Dale Velvet-Rose, aka Dale Rankmore, has her foot firmly in two worlds … CEO of local enterprise Business Mechanic, with all the modern day issues of computer technology, people management and career challenges; plus, she also personifies the ideal woman from the 1950s – stylish, glamorous, while embracing the simpler things in life that the era offered. Dale will compete in the Miss Prestige category of the NSW finals of Miss Pinup
Australia on March 16 …
Where do you work?
I am the Team Crew Chief (CEO) of Business Mechanic; we do bookkeeping, business management, marketing and human resources for small business. In other words – we tune and service businesses!
Apparently you’ve been busy winning hearts from an early age! What were the competitions you won when you were a child?
Yes, I started very young – I was actually awarded Happiest Baby at a work function of my father’s. The trophy still sits proudly in my trophy cabinet.
In 1969, I entered Little Miss BIG W at Liverpool in Sydney – even though I was only 3 years old, I can still remember bits and pieces of the competition. In the final of that competition, I was asked to wear an outfit from BIG W, which was purchased for me after my win – and I still have my sash and my outfit today.
How did you first become interested in pinup competitions, and what is it about the 1950s era that you’re particularly drawn to?
Ever since I was young, I have always enjoyed watching the movies of the 1940s and 1950s, from the wonderful musicals, the Ester Williams water ballet/musicals, Elvis (my mother is a huge Elvis fan) movies, Marilyn Monroe movies and I Love Lucy with Lucille Ball. My parents also influenced me, as they grew up during the wonderful days of the ’40s & the ’50s. I remember as a child dressing up in my mother’s rope petticoat – oh how I wish I had it today!
The main things that draw me towards the 1950s is the beautiful innocence of that era, the cars/hot rods, the glamour, the style – when women’s curves were worshipped – women looked sexy, sensual and stylish, without showing the whole package (so to speak). It is nice to be able to somewhat escape into this era – by dressing pinup or baking a lemon meringue pie – it is nice to get back to the simple things in life.
My first experience with vintage was when I attended a vintage styling workshop at a Port Macquarie Rock and Roll festival in 2011, then I decided to attend the Grand Final of Miss Pinup Australia in 2012 – which had a Vintage Ball theme – this was where I started researching, clothing, hairstyles and makeup of the era. And the more I got involved, the more I liked it. In April 2012, I entered a local pinup competition, which I enjoyed very much … particularly my fellow competitors; they were so beautiful and helpful. It wasn’t like a traditional modelling competition. I was then part of the pinup family; we all support and help each other and others outside the community. From this competition I actually made it into an Australia/New Zealand Hot Rod magazine – in my lingerie, none the less – it was wonderful, and such a shot in the arm, so to speak, for this 47 year old.
How long has the Miss Pinup Australia competition been running?
Miss Pinup Australia was started in 2010 by Miss Pixie of Boogie Bop Dames; she wanted a platform for everyday women of all shapes, sizes and ages to embark on a wonderful personal journey of gaining self confidence, finding self love, and respecting yourself for the beautiful person that you are. Entering Miss Pinup Australia is more than a competition; it is the beginning or the continuation of your Pinup journey.
You’re a NSW finalist in the Miss Pinup Australia Competition and will vie for the title on March 16 at Port Panthers. Explain your journey from the time you entered the competition …
Firstly, I needed to arrange for some vintage pinup style photographs taken by the official photographer in NSW – which is Miss Pixie of Boogie Bop Dames. She transformed me even more and helped me channel my inner pinup. I completed an online application form, and sent this in to Miss Pinup Australia with my 3 photos. The general public was then able to vote for us on the Miss Pinup Australia website. When the judges were deciding who would go through to the State Finals, they looked at our applications, the voting and how we were interacting with our fellow pinups and the general public as a whole.
You’re competing in the ‘Miss Prestige’ category. What does this entail?
The Miss Prestige category in Miss Pinup Australia is for pinups who are over the age of 40 – Miss Pinup Australia has many different categories and embraces all the different guises of pinup and the different types of women.
With Miss Prestige being a category for the mature pinups, it is a requirement that our outfits are predominantly vintage – including accessories such as gloves, shoes and hats.
We are expected to show the classical, glamorous style using our life experience and personal style in our posing routines for our daywear, swimwear, lingerie, eveningwear and our talent section.
Where do you source your vintage outfits?
I have been combing the opportunity shops in the Hastings area and the internet for items. I am always on the look out for vintage clothing, jewellery, hats, shoes and other accessories – so if anyone out there has some that they would like to sell … it would be wonderful to actually meet the person who owned or knew the person who owned these beautiful pieces, and obtain some history on them – as I find I fall in love with the history of the outfit, as much as the outfit itself.
Who would you like to thank for helping you get this far?
I would like to thank my beautiful partner, Noel Mac Millan, for all of his support and encouragement to get out there and involve myself and compete in the Vintage Pinup Competition – he enjoys it and feels proud to see me on stage.
I would also like to thank my mother and my stepfather, Alice and Phillip Beaven and my clients and staff, who have also been very supportive of me doing my pinup competitions – but I must thank my fellow pinups and Miss Pixie of course, for encouraging me to enter and helping me to realise the fun, self discovering journey that is Miss Pinup Australia.
What will it mean to you if you win the NSW finals?
It would be wonderful to win the NSW Miss Pinup Australia title of Miss Prestige; it would be the icing on the cake for me – I have enjoyed the process of getting into the final and preparing for the final. If I won, I would use this title to promote vintage pinup as a lifestyle and how it has had a positive influence on all aspects of my life.
If I win the NSW title, I would then gain the opportunity to compete in the Miss Pinup Australia Grand Final on 20 April 2013.
Where can people contact you to offer support?
They can find me on Facebook under Miss Dale Velvet-Rose or Miss Pinup Australia website www.misspinupaustralia.com.au or Miss Pinup Australia free iPhone app – where you can still vote for me and follow my progress. Or, telephone me on (02) 6583 8386.
Thanks Dale. Interview by Jo Atkins.
This article can be found in issue 88 of Greater Port Macquarie Focus