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    Ballarat Beat Pinup Competition 2019!

    Ballarat Beat Pinup Competition 2019!

    The Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival only happens once a year and for that one weekend in February people from all over come together to celebrate all things 50's.

    Among the the music, market stalls, dancing and cars is the annual Ballarat Beat Pinup Compettion https://www.facebook.com/BallaratBeatPinupCompetition/

    Hosted by Lana-Rose Fashion stunning pinup girls and guys from all over the state and now the country can apply to take part in one of the biggest pinup competitions in Victoria and one of the biggest in Australia.

    https://www.facebook.com/LanaRoseFashion/

    Now this isn't just another pinup comp, but rather a community of passionate people promoting positivity, togetherness, friendship and a love of vintage and rockabilly. The team behind this event are remarkable from the get go and are there to support you the whole way. The preparations that go into organizing such a big show are mind boggling and really go on for the whole year leading up to the next one.

     

    The competition takes place on the Saturday of the festival at 2pm in the beautiful Mining Exchange Building on Lydiard Street. It always draws a huge crowd and the building fills up pretty quick so it's good to get there early to snag a seat or three!

    This is a family friendly event so bring the kids along, they love to see us all dressed up and there are photo opportunities too!

    There are 5 categories with 5 contestants in each and all perform a 3min routine with a minimum of 3 poses held for 5sec. You can choose your own music as long as it matches your category/theme.

    Categories

    - Glamourbilly { true vintage attire }

    - Rock-a-billy

    - Psycho-billy

    - Geek-a-billy

    - Couple-O-Billy

    Having such a wide range of categories allows pinup gals and guys to really express who they are and what they love about pinup. This year I was selected for Geek-a-billy which is not my usual style, but I had a fab idea that would represent everything I love about the 50's but would still fit the category requirements. For those of you that don't know the term Geek-a-billy is when pop culture and pinup collide. The inspiration comes from comics, movies, books and video games and it sure is a treat and fun to be a part of.

    This year I said to myself " I'm going all out with everything" and I really did. From my costume to my routine I really went above and beyond and I had so much fun with it. So one of my favorite movies is A League Of Their Own which is about an all American women's baseball league back in the 40's and 50's. I have always loved their uniforms and they all had that classic pinup hair and makeup plus it's a movie so perfect for Geek-a-billy. My only concern was the costume, I had ordered one online but once I received it I realized that it wasn't going to stand out enough. My brain started ticking over and I had a light bulb moment "latex"!

    I had been following an admiring the work of local latex designer The Polished Pinup for a while now, so I thought what better way to collaborate with her, promote her brand and have a stand out costume like no other. We quickly got working together to get it done in time and Eliza was just amazing and so talented. Check out her work below.

    https://www.facebook.com/misselizamay/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARBLb2abUBrpWXAD31BZ0h4UVNfdAEIjifC5gIXe0CJiavMH1MmVtkJ_f1bBWGmNrnwVT54N8Pifwm2d

     Everyone looked amazing and worked so hard and backstage was a buzzing room full of support and excitement. We all nailed our routines the best we could and encouraged each other and congratulated each other after our performances.

    Standing on stage with all of these talented individuals made me feel super proud. We were all happy for each other no matter the outcome because just to get up there in front of a room full of people is an achievement in itself.

    Drum roll please......

    The winner of the Ballarat Beat Pinup Competition is ME!!

    Miss Cherry La Blaze!

    I literally screamed with disbelief because not only did I win overall but I also won my category too!

    The amazing category winners are as follows

    Rockabilly Category: Miss Kandy Von Kisses
    Glamour-billy Category: Lucky Dip
    Psycho-billy Category: Becca Bam Bam
    Geek-a-billy Category: Cherry LaBlaze
    Couple-I-billies Category: The Schnapps Sisters, Ginger Schnapps & Brandy Schnapps.
    Social Media Price to : Pearl Del Rey
    Photographers choice: Tamara Hartley
    Best newcomer: Miss Emerald Emmerline

    A huge thank you to the wonderful judges Shelley Minson , Daisy Peach , Mark Sheard , Julia Zass and Helen Berting

    Of course this comp would not exist without Miss T and her team so from the bottom of my heart thank you so much! One of the main reasons I came back this year is because you are all so lovely, kind and supportive so keep it up!

    Last but not least a massive thank you to all of the sponsors. I was literally blown away with all of your generosity in the prize packs and I hope we see you all next year!

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2282353498720313&type=1&l=8e610e3d8d

    Final words from me please enter next year!

    If you have thinking about it for a while but haven't been able to for what ever reason please just give it a go! We will all be there to support and cheer you on and it really is such a fun experience. If you have any questions or if you need help with any ideas I'm always available too.

    XX Miss Cherry La Blaze

     

     

     

     

    Ballarat Beat Pinup Competition

    Ballarat Beat Pinup Competition

    The Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival is something that can't be missed!

    It runs for four days in February and combines the best entertainment available including international artists with a 1950's street party, smack bang in the middle of Ballarat.

    Lydiard Street becomes the center of a rockabilly festival like no other. Hot Rods, Fashion, Glamour, Music, Dancing, great food and beverage stalls come together from all over Australia to celebrate everything 1950's.

    So you can imagine that the Pinup Competition hosted by Lana Rose Fashion is held in high regard.

    I had been thinking about entering for a while and I finally decided to do it and I'm so glad I did. Not only did I make so many more new friends I had an absolute ball before, during and after. It was also a great opportunity for me to promote my business, by having the opportunity to be a prize sponsor of the competition was a great honor and a great way to get involved and to be a part of something. I'm not going to lie it was hard work, there were meet and greets, heaps of info to remember, promotional stuff to do, raffle tickets to sell and a 3min routine to come up with. But it really was such an achievement and all the organizers and everyone involved were there to help us and guide us through the whole thing.

    For me preparation was key as I have three kids, so the weeks leading up to the comp I was in my Rockabilly/Bettie Boop character and I think that really helped me be confident on stage as the poses and routine became second nature.

    This year the competition was held on Saturday the 10th at 2pm in the Mining Exchange Building. Backstage was a room full of eye lashes, lipsticks, petticoats and nerves  but we were all there for each other. Whether it was a little chit chat, a stocking fix or a last minute hug there was a real sense of togetherness.

    There were five categories Rockabilly, Glamourbilly, Geekabilly, Physchobilly and Automic Couples. I was in Rockabilly and we were first up on stage, which I was completely happy with getting it done so I could then relax. It all happens quite fast and once you are up there you don't have time to worry about anything, you just have to put on a good show. There was a panel of five judges watching your every move, I remember telling myself "look at the judges and smile".

    Everyone did such an amazing job and everyone was so nice and we all cheered each other on, in the end we didn't care who won. But there does have to be a winner and the show unfortunately does have to end. So once everyone had done their routine we were all called to the stage and all the prizes and titles were announced.

    Something new to this year was the Nicola-Zoe Fundraiser Raffle. We all sold raffle tickets to raise funds for Head Space an organization that supports mental health which is such an amazing cause that touches everyone in some way. Whoever sold the most tickets took home a fabulous assortment of prizes and that went to the fabulous Miss Dixie Emerald. There was also a Social Media prize for the pinup that posted and promoted the event the most and that went to delightful Miss Lu Lu Lipstick.

    We then got onto the title winners, so there was a winner for each category and then an overall winner. Starting with Rockabilly, there was a pause then.... "Miss Cherry La Blaze" I actually froze for a second then realized it was me! I was so excited and bursting with happiness as this was my first ever pinup comp, I couldn't wait to see my husband and kids and give them a hug. Glamourbilly went to sweet Miss Bambi Lamour, Geekabilly went to daring Miss Juniper Peach, Physchobilly went to crazy Miss Cherie Blossom Boom Baby, Automic Couples went to  the hilarious duo The Twinups and the overall title of Miss Ballarat Beat 2018 went to.... drum roll  the beautiful Miss Daisy Peaches.

    A huge congratulations to everyone! It was such an epic show and I heard it was the best yet! So we should all be proud of ourselves for having a go and having so much fun together. Also a massive thank you to Lana Rose Fashion for running the event, all the other organizers, sponsors, judges and Brett Allen Photography for catching all of the amazing images.

    I can't wait until next year!!!!

    XX Miss Cherry La Blaze

    Miss Rockabilly Ballarat Beat 2018