Vying to be Ms Va Va Voom
SHE had to be nagged by friends into it, but musician and Coolangatta shop assistant Charne Louise is proud to be an entrant in the Miss Pin Up Australia competition.
The 29-year-old, who said she loved to live the lifestyle of the 1950s, said the thought of becoming Miss Pin up Australia did not appeal to her at first.
“I've been living the lifestyle for the past 10 years, but when I heard about the competition I wasn't going to enter it at first,” she said.
“It was only after my friends encouraged me into it that I gave in and joined. But I'm glad I did now.”
There are five categories in the competition – Miss Perfect Pin Up, Miss Illustrated Pin Up, Miss Classic Pin Up, Miss Va Va Voom Pin Up and Miss Popularity Pin Up.
Ms Louise, or Miss Lolita Star as she is also known, is entered in the Queensland heat for Miss Perfect Pin Up and Miss Va Va Voom categories.
Miss Va Va Voom is open to girls with a “classically voluptuous curvy body, a modern-day dress size 14”.
“I'm more than proud to be in that category because there is so much emphasis on being a small size and tiny these days, but the reality is more women are a size 12 to 14 anyway,” Ms Louise said.
She was also hopeful of winning the Miss Popularity Pinup, which is determined by votes online.
Ms Louise said she was happy to see the competition organised.
“There are a lot of girls entered and I think it's fantastic to see them coming out of the woodworks. It's becoming a popular culture but it's still very underground and niche.”
“It's nice to see like-minded people, that's for sure.”
The Queensland heat of the competition will be held on September 10 at the Jubilee Hotel in Brisbane.
The first- and second-place winners from each category in each State heat will then compete for the full titles in the final at the Surf N Ink International Tattoo Convention on the Gold Coast in January next year.
There are more than $24,000 worth of prizes to be won.