Stephanie Spiteri says pin-up is a way to combine two loves as she takes her first steps in the hobby

Do it: Stephanie Spiteri is urging people to cast aside their insecurity and enter a pin-up pageant. The Jimboomba woman says she has found a way to combine a love of cars and clothes.
Do it: Stephanie Spiteri is urging people to cast aside their insecurity and enter a pin-up pageant. The Jimboomba woman says she has found a way to combine a love of cars and clothes.

A Jimboomba nail technician has beat contestants from across Australia to grab an award in a pin-up pageant, in a culture which celebrates vintage cars and fashion.

Stephanie Spiteri said her award win should be encouragement for women everywhere to put their nerves to one side and entering a pageant.

It could be the confidence boost they need.

Mrs Spiteri, a mother of three who goes by the stage name Miss Kuztom Revette, took out an encouragement award at her first event and said she was hooked on the hobby.

The Miss Kustom Kulture pageant was conducted online because of COVID-19, and the winners were announced last month.

Contestants had to send in pictures and videos of themselves in costume, and thanking supporters if they won the event.

Mrs Spiteri said the win had not sunk in yet.

"It was a complete shock as nobody knew there was an encouragement award," she said.

"I'm still shocked I won."

The 27-year-old's life outside pageants is petrol driven, with classic cars dominating her life.

She said she did plenty of work on a Volksrod, a modified Volkswagen Beetle.

"I built my Volksrod with my dad to have something different - it's that's my baby," she said.

"We're currently building a Holden FB wagon. But my husband has an XP Falcon and my parents have old cars too.

I've always been in the car scene. But all of a sudden got some confidence to try out a pageant. I love the old school attire and always thought the ladies were stunning.

Stephanie Spiteri

"So classic cars are a big part of our life.

"We go down to Westpoint at Browns Plains most Saturdays to take the cars out for a drive."

The mum of three boys said she could be found four wheel driving or in the shed when not dressed to the nines for a pageant.

It was the combination of cars and beautiful fashion from years gone by which drew Mrs Spiteri to the pin-up world.

"I love the old school attire and always thought the ladies were stunning," she said.

She said he was excited to enter next event.

"The ladies were so welcoming so it won't be my last," she said.