag …

Hotel selfie from when I was in Christchurch recently for the Pride in Print Awards.

Hello bloggy-verse!  So I haven’t done a “taking stock tag” for a while now – in fact the last one was here – and I do so enjoy them, so here goes – please enjoying reading along to see what’s happening in Mumpty’s little world!

Making: 9 page weekly newsletters for my daughter’s netball team.  She has a super-coach who is taking our team ahead in leaps and bounds and the newsletter is my little contribution.
Cooking: peanut butter banana chocolate brownies (shhhhh … it was one of those endless video recipes off Facebook that I save and then never make – but today I did, and oh.so.good!)
Drinking: if only!  Actually, I am rather enjoying long blacks with full cream – they are ketogenic too!
Reading: “The Shadow Year” by Hannah Richell.  I have just finished it and it is one of the BEST books I’ve read – ever. Read it – you’ll love it! So twisty-turny and full of promise!
Wanting:  someone I love to get better quickly.  And I’m always wanting more frocks and more Louis of course – that’s the shallow, frivolous part of me.  The serious part of me wants the world to be a safer, happier place for my daughter and her generation to grow up in.
Looking: for opportunities.
Playing: on Facebook and Instagram before I go to sleep. Pretty sure it’s bad for my circadian rhythms, but oh-so-good for my social little soul!
Wishing: the person alluded to above a speedy recovery.
Enjoying: my weekly coffee/catchup with some beautiful people I love.  I’m also enjoying the way our front door looks – we painted the white door navy and doesn’t it look great!


Waiting: why wait?  Just go out and do it!
Liking: the way my fat little tummy is shrinking as a result of my ketogenic diet (well, mostly anyway!) … and also the way this eating plan makes me feel in general.
Wondering: how we best ensure our daughter has an amazing life.
Loving: soooo many things.  Mainly my family, my friends and my home.
Pondering: processes.  I find it fascinating how once you embark on a process, it takes over, everyone does their little bit and amazing things get achieved.
Considering: whether or not I should take up pistol shooting, thus revoking my status as a Pistol Club widow?!
Watching: Facebook Lives with Deborah Murtagh of The Ketogenic Switch; so much passion.
Hoping: it’s a secret – I’ll tell ya later!
Marvelling: at just how cool having a daughter really is!

Needing: a money tree!
Wearing: frocks, frocks and more frocks!
Following: my dreams.
Noticing: that as much as I love pretty and expensive things, they’re becoming less and less important as I get older.  Instead experiences are important; time with family, coffee with friends – that sort of stuff.  Although don’t get me wrong … I still want a massive collection of Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin – I’m not fully evolved yet!
Knowing: that self-confidence is not the same as confidence, and although I am self-confident, sometimes that doesn’t translate into confidence, meaning I don’t always “sell myself” when I should.  Oh so convoluted!
Thinking: that I should be doing more of what I love.
Admiring: the many and varied talents of my family and friends.
Sorting:  ways to turn my dreams into plans.

Buying: a new school uniform for our baby because she got into the school we wanted her to get into … whoop, whoop!
Getting: good vibes about new directions.
Bookmarking: ketogenic recipes.
Disliking: running a wee bit behind on some life goals.
Opening: my heart and mind.
Giggling: at three-way text messages with my daughter and my partner.
Feeling: anxious about one situation and excited about another.
Snacking: on two squares of 90% cocoa dark chocolate.  So lush.
Coveting: this BEAUTIFUL handbag.  The Louis Vuitton Speedy in Monogram Empreinte.

Helping: by doing my small part to help good netballers become great netballers!
Hearing: when I should be listening!

What have you been up to?  Feel free to do your own version – tag me in if you do – I’d love to have a read!

Love and (probably) over-sharing …

Mumpty

 

 

 

 

Congratulations Miss Viva Las Vegas 20

She freakin’ did it!  
Congratulations to the new, pinup perfect,
Miss Viva Las Vegas 20 …

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… Miss Monique Sweet!

Congratulations to Monique – I am so, so, so proud of her!  What an incredible couple of weeks she’s had – first her long-awaited wedding to Sam (she is now Mrs Kimber-Bell) and now, winning the highly-coveted international title of Miss Viva Las Vegas 20.  And let’s  just talk about that frock for a second – so spectacular – it was her wedding gown.  TDF. Made by Judy at Curvy Couture by Judy Dee.
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Here is her spider-inspired “Meet n Greet” outfit by Devel Branded.
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And her Car Show outfit …

Anyway .. well done Monique – you ROCK!  And congratulations to Sam too – what a fantastic way to celebrate your honeymoon.  (Which seems to be a bit of a tradition with Kiwi pinups – remember when Miss Victory Violet won Miss Viva Las Vegas 18 back in 2015?

Looking forward to borrowing the crown …

Mumpty

 

 

 

Best of luck to this beauty

Best of luck to this beauty …

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First of all, a massive congratulations to Miss Monique Sweet, who married her sweetheart, Sam, very recently and is off on her honeymoon in Vegas to compete for the title of Miss Viva Las Vegas 20.

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I wish you all the very best Monique – you will knock their sox off!

Reppin’ the Kiwis in Vegas …

Mumpty

The quirky Kiwi pinup …

The quirky Kiwi pinup …
(let’s vote for her for Vegas)

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Check out this gorgeous babe.  Her name is Miss Monique Sweet, and she is a very good friend of mine.  She is also one of the funniest, sweetest, and yes – quirkiest – women I know!

With an amazing sense of personal style – that mixes vintage, modern and glamour on the daily – she is, as my daughter would say, “goals.”

You may remember her from such posts as Moonshine Dreamin‘ (wherein we detail her preparation and lead-up to the Miss Moonshine Pinup Competition – which, of course, she won!) and A girl, an earthquake and how she survived it (my most-read post ever, in which we look at how she survived her terrifying ordeal during the Christchurch earthquake).

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Anyway … Miss Monique Sweet is getting married in April, and if all goes to plan, she will also be competing for the title of Miss Viva Las Vegas 20 at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend.  She will be there with her new husband … now wouldn’t winning one of the most coveted pinup titles ever,  be a FABULOUS way to start a pinup/rockabilly marriage?!  Miss Monique Sweet has won her way through to the voting rounds, so in order to help her get through to the onstage section, we need to vote and we need to vote lots!  Believe me, if we can get her to the stage, that girl will knock their little socks off!

To cast your vote for Miss Monique Sweet, click here.   Once you get there, scroll till you find this pic:

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and then hit the vote button!  There’s no signups or anything like that – they’ll just send a confirmation e-mail to your e-mail address (they won’t add you to any lists or anything – it’s just for verification) … click that and you’re done!  Every vote counts, so share her around (in the nicest possible way!)

The lovely Danielle from Devel Men & Women has just done a fabulous post on why Miss Monique Sweet will be getting her vote for Miss Viva Las Vegas 20, and they’re all bloody good reasons, so read about them here!  And because Danielle has said so much of what there is to say, I am going to say it with photos and captions!

So here goes …

Number one: she is not afraid to make a dick of herself!

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Number two: she is not too princessy to get on a bike and cycle frantically round the Avantidrome in her active wear.

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Number three: she is bloody funny.

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Numbers four and five – she is bloody pinup-perfect.

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Wearing Honey L’Amour – image by Tony McKay

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So that is why, my friends, we must vote to get our quirky little Kiwi pinup onto the big ol’ stage in Vegas so she can do us all proud!

Vote away ladies and gentlemen … vote away!

Mumpty

How to be a good burlesque audience …

How to be a good burlesque audience …

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The winner of the 2016 Grand Tease – the incredible Coney Bow

So … I have been to quite a few burlesque shows over the last few years, and I’ve also been backstage at many burlesque shows as well (by the way … it’s a marvellous place to be!) and so I’ve come up with a few tips which, if you follow them, will make you a stellar burlesque audience member.  And I tell you what – as an audience member, you can make or break a show, so get yourself a wine and read on my sparkly friend!

Dress up – this is for your pleasure as much as the performers.  You can literally NEVER be overdressed at a burlesque show – the sky is the limit – truly.  And that is a very awesome and liberating thing ….  think about it – how many occasions are there that you can indulge your love of sequins, fabulous headwear, glitter, tiaras  and whatever else tickles your fancy?!  PS: there’s quite often a competition for Best Dressed too … so get your fancy on!

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A party pack of stunners: Mel (The Sweet Painted Lady); Amy (Fabric Forager) and Pixie Rachel (Miss Pixie Twist). Being glamorous audience members since forever!

Good etiquette … yes these girls (and boys) are here to take their clothes off – and don’t worry, they will.  But if you call out obnoxious, drunken and stupid things like  “show us ya *****” they more than likely won’t.   Their job is to tease, tantalise and seduce you – not bust everything out, give it a shake and walk off the stage.  Performers put a great deal of time, thought and effort into their acts, and they don’t need some drunken punter ruining it for them (or the rest of the audience for that matter). Having said that though …

Encourage them! … whoop, holler, whistle, clap, cheer.  There’s NOTHING worse than an audience that sits there politely and doesn’t respond to the performers.  There’s been many a time when I’ve been backstage and heard a performer come off stage, shaking their head ruefully and announcing “tough audience – hard to get them going.”  Honestly, you will get a waaaaay better performance from them if you give them a bit of encouragement and something to play up to!  And don’t be scared about them picking on you if you do that … they’re more likely to pick on you if you don’t!

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The delightful Gloriousole

DO NOT KEEP their things!  If, during their act, you happen to have a costume piece flung at you, or near you – PLEASE for the love of God, DO NOT KEEP IT!  Costume pieces are often handmade, cost a fortune or are difficult/time-consuming to replace.  Costume pieces are an integral part of a performer’s act; a lot of thought and expense goes into them and they need them for the next time they perform.  Performers in New Zealand don’t get paid much – it barely covers their rhinestones – they do it for the love of the performance and they certainly can’t be replacing costume pieces after every performance.  If you do find something; either hand it to the stage kitty, who will be collecting the cast off pieces, or if you can’t do that, hand it to someone behind the bar or to the stage manager.

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The stunning Amourous Ava – well known for her fantastic costume pieces.

Embrace the inappropriate – burlesque is bawdy, comedic and sexy and it’s R18 for a reason. If you’re easily offended or have no sense of humour, do us all a favour and stay at home! But if you are up for a good night and can roll with the punches and innuendo (and let’s face it, not always just innuendo!) you are gonna have yourself a blast! One of my favourite MC’s, Piotr from Uzbekoslavia  is totally inappropriate and it’s one of my favourite things about him!

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The brilliant Piotr from Uzbekoslavia

Don’t take photos – a) it’s not your job – there is generally a show photographer hired to do that; b) the flash can distract the performers; c) performers have the right to control photographs of themselves in that situation and d) you’ll enjoy the show more, and annoy people around you less, if you just leave your phone in your bag.

Don’t expect Dita von Teese every time – burlesque is a wonderful, crazy, inclusive world where (mostly) amateur performers get to tease, tantalise and shake their booties a few times a year.  They don’t have big costume budgets like Dita does; they don’t all have perfect bodies (and that’s the fun of it – they’re ordinary people like you and I) and they don’t have time to practice all day, every day.  Burlesque is meant to be spontaneous and fun, and there are often bloopers – and they’re often the most fun parts of the show.  Be kind and enjoy the spectacle – I can tell you, many/most performers are literally a bundle of nerves before they go on stage, where they somehow magically transform into the glamorous, confident performer you see.  Trust.

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Miss Ooh La La Paree – always inspiring.

So that is my guide to how to be a good burlesque audience member.  Hope it’s helpful and remember – support your local performers by heading along to their shows whenever you can. They’re not expensive and you are pretty much guaranteed a fun night of entertainment, sass and the opportunity to dress yourself up to the nines!

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The glamorous, sparkly cast of the Hamilton heat of the 2016 Grand Tease.

So bust out your best burlesque ensemble and hop to it …

Mumpty

 

 

VVDO 2016: the Mumpty edition

VVDO 2016: the Mumpty edition …

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This BEAUTIFUL pic by David Photography of my gorgeous friend, Miss Monique Sweet, personifies VVDO for me …

This was my second year at VVDO and this time I had my daughter in tow, which was a lovely outing for the two of us.

Our main reason for attending this year was to watch the Miss Pinup New Zealand competition, having featured all the lovely ladies on my Pinup Platoon series.  I was also really keen to meet my Pinup Platoon sponsors, Esme from Moxie Mama Wear and Adele from Pinned On You, in person – which I did – and they are lovely!

First and foremost though, I’d like to congratulate Fran Robertson … our new Miss Pinup NZ 2016.  What a dream contestant she was and oh-so-popular with the audience!  A much deserved win.  These are my two favourite pics of Fran from the competition.

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Images by Emma Joyce for Glory Days Magazine

Congratulations also to the Lady in Red (Runner Up & Miss Vintage Vixen) and to Lola Turquoise (Miss Publicity.)

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For those of you who weren’t there, the four finalists were: Fran Robertson; Miss Lola Turquoise, Miss Opal and Dariel Dearlove.

A massive congratulations goes out to all the contestants – they really did put their all into it and it was so much fun to watch.

Anyway …  I thought I’d share some of  my highlights from this year’s VVDO in pictures …

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Miss Monique Sweet in her strawberry outfit; designed by her and bought to life by Danielle from Devel Men & Women with headpiece by Amy from Chica Chica Boom Chic.

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Mel from The Style Mafia – image by Serendipity Photography

Mel from Style Mafia NZ – loved that pantsuit!  She and Amy are always an extravagant looking couple of ladies, and VVDO 2016 was no exception!

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Image by Serendipity Photography

Velvet De Collette – this beautiful lady was the first person we saw and we had a quick chat in the bathroom (!) … we thought she looked flawless!

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Image by Glory Days Magazine

Soda Fontaine in her Dita gown … it was Soda’s birthday too – what a great day to celebrate!  And by the way … DITA “LIKED” SODA’S PHOTO – eeeep!!!!

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Daniel Dearlove’s evening gown – wow.  Daniel was clever enough t make this gorgeous gown herself; in fact, she made every single outfit she wore.  Sooo impressive.

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Miss Lola Fondant‘s talent: how to eat chicken wings without smudging your red lips!

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This crowd selfie!  Featuring Miss Monique Sweet; MC, Miss La Vida and Bettie Rage, complete with BUMP!

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The Art & Cake stall, with Lily Kate Vallance and Miss Charlotte Cake – and yes we did sample a cake (Spiced Pear & salted caramel) and yes, it was yum – and very pretty!

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Nat Hugill (aka Lilly Loca) – I always love seeing her and I was thrilled to hear she scored a dress she’d been lusting after for ages!

And last, but not least … this woman; Miss Opal

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It was an awesome moment when she stepped onto the stage in her “oh-so-Dita” tuxedo for the evening wear section; but even better than that, was her talent and those glorious butterfly wings – I think both outfits were made by the talented Linda McCarthy Costumier (correct me if I’m wrong.)  However – it was the fact Miss Opal admitted to having to overcome crippling social anxiety that impressed me sooooo much.  I think it was an incredible thing for her to do in that case and my gosh – you would never have known it watching her from the audience – she did a cracking job!  I’d love to interview her about the inspirations behind her outfits, so fingers crossed she’ll oblige.  In the meantime; BIG ups to you Miss Opal.

So that, in the most brief possible way,  was Mumpty’s 2016 VVDO experience!!!

See ya next year, bigger and brighter …

Mumpty

Pinup Platoon 2016 winners announcement …

Who won the FABULOUS
Pinup Platoon prizes Mumpty?

 

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Well thank you for asking …

Actually before you get too impatient, I have a couple of things to say …

Firstly I would just like to thank everyone who liked, shared and just generally enjoyed The Pinup Platoon in March.  I was so excited to see how much involvement there was!

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I owe a MASSIVE THANK YOU to Esme from Moxie Mama Wear and Adele from Pinned on You; my wonderful sponsors, who provided us with these awesome prizes – the winners of which I am about to announce.

Of course, I’d also like to thank the ten gorgeous finalists for Miss Pinup NZ 2016;

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Miss Kitty Kat
Miss Pixie Dust
Miss Lola Fondant
Zigana Monroe
Dariel Dearlove
Miss Lola Turquoise
Fran Robertson
Lady in Red
Miss Opal
Miss Mollie Tov

Best of luck ladies.

And to everyone else involved – including the glowing Miss Pinup NZ 2015, Bettie Rage and Miss Pinup NZ Runner Up 2016, Miss Charlotte Cake.

Get on with it

OK, OK … so the lucky, lucky winners are:

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The winner of the spectacular Voodoo Vixen cocktail dress in emerald green from Esme at Moxie Mama Wear is …

Miss Lola Turquoise

Whoop!  Congratulations Miss Lola … please message Esme via her Facebook page and she will organise getting your dress to you.

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The winner of the gorgeous sparkly Deer Arrow Happily Ever After brooch from Adele at Pinned on You is …

Miss Honey Bee 

Congratulations Miss Honey Bee … please message Adele via her Facebook page and she will organise getting your brooch to you.

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And lucky last … the winner of the Erstwilder Pinup Picnic brooch from Adele at Pinned on You is …

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Congratulations Danya … please message Adele via her Facebook page and she will organise getting your brooch to you.

So that’s it for this year’s Pinup Platoon!  Hopefully we will do it all again next year!  In the meantime, I’d like to once again thank the delightful Esme at Moxie Mama Wear for the gorgeous dress.  And if you’d like one for yourself, or something equally delish, visit her website: www.moxiemamawear.co.nz

And I’d also like to thank the sassy Adele at Pinned on You for the funky brooches.  Again, if you don’t want to miss out on all the quirky, fabulous designs, visit her website: www.pinnedonyou.co.nz

Thanks for reading and I look forward to see you all at The Very Vintage Day Out  …

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Yours in glamorous, emerald cocktail dresses and sparkly, quirky brooches …

Mumpty

Pinup Platoon Flipagram 2016…

The Pinup Platoon – in Flipagram! 

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Click this photo of the stunning Bettie Rage to see the Pinup Platoon 2016 Flipagram! (Image by Shutter Squeeze Photography)

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the beautiful and sassy pinups who featured in The Pinup Platoon for March.  As you know, The Pinup Platoon was presented in association with Moxie Mama Wear and Pinned on You and you had the opportunity to win a beautiful cocktail dress and one of two fabulous brooches (an Erstwilder and a Deer Arrow.) The competition ends on Sunday night at 5pm (NZ time) so get in quick … we’ll announce the three lucky winners later that night!

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I’d also like to wish all the contestants the very best of luck for the Miss Pinup NZ competition being held at The Very Vintage Day Out on the 9th of April.  You all deserve to win, so “break a leg/pop a pastie” to all of you!

And because you all deserve a sparkly crown …

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In the meantime, if you haven’t already, click the picture of the beautiful Bettie Rage up there (^^) to check out the Flipagram … you’re welcome!

Yours in sparkly crowns and stunning pinups …

Mumpty

Pinup Platoon: Miss Mollie Tov

The Pinup Platoon:
Miss Mollie Tov

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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 Miss Mollie Tov.

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Soooo … without further ado; meet the final gorgeous pinup in our Pinup Platoon for this year – Miss Pinup NZ Finalist for 2016:

Miss Mollie Tov …

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Image by Shifting Light Photography

 Question one:
Tell me something interesting about yourself most people won’t already know.
A:  Something people don’t already know … ohhhh that’s a hard one as I’m pretty open about myself!

I think the biggest thing that will surprise people is that I am a mother – not many people realise this as I tend to keep my daughter away from the public spotlight.

She is my rock and my lifesaver and most of all my biggest inspiration. ❤ ❤

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 favourite outfit … IF my favourite outfit could talk I think it would tell a story of strength and courage; a story about a woman who, when faced with rock bottom and losing everything, still found the strength to fight her inner demons and get up every morning –  to put on her favourite outfits, do her hair and put on her lippie and face the world with a smile and determination to get back everything she had lost.

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:  My preparation is coming along slowly … as for teasers, my outfits will be practical yet full of sass and very much me.

I have thought long and hard about each section and what I want to present to the world and I feel each outfit does exactly that. ❤ ❤

Question four:
If you could pick a theme song to walk onto the Miss Pinup stage to, what would it be?
A:   This is easy … my theme song is “Good Golly Miss Molly” by Little Richard – it’s a great upbeat tune.

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:  Ummm how would I celebrate?  Oooh … let’s see.

The first thing I would do is Skype my daughter with my crown on 🙂

Then I would take my crown road tripping, Instagramming it all the way, and end the road trip with a 50’s styled Prom in my home town (ideally to coincide with my birthday if it can be arranged! :p )

Question six:
What is your most favourite item in your pinup kit, and why?
A:  My Rago shape wear and Dita Von Teese Von Follies underwear are by far my favourite items in my pinup kit.

For me underwear sets the tone of the day … I love vintage underwear and vintage-inspired underwear – not only does it make me feel sexy and confident, it gives me an amazing silhouette to work with.

And last, but certainly not least …

Question seven:
What are you most hoping to get out of the Miss Pinup NZ 2015 experience?
A:  Oohhhh I’m not sure how to put all my feeling into words.

I think the biggest thing I am wanting to get out of Miss Pinup New Zealand is the opportunity to inspire other pinups not only to go on this amazing journey, but to also become confident in themselves and shine brightly, as I feel there is not enough of this happening in the world.

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Thank you so much Miss Mollie Tov – 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 Miss Mollie Tov for Miss Publicity, you can do so by clicking here.


COMPETITION DETAILS:
Mumpty has THREE gorgeous prizes from Moxie Mama Wear and Pinned on You to win … check them out: 

Prizes

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 info@moxiemamawear.co.nz 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 hello@pinnedonyou.co.nz and Adele will help you out.


Don’t forget to visit The Very Vintage Day Out 2016 website here and Facebook page here to find out about all the vintage and retro festivities over two fabulous days.

See you all there, looking frocked up and gorgeous darlings …

Mumpty