Saturday 11 June 2016

Hemsby Pin Up Queen Contest 2016 sponsored by Miss Bamboo

Miss Bamboo's most recent adventure took her down to sunny Hemsby on the Norfolk coast for Hemsby Rock n Roll Weekender. This year Miss Bamboo was the overall sponsor of the Hemsby Pin Up Queen Contest and took on the task of helping to organise the show.

She was also a business sponsor for two individual contestants - for Haili Hughes in collaboration with Rocket Original shoes and for Tracy Ryan in collaboration with Shazam Vintage Pin Up Hair Flowers

Haili was Miss Bamboo's first entrant. Miss Bamboo has always loved working with Haili who has modelled for both Miss Bamboo and Rocket Originals. While Haili has always been a versatile model as Coco Fierce, she is a huge fan of Carmen Miranda and loves to be cheeky and playful in her approach.  A kitsch mexicana/latino theme was perfect and of course we would just have to involve Miss B's own giant plastic cactus and maracas!!

Miss B hopes its not the last she sees of her beloved cactus ;-)

So what to wear... Haili has previously modeled Miss Bamboo's Mexican Desert skirt and Tatyana's fan skirt. Either would be perfect for the cheeky senorita but we decided to go for the Fan skirt.

Miss Bamboo mexican desert skirt and Trashy Diva sun top from

Tatyana fan skirt from

Sadly Miss Bamboo's own gypsy tops weren't quite ready for the show so we went for  Trashy Diva's sun top instead, worn by Haili in the previous picture above.

these lovely gypsy tops are now available at

Rocket Originals lovely Judy shoes were perfect and are available from

Rocket Originals Judy shoes

For music we decided on Harry Belafonte's 'Jump in the line' otherwise known as 'Shake Senora'!
...And that sassy Senora shook it well!!

For the second round, Haili wore Miss Bamboo's Lucille dress

Here's how Haili styled her Lucille at a later date, just lovely (exclusive to

Tracy was Miss Bamboo's second contestant. Her performance would be based around Trashy Diva's beautiful Deep Sea Coral sarong  and so the  mermaid in a coral shell theme was born!
Trashy Diva deep sea coral sarong from

This was our glamorous Hollywood vision, but however would we create it....

....with a shell shaped sandpit from Tesco of course!!!!

was this the vision we had in mind!!!

And so the creativity begins...
One unimpressed puss as the shell fan creation begins!!

pretty shell fans are a success

wow what a difference! 
Shazam Vintage Pin Up Hair Flowers beautiful hair pieces arrive along with some gorgeous shell earrings from Luxulite and our music decision is made - Marina, just perfect!

earrings from Luxulite

beautiful hair piece from Shazam Vintage Pin Up Hair Flowers

And so for the final performance, it all came together so well in the end....
professional photograph above is by Brian of Pyramid Clicks

Tracy was a truly glamorous Mermaid Princess and came second in the contest, congratulations. Tracy wore  Miss Bamboo's sarong skirt and tie top in vintage rayon in her second round which will be available on line at  around the beginning of July. Custom hairpieces and other flowers are available from

Thanks to all the lovely ladies who took part and all the other business sponsors - Johnsons shoes, Rocket Originals, Flamin Star, Bernie Dexter, Shazam Vintage Pin Up Hair Flowers, Heydey, Miss Fortune and Geronimo. Thanks to Varick and the Hemsby team and everyone who helped out in making this such a great show.  A massive well done to overall winner Emma Lou sponsored by Miss Fortune and 3rd place Nicole  sponsored by Heydey. More can be read on the show in Haili Hughes' article in next months Vintage Life Magazine but here's a selection of pics in the meantime....


On stage......

Miss Bamboo was honoured to crown the Hemsby Pin Up Queen 2016

Can't wait for next year!