And last but not least, for today, we hear from the lovely Emma Little!
Hey everyone, I’m Emma , I’m 20 and I’m from the very lovely Northern Ireland. I’m currently in my final year studying Law so being a Curvy Kate finalists is definitely a dramatic change from my usual routine (but in a good way of course.) There really isn’t much to tell about me I love to dance (and have done all my life) and run, I love being active, believe it or not. No matter what I do though I can’t escape my natural curvy frame. I used to let this really get me down and try to compensate it by depriving myself of sweet things (when I really have a sweet tooth!) and depressingly dragging myself to the gym. I soon realised that I just was not happy. I was sucking all the fun out of cooking, eating and being active, my favourite things. So now I take everything in moderation, I’m proud of being a little bit curvy naturally and really want to encourage everyone to think the same way.
We’re glad you’ve finally embraced your natural figure Emma, how can anyone deny a sweet tooth?! How did you hear about the competition?
I found out about the competition doing a random Google search for bigger busted lingerie and came across Curvy Kate as a brand for the first time and then of course the competition. I was really struggling to find good fitting, supportive (as well as actually stylish and pretty) bras. It seems like sometimes the selection we have to choose from is just awful. Either they presume we all have implants ( that is if your a D+) and so do not need good support or else we must all simply not be interested in being appealing at all (which is so not true and just unfair.) So I was pleasantly surprised to see beautiful curvy women in a beautiful selection of well-fitted, supportive bras just for us with a D+.
That’s what we’re here for! Why did you decide to enter this years competition?
I never even thought about entering the competition until one night after I came home from the gym. I was about to jump in the shower and I looked at myself in the mirror; I had been trying really hard to get into shape but no matter what I did I didn’t seem to be making any headway, well at least not in comparison to the natural stick insects who glided along effortlessly on the cross trainers opposite me in the gym. I looked at my shape and my frame and I guess I just thought ‘enough is enough’. I could go to the gym ten times a week and eat nothing but carrot sticks and I would still be naturally bigger and curvier than some other people. Besides, when I actually objectively thought for myself which I would rather be and what I thought looked healthier I realised it wasn’t the skeleton look. Rather than continue to miserably torture myself I decided to embrace my natural shape. So I jumped in the shower, washed my hair and dug out a few sets of matching underwear. I ran into the living room as quickly as could be (so I didn’t lose my bottle) and threw a camera at my completely bewildered boyfriend. After complete hysterics we managed to get a few shots that were not blurred by my giggles and now here I bizarrely am…for all the world to see I guess!
Good for you! How did you feel when you finally hit enter and your entry to the competition was submitted?
When I entered I’m not sure I was actually thinking at all, it was just more an impulsive way of proving to myself that curvy, healthy women are attractive and that I should stop looking at silly size zero (moody looking) fashion models and just be me. Now that it’s the final thirty I’m really, really nervous but in a good way. Seeing all of the girls just reminds me that curvy healthy women look so beautiful and natural. Really it just affirms the fact that us healthy, curvy girls are in the majority and the size zero supermodels are actually the odd ones out.
I think the competition definitely highlights that there are people out there with curves than the magazines would like us to think! One last question Emma – why do you think people should vote for you to get through to the top ten?
All of the girls look gorgeous; in fact everyone who entered no doubt looked gorgeous so everyone does genuinely deserve votes. That being said I genuinely think I would make a really good representative for Curvy Kate. I’m fun, happy, healthy and above all proud to be curvy. It would mean the world to me to be given the opportunity to show the world that us curvy ladies have got what it takes to be models too! I know I may not be the biggest busted, or the curviest, I’m probably not even the prettiest but I would work really hard to promote curvy women in the fashion industry and absolutely anywhere I could. I have experienced how darn right depressing it is to wonder why you can’t be that thin or that size, I have gotten all muddled up and mixed up my priorities at times when bombarded with stick think images of size zero models. But now I want to make sure no other girls feel like that and we all learn to appreciate our natural healthy sizes whatever our size.
We couldn’t agree more, thanks Emma!
Tomorrow will be the last day of interviews from our lovely entrants, see you there!
And just in time for your lunch break, we speak to the lovely Holly Hawkins!
Hi everyone, my name is Holly! I absolutely love my pet baby tortoise, baking (I like to pretend I’m Nigella Lawson!) photography, type writers and I love to make knickers!
That’s an interesting hobby, good for you! How did you find out about this years competition?
I actually got told to enter the competition by my mum! A few friends had also suggested it, but my mum was so determined that I had to enter, she is my favourite person in the world so of course I’m going to listen to her!
We’re liking the positive influences of Mum’s in this years competition! What made you decide to enter?
I just thought why not! I never entered with the intention of getting through though! I just thought it would be funny! I study Contour Fashion (Lingerie Design) at De Mont Fort University, and we are currently doing a design project with Curvy Kate. Also the lack of pretty bras out there that cater for plus sizes AND smaller back sizes is soo small! I would love the chance to represent Curvy Kate because they are catering to such a niche market that a lot of ladies need and should have available!
That would explain why you like making knickers! How did you feel when you entered, and when you found out you’d made it through to the top thirty? Must have been quite daunting, even for the most confident girl!
I literally got a text from my mum saying that the closing date for the competition was going to be the next day, so we grabbed the camera and uploaded the photos. I genuinely didn’t expect to be in the final thirty! It was exciting, and that I never thought I’d get through, but now that I have, I’m extremely flattered and can’t wait to see who the public vote for.
I didn’t even check my email to find out because I just assumed that I wouldn’t be picked! When my friend checked the website she told me I was through, I did not believe her! It wasn’t until the girls in my class put a huge image of one my Curvy Kate photos on the HUGE screen in the classroom! I never get embarrassed and I was SO shocked! It was like when Gok puts the massive images of the women in underwear in the high street on ‘How to look good naked’.
I’m sure they were just proud of you – you will need to get used to people seeing pictures of you in your smalls! Why do you think people should vote for you to be in the top ten?
Because I would love to do a ‘Yay-I-got-through!’ bum dance, in my pants!!
Also the thought of winning Cadburys hamper would be like a second Christmas to me!
Sounds like good enough reason to us – thanks Holly!
Good morning everyone! Carrying on with our Q&A’s today we have the lovely Jane Blackhall!
I’m a student, studying in Edinburgh, working towards my second degree. When I’m not studying or working at one of my two jobs I love just spending time with my friends and enjoying myself.
Sounds like you’re a busy girl! How did you hear about this years competition?
I knew the competition existed as I saw it run last year but I didn’t think to enter, but this year I thought I’d have a go!
We’re bet you’re glad you entered this year! What made you decide to finally enter?
It was the last day to enter and, with the encouragement of my Mum, we grabbed the camera and started taking a few snaps. I uploaded the photos into the competition but didn’t think anymore of it.
Bravo Mum! How did you feel entering? I’d be nervous to say the least!
It was about 10 minutes before the competition closed and I thought I had maybe cut it too close to be in with a chance. I felt excited to see if I’d made it in…And I did!
Ten minutes makes all the difference! How did you feel when you found out you’d made it through to the top thirty?
As I entered on a whim, I was so shocked to receive the news that I had been chosen for the top thirty. I was on holiday in Spain at the time and I had to phone my Mum straight away to let her know!
Bet the news made your holiday even better! One last question Jane – why do you think people should vote for you to be in the final ten?
Well, I’m a genuine girl with a real figure. I’m not stick thin; I have curves in the right places. Woman need to remember that’s how we naturally are- Curvy! And our curves are great!
Has Jane won your vote? Go to the Star in a Bra website or the Curvy Kate Facebook page to let us know, and use your three votes wisely because once they’re gone, you won’t get another chance to vote for your favourite girls!
Not many interviews left with our lovely contestants now! Finishing us off for the day is the lovely Amanda Navin!
Hi I’m Amanda, a 19 year old media student from Timperley, Cheshire - just outside Manchester. I’m just coming to the end of my college course and I’m hopefully planning to spend a gap year travelling and getting involved in charity work overseas – oh and being Curvy Kate’s newest model, of course!
Looks like it could possibly be a busy year for you! How did you find out about this years competition?
I had first found out from the Brastop website, and then I got a flyer through with one of my orders. My boyfriend, best friend and my mum had been telling me to give the competition a go but I only decided to pluck up the courage after having one of those ‘ugly days’- I’m glad I did too it gave me a great confidence boost!
We’re glad you entered to! How did it feel to enter the competition? Must have been daunting to say the least…
To me this competition isn’t just about big boobed, curvy girls, it’s all about embracing your natural-shape in a healthy way whether you’re tall and slim, you’ve got a bit too much boob or a bit too much bum. There’s always another girl who wants something you’ve got!
And to be quite frank, I’m sick to death of seeing all the same people in magazines and on the television, the ones that don’t even look real. British girls don’t look anything like the handful of girls that represent us – there’s a huge array of different shapes and sizes and I think that we should all enjoy being different, who wants to look exactly the same as everyone else anyway?! It’s boring!
Those are some good points Amanda! How did you feel when you found out you’d made it through to the top thirty?
Well my entering came as a bit of a surprise to everyone! I decided to take a few snaps and see how it went, there’s no harm in trying! And I remember I was sat in the kitchen trying to pick the best photos with my mum and every time one of my brothers or the sisters came near the laptop we would shut the laptop with the sweetest of ‘nothing’s going on here’ faces! Leaving them all wandering around with bemused looks on their faces; they must’ve thought we’d joined the MI5 or something! It was exciting though, but towards the announcing of the top thirty I had absolutely no nails left!
We do feel bad about everyone being so nervous when it came to find out if they made it through. How DID you feel when you found out you’d made it through to the top thirty?
It was my birthday! What a present! I hadn’t got the email because it hadn’t been working properly so I had just assumed I didn’t get through, I got home from college, looked on the page, scrolled down and let out a sigh of “bloody hell!” – There I was in all my boobtastic glory! My boyfriend came around not long after and he was in stitches at my reaction of little squeals and ‘everyone’s going to see me in my knickers!’ And running around in circles half dressed, trying to get changed to go out for my birthday! I was absolutely ecstatic; I’ve never done anything like this before!
That’s quite a birthday present! One last question Amanda – why do you think people should vote for you to go through to the top ten?
Being one of, if not the youngest girl of the bunch I think I identify to a much more vulnerable audience, the younger teenage girls who are taking in all the ‘the only way is thin’ nonsense. I’ve been through it, and from hearing from the other girls they’ve been through it too. It’s only through the last few years that I’ve really thought, ‘well you’ve got big knockers, people are gonna look whatever you do with them – so you might as well make the best of them!’ I honestly believe in the message Curvy Kate is trying to get across to girls, I just wish I’d seen some of this stuff years ago! As long as you are healthy, you should embrace what you have- acting confident even when you’re not, will get you a long way!
Carrying on with our interviews we speak to the lovely Michelle McMahon!
I am Michelle McMahon i am 25 years old. I have just returned from a holiday in Dublin were I have been spreading the word on Curvy Kate!
Thanks for spreading the curvy word! How did you find out about this years competition?
I found out about star in a bra through The Sun newspaper.
Why did you decide to enter this years competition?
I entered as I feel as if there aren’t alot of competitions promoting curves and natural girls. I love how this competition can apply to so many girls. Every girl should feel great about their image. I am fed up with media going on about weight and this competition puts us girls out there and we will show them we are proud of who we are!
We agree, it’s not fair for any girl to feel under pressure because of their shape or size. How did it feel to enter? We can imagine it’s quite daunting, not sure I could go through with it!
I enjoyed entering. I kept counting down the days until you revealed who got through. I never expected to have got through, it was just a dream!
Good to hear you enjoyed entering, I know a lot of the girls found it quite nerve wracking! How did you feel when you found out you’d made it through to the top thirty?
I felt amazing when I found out I’d made it through the top thirty. I was about to catch my flight to Dublin in the early hours of Saturday morning and I checked my facebook and it totally woke me up! I have been buzzing ever since.
Bet that was the icing on the cake for your trip! One last question Michelle, why do you think people should vote for you to be in the final ten?
I think people should vote me in the final ten as I would love this opportunity to be part of Curvy Kate. You should pick me as I am bubbly and would represent your company in a great way!
Has Michelle won your vote? Go to the Star in a Bra website or the Curvy Kate Facebook page to let us know, and use your three votes wisely because once they’re gone, you won’t get another chance to vote for your favourite girls!
Good morning readers!
Once again we’re here to overwhelm you with some Q&A’s with our lovely Star in a Bra entrants. Not long left now to vote, so without further ado we hear from the lovely Jordan Reid!
I’m 18years old, Gravesend born and bred! I’m doing really well at school, currently finishing off my A-Levels but always find time to party hard! I work part time in Greggs which may sound very unnattractive but you cannot beat the 50% discount! I eat like a pig and cannot stand wasting food, it just does not happen in my house! I have a thing for piercings and tattoos; I’d be covered in them if I didn’t want to be a PA when I’m older. I only turned 18 the September just gone so at the moment I’m all about the weekends with my friends or boyfriend and shaking what my mumma gave me… its the best!
Sounds like you’re making the most of being 18! How did you find out about the competition?
I was searching for bras online that were small enough for my back but big enough in the cup without looking plain or something my Grandma would wear. That’s luckily how I came across the competition!
A common problem here at Curvy Kate! What made you decide to enter?
I have always wanted to get into modelling. I stand nearly 6ft tall and people always ask if I am a model but I have always been turned away by agencies, mainly because of my lumps and bumps! I entered Star in a Bra to prove to myself that there is a gap in the market for girls like us and there is nothing wrong with flaunting healthy, womanly bodies.
Very true – we welcome lumps and bumps with open arms! How did you feel when you entered Star in a Bra?
I loved it if I’m honest. Any excuse to emphasise and flaunt my curves and I am there!
Good for you Jordan! And how about when you found out you’d made it through to the top thirty?
I felt so overwhelmed, especially when I took a look at the others that have got through! They’re all so gorgeous and I’m so happy to be amongst them in the top thirty. I was in school at the time and screamed at my blackberry wherre the email had come through everybody cheered and got voting straight away.
Sounds like you’ve got a strong fan base! Why do you think people should vote for you to get through to the final ten?
I’m young, curvy and confident! I think I can show girls around my age that over dieting and being unhappy with your natural body shape is not cool! My body is healthy and toned but I still have curves in all the right places. Curvy girls…..our time has come!
Come back later to see who we hear from next…
We hear what the lovely Hannah Rowe has to say about her Star in a Bra experience…
I’m Hannah, I’m about to turn 21 next week, and I’m currently studying English Literature in my first year at university. I’m from a huge family – I’ve got three little sisters and 2 little brothers, all much younger than me. Growing up with them all has been so much fun, it was really sad when I left home. I’ve been obsessed with cooking for ages, I love making everything from scratch – I honestly don’t know where I’d be without my Sunday roast. When I’ve finished this interview (and an essay I‘ve almost done) I’m making raspberry and white chocolate muffins, yum!
A girl after my own heart! How did you find out about this years competition?
I actually heard about the competition an hour before the deadline on Facebook. I’d been so busy working and writing essays for Uni, I hadn’t even noticed the launch of Star in a Bra. I spent a frantic evening taking photos and flinging various pieces of underwear around, I almost gave up when I couldn’t work out how to upload photos from my phone! Thankfully, I had my boyfriend there to help so I managed to enter just in time.
A certain Laura-Ann Smith from last years competition entered at the last minute as well! Why did you decide to enter? Especially as you only had an hour to go!
I worked as a fitting consultant for Bravissimo for three years before I decided to come to university, and since I left I’ve really missed the world of bras. My boobs sort of sprang upon me when I was 15 – and I found that I would just buy the biggest bra I could find and hope for the best. I used to cram my boobs into bras which were far too small in the cup, and absolutely huge in the back – and the wires were always really painful. When I (finally!) had a proper fitting, and went from a size 38F to a 30JJ, I knew instantly that I wanted to learn more. A lady in a changing room had managed to alter the way I thought about myself, and this seemed incredible! Since then, I’ve set about trying to do the same thing for other women. When I worked with boobs, I saw ladies every day who lacked confidence in their shape for no reason – it was really enlightening to notice their change in self-reflection after they’d had a fitting. The majority of women today are wearing an incorrectly fitted bra, and I’ve noticed that people in a bad bra often live life resenting their boobs, as opposed to loving them. I’ve mainly entered this competition because it’s the best opportunity I’ve been given to shout from the rooftops that curves are wonderful! I was genuinely heartbroken when I left Bravissimo, but I figured I’d have a better chance in life with a degree behind me. I was going to leave it until next time to enter the competition, as I thought my rushed photographs wouldn’t be considered – but I didn’t want to wait a whole year, I knew I’d have boob withdrawal symptoms! I’m very pleased I made it in time. I want people to know that I don’t really feel like a model – I’m only 5ft 2 and I hardly have a washboard stomach or long legs… usually, people look at my boobs and raise their eyebrows! But I am so confident in my beliefs, and so determined to make other women feel the same way – I’m delighted I finally have the chance to tell other people what I think. I’m not expecting to win, the competition is tough and every single entrant is gorgeous! But hopefully when I’ve finished my course, I can do something more to spread the word – I’m determined that with a boob revolution we can change people’s perspective on curves!
Wise words Hannah, we agree whole heartedly on the fitting issue – if only everyone knew how life-changing a correctly fitting bra could be! How did you feel when you entered? And then when you found out you’d made it through to the top thirty?
When I entered, I was more nervous about hitting the deadline than anything else. As soon as I’d pressed the button I was really relieved.. but then about ten minutes later, having looked back on my photos, I’d pretty much convinced myself I wouldn’t get through. It was a shock when I found out – my instinctive reaction was ‘god, I didn’t think I’d be posing in my nick-nacks for everyone!’. I was over the moon, still am!
I couldn’t believe it when I found out I’d made it through to the final thirty. It was my boyfriend who broke the news to me, it made my face light up! I’m still ridiculously happy, but really nervous now I’ve seen all the other gorgeous entrants…
As per usual, you’re all a beautiful lot of ladies! One last question Hannah – why do you think people should vote for you to go through to the top ten?
I’ve always been passionate about helping ladies to feel confident in themselves, and I feel honoured to make it to this stage of the competition. Please vote for me, as I am determined to prove that Curvier IS better – and I really want to spread the word!
Has Hannah won your vote? Go to the Star in a Bra website or the Curvy Kate Facebook page to let us know, and use your three votes wisely because once they’re gone, you won’t get another chance to vote for your favourite girls!
And our second interview of the day is the wonderful Astrid Lopez!
As you may have guessed by my surname (and the fact that I’ve mentioned it on my “little” blurb with my entry!), I am Spanish originally but have been living in London for about 6 and a half years now. I reckon it was the lack of suitable bras that compelled me to move to pastures new – only joking! Although the big cup bra situation in Spain is shockingly bad. Anyway! I work part-time as an administrator and in the other “part” of my working time I’ve started a sewing business with my chum Sarah; we make bespoke dresses from original 1950s and 60s patterns, which we think the particularly well-endowed ladies will enjoy especially, as it is so hard to find clothes that fit properly. Apart from this, I am also a member of 1960s-themed dance troupe The Actionettes, which is great fun always (and fantastic exercise!) and love dancing in general, having recently taken lessons in Lindy Hop, Jive and Charleston (next stop: Disco!). Oh, and I also do a bit of DJing with the aforementioned friend. And when I’m not out and about I love baking, taking mostly poor photos of interesting things, curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a good book or DVD and, er, shopping for nice clothes, especially wonderful lingerie sets which I could never get my hands on back home!
Sounds like you’re a busy girl! How did you find out about this years competition?
I’ve been aware of the competition for at least two years as I am in the Brastop newsletter and this year I followed it a lot more on Twitter via the Curvy Kate tweets.
Never underestimate the power of social media eh? What made you decide to enter, after following the competition for so long?
As per above, I had been thinking of entering for a couple of years but I never thought I’d quite make the cut. I kept thinking to myself “Oh I must enter this when I’ve lost a bit of weight” but as that wasn’t really happening I thought I’d just do it. I’m not sure what made the difference this year; I think it probably has to do with the recent change in the public consciousness with regards to curvy women, especially with the advent of Christina Hendricks and other curvies such as Paloma Faith and Duffy in the media. I’ve always been quite confident and happy in my own skin, but at the same time was quite realistic about people’s perception of bigger women. I do really think this is changing towards a more accepting and positive attitude towards curvier figures and I thought if I applied that would encourage other women to do the same, showing that beauty really is in the mind!
What a positive mind set Astrid! How did you feel when you finally entered?
What was I thinking? That’s mainly what I kept saying to myself the day before the top thirty were announced! No really, of course it was a mixture of nervous and excited. It was a bit daunting, but I persuaded myself that if nothing else I’d have a good time taking the photos and a set of wonderful pictures of me in my tightie whities – you never know when these may come in handy! My lovely friend Daria took the gorgeous photos, for which I will be eternally grateful, and we had a few giggles in the process so that was all good. I was also quite pleasantly surprised how much I liked seeing myself in those photos – I feared I’d be seeing them through my fingers with horrified eyes and gritted teeth but I actually found myself thinking ‘know what, you’re not half bad!’ In short, I would recommend any lady that’s thinking about it to enter next year. Just taking the photos does wonders for one’s self esteem!
And how about when you found out you’d made it through to the top thirty?
When I heard I’d entered I first couldn’t believe it (for quite a few minutes my head was spinning) but then it clicked and it was utterly exhilarating, especially as I never really expected my entry to get anywhere. I was at home with my computer and a horrid lurgy, and in amidst the haze I started laughing histerically and mum-dancing and I frightened the cat. Thankfully no humans were around to witness it! I had to look at the screen several times to convince myself it was really happening. After a while I was finally able to regain my composure and leave the house looking my usual calm and poised self… although inside I was still mum-dancing!
We would have loved to have seen that reaction! One last question – why should people vote for you to be in the final ten?
Well, I think I represent a type of woman who is, so far, not widely represented in lingerie catalogues, curvier or not. It is for women like me that specialised brands like Curvy Kate were created, i.e. women who are not catered for by the regular high-street retailers. Whereas many of these bras go up to a size K or L, the women modelling them in catalogues don’t seem to be that large in the cup, and so it is difficult for us big-cuppers to see what they would look like on us. I also think that nowadays, women would like to see more real women modelling the clothes and underwear they themselves would like to wear too, and do away with the myth that if you’re not this or that size or shape you won’t look as good in this or that. Whereas models in larger-cup bra catalogues are gorgeous and curvy, they still possess mostly slim waists and toned bodies, which is a little dispiriting for women like me that don’t conform to that type. Not to mention it would be a massive ‘up yours’ to all those people who called me fat all those years ago!
Good morning readers!
You have just under a week to go to vote for your three favourites ladies to go through to the top ten of this years Star in a Bra. Kicking us off today is the lovely Lizzie Haines with her Q&A session.
Lizzie is an enthusiastic individual with a fun loving attitude to life and a happy disposition! Or so my nearest and dearest say…however I will stop writing in the third person now, it starts to make me feel a bit funny after a while! So, in all seriousness, I’m 30 years and old self employed with my own business as well as working various freelance roles in media and production. My passion lies in textiles and photography and I have managed to combine both through my website www.doitmomma.co.uk where you can find personalised handmade gifts and the beginning of my venture in to wedding photography. I am motivated by creativity and the need to continually stimulate my brain with new and interesting things. My Mom is American and my Step Father considers himself a man of the world so between them they have gifted me a strong love for travel and a need to experience that which is different. I am a hopeless romantic and am desperately in love with my boyfriend whom I share a house with…I long to complete our little family with a cat but my landlord is a scrooge and won’t allow any pets… every day this breaks my heart! I’m a devout Leicester City fan and would likely bite off your arm for a pork scratching. I don’t think anyone expected this of me, but then that’s just me.
What is it with our contestants this year being a lot older than they look? Think you all need to pass on some of these beauty tips ladies! How did you find out about this years competition?
I’ve always used various online sites that promote the fuller figure to buy or shop through new and suitable underwear and the competition came to my attention through one of those last year. I did think about entering at the time but to be honest the competition’s association with The Sun put me off a little so I decided against it. When it came around this year and you seemed to be running it independently I jumped at the chance.
We’re glad you did decide to enter, eventually! What made you enter this year?
I turned 30 last year and for once my birthday had a bit of an impact! I’d put on a little weight and was feeling a bit low about my body. The issue I have is that I do have a small waist but so many clothes just hang from my chest that I always feel I’m not truly represented and for that I sometimes resent my chest. I’m not one for unattainable goals though and just decided to get off my arse and do something about it…so I got fit and now swim a mile four or five times a week. I’m entered in to a sponsored swim and some outdoor events and it has done wonders for my confidence. I certainly haven’t lost any of my curves with my measurements at 40″, 30″, 40″ but I have toned up and feel better for it. Because of my age I did think this might be my last ditch attempt and my 31st year has been one with a lot of firsts so I just added this to the list and took the plunge! It’s certainly had the desired effect as just being chosen for the top thirty has done wonders for my confidence.
Good for you Lizzie! How did you feel when you entered?
I honestly thought my entry would be the last I heard about it and I felt comfortable entering because I didn’t believe it would go any further. It was the action of submitting that was the hurdle I had to overcome and I didn’t really think past it. I took three sets of photos and hated every single one from the first two which meant I nearly gave up. I left the third and final set till the day before the competitions closing date. I was definitely in two minds, one saying ‘just go for it’ while the other thought ‘why bother?’ In the end, I just set my camera to auto, relaxed and snapped about two hundred photos figuring that the law of averages would present me with something I could use! And here I am in the top thirty, it worked and I couldn’t be happier with the decision I made.
And how about when you found out you’d made it through to the top thirty?
Complete disbelief!! To start with I stared at the computer screen for more than a little while. I re-read the email and then I thought about how many people entered, how I would never have chosen myself and I squeaked! I didn’t scream, it was definitely more of a squeak! I was working from home that day so no one else was around, my boyfriend was already in Manchester on a stag do and I couldn’t get hold of my Mom. I rang one of my best friends and she didn’t answer……so I made a cup of tea and read the email again! Then, and I probably shouldn’t say this, I sacked off work for the rest of the day and just read everything that started coming through on Facebook, I couldn’t tear myself away, I was completely and utterly elated to have been chosen on five photographs that in my opinion were not really all that. I found it very difficult to sit still and I spent a lot of time questioning my perception of myself to what other people see. Despite the nervousness at the inescapable fact that people were now going to see my in my underwear…I went to bed a very happy lady.
One last question Lizzie! Why do you think people should vote for you to go through to the top ten?
Despite being a little older and not short on life experiences, I don’t take a single new one for granted and would relish the opportunity to see this adventure through to the end. I can’t express what it would do for my body confidence and I would be honoured to represent the curvy girl in an open and honest way by being myself and celebrating life’s variety. I would promise to get everything I could out of the chance should it be gifted to me and just be myself. I can’t offer any more than that!
Has she won your vote? Go to the Star in a Bra website or the Curvy Kate Facebook page to let us know, and use your three votes wisely because once they’re gone, you won’t get another chance to vote for your favourite girls!
Next up we hear from the lovely Shereen Roberts!
I’m 25 years old & live in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. I work as a receptionist and admin assistant for a charity. I also run my own business as a freelance make-up artist & beauty therapist called Blush Beauty. I’m really interested in cooking, especially baking. I love watching cooking programmes, my new favorite is Choccywoccydoodah! I also love shopping & eating out, although I don’t get as much chance as I would like to do these things!
We’re loving how many entrants this year are into their cooking! How did you find out about the competition?
I received a leaflet in the post with my Simply Yours catalog.
We’re so thrilled to have Simply Yours on board with this years competition! What made you decide to enter this years competition?
Once I had looked on the Star in a Bra website and saw they were looking for D plus, naturally curvy, real woman, I thought why not give it go!
Good thinking Shereen. How did you feel when you entered the competition and when you found out you’d made it through to the top thirty? Must be pretty daunting…
I wasn’t nervous until I found out that I had got through to the top thirty! Then I realised that my pictures would be seen and voted for by the public, ahhh! After the initial shock, I was really glad I entered, even if I don’t get through to the top ten it has been a real confidence boost.
When I received the email, I think I was in shock. I couldn’t believe I’de made it through to the top thirty. Then once I had looked at the star in a bra website I was really excited, it looks great! I loved looking through all the photos, it was really interesting to see how the other girls had taken their pics, some so creative and fun! I keep thinking ’What if I actually make it through to the top ten’ then I think ‘No no I won’t', and then I think ’But what if I do?!’ I can’t even decide who I think will win, as everyone is so different! but all look great in their undies and happy in their own skin!
We agree; once again the competition is full of beautiful ladies. One last question Shereen- why do you think people should vote for you to be in the top ten?
I think people should vote for me to be in the final ten because I would really love the opportunity to represent the typical D plus, naturally curvy, real woman! I’ve never done any modelling before…. actually yes I have! I was in the Mothercare catalogue in 1985! I would really love to try modelling something other than a baby pink dress & white bib! It would be a great experience to be in the final ten and although I know I would be nervous on the day, it would be brilliant to have a make-over and to look back at the pictures in years to come. And of course the chance to win vouchers to spend on Curvy Kate lingerie is a massive bonus as well!
Good morning readers! Did you have a good weekend?
Starting off our interviews this week we have the gorgeous Emily Jones. Emily is the Star in a Bra new girl after she replaced an entrant who sadly had to back out due to work commitments, so everyone give her a warm welcome, maybe with some votes?
Hi there! My name is Emily, I am 20 years old and I live in Surrey. I work in an imaging department of a hospital as a technician. I’ve been in the job for 6 months and absolutely love it, and it has completely cured my fear of needles and anything slightly gory….almost! I like to think I’m quite a happy go lucky kind of girl, who’s always up for going out to the pub for a beer or a cocktail, or for a meal with my lovely boyfriend. The most important things to me are being with my family, my boyfriend and getting cuddles from my rather cute dog Benny!
Think you could cure my needle fear?! How did you find out about the competition this year?
I actually entered last year after my mum found it and mentioned it to me. Last year I got through to the top 30 but didn’t get any further, so after a bit of persuasion from family and friends, I thought why not got it another go! I may get lucky this year!
We’re bet you’re glad they managed to convince you to give it another shot! Why did you decide to enter again?
Since I was young I had bigger boobs but it was only when I got to about 18 that the rest of my body caught up and I filled out to become alot more of a ‘curvy kate’ (with a lot of help from having a bunch of foodies for friends!) I love being curvy though, and that’s why when I heard of the competition I loved the idea of normal everyday girls getting the chance to do something like this! Also I think it’s much better when you’re buying a bra to see it on someone like you, there’s nothing worse when you see a model who is stick thin and you think ‘well I’m really not going to look like that, am I?!’ I would much rather see a girl whos got lovely boobs, hips and a bum to show that yeah if you buy this you can look good like this.
That’s a very good point Emily, that’s why we think Star in a Bra is the perfect way for our customers to let us know who they want to see modelling our products. Despite entering before, we can imagine submitting your entry was still nerve wracking! How did you feel?
I was quite nervous, because of not getting through last year I kind of thought I shouldn’t go in for it again, but then when I got the phone call I was so happy because I thought I wouldn’t get another chance!
And how about when you found out you’d made it through to the top thirty?
It’s such a great feeling to know people have picked you to go through and that they obviously see something in you. However, when I saw the photos of the other girls it was pretty scary because they’re all really pretty girls, with some brilliant curves. But when you see what all the girls are like, commenting on each others pictures, supporting each other with it, you can tell how nice they all are so that made me relax alot more.
Definitely – it’s great to see everyone supporting each other despite all competing! One last question Emily – why should people vote for you to go through to the top ten?
I would absolutely love to get through to the top ten because I’ve seen what previous winners have said about it and it seems to be such a fantastic experience to get to do something like this. I was always a bit self conscious about having bigger boobs but now I’ve learnt to love them. Some people pay thousands for what us girls have got for free! So why not give me the chance to flaunt being a curvy girly?
This is the final week you can vote for 2011′s Star in a Bra as voting closes April 4th, a week today! Get voting and spread the curvy word!
So the show excitement begins. Friday night saw the Curvy Kate agents from states all over the country fly in and after a good nights sleep, we talked through the ranges and latest styles. We also caught up about the launch of the Oz Star in a Bra competition and everyone seemed thrilled at the thought of the search down under.
Now with over 130 retailers already in Australia, Mark (Victoria), Louisa (Western Australia) and Robert (New South Wales) were really passionate about the brand and we were alll looking forward to the trade show. We set up the show that afternoon, wearing our gorgeous high vis jackets and then I made sure I knew as much as possible about the retailers and market. The feedback to the Curvy Kate range was great, fit fashion and function. It seemed the only need was more of the same.
So time to take a look round Sydney and what better night to see it than Mardi Gras. Fun filled evening and I certainly met a lot of interesting characters.
So we woke to another sunny day in Sydney ready to take on buyers and retailers from all over the country. After a quick team meeting, we headed over to the Fashion Expo on Darling Harbour.
What a busy day! The stand was mobbed from early on with retailers from as far as the West Coast to our new online retailers, including Original Sin, Bra Town who own two huge stores stocking a great collection of Curvy Kate. I pushed for all types of feedback as it only helps us grow as a brand but everyone seemed geniuinely pleased about the collection and they were looking forward to stocking new ranges. The Tease Me range seemed particularly poular with all.
The show finished that evening at 6pm and we headed into China town to catch up on the day and enjoy some delicious dumplings.
Wow – another busy day, everything seems to be none stop from early on and of course that’s the way we like it!
Petticoat Lane from Alice Springs popped by to see the new Autumn/Winter Collection and although they’e only had the collection in for a few months we’re really loving each and every bra. Eves Gift from Adelaide pasted on similar feedback and with their great online site found people we’re buying the collection from far and wide.
One of our 1st Australian retailers and specialist fitters, Heavenly Curves showed us some of her recent adverts in Cosmo which included the gorgeous Emily Lavender range. She seemed thrilled with the new pieces and stocks most of the current collection. Another retailer who loved the Thrill Me Almond collection was Storm in a D cup, who also loved hearing the news about our Aussie Curve Search.
Tuesday, the last day of the show and normally the quietest still saw an array of retailers coming to look at the range. It’s been a tough summer for Australian businesses with the highest amount of rain fall in years but the ever positive Aussies seemed to be getting on with it and looking to the future.
One store effected by the heavy rain was All About Me, in Mildura North Victoria. They loved our Australian exclusive Classic Curves as did many of the retailers. With the huge size range from D – K cups, the simple, sophistictaed piece suited the hotter weather in Australia. The retailers were cryingout for a well supported range like this and snapped it up from the team. Another store who loved the Classic Curves range was Ultimate Underwear from Singleton. Already stocking the Princess collection, this piece filled a gap for girls who wanted a basic bra to wear under any shirt or top.
With the show coming to an end, we checked over all the retailers we had seen over the three days. We had seen over 60 buyers, which was a great response and are looking forward to working with these stores in the future. After a quick lesson on twitter and facebook for Australia, I’m hoping we’ll be able to keep these connections and communications alive and look forward to hearing how all the new stores and current retailers find their new purchases.
I’d just like to thank the whole team in Australia for their hard work, it was a great trip and I’m glad to see the brand is proving so popular in Australia.
So Australia was one of the first countries to be selling the gorgeous ranges of Curvy Kate and the feed back has been amazing. I took a trip out there this month to talk to the retailers and press about the product and see exactly what they thought of the brand.
I touch down in Sydney a little weary after the 24 hour flight but there is no time to sit and enjoy the bright sunshine as we have magazines to see. After a quick bag drop and freshen up, Kirrily our Australian Distributor and I our on our way to the first appointment.
The brand has had a fantastic reaction from the Australian press but we’re keen to keep the momentum going, first stop – ACP magazines. Although all is currently a bit hush hush we think it’s time to let the cat out of the bag - we’ll be launching the Star in a Bra competition in Australia this July. We met with the lovely Belinda, the Editor of Take5 magazine who loved the idea of the competition and all the gorgeous ranges. Previously an editor in the UK, Belinda really understood the philosophies of the brand and was keen to help raise awareness in Australia. We also had time to speak to Cosmo, who are big natural shape fighters in Australia. They are already trying to use a great mix of models in all their shoots and have featured the Curvy Kate range in the past.
After a day of coffees and catch up, we headed back to our hotel at Darling Harbour to watch the sunset before preparing for day two.
Thursday morning and afer an early start, due to jetlag I first headed for a swim and then down to the taxi rank to head over to Pacific magazines. After waiting for nearly 30 minutes, I thought I’d set off walking in the sun, as Sydney morning traffic was not helping my time keeping. Visiting a few of the magazines at Pac mags, such as New Idea and Marie Claire once again the feedback seemed to be really positive and the new ranges were going down really well.
As I had worked so hard all morning (!) I treated myself to a little trip to Bondi beach – for swimwear research of course! In the meantime Kirrily had been catching up with one of our biggest Australian retailers, Debras in Sydney who offers a specialist fitting service. Another big fan of the range!
After a morning coffee at Darling Harbour and a quick swim I was raring to go – today, I was visiting a few of our top retailers. One who really stood out, was She Lingerie a chain store in the Central Business District. She has stocked the range of Curvy Kate for the last season and has just received their latest order of Princess Pink – gorgeous.
Afternoon readers. It’s still sunny as ever and we’re looking forward to going out and enjoying it this weekend, how about you?
This lunch time we hear from our next Star in a Bra entrant, Courtney Grimshaw!
My name is Courtney and I study nutrition at Bournemouth University and am finding it really interesting. It’s great being down by the beach and I have lovely housemates who I go out dancing with and also enjoy swimming. I love coming back often to visit my family as I have three younger sisters who I adore spending time with. They look up to me, so always want me to do their hair and makeup. I like to cook – my favourite meal is risotto although I’m a massive pudding person! I have an adorable lion head rabbit called Milky who has a habit of escaping but has always come back so far!
I’m based in Bournemouth too! I bet you’re enjoying all the amazing sun we’re having down here at the moment. How did you find out about the competition?
I was visiting the Curvy Kate website when I saw the advert, I love their ranges!
Another Curvy Kate fan! Why did you decide to enter this year?
Through my degree, we are taught about the importance of good health, and having a healthy figure means curves! It’s so amazing to see real women used to model the gorgeous lingerie and it looks so sexy! Curvy Kate’s campaign definitely conveys a refreshing approach to body image, and one I hope many generations to come can follow rather than feel the pressure of really thin model images in the majority of the media today.
Sounds like your university is teaching everyone a good lesson! How did you feel when you entered? It must have been quite daunting…
I recently went through a big heartbreak which knocked me down, but being in front of that camera I felt all my confidence come flooding back, and I haven’t stopped getting dressed up and enjoying a cheeky little photo shoot since! I truly loved it.
We’re really sorry to hear that, what are the chances they’re really regretting the decision to end things now?! How did you feel when you found out you’d made it through to the top thirty?
I was in absolute disbelief, the other girls are all amazing! I was so thrilled and very proud of myself too, I would love for my journey to continue!
And finally, why do you think people should vote for you to be in the top ten?
Please vote for my curves as I would be honoured to be the figure and face of such a gorgeous brand. I would LOVE the opportunity to take my big smile to London!
So what do you think? Has Courtney won your vote! Go to the Star in a Bra website or the Curvy Kate Facebook page to let us know, and use your three votes wisely because once they’re gone, you won’t get another chance to vote for your favourite girls!
Well my name is Lauren Pickles, I am 21 and I am from Bradford, West Yorkshire. I’m a full time customer service advisor but have also studied at University of Bradford and have a degree in Community Justice. I am usually quite a shy person even though people will probably not believe it, seeing as there are pictures of me on the internet in my bikini! I enjoy music, shopping, travelling and LOVE eating out (I try not to think about a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips because life is way too short for that lark!)
I agree, life IS too short to worry about that! How did you find out about the competition?
I found out about the Star in a Bra competition through Bra Stop, which is an online lingerie site. They emailed me about the competition last year and I thought about entering then but just didn’t bother, so this year when they emailed me I thought ‘lets go for it!’
We’re glad you did decided to enter this year! What made you decided to this time round?
I entered because I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to get into modelling, I would never be considered for fashion modelling as I would never fit into any of the clothes because of my bust. So when I heard that Curvy Kate was looking for a model who had curves and big boobs I thought ‘Hooray!’ It’s great as Curvy Kate are a company that actively promote curves and acknowledge that women come in all shapes and sizes and we do not all have to look the same to be beautiful, so I thought that I may actually stand a chance of becoming the next face of Curvy Kate.
How did you feel when you entered? Most of the girls have admitted they’ve been quite nervous unsurprisingly!
I was definitely nervous but decided to put some feel good songs on and just enjoy it, it was quite challenging trying to take full length photo’s of myself so that’s why my bikini shots don’t really show my face! But you can definitely see the bangers (as Gok would put it!) Once I had finished pretending to be Kelly Brook I filled out the online application form and had a million butterflies swarming in my stomach the moment I submitted my application, but I had done it and felt pretty damn good.
And how about when you found out you’d made it through to the top thirty?
When I first read the email I didn’t believe it so I think I re-read it about three times and was gobsmacked, I didn’t know what to do! So I just I just started jumping around my living room like a mad woman. I got the email late at night so going to sleep was not happening, I had so many exciting thoughts going round and round in my head that I just couldn’t sleep. I wanted to tell everyone but had to wait until the morning before I could shout about it. I now think people are actually sick of hearing me babble on about it but this is the biggest thing that has happened to me so I want to enjoy it for as long as I can. I am so overwhelmed that the judges have seen potential in me and just hope the public do too. So if you are sick of seeing incy wincy little models who clearly do not know the lengths us big busted women go to just to get some sultry, sexy, flattering and most important of all supportive underwear then vote for me! I’d just like to say a big thank you to everyone who has voted and shown their support for me!
One last question Lauren! Why do you think people should vote for you to be in the top ten?
Well I used to really hate having a big bust as sometimes it can be a real pain in the butt, especially when it comes to clothes shopping, but over the past couple of years my opinion of myself has changed for the good. I want to inspire young women to stop comparing themselves to those in glossy magazines and on TV because we all know that these people are not a fair representation of women in the UK today. I don’t count the calories and absolutely love my food because I am a proper Yorkshire lass, and I am proud of my curves and embrace them which is what everyone should be doing. People should vote for me because I am not a professional model and have never done anything like this before and a I am representing curvy, confident and sexy women up and down the country with my muffin top and big bangers!
Good for you Lauren! Here at Curvy Kate we love a bit of body confidence and think you’ve got it spot on. Thank you for the interview!
Afternoon everyone! Last but not least we hear from the wonderful Eva about her Star in a Bra experience. Come back tomorrow to see the next set of interviews
Hi! My name is Eva Davies, I’m 33 years old and I live in Wigan with my boyfriend and my two little doggies. I work full time as a plumber whilst studying for my level three plumbing qualification and I really enjoy my job. I’m a quiet, stay at home type, mostly, but love nothing better than going out with my friends and letting my hair down, literally – I’m a rock chick! Music is my favourite thing and I love going to gigs and festivals. Other than that I enjoy reading, eating out, films and holidays.
Who doesn’t love a good holiday! How did you find out about this years Star in a Bra competition?
I was looking at the Simply Yours website for some new bras when I saw the advert for the competition.
What made you enter? And how were you feeling when you did enter? It must be quite nerve wracking…
When I first saw the competition, I thought ‘wow, a brand that care about bigger girls,’ quickly followed by ‘and their bras are really nice, not frumpy at all!’ I have struggled for years to find nice bras that fit me properly, and I hadn’t been measured properly since I was 18! I was toying with the idea of entering, I couldn’t enter, could I? I’m not always the most confident person, so I told m boyfriend about it, he took the photos and helped me narrow it down to the give needed. I heard last years winner on the radio the next day and just thought ‘stuff it, you only live once, lets give it a go!’, with thoughts such as how it would be something different to go down to London for the shoot! I never ever thought I would be picked though…
We’re so glad that you’re now not only a Curvy Kate fan but you threw your insecurities aside to enter! We’re bet you’re glad you did too – how did it feel to find out you’d made it through to the top thirty?
When I first found out I was in the top thirty, I was totally shocked and ended up in a fit of giggles – my boyfriend thought I’d seen a really funny video on YouTube or something! I think I’m still in shock though, as I said before I’m not the most confident person and it has given me a massive confidence boost. My competitiveness has totally kicked in as I do really want to make it to the final ten. So far everyone has been really supportive, though they still can’t believe I actually entered!
Seeing as there are now (brilliant) pictures of you in your underwear all over the internet they best start believing it! And finally Eva, why do you think people should vote for you to be in the final ten?
I think people should vote so I can have a day of glamor and prove that even plumbers can be glamorous…
We think that’s a good enough reason to vote for you…thanks Eva!
Our second interview today comes from the lovely Clara Lewis, so have a little read on your lunch break and see if she can convince you to vote for her!
My name is Clara Lewis, I’m 23 years old and whilst I’m from Ireland I live in a town called Portlaoise in the midlands. At the moment I’m studying to be a beauty therapist and hopefully i’ll go on to teach the subject. I love baking and cooking, anything got to do with food actually, its my favourite past time!
You’re into baking? A girl after my own heart! How did you find out about the competition?
I actually spotted an advert about it in one of my mums magazines; she must of also seen it cause she left the magazine open on the page of the advert, outside my bedroom door.
Good on her! We’re glad she has your best interests at heart. Why did you decide to enter?
I entered because I thought it was a competiton that was made for me, and opportunities like this only come along once in a lifetime so you have to grab them and not let them go!
How did you feel when you submitted your entry?
I was a little nervous because I come from a small enough town where everyone knows each other, so I was a little worried about what people would think and say but then I realised you can’t spend your life worrying about other people, you only have one life, live it the way you want to.
Wise words Clara, we couldn’t agree more about not worrying what other people think. And how about when you found out you had made it through to the top thirty?
I was absolutely delighted, I couldn’t believe it. It was the day after St.Patrick’s day that I got the email so my head was all over the place! I only remembered to check them because of the updates on the Curvy Kate Facebook page, I didn’t expect to get an email so when I did I screamed the house down, then had to text and ring all my friends to let them know! The amount of love and support I’ve gotten off my friends and family is amazing, I’m a lucky girl!
Sounds like a good hangover cure to us! One last question Clara – why do you think people should vote for you to be in the top ten?
I would love to make it to the final ten, I think it’s most girls dreams to be a model, at least for a day, and this competiton could make my dream come true. Hopefully I’ll have the luck of the Irish and make it too the final ten!
Good morning readers!
We’ve decided to spread the interviews out over the day so you’re not inundated with blog posts during your lunch hour, how does that sound? Kicking us off bright and early this morning is the lovely Emma Donaghy!
Morning Emma! Lets start out with telling our readers a little more about yourself.
My names Emma, I’m 21 and I live in Brighton. I work for an insurance company and spend most of my time there getting in trouble for spilling hot drinks. I am the most clumsy person I know, especially in restaraunts. Lucky for me, my friends find my lack of grace endearing. I spent the last two years studying Drama in London and am currently taking a break to save, get experience and see some of the world. I studied drama because I love the theatre and I’m interested in story telling in any art form, my guilty pleasure is reading a trashy romantic comedy under my desk.
How did you find out about this years Star in a Bra competition?
I was already a huge fan of the Brastop blog and when I heard about the competition, I knew I wanted to give it a shot.
Glad to see the blog is doing some good! Why did you decide to enter? It must be quite overwhelming to actually go through with entering!
I was an early developer and growing up, shopping for bras was a nightmare. I regulary attempted to squeeeze my assests into the pretty petite sizes my peers were wearing. I wanted to ‘fit in’… literally. As I grew older, I learnt to be confident about standing out with my curves. Brands like Curvy Kate promote healthy figures in sexy lingerie, something I would love to be a part of.
It seems like a lot of our entrants have struggled in the past with wanting to fit in, so we’re glad to hear you’re all finally embracing those beautiful curves! How did you feel when you entered? Were you nervous?
I was very nervous when I entered. Two of my best friends were with me when I took the photos and we decided to make a day of it. We laid out the clothes, put on music and opened a bottle of wine to steady the nerves. I have an amazing support team in Brighton and although I still felt nervous pressing send, their encouragement gave me the extra boost I needed to bare my deliactes online.
Music and wine? Sounds like you have some good friends! And how about when you found out you’d made it through to the top thirty?
I was checking my emails all morning and when I got the confirmation message. I held my breath until I saw my photos online – just incase the email had been an error - but there they were! A huge grin spread across my face and I had those fizzy butterflies. I was aprehensive about posting the competition on facebook because I was worried about what people may think. Then I thought, “well if I am going to do this, then I need to do it properly” and after the fantasic response from my friends, I am really glad I did.
We’re glad you did it too! And finally, why do you think people should support you to be in the final ten?
Being in the final thirty has already been an amazing experience and I am proud to be alongside twenty-nine other beautiful girls. Making it to the top ten would mean so much as I have had no professional modeling experience and I think I could represent real women. I would love the opportunity to be a role model for young girls to encourage confidence in thier curves. To let women of all ages know, as long as you are healthy and have confidence in yourself, it will show on the outside at any size. Life is short girls, eat cake.
Eat cake, we like that advice, thanks Emma!
It seems many of our entrants have had to overcome body confidence issues, which is unfortunate, but we’re so glad many of you have – we should all be proud of our curves and Emma is a great example of this!
Our third and final interview of the day is from the beautiful Karen Simpson. Lets hear what she has to say about the competition…
I am 43 although I really don’t feel it – still at the age of 18 in my head! I am 5 ft 4 in, dark hair, hazel eyes & very bubbly fun outgoing person who loves life and meeting new people. I love to travel and explore new places. I have two children; one daughter who is 23, my son who is 19 also one grand-daughter. I am originally from Essex but have been living in Staffordshire for 24 years now. I work full time within the community in the emergency services.
Sounds like you have quite a busy life! How did you find out about the competition?
I found out about the competition but coincidence on the internet and I never thought anything of it at first, then as I read more thought ‘why not?’ I was feeling very brave at the time…
That bravery paid off! How did you feel when you entered the competition?
I was very nervous and worried about entering, thinking that I wasn’t thin or young enough to be entering, but after reading your article it gave me confidence that this was not as important, but the person and personality that counted as well.
We’re glad we inspired you Karen, that means a lot to us! And how did you feel when the gamble paid off and you made it through to the top thirty?
Of course I was very shocked, as I’m sure all the other entrants were. They’re all younger than me, so I didn’t think I stood a chance, but I really am so pleased to have made it through.
Age is just a number, right? Finally, why should people vote for you to make it through to the photo shoot?
I am no vain at all, but would love people to vote for me as I am a normal woman with a normal body, I just like to make the best of what I’ve got, with regards to my shape and age and to help women feel more confident with having a bigger bust and feeling proud of what we have. If I can do it, any woman can!
It’s great to have someone slightly older on board, representing women everywhere! But has Karen got your vote!? Go to the Star in a Bra website or the Curvy Kate Facebook page to decide your three favourites!
Next up today we speak to the lovely Leela Tikadar!
My name is Leela, I graduated in 2010 with a degree in Graphic Design, Illustration and Digital Media. I’m from Bradford, West Yorkshire but I’ve just recently moved to London and absolutely love it!
How did you find out about this years Star in a Bra?
I’m a regular Brastop customer, and their was an advert on their newsletter I received via email, I saw it and just entered!
Good job you were signed up to their newsletter then! Why did you decide to enter this year?
I entered because I love the image and message it puts across – healthy curves! I entered because I really want to be a part of that.
We’re all about the curves! How did you feel when you entered? It must be quite a daunting prospect.
When I entered, I was just really excited to get it all sent off, I wasn’t nervous at all! I think it’s a great opportunity and I’m really happy to be a part of it.
And how about when you found out you’d made it through to the top thirty? I bet you were thrilled to bits!
I’m so excited to be in the top thirty! There must have been so many entries so I feel really lucky to get through, fingers crossed I’ll make it through to the next round!
One more question Leela! Why do you think people should vote for you to go through to the final ten?
People should vote for me because although I am petite I’m also naturally curvy so deserve a chance to be modelling for Curvy Kate. I want to encourage girls to be proud of what they’ve got – whether they’re tall, short, skinny or curvy. Don’t force yourself to be something your not!