How are we already pass the half way mark with our final five interviews? Can’t we just interviewing our models ALL the time?! The blog is going to be a quieter place without them!
Next up we hear from Jaime Anglin about her experience.
Hey Jaime! So, Katie is still winning with the size jump, but I hear you were refitted at the shoot too…
Yes, I was refitted. I thought I was a 34DD and I was refitted as a 32F. So, quite a difference! But the thing is, there really isn’t a place around where I live to get properly fitted. You can go to a department store or other chain store, and they will only fit you so you can wear one of their bras. Most stores around me do not go above a DD in cup size, and there is also this misconception that the band should be loose, which doesn’t make sense. Therefore, I am thankful that I have now been properly fitted so I can buy the right size. Or better yet, if I win, I can have a whole new collection of properly fitting bras!
This is the problem, it isn’t easy to get refitted. I know there are few places near me I’d trust to fit me, how awful is that? But I like the idea of a whole new collection! Are there any sets from the shoot you fell in love with?
I can’t just choose one! I wore two different sets and I absolutely loved each one I was wearing equally, for different reasons. I loved the Starlet set, because first of all, the name was so fitting, wearing Starlet for the Star in a Bra contest. The petrol color was so rich and deep and it looked great against my skin tone. I loved the little star charms it has on the bra and panties, just the right touch and more than just your everyday bow. The set was so soft and comfortable and the bra itself was very supportive and gave me a great shape. I also loved the purple and watermelon Romance set because purple is my favorite color. I loved the contrast of the two colors and the lace detail and embroidery was lovely and delicate. It made me feel so elegant.
The Starlet is my absolute favourite from the current collection, I like to call it my mermaid bra! So how did you feel before the shoot?
Before the shoot, I was nervous, but excited, and full of anticipation. I couldn’t wait to get there to meet everyone and see where we were shooting. I was curious what sets I would wear and what the other girls would look like in person.
After, I felt like I just went through a whirlwind! We did so much in such a short amount of time, so many things that are normally out of my comfort zone (like being interviewed on camera) and not part of my usual routine (like parading around in my underwear). But I was so proud of myself for doing them! I mean, I hang out with two kids all day, so a day in the life of a glamorous model was a little surreal. So incredibly fun, but definitely like something out of a dream. I was thinking, did all that really just happen? Amazing.
That does sound like quite a change of routine! And it’s always nice to get pampered. So the shoot went well we take it?!
The shoot went great! It was so nice to finally meet the other contestants and the Curvy Kate staff. The bra and underwear sets I got to wear for my shoot were absolutely gorgeous. It was so fun to get my hair and make up done and smile for the camera.
What were the best and worst parts of the day?
The best part was by far my eye make up. It was ah-mazing and truly a work of art. It was like this gold glitter eye shadow, it was so glamorous and sparkly; I absolutely loved it. It actually made me feel like a superhero, with eyes so piercing, I could cut through steel walls with my stare! The worst part was not having enough time to visit with the other girls. We were constantly moving from one thing to the next; fitting, hair and make up, wardrobe, interview, photo shoot, make fun videos, group photos, change, clean up, then we were done for the day. It all went by so fast!
All the hair and make up looks amazing, I always sneak into the chair when shoots are quiet and make them work their magic on me. It’s a real shame you didn’t all have more time together, people never realise quite how quickly the day goes. Is there anything you’d do differently?
I don’t think so. I did everything to the best of my ability and the experience was wonderful. I am so grateful I had the chance to be a part of it.
That’s so lovely to hear. Were you nervous?
Yes, of course I was a little nervous at first. I really wasn’t nervous about being in my underwear, but more nervous for the photo shoot itself. I wanted to do a good job. I was a little stiff when we first started and wasn’t sure how to pose. But after a few minutes I relaxed. The photographer gave me some pointers and was great at giving me direction. After I changed out of my first set and got into my second set, she explained to me what positions look the most flattering which was very helpful. It’s all about being natural and having fun with it.
It certainly doesn’t show – the pictures look great. What do you think it means to be a Curvy Kate girl?
Being a Curvy Kate girl means being comfortable in your own skin and being confident enough to flaunt it. It means knowing that you are a unique individual and you are beautiful just the way you are. It’s knowing that you can be a positive influence to others and that you have so much to offer.
Think that’s the nail on the head! Do you think it’s important for companies like Curvy Kate to use their customers to model their collections?
I think it is wonderful what Curvy Kate is doing to represent their customers. Yes, more companies, especially in the fashion industry, should follow suit. It would be great if more of a variety of shapes and sizes were represented in different clothing lines and other products as well in commercials, magazines, and on billboards. It is so important, especially for young girls, to see healthy images of women in the media. People want to see someone who looks like them and Curvy Kate makes certain that their models show a variety of different body types.
I think it’s healthy that more companies seem to be coming on board with the idea of using their customers, it’s so great to see. Have you got any advice for anyone thinking of entering next year?
I’d say go for it! Life is too short, so why not do something that scares you, but is exciting at the same time? You really do have nothing to lose, and you could gain some remarkable experiences you would never get the chance to be involved in otherwise.
And how does it feel to be a part of Star In A Bra North America 2013?
It feels amazing. It kind of feels like I have a part time job now campaigning and marketing myself trying to rally votes. It’s been fun and has been overwhelming (in a good way) the amount of family, friends, and local community members that have come together to support me. They are all very excited for me, are rooting for me and stand behind me 100%. It means so much to me to have their support.
It’s a tough job, that’s for sure, but worth it. Just one last question Jaime…the horrid one! Why do you think people should vote for you to win the competition?
People should vote for me to win because I know what its like to struggle to find a bra that both fits properly and is cute, so I know that I will be passionate about the brand. I also whole-heartedly agree with Curvy Kate’s philosophy on positive body image and I would love the chance to be able to empower women to appreciate their body and love it just the way it is. I have two daughters and I would like to show them when they are older what mommy did by representing such a wonderful company and having confidence in herself. Traveling for photo shoots, meeting and interacting with new people at trade shows, and just being a part of such a revolutionary marketing campaign would truly be the opportunity of a lifetime, and I would love it if people would vote for me to help get me there.
Good luck Jaime!
To vote for Jaime, please head on over to the Curvy Kate Facebook page but hurry, voting ends soon! And remember you have just one vote this time, so make it count.