WHEN Lucy Keough walks onto the stage at this year’s Camperdown Cruise the roar from the crowd is likely to be deafening.
Miss Keough, or Miss Lucy Anastasia as she will be known, is Camperdown’s sole entry in the Miss Camperdown Cruise Pin Up Competition.
The petite 21 year-old is a rockabilly fanatic, dressing in the 50s era most days of the year.
“I’ve always loved vintage clothing because it’s different to mainstream clothing,” she said.
“Mum grew up in the 50s era and was always playing music from the era and going to rock ‘n’ roll dances, so I guess the seeds were planted early.”
But Miss Keough’s passion for 50s fashion really kicked in after the first Camperdown Cruise five years ago.
“The look of the cars, the fashions and the music – I love it all,” she said.
“I’ve gradually made it part of my everyday life over the past few years.
“It’s wonderful fun, I’ve made more and more friends every year – I have friends in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and even the United State, all from meeting them at the Camperdown Cruise.”
Friends with Camperdown’s winning Camperdown Cruise Pin Up entrant from last year, Jo Williams, Ms Keough has plenty of good advice to help her along.
“Jo and I are great friends and both decided we’d enter the pin up competition,” she said.
“But we didn’t want to compete against each other, so Jo went first last year and now its my turn.”
Aware of her petite build among a stage of fuller figured ladies, Miss Keough intends to use her youthfulness to her advantage for the pin up competition.
“I want to use my age as a good thing, have fun with it and make it work in my favour,” she said.
“I’ve done a fair bit of musical theatre, dancing and acting already, but this competition is taking things to a whole new level.
“The thought of getting on the stage is nerve-racking though – I actually feel sick in the stomach at times.”
Reading her cue cards every day and practicing her stage routine often, Miss Keogh said a lot of work had gone into her entry.
“We’ve been researching poses and outfits and watching past pin up competitions to get a few good ideas,” she said.
“I’ve managed to source all my outfits, accessories and props locally, so that’s a great thing too.
“The local op shops have been great too – I’m a regular visitor to them and have found some great stuff.”
Competing against 10 other contestants, Miss Keough was accepted for the competition after being short-listed from about 30 ladies who applied.
Judging will take place for Day Wear, Swim Wear and Evening Wear categories.
“Getting up on stage in front of all those people will be nerve-racking – I remember how much the crowd cheered for Jo last year,” she said.
“Win or lose, it will be huge fun either way.”