Well I did it. I entered my very first pinup competition, the Rose City Pin-up Queen Contest. It was the first year for this competition and the submission was all online.
I was very hesitant to enter, as I wasn’t sure how much I liked pitting myself against other lovely ladies. In the end I decided that it would push me out of my comfort zone, possibly introduce me to some new friends and just perhaps open some doors for future photo shoots.
Though I have being “doing” pinup style for quite some time now and taking my own photos for this blog and my Instagram, I had yet to shoot professional photos that I could use for this contest. So with just days until the submission deadline, I grabbed my iPhone, our wedding photo backdrop and 2 lights given to me by a friend and headed for my backyard. Talk about waiting until the last minute!
Luckily, in my line of work I use Photoshop frequently so I knew I could do some quick editing and adjustments just as long as the lighting was 1/2 decent. Below you will find my 2 submitted photos with their before and afters.
For the first photo, I was inspired by the old Coca Cola ads and the often traditional plain (but vibrant) backgrounds used in many pinup imagery and photographs.
For my second photo I went with 1940’s glamour. I had this backless, rhinestone, navy dress that was gifted to me years ago and it screamed for a black & white glamour shot! Some hair brightening, lay on the right black & white filter with some added vignette for drama and voila! 1940’s. (I was also really digging the edgy hairstyles of the time period…can ya tell?!)
With my 2 photos prepped and ready to go, I sat down to write my essay questions…
Question 1: Tell us about yourself.
“Growing up in Oregon where you were more likely to find tie dye toilet paper than a pair of rhinestone earrings, I would sit and dream from the comfort of my grandmother’s sofa about a time of sculpted hairdos, ravishing red lips and even sexier cars, all the while the sounds of the man in black and the king seduced me from the background.
From then on I knew what I wanted, and I was determined to never let a lack of funds keep me from living the glamourous life I craved.
Now I preach the gospel of an affordable pinup life, to show ladies everywhere that if you have the desire, determination and a dash of creativity, you too can be the pinup girl of your dreams!”
Question 2: What is your favorite pinup or vintage inspiration?
“The inspiration that has had the most impact on my pinup journey has been the work of the late Alberto Vargas. The way he depicted such darling sensuality struck such a cord in me that I used his painting of the blonde pinup in pink as the inspiration for my tattoo back piece.”
Question 3: How would you represent Portland as Rose City Pinup Queen?
“If selected as the Rose City Pinup Queen I would use every opportunity given to me to provide encouragement, support and promotion of this utterly wonderful and underrepresented culture that I know once introduced in a welcoming and non-intimidating fashion can provide ladies with increased self-confidence, poise and daring that is at the heart of each and every pinup.”
After submitting, I made sure to post a few photos on my Instagram feed and get the word out to my Facebook friends. They were all super supportive and I am very pleased to say that I received 2nd place! I was shocked! This 2nd place win gave me the courage to set up my first pinup photo shoot and really try my hand at pinup modeling. Stay tuned for my next post to see inside my first pinup photo shoot!
Until next time, don’t be afraid to stretch yourself. You never know what exciting things await you!
-Penny la Pêche (The Pennywise Pinup)