I'm really excited to be writing this blog today, not only because yesterday was the first car show of the season but because I was crowned 1st Runner Up in the Miss Autorama pinup contest, hosted by Ashley Marie from Pin Me Up Utah, a One Stop Shop.
I didn't even think I would be chosen as one of the top twelve contestants. But, to my surprise I found out I would be participating in this first pinup contest of the year, a big deal because this one was very organized. We had to apply, with no guarantee of being picked. There was a secret panel of judges who chose us. I was over the moon, this a contest that holds a real title.
With little time to prepare I got busy online shopping. I had just purchased this beautiful fur cape from Aunt Elsies, along with some vintage jewelry. I found a gorgeous burgundy dress from Hellbunny, the last one in the right size. I also came across a beautiful veiled hat, and lovely leather gloves. I wanted to be as historically accurate as possible, because we were being judged on our attire which needed to be 1950's themed.
My hair is very short right now so I bought a set of gorgeous extensions that gave me the Bettie Page look I always struggle to achieve.
I worked very hard to advertise the contest as much as possible. Coworkers, family, friends, I wanted everyone to come. I am so happy I did because even though the judges would be picking the winners it was partly based on audience participation.
Ashley asked us one question, based on a form we had to fill out about ourselves. My question was, "What does Pinup mean to you?" This question strikes a nerve with me, and although I tried to hold it together, I couldnt help the tears. It means everything to me, it's my whole life. Everyday I get myself dolled up into the person I've always dreamed of. Not only that, but I've made so many wonderful friends in the last few years. The pinup community is huge but it is very underground which means we stick together. I'm following my dream, something not everyone gets the chance to do.
I was so afraid that my burst of emotion would mean automatic loss for me, but I was wrong. I think it may have worked in my favor because as Ashley announced the winners she said "Contestant Number 6" and my jaw hit the floor. I couldn't believe it! I live and breathe this live style, and I'd finally be crowned a winner. In front of the crowd all I could do was smile.
As Ashley put the sash over my shoulders I thought I was dreaming, and to make the day a bit sweeter? We were going to be handing out the awards for the car show. This was such a huge milestone for me, one step closer to holding my dream in my hands. I made so many wonderful new friendships. Just as I do at every contest. I couldn't' have done it without the support of all my friends, and most importantly my family.