Against every anxious voice in my head, I decided to go massively out of my comfort zone and send in my application for Twinwood’s Miss Vintage 2017. This was my reason for applying:
When I’m not teaching, I’m either digging around in my wardrobe, drinking copious amounts of green tea, blogging or discovering new places with my other half.
My love of vintage started with a dress that was handed down to me by my mum: it had a story and it fit me like a glove. I’m awkward and I’ve not always felt comfortable in my own skin but when I wear vintage or vintage repro, I feel like me.
Diversity in vintage is very close to my heart. At times, there can be an air of judgement and elitism when dressing pin-up or vintage – I would like to see this change. I would love for people to see that vintage can be for everyone – any size, any shape, any age, any budget, any race, any gender, any location. Whether you love true vintage, reproduction clothing or both, everyone should be able to feel comfortable and happy in what they wear.
I hope that entering the Miss Vintage competition will help to show people that it’s OK to be different and it’s OK to be fabulous too.
My submission photo was taken by my other half, @darktechsupport, when we went to Goodwood Revival last year (blog post to come). I picked up this beautiful vintage dress from Gingermegs Vintage in Birmingham. Virginia was so helpful with picking out dresses – I’ll be visiting her at Twinwood!
I’d ummed and ahhed about applying the previous year but I was in a terrible head space – Miss Vintage wouldn’t have been a good idea. In a new job and with a great deal of encouragement from my friends and family, I decided to bite the bullet and go for it.
Having looked at previous years’ entrants and this year’s too, I am filled a lot of self-doubt. Part of me wonders if I’m totally out of my depth: I don’t wear vintage 24/7, I don’t wear make-up to work, my massive feet have never fit a pair of vintage shoes, I wear a ton of repro and I don’t have anything passed down to me further back than the seventies.
Essentially, I know I’m doing it to show another side of vintage and to hopefully encourage more acceptance in a subculture that is very close to my heart. With that mind, I’m going to have to push my anxiety and self-doubt aside. There are greater and far worse things out there in the world for sure but with this, I feel like I could perhaps do something – even if it’s only small. I’ve been given an opportunity so best I use it.
It’s not long until August now, I’ve got four more weeks of term left and I’ve got an entire summer of lovely adventures to look forward to. I can’t wait to meet the other Mr and Miss Vintage contestants at Twinwood – well done to everyone who go through!
Finally, I’d just like to say a big thank you to anyone who’s supported me in this venture – it may not seem like it but it means an awful lot to me.