A LOVE of ink has many Sunshine Coast girls at the back of the pack for modelling jobs, according to agency owner Sam Plant.
Tattoos are still largely unacceptable in the industry, 22-year-old Sam, of Alexandra Headland, said.
"So many girls in the modelling industry go for jobs and make it all the way to the end until they are told they haven't made the cut because of their tattoos," Sam said.
"Generally there is still a lot of people in the community who connect tattoos with criminals, and that's simply no longer the connection."
So Sam has begun her own south-east Queensland model search.
Those with a blank canvas or conspicuous butterflies or dolphins need not apply.
"Inked Beauties" hits the Coast on Sunday night.
The second of four Queensland heats will be held at the Sands Tavern at Maroochydore from 3pm.
The top three will compete in the final on the Gold Coast on June 10.
Sam's tattoos include a rose embedded cross, "strength" on her right foot, two tributes to friends and even a "Where's Wally?" homage in her sleeve.
What does she say to critics who question how they will look when she is old?
"It's like saying why bother dyeing your hair because it's only going to fall out anyway," Sam said.
"They represent moments in my life that I want to remember."
Inked Beauties, with "burlesque" and "bikini" sections, is open to women of all ages and appearances.
Style and design of tattoos will not be judged individually but will be critiqued as part of the model with the best overall appeal.
To enter email Sam or call her on 0413 793 017.
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