"Mum, why do you have to wear victory rolls in your hair to school and bright red lipstick?"
Tracey Robertson says it makes her laugh hearing such questions from her 11-year-old daughter who just can't seem to wrap her head around Mum's penchant for vintage glamour.
Given she's a primary school teacher, there's no doubting this 43-year-old single mother of three from Dural turns heads.
"I wear pin-up and vintage to school most days and my daughter gets a bit embarrassed," Ms Robertson said.
"She doesn't particularly like when I use my parasol in the playground instead of a hat either, but I think she'll come around."
In spite of all this, Ms Roberston says she's not a natural exhibitionist and that it's been a personal journey to bring out her inner pin-up, especially after separating from her husband of 25 years.
And what better way to get back her va-va-voom than to enter Miss Pin Up Australia which is what she's done after meeting competition creator Miss Pixie Roberts at a photo shoot last year.
You can see her at the state final at Blacktown Workers Club on June 29.
Look for Miss Tee Cee — "that's my maiden name initials" — in the Miss Prestige (over 40s) category.
"Since entering, I've done some pin-up posing and make-up and hair classes and I've just been down to Melbourne, where I found a 1950s brand-new swimming costume [for the swimwear segment]," Ms Robertson said.
"They'd bought it for their honeymoon and never wore it.
"I've also started rock'n'roll dancing."
She'll be wearing her mother's negligee from her wedding night for the lingerie segment.
There's also a daywear and a talent segment, which may see her pull out a pogo stick.
■ Vote for Miss Tee Cee: http://misspinupaustralia.com.au