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The Rita Sue Team: Featuring Miss Charlotte Cake Posted on 20 Jul 21:15 , 0 comments

Introducing: Miss Charlotte Cake

The sassy Miss Charlotte Cake was one of our very first models when we started at Rita Sue. Working alongside the lovely Soda Fontaine during many sessions, the pair quickly became known as “The Twin-Ups”. Charlotte was Runner-up in Miss Pin-up NZ (2015). She also participated in the NZ version of TV show “Come Dine With Me”, winning her section, and since then has become a strong individual in the foodie scene, with her own Pin-up baker Blog -! Instagram: @misscharlottecake

Miss Charlotte Cake on the Season Premier of NZ's 'Come Dine With Me'

We asked Charlotte to share some of her thoughts and experiences about being a modern pinup girl in Auckland.

What does being a pin-up mean to you?

I actually don’t think about what ‘being a pinup girl’ means, it’s not something that usually crosses my mind… I guess it’s having an interest in a past era, and enjoying the style of fashion, hair, makeup, material possessions of a certain previous decade without having to live in the past. To take all the good things (like the above), and recreate them in a modern way in this day and age.

How did you first enter the pin-up scene?

I went to the very first Very Vintage Day Out, and have been to every VVDO event since. I guess that was what thrust me into the thick of the community where I made new friends who liked similar things as me and it just grew from there.
Who are the international and local pin-up models who inspired you and how?
To be perfectly honest, I don’t really look to any local or international pinup models in particular. Personally, I prefer to feel inspired by watching old vintage films (for the hair, makeup, costumes). Of course there’s Dita von Teese and Katy Perry, two of my favourite people in the Universe for obvious reasons. I guess some people draw inspiration from scrolling through Instagram; I do the same to an extent but feel way more inspired after watching something like ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’ for than famous white swimsuit, or ‘Rear Window’ for Grace Kelly’s polished, two piece olive suit.
What piece of advice would you give to young aspiring pin-up models?
I would say: Put yourself out there as much as possible, make opportunities for yourself, don’t be afraid to ask if you want something, take risks and do things that scare you and just work really hard for something that you’re passionate about. Nothing worthwhile comes easily.

How do you think other people see you? And how would you describe yourself?

I would describe myself as a quietly confident, quirky, weirdo who loves to op-shop, bake treats, hoard red lipstick and watch horror movies.
How I think others perceive me? Probably as ‘the chick who loves cake’ – but trust me, they’ve only scratched the service if that’s all they know about me! :)

If you could meet an idol, (currently alive or not) who would it be and what would you ask them?

I would love to meet Amy Schumer – have you seen her Youtube channel? Basically she’s a badass, loud, unapologetic, sassy comedian who completely takes the piss of everything in her videos (but still makes strong, valid points without giving a f**k). She uses her unique comedic skills to bring up issues women deal with on a daily basis, as well as the sexualisation of woman. If you haven’t seen her stuff, I would highly recommend you get watching!
Who (family/friends) have been the strongest influence on your life growing up?
I grew up in a house full of women, and (biggest cliché ever)… my strongest influence was my mum. She did EVERYTHING to make sure my sisters and I had everything we needed. She was basically two parents combined into one and I’ll forever want to be the strong, incredibly brave woman that she is.
You work in the travel industry- Can you describe for us what you do?
I’m an Office Manager for an online travel bookings company. We specialise in international cruise ship bookings, car rentals and motorhome bookings. A typical day for me involves running two offices with approximately 130 staff, checking emails, organising events, running errands, social media marketing, and helping out all over the office wherever it’s needed. I get to work with lots of different departments, and no day is the same. I love it, the company culture is incredible!
Who/what inspired your love of cooking/baking?
My mum! She’s a superwoman I tell you…
I learnt very quickly where food comes from - how to grow it, how to prepare it and how to cook it. Because my mum is a nurse, she would have tons of night shifts which meant I used to help out and cook dinner for my sisters when she wasn’t home. The first meal I ever learnt how to cook was spaghetti bolognase.

Charlotte's delicious baking!

You have been involved in many events. What has been your most rewarding experience to date?

I’m tossing up the Streetfood Collective event or the Tea Tasting event. I was proud of both of them, purely because I loved creating something that brought people together to have a good time.

What are your interests outside of the pinup scene?

Discovering new places to eat, spending time with my loved ones, reading recipe books, sewing, pottering around my house getting small jobs done (it’s a satisfaction thing), writing, cooking and baking, petting my cat or chickens, exercising (I’ve just signed up for my first pole class)!

Charlotte, with her partner Carl at the Now And Then Fashion Show at St. Kevin's Arcade

What are the three most important things in your life right now?

My health, my family and my mind.
What are your goals moving forward?
I have millions of goals… goals are SO important! I guess to sum them all up it would be to continue living a healthy, happy life and to keep doing things that make me feel good. 

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