VINTAGE GLAMOUR: Three local ladies will be among those competing in the inaugural Miss Melon 'Love' pin-up pageant at this year's Melon Festival.
VINTAGE GLAMOUR: Three local ladies will be among those competing in the inaugural Miss Melon 'Love' pin-up pageant at this year's Melon Festival. Miss Blondie Bubbles

Local ladies flock to pin-up pageant

THE days of country dances, hot rods and pin-up girls are experiencing a resurgence this Melon Festival.

Suzie Dunstan, better known as her pin-up persona Miss Blondie Bubbles, has been organising pageants for three years and is excited to bring the first Miss Melon 'Love' pageant to this year's Melon Festival.

"I've been collecting vintage furniture and knick-knacks for years now but only discovered the world of pin-up girls in recent years,” Miss Bubbles said.

"Pin-up girls love anything fruity and fun, so I thought a pin-up pageant would go down really well in Chinchilla.”

This Saturday's event will showcase 15 stunning 1950s-inspired beauties, including three from the Western Downs region.

Kitty Paprika.
Kitty Paprika. Miss Blondie Bubbles

Local girl, Hannah White will be showcasing her feisty alter-ego, Vixen La Rouge, the colourful Kitty Paprika hails from Miles and Lady Vega Vendetta is a former Chinchilla lady as well.

Vixen La Rouge aka Hannah White.
Vixen La Rouge aka Hannah White. Miss Blondie Bubbles

The contestants will have one minute on stage to impress the audience as well as a team of three judges.

"Pin-up girls are judged on four important factors,” Miss Bubbles said.

"Confidence and stage presence, outfit and accessories, their poses and hair and make-up.

"Of course, for the festival the girls have been asked to create melon-themed outfits and I am so looking forward to seeing what they come up with.

"The pin-up pageant world is all about enjoying getting dressed up and performing and having a great time together. The girls all have a love of everything vintage and glam.

"Our fashions are inspired by the beautiful, strong women of the past such as Marilyn Munro and Elizabeth Taylor,

"It's very lighthearted and positive and encourages sisterhood. We don't take ourselves too seriously,” Miss Bubbles said.

Enjoy a trip back in time or cheer on your favourite contestant at the family-friendly event this Saturday from 1pm under the primary school assembly building.


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