CQ girl Marella takes off and so does her career

Marella Dunn has gone from coal mines to cover girl.
Marella Dunn has gone from coal mines to cover girl.

SHE has gone from a soot-covered underground coal mine worker to raunchy cover girl.

And it's a move Marella Dunn's father Rodney is "sort of proud of" after finding out his girl was going to be plastered across July editions of Australian Penthouse Magazine.

The Central Queensland lass is July's Penthouse Pet of the Month with revealing shots of Marella "Jane", which she uses as her industry name, on next month's cover.

But Marella didn't attack the industry straight after high school, which admittedly she said were the years that inspired her love for modelling. She went and got herself an education first.

Born and bred at Moranbah, before heading to high schools in Sarina and Mackay, Marella completed three years studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree at James Cook University in Townsville.

After university, she went on to work in the mines as an occupational health and safety, rehabilitation and return-to-work co-ordinator.

"My parents are supportive of me and my modelling career although my dad doesn't really want to know about it," she said.

"I had to tell my mum to tell my dad I was on the cover of Penthouse."

In coming weeks she is about to go full steam ahead as Penthouse Pet of the Month with a tour around the state.

Marella, 27, is promoting her front-cover success with a live appearance at Zodiac Nightclub on June 28, and has her sights set on becoming Penthouse Pet of the Year.