SEXY crop scientist, Linda Bailey has come up with her answer to depression: Pin-up modelling.
Linda spends most of her days in the fields getting muddy, or dusty, but by night she is all feminine glamour and goes by the name of Lindy-Lou.
Her passion for pin-up has scored her a top place in the Miss Pin-up Australia competition where she will represent Queensland in the State Finals in the category for Miss Prestige Pin-up.
The 42-year-old is a proud single mum to 11-year-old Ryan.
Anyone can get pin-up photography done and are usually glamour shots intended to be ‘pinned up’ on a wall.
“My pin-up photo-shoot was a dream come true. I really love the whole idea of the rock'n'roll era,” said Linda.
Pin-up posing has been a release and healing process for Linda who suffers from depression.
“It’s great because you can take on a different persona and it’s a chance to be feminine, build self-confidence and self-esteem.”
For most of her life Linda has struggled with genetic depression and although her tough journey continues every day, her strength and ability to push-on shines through.
“If I was to win (Miss Pin-up Australia 2013) I would like to raise awareness to people about depression and to let down the barriers and stigma attached to the illness,” she said.
Linda recently came home after a three-week stay in a psychiatric ward. “One day I was on the computer and I screamed.
“My roommate came over to me and said, ‘What’s wrong? Are you OK?’
“I told her I had been shortlisted as one of the three top finalists in Queensland for my category in Miss Pin-up Australia.”
It was by chance that Linda stumbled across the competition while on Facebook.
“I love pin-up so I was ‘liking’ all the pin-up pages on Facebook when I came across this competition. I didn’t know if I should because I was feeling pretty down about myself at the time. I never thought I would get anything.”
Linda feels pin-up posing is something she can do to make her feel good, a natural anti-depressant.
“I can have the chance to be feminine and to be a proper lady.”
Before the girls get judged they will be meeting in Brisbane with all other Queensland state finals to go through deportment, make-up and hair styles.
“I can’t wait to learn how to do my hair properly.
“Pin-up is really uplifting and in this competition if you are bitchy you will be disqualified. I really want to get the message out there to all the young girls who feel they’re not worth it.”
You can vote for Linda by clicking here
These great pictures were taken by Linda’s chosen photographer, Dean Agar.