TAK­ING A STEP BACK IN TIME

THE HOUR­GLASS FIG­URE, PER­FECTLY CURLED HAIR AND RISQUÉ AT­TI­TUDE; WHAT IT TAKES TO BE CROWNED WIN­NER OF TIME WARP FES­TI­VAL PIN-UP COM­PE­TI­TION

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | COVER STORY - WORDS: SARAH DIONYSIUS

Step­ping out on stage in a circle skirt, vic­tory rolls and peep-toe heels, Madi­son Had­land has never felt more con­fi­dent.

There was something about wear­ing fash­ion from the 1950s to ’60s era that the 21-year-old Sun­shine Coast model said just made her feel com­fort­able in her own skin.

Madi­son’s mod­el­ling ca­reer be­gan at age

16, when she was asked to be the face of a home-made vin­tage fash­ion la­bel.

This spurred her love for the “rock­a­billy look” and gave her the con­fi­dence she needed to en­ter her first pin-up com­pe­ti­tion, the Dow­nun­der Beach­fest in Caloun­dra in 2017.

She took out sec­ond place and had such a great ex­pe­ri­ence that she de­cided to see what other com­pe­ti­tions were avail­able around the Coast.

This was when she came across the Time Warp Fes­ti­val, hosted by Ricks Garage in Palm­woods.

“Ini­tially, I wasn’t sure how you would even get in­volved in com­pet­ing but I found the whole pin-up com­mu­nity very sup­port­ive and en­cour­ag­ing,” she said.

“I au­di­tioned to take part in the Time

Warp Fes­ti­val and had such a good ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Madi­son was crowned Miss Time Warp 2018, tak­ing out the top ti­tle in the fes­ti­val’s pin-up com­pe­ti­tion.

It was ti­tle that she wore with pride and she en­cour­aged anyone who was in­ter­ested to give the com­pe­ti­tion a shot.

“It’s just a su­per-fun and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment and ev­ery­one who was in­volved had a good time,” she said. “We got to greet ev­ery­one who came to the fes­ti­val and even though it was a com­pe­ti­tion, ev­ery­body en­cour­aged one an­other and we all wanted each other to win.”

Madi­son said she loved sourc­ing vin­tage out­fits for the pin-up com­pe­ti­tions and worked with her unique style.

She said ev­ery­one had a par­tic­u­lar take on the pin-up and rock­a­billy style and that’s what she loved about the whole move­ment.

“I look back at pic­tures from old events and get my in­spi­ra­tion for out­fits from there,” she said.

“I like to go for an au­then­tic vin­tage look and source a lot of my stuff from op shops.

“But then I will put my own spin on the out­fits and my make-up style is more modern. I love that the pin-up cul­ture is about that and ev­ery­body is al­lowed to do what­ever style that they feel com­fort­able in.

“I feel re­ally con­fi­dent in the rock­a­billy and pin-up style and it gen­uinely makes me wish I was born in that era, but also re­ally ap­pre­cia­tive of what women went through.

“It’s not easy to get done up like that ev­ery day.”

Know­ing that mod­el­ling could be quite a daunt­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, Madi­son said it was a re­lief to find that the pin-up com­mu­nity was so sup­port­ive.

“The cul­ture is very wel­com­ing and if you want to get in­volved with it, just reach out to some­body and you’ll find that they are more than happy to give you advice,” she said.

“When I first started, ev­ery­body was so wel­com­ing and accommodat­ing so I aim to do the same for new­bies and want to share my advice.”

Aside from the pin-up com­pe­ti­tions, Madi­son has also been in­volved in the Sun­shine Coast Fash­ion Fes­ti­val.

She is join­ing the team as one of the men­tors this year.

“It’s the biggest fash­ion event on the Sun­shine Coast so it is great to be a part of,” she said.

“I love that they have open cast­ing as well. “That doesn’t hap­pen ev­ery­where and it’s re­ally wel­com­ing and en­cour­ag­ing for those get­ting started in the in­dus­try.”

As part of her role as Miss Time Warp 2018, Madi­son will be a judge at this year’s com­pe­ti­tion at the Time Warp Fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val kicks off to­mor­row, with thou­sands of rev­ellers ex­pected to at­tend.

Ricks Garage man­ager Ben Jamieson said the fes­ti­val had started five years ago as a way of get­ting the com­mu­nity in­volved in what his es­tab­lish­ment was all about.

“We want to high­light what we do here at Ricks Garage and draw peo­ple to Palm­woods, na­tion­wide,” he said.

“There are a lot of events around the nation that are sim­i­lar to the Time Warp Fes­ti­val but the way that we do it is unique.

“It’s a family-friendly event that brings the whole com­mu­nity to­gether to share a beer, good food and have a good time.”

Mr Jamieson said the event con­tin­ued to grow each year.

“Last year we had in­ter­na­tional tourists at­tend and they gave some re­ally pos­i­tive feed­back which was amaz­ing,” he said.

“We have some great things planned for this year with 12 new bands, a new range of cars and mo­tor­bike and Har­ley David­son Sun­shine Coast have come on board as sponsors this year.”

Mr Jamieson said in­ter­est in this year’s pin-up com­pe­ti­tion had been mas­sive and the fes­ti­val had to close entries early.

There will be 10 entrants vy­ing for the ti­tle of Miss Time Warp 2019.

“We were over­whelmed by the amount of in­ter­est this year, so we had to close en­try to the com­pe­ti­tion a cou­ple of months in ad­vance,” he said.

“It is amaz­ing how much the pin-up cul­ture is build­ing here on the Coast.

“We have also kept the com­pe­ti­tion only open to lo­cal girls, which is great be­cause there aren’t that many op­por­tu­ni­ties in our area for peo­ple to get in­volved with com­pe­ti­tions like this.”

Mr Jamieson said the com­pe­ti­tion en­cour­aged oth­ers to dress up as well and that the ma­jor­ity of those who at­tended came decked out in rock­a­billy and pin-up at­tire.

“It’s great to see ev­ery­body dressed up and hav­ing a good time,” he said.

“It’s all about bring­ing the com­mu­nity to­gether and we love work­ing with other lo­cal busi­ness own­ers, too.”

Mr Jamieson said the whole town ben­e­fited from the fes­ti­val with the over­flow bring­ing in busi­ness for other shop own­ers.

“We are re­ally blessed to be able to of­fer something like this fes­ti­val to the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“When Ricks Garage was first es­tab­lished, we re­ally just wanted to bring a strong point of dif­fer­ence to the com­mu­nity and de­liver qual­ity ser­vice.

“We have re­ally em­braced the ’50s/’60s cul­ture and it has worked well for us.”

“IT IS AMAZ­ING HOW MUCH THE PIN-UP CUL­TURE IS BUILD­ING HERE ON THE COAST.”

PHOTOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

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