Eye Candy

Pageant Girls

When I was just a little girl, I asked my mother, what will I be?


  • Lucy23 September 20th, 2012 3:13 PM

    I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS. Just saying.


  • angst September 20th, 2012 3:21 PM

    2, 3, 9, and the last three.
    That is all.
    They are perfect. Seriously.


  • tove September 20th, 2012 3:25 PM

    One of the best photosets on Rookie so far.
    Sad, bitter, fantastic.

  • Libby September 20th, 2012 3:30 PM

    ~que sera, sera~
    ugh gonna be desperate to watch heathers all night now.
    this is so beautiful though. and sad, and detailed, and just ace.

    • SweetThangVintage September 20th, 2012 4:02 PM

      Ah! I thought que sera, sera also!

  • Ruby B. September 20th, 2012 3:33 PM

    This is one of my favorite photo sets on Rookie!

  • RockHatesMiriam September 20th, 2012 3:39 PM

    SO MANY FEELS :) (but mostly envy at Petra’s amzing talent!)


  • Lea September 20th, 2012 3:53 PM

    I looove the way you realize in the end that it’s all a rehearsal! When you see the empty room it feels so creepy and magic…
    Thank you for another awesome photo series :)

  • Tambourelle September 20th, 2012 3:58 PM

    Love, love, love! No.16

  • ToriLynne September 20th, 2012 4:12 PM

    Beautiful shots, Petra. Magical, evocative, lovely in a somber sort of way. Especially love shot 20 and 23. :)
    xo, Tori

  • Anaheed September 20th, 2012 4:13 PM

    P.S. featuring Petra’s sister and their mom!

    • julalondon September 20th, 2012 4:55 PM

      I thought that one girl looked like her..

    • DreamBoat September 21st, 2012 11:07 PM

      I want to kiss Petra’s whole family.

  • Elizabete September 20th, 2012 4:14 PM

    This is awesome. I Love their coach, such a typical former beauty queen :D


  • Sonja September 20th, 2012 4:23 PM

    YOUR MOM IS AMAZING. i especially love the shot with just her in the audience.

    All the Shots.

  • ShockHorror September 20th, 2012 4:25 PM

    Anyone else put in mind of ‘Charm School’ by these?

  • Susann September 20th, 2012 4:28 PM

    Simply fantastic photos – the girls all look so pretty!

    Fashion in Pepperland

  • HollieLillian September 20th, 2012 4:28 PM

    Petra ur so radical. These are so enchanting, the muted/eery tone of the pictures is what’s so beautiful about them, and the whole prom/pageant aesthetic is -ze bomb-, i made a collage about pageant queens about a month ago. and also for some reason these remind me of the greetings from teenage hell photo set!


  • secondtolastunicorn September 20th, 2012 4:35 PM

    the ending is so theatrical! I feel like I just watched a film!

  • AngelBlue September 20th, 2012 4:46 PM

    I thought the title of this was “Pregnant Girls”, which got me thinking — Rookie has written an article on teen pregnancy yet, right? Could be interesting.

    Anyway — I love love the light blue dress. I love all the dresses, but especially that one.

    • Anaheed September 20th, 2012 4:59 PM

      Not yet, but we’ve been talking about doing that for a while.

      • rockslita September 20th, 2012 5:44 PM

        I thought I read Pregnant Girls as well, and by the way, an article about teen pregnancy is a good idea :-)

  • Summer September 20th, 2012 5:19 PM

    THOSE DRESSES o.O<333333

  • rockslita September 20th, 2012 5:43 PM

    Must say this month’s theme is AMAZING. I love the outfits in this shoot (fake fur coats!) and picture 8 is my favourite. Petra, you are so good in what you do!

  • taliabc September 20th, 2012 5:54 PM

    this is fab

  • Jenn September 20th, 2012 5:54 PM

    omg these photos (‘: I’m obsessed with that disgustingly unflattering fluorescent lighting in these, especially since even though the girls look haggard and dark from the lights, they’re gorgeous! (this sounds like a back-handed compliment, but I meant it to be a compliment-compliment)

  • wishfulwanderer September 20th, 2012 6:04 PM

    These are beautiful. And as soon as I read the little caption text, I started singing.

    Will I be pretty, will I be rich? Here’s what she said to me…

  • ellfang September 20th, 2012 7:54 PM

    these are so lovely! i want to live in a world inside of petra’s photos.


  • bugaleeto September 20th, 2012 8:28 PM

    crazy pageant mom amazingness

  • Ben September 20th, 2012 8:36 PM

    these are great! i saw this cool music video for a rap song recently with a bunch of little pagent girls in it! also i’m loving all the mcqueen and isabella stuff in the backgrounds this month!

  • victoria September 20th, 2012 8:39 PM

    Will I be pretty, will I be rich?????

    OMG SO EXCITED FOR THIS <3 <3 <3 I love your photos Petra!!!!!!!!!

  • Eryn September 20th, 2012 9:49 PM

    Oh my goodness. I LOVE IT.

  • onomatopoeias September 20th, 2012 10:02 PM

    do the slideshows never work for anyone else using google chrome? i would love to see them but the previous and next buttons never work for me!

    • Anaheed September 20th, 2012 10:04 PM

      They work on Chrome for me!

  • stellarbell September 20th, 2012 10:43 PM

    this may be over-analyzing but…is anyone else drawing a comparison to prostitution? sorry if that was supposed to be obvious and I just ruined it but I found it really interesting considering the way people feel about pageant moms.

  • Montgomery September 20th, 2012 10:51 PM

    Props to Petra! I felt like I was watching a movie!

  • Adrienne September 20th, 2012 11:03 PM

    I love this!!! I love #14′s outfit especially.


  • ivoire September 21st, 2012 3:18 AM

    i really love that it has an old vintage look but you use cellphones and modern prop

  • Pearl September 21st, 2012 4:19 AM

    OMG This photoset looks like sanpshots right out of a movie! Such an awesome story behind these pictures :’)

  • Domenic September 21st, 2012 6:22 AM

    I like how there are so many photos. I am reading year one right now and I am like “I need more photos these are brill and totally signature.”

  • sapphirestars September 21st, 2012 6:36 AM

    the teenage feelings are captured so well in these honest, poignant and somewhat melancholy photos. well done petra!!

  • EmilyBurke September 21st, 2012 8:03 AM

    This is quite frankly the epitome of perfect…


  • AnguaMarten September 21st, 2012 1:22 PM

    wow. these are really arresting and yet still hazy and dreamlike. fantastic. and i love the styling–i now want to put on a fluffy tulle dress and too much mascara and a tiara.

  • eliselbv September 21st, 2012 1:36 PM

    Like we say in France “Ce photoshoot est dingue”. Absolutely crazily beautiful. Petra you’re the best !


  • lubs September 21st, 2012 1:39 PM

    #9 is my favorite. I just love how familiar these photos feel, even though I’ve never been in a pageant.

  • DreamBoat September 21st, 2012 11:08 PM

    This is waaaaaaaaay too pretty for my brain to handle <3
    I particularly adore 24…
    AHHHHHHH Jesus it's so pretty.

  • FiveDimesForNineLives September 22nd, 2012 12:30 PM

    I’m just basking in awe at how amazing this is.


  • molassesrotblackstrap September 22nd, 2012 5:21 PM

    fabulous petra! the first one reminds me of almost famous. i was listening to “he hit me” and it was just a perfect combo xx

  • mayaautumn September 22nd, 2012 6:15 PM

    omg. beaut just beaut.
    i saw some of these on instagram and uhh i got so excited!!!;D they’re absolutely brilliant (as always) Petra!


  • allier September 22nd, 2012 10:37 PM

    These make me think of a bitter, demented, aesthetically pleasing cult lead by Petra’s mom…. Sign me up!

  • yellowdocs September 24th, 2012 11:15 AM

    Oh gee…! At first i read pregnant girls… lol. The photos are soo cool! They don’t seem so shiny more dark and kinda sad, though they’re beautiful aswell! Who comes up with your photo ideas?

  • Cutesycreator aka Monica September 29th, 2012 8:45 AM

    Wow. This is such a stunning photoset!

  • Exploding Head Syndrome October 4th, 2012 12:35 PM

    Making the worlds tackiest stage melancholic and ethereal is a task, exceedingly well executed.

  • pinkrabbitfoot January 4th, 2013 2:51 PM

    Magical and enchanting, as usual!


  • Lemons March 30th, 2013 10:45 AM

    2, 5, 8 , 14..23.. oh I can’t choose. atmospheric.


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  • ArmyOfRabbits June 6th, 2013 2:03 PM

    I like these “washed out” pictures!