Her confidence was beautiful to behold as she climbed onto the 62-ton tank in stilettos. Her smile was beaming, her unicorn hair was being tousled by the wind, and she was having a blast.
Meet Peggy Sweet, a 59 year old Air Force Veteran and local Redmond resident who now bears the title of Miss Shakedown 2017.
For the third year in a row, the Miss Shakedown Pin Up contest was held at the Car + Motorcycle show to benefit the Redmond VFW, and put on by the Patriotic Pinups of Central Oregon to help raise awareness for veterans. The winner received hairstyling and makeup by Cydnee of LemonDrop Salon, and a Pin Up photo session with ME.
But to Peggy, winning Miss Shakedown was worth so much more than just the title.
Did you know that 1 out of every 7 Oregonians is a veteran? And as Peggy herself stated, "women veterans are often forgotten." After 10 years of service in the Air Force, Peggy returned back home to Redmond to become a part of the community, went on to get married and have a son, but only recently rediscovered a piece of herself. No longer recognizing herself in the mirror, she grew inspired after seeing last year's Shakedown Pin Up contest, and told herself she'd lose 60 lbs, get in shape, and be a part of the contest the following year. So it was a beautiful surprise when she WON.
Her next challenge? She might just take up modeling.
See even MORE. Peggy Sweet was interviewed for War Stories, and you can see her full interview here. (And you'll even spot me doing my thing in there from time to time.)
HAPPY VETERANS' DAY!