Jaslyn Walters loves Maitland’s emerging creative scene and its sense of community.
So when she heard about the call for entries in the Maitland Showgirl and Miss Maitland competition she jumped at the chance to take part.
The 19-year-old loves 1950s style clothing, rock and roll, and the pin-up modelling movement. She owes that movement to the self-confidence she has developed and is grateful she dipped her toes into it during the best dressed competition at the Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival a couple of years ago.
The amount of confidence it has given me in the last couple of years has been absolutely amazing – I’ve gone from a shy and pretty reserved person to being more confident and being able to model and I even had the confidence to enter a national pin-up title,she said
She even had the confidence to compete in a national pin-up competition where she raised money for charity Soldier On.
She hopes the showgirl quest will help improve her public speaking skills.
“I want to better myself with my public speaking, and also I love the community aspect of Maitland.
“There’s a big creative movement in Maitland which is an amazing thing – there is an art gallery and a new museum in the works. There’s lots of events and things popping up like the Aroma and Taste festivals.
“I’d love to get more involved in my local community, I think it’s a very important thing for everyone to do.”
“I’ve always been a creative person, I enjoy portraiture and a bit of everything else, I love being able to create something and express myself.”
Ms Walters, who moved from Tenambit to Newcastle at the end of last year to be close to her job, is a keen photographer.
She has a diploma in photo imaging and is studying a social media and marketing diploma.
“Photography and social media and marketing go hand in hand so I decided to do the other course,” she said.