I’m on the front lines, asking the hard questions. Using the liquid liner after doing arms and shamelessly checking for lipstick on my teeth. I’m basically a hero.
I cornered pin-up girl, Miss Hart and asked her the questions we all want to ask (and then some I wanted to ask).
Miss Hart is the purple haired staple of the pin-up community in South Africa. Tell us more about how you discovered your love for pin-up culture.
At first I was afraid, I was petrified; but really I was. I was introduced to the Pinup and Rockabilly culture through Rodding. Having been part of the Hot Rodding scene for a while, I glimpsed my first local rockabilly gal at a Revered Wright and the Mystery Train Gamblers gig. I was fascinated but totally terrified. My dad encouraged me to dress and style my hair like her and I was like ‘Pfft no way dad’. Little did I know that the rockabilly virus would soon infiltrate my veins. I grew more and more intrigued. I played around with the different styles and just like Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother: Bippity Boppity Boo – I was hooked. First comes intrigue, then comes flirtation, and finally come love.
There are a heap of different styles associated with this sub-culture, what style of pin-up do you consider yourself to be?
I would consider myself to be a mixed style infused classic Pin-up. Classic with hints of rebellion, edge and slight naughtiness.
Pinup Pageantry is (finally) taking off in South Africa and you have already participated in two pageants (and won titles in both), have you always been a pageant girl?
Oh heavens no. I never thought I would ever be in a pageant, much less actually love it! The pageant thing was never for me, but after watching The Blue Haired Betty making us all proud at Viva Las Vegas 2015 I was inspired and thought I would try my hand at it. I’m glad I did as I learnt so much and I found myself part of a Pinup family.
You have your own hot rod, because that is how badass you are. Can you tell us more about that?
It is technically mine, my dad however refuses to hand over the pink slip. It is a 1934 Chevy Coupe Rat Rod. Most of the Coupe is built from a C4 Corvette, besides the body of course.
Do you consider Miss Hart to be a stage personae or is she firmly a part of who you are?
Oh it is definitely part of who I am. A lot of people have asked if it’s my alter-ego or just another personae and I’m straight in telling them that it’s who and what I am. This person hasn’t changed, I just have another name.
How has the pin-up community in South Africa changed over the past few years?
The Pinup community in SA has changed dramatically. It was not just grown but exploded! Johannesburg is now the hub for Pinups and Rockabillies and we have formed an immensely strong and powerful family. Not only that but it is reaching far beyond Gauteng and Cape Town with 2 of our main Pinups hailing from Margate.
You’re a natural in front of the camera, what is your favourite shoot of all time? Why?
Ooh this is a difficult one. I have a few photographers that I love working with but I have 2 photo shoots that will always stick out in my heart:-
1 – I did a shoot with Kitty Bee Photography for Guarniri Corsetry and Garments which was a huge step for me as I have never been so exposed in front of a camera before. It taught me to love myself and my body in all its wobbly and curvy gloriousness. Plus I got a fabulous shot of my tush.
2 – My shoot with Bronwyn from Bettie Bombshell Photography for the Pin-Ups for PETS project. Bronwyn really challenged me as a model and I feel like she made me grow as a pin-up, a model and as a person.
Boxers or Briefs?
Well a man for starters would be great, it don’t matter what he wears!
If you could go back in time, where would you go and what would you do?
I would go to the 1950’s California so that I could race in old school fast cars, shake my tail feather and hopefully run into Gene Kelly. It’s the era and place to be!
Best advice you’ve ever received?
Trust yourself, as no one knows you better.
What advice do you have for aspiring pin-up girls who are waiting in the wings?
Do a little research, make a little Barrel Roll, get down tonight. Really though, do research on what type of pin-up you would like to be, what appeals to you the most, speak to the main pin-up girls in the country – they are more than willing to help, practice different styles and accept and love yourself for who and what you are. There is nothing more beautiful on a woman than confidence.
Do you consider yourself to be a professional pin-up girl?
I do. This is not a theme I like to do, or sometimes dress up as; this is me, it’s who I am. I have gained a lot of experience in the culture and have loved being a full-blown pin-up.
What surprising fact do your adoring fans or followers not know about you?
I was born with the surname of van Staden. My mother had it changed to her maiden name when I was in primary school. Can you imagine me as Miss van Staden the Pin-up?
What has surprised you about the pin-up community the most?
The absolute positivity and warmth from the fellow pin-ups. Good heavens do we have an amazing bunch of ladies. So supportive and loving – the Uptown Pinups have got this pin-up family thing nailed!
What are your hopes for the future of pin-up in South Africa and for your career as a pinup?
I hope for this culture and community to grow. There are so many girls and guys interested in this culture, they might just be scared. The more we support each other, the more the culture will grow. As for my career, there is only one way and it is up! I enjoy surrounding myself with my pin-up sisters and being in their company does wonders for your spirits and heart.
Until next time.