High hopes for stylish contestant

WITH red lipstick and kitten heels, Bossley Park's Melissa [surname withheld] aka Belles B Ringing is ready to take on the world after entering this year's Miss Pinup Australia competition.

The 33-year-old will compete in the Miss VaVaVoom leg of the vintage pageant, which is open to women who have a classically voluptuous curvy body and are a modern day dress size 14+.

Bells B Ringing said after struggling with her image for years and hitting rock bottom three years ago, she was ready to take on one of the biggest challenges in her life in a bid to build her self-confidence.

"As a child I had always loved the Bill Collins' featured movies and musicals such as My Fair Lady and Sound of Music," she said.

"I loved the style of clothing, hair and make-up worn by those women in the 1940s and '50s."

But it was only after the event organiser, Pixie Roberts, suggested she enter that she decided to give it a go after winning a free vintage hair makeover at Boogie Bop Dames studio in Seven Hills.

"She told me I had a very gorgeous classic look and that I should consider taking part," she said.

"I spoke to my friends about it and they said it would be a very good confidence boost."

More than 100 women will compete in this year's Miss Pinup Australia.

There are eight categories comprising Miss Perfect Pinup; Miss Illustrated Pinup; Miss Classic Pinup; Miss VaVaVoom Pinup; Miss Prestige Pinup; Miss Neo Pinup; Mr Pinup and Miss Dolly Deb Pinup.

Entrants will compete in a state heat in their nominated categories before proceeding to a state final and then a national final.

But the competition isn't just open to women; men are also encouraged to take part.

The live events will run between April and August.

To vote for Miss Belles B Ringing, visit http://tinyurl.com/ohnjkzj or for more information about the event, go to http://tinyurl.com/oghxtmw.

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