A WOMAN whose style was inspired by her grandparents is bidding to win a national beauty competition.
Lili Tuttle, 29, of Badgemore Lane, Henley, is one of more than 50 women who are entered for the Miss Pinup UK contest to find the country’s best vintage glamour model.
The competition, which has been held annually since 2013, begins with a public vote with the top 40 women going through to the next stage. Voting will close on Thursday.
Miss Tuttle, a costume maker, said: “I love the Thirties, Forties and Fifties, when people dressed their best as if every day was special.
“My personal style is inspired by my grandfather Jim Green, who gave me a love of old films and the leading ladies who starred in them, and my grandmother Lotte Tuttle, who taught me that glamour is an everyday thing, to be worn with a silk scarf and red nails and lipstick.
“I decided to enter Miss Pinup UK as this is a big year for me. It’s the last one in my Twenties so I wanted to make it special. Already this year I have flown to Paris to meet burlesque star Dita Von Teese and I proposed to my fiancé on Leap Day.”
She grew up in Hungerford and moved to Henley in 2013 to live with her fiancé Grant Wheatley, who is a banker in Maidenhead but hopes to start his own gardening business.
The couple volunteer as ushers at the Kenton Theatre.
Miss Tuttle said: “I believe all women should feel special and glamorous and this is just what the contest sets out to do.
“Unlike a traditional beauty contest, Miss Pinup celebrates women of all shapes, sizes, colours and ages for more than just their looks and encourages the view that fabulous doesn’t only fit one mould.”
The quarter-finals of the competition will be held during the summer and from there 15 women will go through to the semi-finals in London.
The finals will be held at the London Tattoo Convention in September where the judging panel will include last year’s winner Lulu Vesper.
To vote for Miss Tuttle, visit www.pinupuk.com/girls/darling-ms-lili
or “like” her photo on the Pinup UK Facebook page.