TAKING the title of Miss Burlesque Queensland for the second time in three years, former Rockhampton girl Alyssa Kitt says she wants women to feel beautiful no matter their size or shape.
Alyssa, who is currently visiting her hometown this week, said she was honoured to receive the title on the weekend.
"It feels like an incredible honour that my art has been acknowledged," the young woman told The Bully yesterday.
Trying out some contemporary dance classes at 18, Alyssa said it was her friend that told her to give burlesque dancing a go, and the rest was history.
"I was blown away by it," she said. "It allowed me to be who I felt I was. My stage personality is really me times 200."
But the talented performer who has a background in classical music said the art of burlesque was about feeling empowered and confident as a woman.
"I really try to promote a positive image for women, I'm a size 14 and curvaceous women are sometimes portrayed in a gimmicky way," she said.
"But I want to present them in a confident and sexy way. I love letting other ladies know that anyone can do it, it's not just women with blonde hair and big boobs, it's women who are five foot two with red hair and freckles."
Performing on stages in New York and taking her talent internationally to the US and Canada on tour in 2012, Alyssa said she'd love to perform her show in Rockhampton one day.
"I would like to get back to my academic side and do my PHD in a couple of years."