Cooly rocks on Pin-Up Pageant

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

– Marilyn Monroe

Celebrating the fashion, hair and makeup of yesteryear, get ready to be dazzled by our talented pageant finalists at the Cooly Rocks On Pin-up Pageant! With three entertaining rounds that feature the ‘Classic’ and ‘Rockabilly’ styles that have come to define the festival, the Cooly Rocks On Pin-up Pageant welcomes talents from all walks of life. Come witness the spotlight shine on each Pin-up as they grace the stage with their beauty and talents!

Location: Elvis Marquee
Date & Time: Friday 7 June 2024, 3:00PM – 5:00PM
No tickets required!

2013 – Cherry Amour

2014 – Miss Polly Petticoat

2015 – Fifi la Rouge

2016 – Miss Holly Wouldn’t 

2017 – Foxy Rocket

2018 – Ruby Alabaster

2019 – Cherry Amour

2021 – Curley Sue

2022 – Maizie May

2023 – Bunny Boulevard

2016 – Madame Mason

2017 – Rose Dluxe

2018 – Vena Cava

2019 – Madama La Vie

2021 – Cherry Red

YOUR 2024 PIN-UP PAGEANT FINALISTS!

Classic

APHRODITE DARLING

LADY LOVE BUG

MISS HEATHER-LEE

MISS MON MON

MISS POLLY ROSE

ROXIE D'LITE

Rockabilly

bambi blaze

MADELEINE MAYHEM

lauren rebelle

MISS GLAMDOLL

RECKLESS PENNY

XENA

YOUR 2024 PIN-UP PAGEANT AMBASSDORS!

MISS CHRISSY

Always exuding uninhibited warmth, charisma and elegant charm, Miss Chrissy has dedicated her life to exploring the rich histories of early 20th century style. Whether it’s emceeing events, hosting 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.

BETTIE BUTCHER

Australia’s ‘Hostess with the mostest’, vintage stylist, mentor and all-round sweetheart, Bettie Butcher is a down to earth Pin-up from Brisbane! As a charity liaison for the Pinups of Australia community, Bettie is a passionate advocate for #VintageVibesNotVintageValues and anti-bullying. A true ‘Bettie of all trades,’ she recently launched a clothing line, styling products and even creates digital art of Australian pinups!

YOUR 2024 PIN-UP PAGEANT JUDGES!

BUNNY BOULEVARD

The Cooly Rocks On 2023 Pin-up Pageant Winner Bunny Boulevard is back! A proud Chinese Australian, Bunny has always represented both cultures in her Pin-up style drawing inspiration from Audrey Hepburn. When she’s not at pageants, Bunny has been serving in the Royal Australian Air Force for the past 6 years or you can find her at home cookin’ up delicious foods!

SHELLEY MINSON

An avid 50s enthusiast, Shelley Minson has been dressing in vintage inspired style for a number of years, whether it’s in her every day life or on stage when she’s rockin’ it out with her husband. Having been featured in various retro magazines for her Pin-up style, we can’t wait to have Shelly as part of the judging panel for the 2024 Cooly Rocks On Pin-up Pageant!

VIOLET DEVILLE

A captivating presence in the Pin-up community, Violet Deville has fast become one of Australia’s primary Pin-ups. Frequently collaborating with renowned photographers, Violet’s distinctive alternative rockabilly style has landed her on numerous Pin-up magazines and judging panels and we can’t wait to welcome her to Cooly Rocks On!

FAQs

Applications will open for the 2024 Cooly Rocks On Pin-Up Pageant closer to the festival dates. Twelve finalists will then be chosen to compete at the festival held from 5 – 9 June, 2024.

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.

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

There will be prizes awarded to the Pageant Winner, Runner-Up and Most Entertaining Awards. More details listed below! 

Pageant Winner

  • Title of ‘Cooly Rocks On Pin-Up Pageant 2023’ Winner
  • $1,000 cash
  • Cooly Rocks On Advocate, participating in event media and PR opportunities for the following year
  • A seat on the 2024 Cooly Rocks On Pin-Up Pageant judging panel
  • RK Retro Dresses Pageant Winner retail package
  • Winners Sash
  • Winner Floral Bouquet

Runner Up

  • Title of ‘Cooly Rocks On Pin-Up Pageant 2023’ Runner Up
  • $500 cash
  • RK Retro Dresses Pageant Runner Up retail package
  • Runner Up Sash
  • Runner Up Floral Bouquet

Most Entertaining

  • Title of ‘Cooly Rocks On Pin-Up Pageant 2023’ Most Entertaining
  • $100 cash
  • RK Retro Dresses Most Entertaining retail package
  • Most Entertaining Sash
  • Flower posy
  • Day Wear
  • Uniqueness of You – includes performing a talent on stage
  • Evening Wear

12 finalists have been chosen to compete in the 2024 Cooly Rocks On Pin-up Pageant.

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.

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.

2023 winners

COOLY ROCKS ON PIN-UP PAGEANT WINNER 2023

Bunny Boulevard

COOLY ROCKS ON PIN-UP PAGEANT RUNNER UP 2023

Lou Lou Fontana

COOLY ROCKS ON PIN-UP PAGEANT MOST ENTERTAINING 2023

Miss Lulu