Pinup picks fashionistas on the raceday field
AMANDA Essex may live and breathe vintage fashion but she laughs at the idea of wearing petticoats and gloves everyday.
Mrs Essex is guest judge for the Grafton Shoppingworld Fashions on the Field and won the 2013 Best Dressed Lady.
She describes her personal style as an adaptation of classic 1950s fashion, with an emphasis on fitted waists, A-line skirts and seam stockings.
"Most days I like to dress vintage old school style, especially when I'm out and about," Mrs Essex said.
"Red lipstick and winged black eyeliner are essential but really it's a fun look that can be dressed up or down.
"People are always stopping me in the street and making comments - the great thing about it is that it is made for ladies of all sizes and shapes, curves and all."
Mrs Essex has notched up more than a few appearances as guest adjudicator at events around the country, an unexpected perk of having her own magazine, Pinup Skool.
"I hope to inspire a younger generation," she says, pointing out the magazine is all about classic chic rather than contemporary raunch.
"It's all about showcasing fabulous fashion via beautiful bombshells of all shapes and sizes with a modern twist."
Last year Mrs Essex was surprised to find herself the Best Dressed Lady on Black Auto Grafton Cup Day as she had no intention of entering.
"It was my first time at the Grafton Cup. I was dressed for a day out with my brother and Dad," she said.
"It's always been a boys' weekend for them; they've been going for 25 years but last year I decided to go along and spend time with them.
"I prefer to stay in the background but one of the photographers told me I should enter, so why not?
"Who could resist - it was the 100th anniversary?"
As for the event, it was so much fun she didn't need to think twice about coming back this year.
"I loved the fun and excitement but it's a little colder than what I'm used to on the Sunshine Coast."
What SHE'S looking for
What will guest judge Amanda Essex be looking for in the Grafton Shoppingworld Fashions on the Field?
I'll be looking for a girl with class who carries herself with elegance;
Somebody with personality;
She'll need to dress for the season and leave something to the imagination.