MODELLING was a new phenomenon to Perth when Margaret Taylor was crowned Miss Scarborough in 1956.
The then 18-year-old was visiting Scarborough Beach with a friend when they saw a “commotion” and discovered a beauty pageant was searching for entrants.
“I thought ‘Why not?’ and gave it a go,” Mrs Taylor said.
“It was a bit daunting but when you’re young it doesn’t matter so much.”
About 4000 people reportedly flocked to Scarborough for the competition.
“We got a lot of crowds because it was something new,” Mrs Taylor said.
The Doubleview resident is reliving her modelling experience after daughter Roda Hatzistavridi entered a photo of her as Miss Scarborough in a City of Stirling competition.
The photo won a History and Heritage Award in the inaugural Stirling Memories category, which called for residents to submit photos taken in the City before 1990.
Mrs Taylor went on to represent Scarborough in the Miss Sunshine quest and did a small amount of modelling work afterwards.
The 80-year-old has lived in Doubleview since 1960 and praised the City of Stirling for running the competition.
“I think it’s wonderful because I thought those things were forgotten,” she said.