Sofie Bahnson (Miss Fifi La Rouge) and Renae Soppe (Miss Hg Mercury) have formed the Sunshine Coast Pinup School in Nambour.
Sofie Bahnson (Miss Fifi La Rouge) and Renae Soppe (Miss Hg Mercury) have formed the Sunshine Coast Pinup School in Nambour. Mark Greenmantle

'Pin-up perfection' arrives at Coast's new style school

TWO Sunshine Coast women are "living the dream", raising children and running a school for retro fashion, style and make-up.

Renae Soppe, who goes by stage name of Miss Hg Mercury, discovered her love for pin-up fashion after constant frustration trying to find clothes as a "big-boobed" lady.

"I was always really self-conscious...nothing would fit right," Ms Soppe said.

"I knew fashion would really suit me, but I'd try on every style and think, 'Surely something would look good on me'."

But there was no hope with mainstream fashion, she said. She stuck to singlets and shorts.

One day a girlfriend invited her to a vintage style and fashion show, where Ms Soppe was struck by how comfortable and stylish women of all shapes and sizes looked.

Most fashion labels in the retro pin-up scene have sizes from 3XS to 3XL, and the clothing looks just as great on everyone, she said.

Now a pin-up girl "all day, every day" Ms Soppe spends her time devising and running workshops for the newly formed Sunshine Coast Pinup School in Nambour, which she runs with fellow "pin-up mama" Sofie Bahnson.

Through hands-on workshops and consultations they teach women how to create a retro look that suits them - whether that is a 1940s, '50s or '60s style.

"You embrace your woman-ness, embrace femininity and you rock what you have," Ms Soppe said.

For more information or to join their next workshops on Saturday, June 3 at The Old Ambulance Station, 80 Howard St, Nambour, visit Facebook.com/sunshinecoastpinupschool


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