A proud plus-size model from New Zealand has been crowned the winner of a popular pin-up beauty pageant in the US.

Fran Robertson, who creates colourful costumes and dresses and is also a talented makeup artist, was crowned the title of Miss Viva Las Vegas Pin-Up 2018 at the hugely popular Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend.

The event is said to be the largest and most respected Rockabilly festival in the world.

It recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and hosts a number of other shows to draw in the crowds; such as a car show, burlesque shows, six music stages, a fashion show and the Pin-Up contest.


Robertson, whose business is Fran Robertson: Decorator of People and Things, took to social media to thank her many supporters and fans.

Sharing a photo of herself beaming on stage and with the winning sash draped over her white dress, she wrote: "So this happened. You guys, I am so f****** blown away and totally overwhelmed - and honestly, I am really, really proud of myself.

"I had such an amazing day at the Viva Las Vegas car show, meeting people, handing out fans, taking photos and honestly - winning the contest was just the icing on the cake.

"It's absolutely the coolest thing in the universe that the judges picked a limpy fat girl to hold this title for the coming year and I hope I can do y'all proud!''

Robertson was among a number of finalists from around the world picked to take part in the competition.

She is not new to the scene, having been crowned the winner of Miss Pinup New Zealand in 2016.

In 2015, fellow Kiwi Ella Webster, known as Miss Victory Violet, won the Las Vegas competition and became the first New Zealander to do so.

The competition website said the contest was very much about finding a woman who exemplifies what it means to be a "great pin-up in today's modern world".


"We are looking for a pin-up who can carry herself in a crowd, but who shines within it. She must be positive, professional, kind and compassionate.

"This contest is not one that is based on popularity or cosmetic appeal, but one that includes inner beauty as well.''