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When one door closed, another opened for actor turned pin-up

IT'S been something of an atypical journey for this poster girl.

When Lulu La Rose (not her real name), a professional actress, returned to Australia after seven years of working with charities and non-government organisations in Africa, she was hit with a rude shock.

Expecting to return to her acting work, she found it hard to break back into the industry, because, she says, her age had reached a certain number.

"When I got back to Australia, I experienced ageism because I was turning 50," the Dundowran resident said.

"With a lot of people (in the acting industry), they see the number 50 and automatically the door shuts - they think you're over it."

So Lulu's career took an interesting twist.

Having always been interested in vintage fashion and retro pin-up posters, she decided to try "the next best thing" - and entered Miss Pinup Australia.

"I'd always followed this pin-up thing," Lulu said.

"This year they decided to have a Miss Prestige category, for people over 40, so I decided to give it a go."

Not only did she give it a go, she came away from the state finals earlier this year as Miss Prestige Pinup and went on to the national finals in May, where she finished runner-up.

As a result, Lulu won a professional photo shoot, among other prizes, and will soon be gracing the pages of various American pin-up magazines.

Lulu said the contest was not necessarily about beauty or looks.

"It's about confidence, styling - it's not a beauty contest, it's about how you present yourself in public," Lulu said.

"It's based on the authentic vintage look - not on who's the skinniest or who's the prettiest. That's why it's a good contest!

"And it's the only one in the world that does it like this."

Lulu said her family and friends were surprised by her new interest - but were supportive.

"Everyone was very surprised - especially my husband," she said.

"But he loves that era - cars, music etc - and comes along to all the events and things.

"He's my number one fan."

Lulu said anyone interested in entering next year's contest could find more information at www.misspinupaustralia.com.au.

Hervey Bay's Lulu La Rose has been making waves as a vintage pin-up girl, winning the Miss Prestige state title earlier this year.
Hervey Bay's Lulu La Rose has been making waves as a vintage pin-up girl, winning the Miss Prestige state title earlier this year. Contributed

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