THE colourful "Belle" of Bribie Island has left a lasting impression on her state.
Last week Jade Halley, who performs under the pseudonym, Belle Amour, faced a crowd on the Gold Coast for the Miss Ink Queensland state heat along with many tattooed beauties.
The young pin-up-inspired model claimed runner-up, which earned her a spot at the nationals in December.
It was no surprise that Jade was pleased with her result.
"I think I was the youngest of the group. It was such a great atmosphere to be in," she said.
"I was surprised I placed. There were a lot of heavily tattooed girls there and that was what it was judged on."
Despite a tough-to-crack crowd, Jade charmed her audience with her carpet python, Medusa.
"I think I had a bit of an advantage posing with a snake," she said.
"The host felt a bit uneasy about it, though, as she kept backing away while asking questions."
Despite the shock factor, Jade said she liked to differ from the mainstream.
During the national competition at Melbourne this year she plans to impress the audience with a rather unique talent.
"I'll be cutting full milk bottles with a samurai sword," she said.
"I'm trying to do something a bit different to leave a lasting impression."
While the young doll is relatively new to the pin-up scene, Jade has almost mastered the art by picking up a few old tricks from older generations in her family and online.
Taking inspiration from the classic style of others and adding her own modern twist to her look via eye-catching tattoos, Jade has made her mark on the pin-up/alt model scene performing as Belle Amour in pageants across the state and as a calendar girl.
Her confidence has allowed her to capture the attention of the scene she hopes to thrive in.
The 2012 Miss Ink national finals will be held at Melbourne on December 1. For more information on Miss Ink Australia log on to www.missinkaustralia.com.
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