We left Wellington on Saturday morning and arrived in Hamilton feeling sick from the insane turbulence before landing. We were slightly worried as we were seated in row 13 on the way to an undead beauty pageant....
There was tech checks then five hours of Lisette doing her Zombie make up. Backstage was all a flutter with blood, guts, black contact lenses and pre-pageant jitters. The Meteor is a great venue.
The three categories were: evening wear, talent and question time. Some of these undead ladies are pretty talented.
Whilst I was watching, I was wondering how Lisette was getting on backstage. Were there any pageant bitch politics going on? Any cat fights? NOT AT ALL. Lisette later informed me that she could not have competed against a cooler bunch of dead chicks. Not only had all these gals created their own characters, made their own outfits and choreographed their own talent acts, but they were all there solely for the love and the fun of it. True babes through and through!
The band, 'Deadbeat and the Flatliners' were fabulous. They made the mood of the night and what can I say that the photos from pushinguppixels don't? Not much really. Lisette came away with a sash for 'Miss Informed' and her prize pack was cool featuring prizes from Candy Box, Brutalitees, Zombie jewellery and more. Long live Miss Cadaver. The best beauty pageant doesn't care of you are fat, ugly, bleeding or dead. It is about confidence and being awesome. All the ladies involved were amazeballs. Girl Power!
The whole evening would not have been possible at all without organiser and MC Sandra Jensen of street theatre company Free Lunch. Our fingers are firmly crossed that their will be a Miss Cadaver 2014. And even more firmly crossed that the pageant will come to Wellington!