Claire and Cherry Pie

Interview with Miss Bettie B Goode

I met Miss Bettie B Goode around 4 years ago when we were both involved in a Pinup competition.  Her kind nature, thoughtful soul and generous spirit were immediately obvious and they are some of the things I love her for.  She’s an incredible, strong and inspiring your woman with the soul of a creative and a heart as big as the outback and I am proud to call her my friend and Pinup sister.

In 2015 Bettie came runner up in the Pinup Doll Victoria competition that was held as part of the Ballarat Beat Pinup competition.  From there she went on to win the title of Pinup Doll Australia and has lead to her next adventure competing in the Miss Pinup International competition that takes place tomorrow in London!  This little pocket rocket travelled all the way from Bendigo to London to compete and our thoughts and hearts are with her.

I was very excited to be able to interview her about how she got into Pinup and performing before she headed overseas to wow international audiences.  And to be able to share with you some photos from her recent shoot with Rebecca Gray – wow!

 

How does it feel to be representing Australia on the international stage?

Firstly it feels completely surreal and I feel so proud to be representing Australia’s Kustom Kulture on the international stage.  Apart from that there are so many things I am feeling that whirl around at once!  I feel completely blessed, treasured, special and of course, excited and nervous!

Competing on an international stage like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity so it’s important for me to be able to look through the nerves and think of what it will mean for the rest of my life – and it is something I will always treasure.

 

How did you get into Pinup and Kustom Kulture?

My journey into Kustom Kulture and Pinup started when I met my husband, Luke. He is one of 5 kids and they have a few cars each that are all in different states of repair from requiring restoring to being fully functional and range from a 1923 T-model Ford to a custom modern car.  They have been into hotrods ever since his father was a teenager.

Luke and I have a gold Holden FX, it was originally mint but was painted in 1998 for holden anniversary and was a great paint job we don’t have any plans to change it (and I have a matching handbag so it’s very convenient!) . We are the car’s 3rd owners.

When we began to see each other I started going to car shows with him as any new girlfriend would, who is interested in sharing her beau’s interests. I already loved op shopping and cooking with my grandmother but it wasn’t a true passion yet.  I quickly began noticing Pinup girls at car shows but was too nervous to talk to them.  They all seemed to know each other, were impeccably styled and their hair was fantastic – it looked sculptural, like it was made from. I hadn’t seen such a thing before and when I thought back to vintage styling I always thought of more simple styles.

After attending a few festivals I noticed that one of the girls had her own signing booth and I went up to talk to her but was nervous.  We took a photo at her booth and she inspired me and took me under her wing and invited me over to her place 2 hours away for my first every shoot. She mentored me through regional competitions and then entering into the national competition. Since then I have been competing and making friends along the way! Now I one of the impeccably dressed girls at the car shows that knows all the other Pinups!

It’s funny, you notice when you’re at events or even just every day and there’s more than one pinup girl people call out and say how lovely you look. When you’re on your own they often just stare.

Miss Bettie B Goode, image by Rebecca Gray

Where did you get your inspiration for your routine for Pinup Doll Australia?

PDA comprised of 2 clothing categories and one talent section. The categories given were pinups by day, pinups by night, talent and a fundraising section. In my performance I always try to do something a little bit different to entertain the guests and I either wore vintage or my own design clothes – I always like to wear vintage or my own design clothes

For Pinups by day I had found a beautiful nautical vintage swimsuit on my recent travels to Denmark. I disguised it with a daywear skirt and a long staff.  I felt like I wanted to do a twist on daywear and didn’t just want to wear a pretty dress, I wanted to go into the swimsuit area and wanted to use the beautiful item I had found as mint condition swimsuits are hard to find. Plus I wanted to show off my staff twirling techniques!

For evening wear I wanted to do another twist and not just present a ball gown – so I made the most of the outdoor wind and with just a hint of vintage undergarments presented a sheer sided flowing nightgown that flowed with the wind and gave hints of undergarments.  Then I wowed the audience when I rearranged the nightwear jacket to become like a fairy tale cape that changed and redefined the garment!

For Talent I touched on a modern atomic space theme, which I am also developing for Miss Pinup International. I upcycled a large plastic dome into a planet and I was a space ranger in my own design costume. My talent was a poi twirling technique which ended in me standing on the planet on one leg and twirling the poi.

 

Miss Bettie Be Goode, by Rebecca Gray

 

Pinup Doll Australia is a bit different to a lot of competitions as it has a charity component – what charity did you pick and why?

I chose MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Australia), it wasn’t a hard choice as I had sadly lost my mother to this disease just months before.  I felt proud that I could help raise money and awareness for the people who are in this heartbreaking struggle and it brought me to tears talking about her on stage.

We were all required to start a fundraisng account for donations and from there I used my social media channels and media connections to raise money and awareness of the campaign.

 

Why do you think the charity component is an important part of the competition?

I feel we should aim to be more than just a pretty face and try to make a real impact on the world. PDA has encouraged participants to pick a passion they truly believe in and create some change through awareness and fundraising. It turns our public profiles into global citizens and using our power for good. Giving back to the community is very important as it was such a fundamental aspect of our vintage communities in the past – giving people who need a hand up. Community involvement through rotary, church groups, scouts and other volunteer groups was a huge part of social life.

 

You will be presenting an atomic/space age theme on the international stage, what was the inspiration behind the choice?

I first presented the atomic theme in the talent section of Pinup Doll Australia and loved it.  I feel like it is looking back at what people in the 1950s thought what today, 2016, would be like.

Though I wish we had flying cars and refrigerators in the benchtop I feel lucky to be in an age where I can be myself.  It also resonates in where pinup and vintage custom culture is going in the future and where the enthusiasts will be in 15 or 20 years – I know for one I will still be driving around in a hotrod (if I can afford petrol).

I think the modern atomic vintage is slightly unknown because it’s a less popular performance and modelling theme than tiki – I feel like it hasn’t been explored as much and there are many avenues that can still be used. You never know where an exciting space escapade may take you!.

Being a vintage enthusiast is about falling in love with a time that seems romantic with its styling and design. Looking into the atomic space age ideas, they resonate with me to imagining a future that may exist and a future I would be excited to live in and it incorporates values and themes that existed in the past.

Miss Bettie B Goode, By Rebecca Gray

Do you get stage fright and do you have any tips

Yes I do!  Before I go on stage/perform I feel like my entire abdomen gets really tight and I can’t stop smiling with nervous anticipation.  Then directly after I am relaxed and pumped and want to do it again!  Sometimes you want to go out and do it even better.

One good tip I have for stage fright is to think about how you’ll feel after the act is over. How happy you’ll be after. I often feel regret right after and feel like I can do it better. So before you go on and while you’re preparing, visualise your performance as if you were on the stage.  So in my upcoming event I will try and thing of how I feel afterwards and try to put that extra energy into my first performance.

Another important thing to focus on is to try to keep good pace and focus, always smile at the audience, don’t look down – always smile. Not just between poses

 

Where do you think Pinup is going?

For me personally, I will be a vintage car enthusiast my entire life and I can see myself still going to custom kulture festivals for many years.

Considering it will be the 20’s again in 4 years time I hope that we can touch on the vintage aesthetic each decade but with our new modern twist for the time.  It’s exciting to hear the new versions of retro music such as post modern juke box and other artists that are mixing in modern styles of music as it gives me exciting new hope for the new opportunities in performance and where the culture will lead.

 

And finally, a few personal words from miss Bettie:
I would like to thank PDA committee; they are doing a wonderful job of supporting women.
I would like to thank my family and friends for ongoing love and support
I would also like to thank all of the followers and supporters of Australian custom culture who are keeping the movement alive.

Please keep in touch with my journey via social medias

And you better be good!

 

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Good luck Miss Bettie B Goode xx

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