Retro glam takes duo to the top
WHAT do you get when you mix a bit of '40s and '50s style with two Mackay women who have a whole lot of personality?
You get two beauties who have been named state finalists in the 2011 Miss Pinup Australia competition, brought to you by Miss Pixie's Boogie Bop Dames.
Miss Bindy Bluebell, also known as Belinda Feodoroff, won the title of Miss Va Va Voom Queensland.
Miss Maiden Ink, aka, Kelly Koolstra-Aplin, placed second in Miss Classic Queensland.
Not only do these classy ladies share a passion for fashion, they're now in the running for the national titles in their categories.
The competition showcased more than 20 girls from Queensland in four sections - Miss Illustrated, Miss Classic, Miss Va Va Voom and Miss Perfect.
"The whole experience of getting up in front of a large crowd... it's just a big boost of self esteem," Bindy said.
"Life doesn't begin until you step out of your comfort zone and I've done that; I try to do that every day now."
The 32-year-old wife and mother of two said she went into the competition to show off what she loves.
"My favourite part of the whole thing has been getting glammed up, I love doing my hair and make-up," she said.
Miss Maiden Ink, who is co-owner and manager of Maiden Ink Tattoos, had previously only entered equestrian show jumping and tattoo competitions.
"I entered one category because of everything I do, being in the tattoo industry and I'm a photo journalist for Australian Tattoo Magazine; it's good for me and I like to dress in vintage," Kelly said.
"What girl doesn't want to dress up?"
The 39-year-old mother of two's classic outfit choice and style attracted all the right attention.
"I definitely hope to improve and I'll be a lot more confident; what's most important is to go in and have fun," she said.
The grand final of the competition will be held in Sydney in March next year.