Nerida Petrides donned her alter ego Miss Chi Chi Cheetah to take a tilt at Australia’s first pin-up model title since the 1950s.
Nerida Petrides donned her alter ego Miss Chi Chi Cheetah to take a tilt at Australia’s first pin-up model title since the 1950s. Goregeousportraitscom

Pin-up model takes tilt at comp

IF YOU visited the office of former Toowoomba girl Nerida Petrides, you might feel like you stepped back in time to the 1950s.

The corporate receptionist fell in love with the vintage, pin-up model look and has now found the perfect outlet for her passion.

Miss Pin-up Australia is the first national pin-up competition held in the country since the 1950s and it has brought out a swag of Betty Page wannabes and admirers like Ms Petrides.

She dubbed herself Miss Chi Chi Cheetah, pulled out her glammest lipstick and got her entry in.

The six Queensland finalists will be decided tomorrow, but even if our Toowoomba girl doesn’t make it through, she can still get in through internet votes.

“I think my love of vintage started with op shopping. My mum always told me I was born in the wrong era,” Ms Petrides said.

“I love the 1940s and 50s glam and I fell in love with the classic custom culture of hot rods and tattoos.

“I had a bit of a confidence boost and now I would really love to crack the pin-up modelling scene in the US.

“If you’ve got the confidence and the perfect lipstick you can go far.”

To take your first look at Australia’s modern pin-up culture or to help Chi Chi Cheetah out with your vote, see www.misspinupaustralia.com

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