COLOURFUL PICTURE: Amanda Keogh, of Tannum Sands, will be competing in the Miss Tattoo Australia contest in Brisbane on Saturday night.
COLOURFUL PICTURE: Amanda Keogh, of Tannum Sands, will be competing in the Miss Tattoo Australia contest in Brisbane on Saturday night. Contributed

Show us your tatts: Gladstone woman heads to competition

AMANDA Keogh has spent more money on her tattoos than she would like to admit, but she's hoping it will pay off.

The Tannum Sands woman will be competing on Saturday night in Brisbane in Miss Tattoo Australia.

It's the first time she has competed in a competition showcasing her tattoos, but not the first time the 32-year-old has tried her hand at modelling.

Ms Keogh started modelling in her early 20s.

Just after that she started working in a piercing shop and discovered the addictive nature of tattoos.

"Tattoos in modelling weren't very big back then," Ms Keogh said.

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"I think there has been a bit of a shift in beauty standards though, and winning a modelling contract out of this would be amazing."

Ms Keogh said she was confident heading into the big night, but slightly nervous of getting up on stage.

"I'm packing it. You get judged on a range of things and I am nervous about being on stage, but I guess the worst that can happen is falling over - I am pretty clumsy."

There are three rounds to get through without falling over, casual wear, swimwear and evening gown.

Judges will be making decisions based on the outfit choice, tattoos, stage presence and personality including a round of questions.

Even if she doesn't win, just getting there is an achievement for Ms Keogh who entered the competition last year, but ended up backing out.

"I've had a lot of people say I should enter because of the bright colours.

It still spins me out when I look down and see my skin all colourful."

The winner will feature in Inked Magazine.



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