Between the pinup contestants and the Kansas City Society of Burlesque, almost 20 gals were backstage, and no one’s claws were out! Ha ha… Not what one might expect in a pageant environment, but in the Kansas City Pinup Community that Vixen Pinup Photography and Retro Vixen boutique have helped to cultivate, pinup girls and savvy boys alike got together this past Thursday at Knucklehead’s to celebrate some red-hot hot-rod culture, and to debut Vixen Pinup’s 2011 calendar! (FYI, the first printing of the calendar has sold out, and the girls are taking orders for the next run… Contact them for details!)
Eleven beautiful pinup contestants vied for the honor of carry the title for the coming year. Ashley, Amanda, Daretha, Katie O., Ruby Sunset, Dolly DuMaul, Gretchen, Margaret, Betsy Booms, Ave Martini, and Emily strutted their stuff, first in vintage and vintage-inspired bathing suits, then in costume (for the talent portion of our evening), and finally in pinup worthy dresses. Mr. Artemus Vulgaris and I were honored to emcee the pageant, aided by the lovely pick up artiste Bijou Merlot. I always have a good time improvising with Mr. Vulgaris, and improvising was what we did. I always think it’s the little unexpected moments and how you handle them that really are the icing on the cake of a show. (When Katie O.’s music was off cue we did a little impromptu can-can number, for example.) The night’s judges were Nikki Moreno and Candy Cunningham of Vixen Pinup Photography, Melissa Evans of Retro Vixen boutique, and Little Rachel of Little Rachel and the Rhythm Busters. The beautiful Gretchen went home with the crown, with Margaret as first runner up, and the fetching Betsy Booms coming in close as second runner up. I want to mention something that I absolutely loved about this group of gals. Though many of them hadn’t met before, and they were competing against each other, the mood backstage stayed light and fun all evening. Ladies were helping other ladies into their corsets, passing safety pins, styling each other’s hair… It was a dream.
After the pageant portion of the evening, Arty segued nicely into a (a)rousing rendition of ‘A Little Less Conversation’. He was followed by burlesque performances from Kitty von Minx who did her classic ‘Marahuana’ fandance, Violet Vendetta in a classic tease to ‘Harlem Nocturne’, Daisy Bucket with her rousing rendition of ‘Stuff Like That There’, Honey Valentine with ‘Slowly But Surely’, Veronica Voodoo who always makes me feel like a ‘Natural Woman’, and Your’s Truly with my rendition of ‘Whatever Annie Wants’ and my classic strip to ‘Toot’s Shore’s Blues’. We were assisted by our own lovely pick up gal, Scarlet LaFever. Following the Kansas City Society of Burlesque, Little Rachel and the Rhythm Busters took the stage, and they took it good. Ahem.
Congrats, again, to the lovely new Miss Vixen, Gretchen! Rock that tiara like I know you will!
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