Pageant hopefuls share vintage dream


Vintage inspiration: Miss Candy Floss, Raechel Driscoll, Nathan Robinson, Brittany Murphy-Bailey and Denise Pullman at the state Miss Pinup Australia finals.

Vintage inspiration: Miss Candy Floss, Raechel Driscoll, Nathan Robinson, Brittany Murphy-Bailey and Denise Pullman at the state Miss Pinup Australia finals.

PETTICOATS, pearls, ruffles and vast layers of heavy poly-cotton clothing were all the rage at the Miss Pinup Australia state finals.

More than 19 contestants from across NSW competed in five categories at Blacktown Workers Club on June 29.

The competition, now in its fifth year, focuses on the return of good old-fashioned values and vintage fashion. Winner of the Miss Classic Pinup NSW Raechel Driscoll, aka Miss G.I. Ginger, said the competition was more than a beauty pageant — it was "a journey of self-growth".

"It's about how much we have grown and how we have grown through the competition," Mrs Driscoll said.

"It's about the friendships that we have made and knowing that size or background doesn't matter in this competition.

"You are judged not for being beautiful on the outside, but how beautiful you are on the inside."

Mrs Driscoll works as a commissioned officer in the Australian Army.

She said her day job was the inspiration behind her character — Miss G.I. Ginger.

"I work in a male-dominated industry and it's the ability to show that I can still be feminine while working in that male role," she said.

"I also took inspiration from the women who had to take up male roles while the men were away at war. The women that were in the Australian Women's Land Army were also the inspiration behind my character."

Nathan Robinson, aka Harley Quinn, of Shalvey, won the Mr Pinup category.

He said he was looking forward to seeing his sister who will also compete in the national competition.

"This is the first year that the competition has had a brother and sister duo," he said.

"I'm so excited to see her because she will bring my nephew, and my brother-in-law is also coming."

Other winners include Denise Pullman (Miss VaVa Voom Pinup NSW), Brittany Murphy-Bailey (Miss Neo Pinup NSW) and Miss Candy Floss — real name withheld — (Miss Perfect Pinup NSW) .

State winners defend their title at the finals on August 2, at Hornsby RSL.

Smartphone
Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide
Desktop