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Support our Darling

Wednesday, 3rd August, 2011

PIN-UP: Andea Barrett (Diesel Darling) wants local support. PIN-UP: Andea Barrett (Diesel Darling) wants local support.

A former local girl is a contestant in the Miss Pin-Up Australia competition and she needs some good old fashioned local support.

Andea Barrett, who now lives in Sydney, decribed the competition as “really more like a 1950s enthusiasts’ beauty pageant”.

Under the stage name of “Diesel Darling”, Andea had photographs of herself taken at Bell’s Milk Bar and Mario’s Palace Hotel and submitted them to the comp.

“I will be entering Miss Perfect Pin-Up, but it is the Miss Popularity Pin-Up that I could use the support of Broken Hill readers to win,” she said,

Andea is a burlesque dancer and also teaches pole dancing for fitness in Sydney.

“I’ve always been dancing and acting,” she said.

She left Broken Hill when she was a teenager to attend a performing arts school. She also studied Jewellery and Object Design at Sydney College of the Arts.

Andea has family in Broken Hill and comes back often. “I try to get out and visit as much as I can,” she said.

As for the other competitors, Andea said she had only seen them on the Miss Pin-Up Australia competition website.

“They haven’t started the heats yet. Most are using the same photographer. I thought coming here would make it more unique. They all look gorgeous. I have no idea (how I will go),” she said.

Andea said she did a lot of research into Pin-Up girls.

“I had to watch a YouTube instructional video to find out how to do victory rolls (which are a 1950s hairstyle),” she said.

Now in its second year, Miss Pin-Up Australia is one of the nation’s premier vintage competitions, according to competition principal Pixie Roberts.

“This is the first national pin-up competition since the 1950s,” Ms Roberts said.

Entrants had to send in three photos of themselves as pin-ups and a biography. Once they are judged by the 12 judges, they winers go onto the state finals and then the national finals.

There are four categories; Miss Perfect Pin-up, Miss Classic Pin-up (for women over 30), Miss Illustrated Pin-up (for women with tattoos) and Miss VaVaVoom Pin-up (for the voluptuous women). Also this year a new category, Mr Pin-Up Australia, was added. 

Ms Roberts said the competition was quite popular last year and was even more so this year.

“The most important part is that it is designed to empower women and make them feel beautiful, no matter age or size,” she said.

“It is a classy event, not a model contest. They are not judged on body or looks but on the pin-up persona, clothing, hair and make-up.”

Ms Roberts said it people of all ages come to watch the heats and finals.

“It is classy, fun and about good old fashioned values,” she said.

To vote for Andea, visit www.misspinupaustralia.com.au and look for Miss Darling Diesel.

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