Skimpies make way for ‘himpies’ in famous WA mining town tradition – by Isabel Moussalli and Jarrod Lucas (Australian Broadcasting Corporation – July 28, 2018)

Male skimpies are set to become a regular feature in the WA gold mining town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder after making their near-nude debut in front of a packed house.

Scantily-clad female barmaids are famous in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, 600 kilometres east of Perth, but so-called “himpies” were only briefly trialled a decade ago.

More than 250 people attended last night’s grand reveal of three male skimpies — Matty Abbott, Byron Phillips and Billy Bosco — at the Hannans Hotel. The topless trio had to battle it out with more than 40 candidates after an ABC report led to a spike in applications.

Hannans Hotel manager Tracy Julin said she was shocked by the overwhelming response. “Stunned, I wasn’t expecting so much interest and it’s really taken off,” Ms Julin said. She said due to the popularity, male skimpies would become a monthly feature.

“It definitely has to happen again, there’s too many people that want it,” she said. “I’ve already heard rumours that a couple of them [other pubs] might take it up, so it might become a regular event.”

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