Pin-Up Pageant Applications

Applications for THE PIN-UP PAGEANT are expected to open IN early 2023!

The Cooly Rocks On Pin-up Pageant is an opportunity for a diverse group of Pin-ups to showcase the differing lifestyles, cultures, fashions, hair and make-up of eras gone by, with a focus on the 1940’s through to the 1970’s.

Highlighting Pin-ups from all walks of life in 3 rounds, including ‘Day Wear’, ‘Uniqueness of You’ and ‘Evening Wear’, the Pin-up Pageant rounds will allow finalists to share their personalities on stage and to showcase their understanding of the lifestyles of yesteryear.

To stay up to date with the latest news, including when 2023 Pin-up Pageant applications open, simply follow the official Cooly Rocks On Facebook page.

2022 WINNER & RUNNER-UP!

Congratulations to our 2022 Cooly Rocks On Pin-Up Pageant title holders, Winner ‘Miss Maizie May’ and Runner-Up ‘Mya Dia Monte’.

AMBASSADORS

BETTIE BUTCHER

Meet Bettie Butcher (she/her), Australia’s ‘Hostess with the mostest,’ vintage stylist, mentor and all-round sweetheart.  

This down to earth pinup from Meanjin (Brisbane) has over fourteen years’ experience in the industry and is recognised as one of Australia’s pinup icons with a heart of gold. It’s no wonder she’s in demand across the country, working with prestigious events including: The QLD, NSW and WA Hot Rod shows, Greazefest, The Australian Tattoo Expo, and Cooly Rocks On. 

Bettie is proud to be charity liaison for the Pinups of Australia (PoA) community whose main goal is to make every pinup feel welcome, safe and supported. This is why PoA’s motto is #VintageVibesNotVintageValues (credited to Dandy Wellington) because modern pinups adore vintage inspired style balanced with progressive values. Bettie is also a passionate advocate for anti-bullying, striving to raise money and create awareness for charities such as Dolly’s Dream, Bully Zero and Beyond Blue. 

Bettie’s been the Vintage Styling Tutor and Hair/Makeup Stylist at the Bombshell Burlesque Academy in Brisbane for ten years. Here, she uses her extensive experience as a pinup model to teach the finer points of vintage inspired hair/makeup, styling and confidence to the next generation of pinups.

A true ‘Bettie of all trades,’ she recently launched a clothing line, styling products and even creates digital art of Australian pinups. With a new project around every corner, you’ll never know what Bettie will get up to next!

Photo credit: Lauren Horwood Photography

MISS CHRISSY

Miss Chrissy exudes uninhibited warmth, charisma and elegant charm.  Having dedicated her life to exploring the rich histories of early 20th century style, Chrissy Keepence spends her days sharing timeless insights into the classic era that stole her heart. 

Whether Miss Chrissy is emceeing events, hosting one-of-a-kind vintage styling workshops, educating children about etiquette and self-worth, readying brides for their big day or working as a consultant on period productions – she executes each new endeavour with an honest respect for her vintage influences.

Miss Chrissy has since grown a loyal following of empowered women who resonate with Chrissy’s vibrancy, carefree nature and effortless charm.

No stranger to the Pin Up Scene, Miss Chrissy has been mentoring and hosting/emceeing Pin Up Pageants, Parades & Workshops here and overseas for the past 20 odd years and is well respected in the scene.  A integral part of the Cooly Rocks On Pageants for the past 3 years, Chrissy will once again bring her professionalism, care and experience to the 2022 Cooly Rocks On Pageants. 

“Miss Chrissy and her glamorous team have a deep knowledge of vintage style and history.” Tara Moss, Model, Presenter, Author.

FAQs

LAST UPDATED 4 JULY 2022

Our team are working to have Applications for the Pin-up Pageant open in early 2023. To stay up to date with the latest Cooly Rocks On news subscribe to the e-newsletter via our website and keep an eye on our Facebook page.

Anyone! The Pin-up Pageant is all inclusive and we look forward to welcoming and showcasing Pin-ups from all walks of life!

Yes, we accept entries from all around Australia and even internationally.

The Pin-up Pageant venue entrance will include a ramp to cater to accessibility needs. However, due to stage infrastructure, accessibility onto the stage is restricted. Cooly Rocks On will provide a designated performance area in front of the stage to cater for finalists with accessibility needs.

Yes of course! As long as you are not a winner from the previous year, you are more than welcome to apply again!

Finalists are selected based on a series of selection criteria including:

  • How connected the applicant is to the Cooly Rocks On pillars of motors, music and lifestyle
  • How well the applicant expresses their knowledge of the pin-up culture and history
  • How well the applicant presents themselves (hair, makeup, attire and poise)
  • How well the applicant expresses and represents the modern-day values in which the Pin-up Pageant promotes

No, applications are open to everyone and there are no fees associated with applying.

Cooly Rocks On is governed by the City of Gold Coast Local Laws and Queensland Government Building Regulations, and as a result there are some restrictions in place that may impact your choice of talent/performance. Use of naked flames, use of dangerous weapons including firearms, bow and arrow and sharp blades and the use of live animals are prohibited. If you would like to discuss your talent prior to applying, please email [email protected]

Prizes for the 2023 Winner and Runner-Up will be announced closer to applications going live.

  • Day Wear
  • Uniqueness of You – includes performing a talent on stage
  • Evening Wear

Yes, you need to be 18 years or above!

Dates and times will be announced closer to applications going live.

The number of finalists will be announced closer to applications going live.

Space is limited in the back of house/dressing room area, therefore finalists wishing to bring a person/team to assist in preparation will need to seek prior approval from the Cooly Rocks On team.

Pageant Ambassadors will be engaged to ensure all applicants and finalists have an authentic, fun and supportive Pageant experience. Your 2023 Cooly Rocks On Pin-up Pageant Ambassadors will be there to support you every step of the way! Stay tuned for when we announce our 2023 Ambassadors.

A closing date will be announced when the applications go live.

If you are interested in getting involved in the Cooly Rocks On Pin-up Pageant, there are many roles that we are looking to fill annually and are listed below:

  • Pageant Ambassadors
  • Pageant Emcee
  • Pageant Kittens (backstage support)
  • Pageant Judges

Please email [email protected] with your expression of interest detailing what role you believe you are most suited for.

Entry to watch the Cooly Rocks On Pin-up Pageant is free, seats will be offered on a first come, first served basis.