60s-look bikini pays off

16:00, Dec 27 2013
Miss Alexandra
CONFIDENT: Miss Alexandra Swimsuit contest winner Shannan McKelvey, of Alexandra, with other contestants. 

It was third time lucky for Alexandra swimsuit contest winner Shannan McKelvey.

The 21-year-old waitress strutted across the cricket ground at Molyneux Park with confidence, showing off her 1960s pin-up girl bikini.

The "Miss Alexandra" competition was held for the first time in conjunction with the Twenty20 cricket match between the Otago Volts and Auckland Aces yesterday.

The competition had previously been held at the Molyneux Aquatic Centre.

Miss McKelvey said she had preferred the swimming pool venue, but the cricket event had drawn more of a crowd.

She had entered the competition several times, motivated not by the chance of winning but more for the fun.

"It is so much fun. You get a real adrenaline rush . . . I was quietly confident (this year) but for me, I don't enter to win, I enter to have a good time and watch the girls get out there and strut their stuff. I like to see what the girls are wearing and where they got their bikinis from."

In previous years she had worn a "normal bikini", she said.

"I don't usually go for high-waisted styles but I like this so I went for the 1960s pin-up girl look."

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