We’re proud to share that our first ever USA Star in a Bra top 10, with gorgeous curvy girls showing off their fabulous figures from all corners of the United States.
These women have been chosen by you as the best candidates to represent Curvy Kate’s American customers. The winner will be featured in the brand’s Autumn/Winter 2013 catalogue alongside the UK winner Sophie Morgan.
From: Fontana, California,
Dress size: 12
Bra size: 34DD.
‘I’m sure like many other girls, this competition is something I never thought I would even have the courage to enter. I used to have many negative thoughts about my curves, but I’ve learned to embrace them somewhat. I mean, I still have my bad days but now I’m proud to say that I have more good days than bad. Entering this competition and being named USA’s first Star in a Bra would be amazing. I believe to be a great representation of Curvy Kate, one has to be able to relate to curvy women and I am confident that I can do that.’
Read Jackie’s full Curvy Kate interview here: http://blog.curvykate.com/star-in-a-bra-usa-top-thirty-jackie-flores/
From: Zion, Illinois
Dress size: 10
Bra size: 36H
‘I would cherish the opportunity to be recognized as an international curvy doll for every girl out there that is just like me; a 36H cup compressed into a 36DD bra.’
She has a Youtube channel which she has used to promote her campaign: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheCurvyKayla
Read Michaela’s full Curvy Kate interview here: http://blog.curvykate.com/star-in-a-bra-usa-top-thirty-michaela-duerson/
From: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dress size: 10
Bra Size: 34E
‘I decided to enter Star in a Bra because Curvy Kate’s message really resonated with me. Personally, I struggled with my body image for most of my life – really until a couple of years ago. It excites me that there is a real movement gathering steam that emphasizes listening to your body, finding your own healthy point, and loving that! It IS possible, and wonderful. Curvy Kate contributes to that and I would love to be a part of its campaign. There are so many amazing women (and men!) inside and out who are down on themselves because of social narratives and standards about beauty; it sucks! I believe we can change that if we work on it together.’
Read Katie’s full Curvy Kate interview here: http://blog.curvykate.com/star-in-a-bra-usa-top-thirty-katie-simpson/
From:San Clemente, California
Dress size: 6
Bra size: 32H.
‘It’s taken me until I was 22 years old to finally find a good fitting bra – something’s wrong with this picture! There is definitely a grey area in the market for girls proportioned like me. I’m not skinny and I’m not heavy – I’m healthy, CURVY and I couldn’t be happier now that Curvy Kate has come to the rescue and is catering to real, young women. Curvy Kate understands that as a 22-year-old woman, yes, support is important, but it’s also important that I feel youthful and gorgeous in my bras. I would be so thrilled to represent a brand that promotes such positive ideals to the women of our generation.’
Read Chandler’s full Curvy Kate blog interview here: http://blog.curvykate.com/star-in-a-bra-usa-top-thirty-chandler-jade/
From: Waipahu, Hawaii
Dress size: 8
Bra size: 34F.
‘Curvy Kate has amazing lingerie, but more than that it’s a company that promotes something that so many beautiful women are lacking: confidence. I wanted to enter this contest because this company inspires me and I’d love nothing more than to stand up and shout from the roof tops, “Women of America: I have big boobs and I deserve cute bras! And so do you!’
Read Rhiannon’s full Curvy Kate interview here: http://blog.curvykate.com/star-in-a-bra-usa-top-thirty-rhiannon-mariani/
From: Brooklyn, New York
Dress size: 10
Bra size: 36F
‘It is rare to find realistic representations of women in the U.S media especially those of curvier proportions and those of color. This is made further unfortunate by the lack of opportunities to find bra sizes that both accommodate larger busts and are sexy and beautiful. I am tired of feeling out of place in department stores and would love for the Curvy Kate brand to help me spread the news that shame is out for those who are curvy and well endowed, it is time to feel sexy and embrace our beauty!’
Krista has made a brilliant parody music video of Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call me Maybe’ which she has posted to Youtube to promote her campaign: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkEeC1ZxiKg
Read Krista’s full Curvy Kate interview here: http://blog.curvykate.com/star-in-a-bra-usa-top-thirty-krista-cousins/
From: Asheville, North Carolina,
Dress size: 6
Bra size: 28H
A passionate body image and lingerie blogger of Thin and Curvy.
‘I truly believe that all women, of all shapes and sizes, can be beautiful, and that wonderful companies like Curvy Kate can help them to realize their true beauty. Who doesn’t feel great when wearing amazing, beautiful lingerie? Whether I win this competition or not, I will keep fighting for these things. However, winning this competition would provide me with the opportunity to be a role model for all of the girls out there who feel bad about their bodies, and chests, the way that I did.’
Read Brittany’s full Curvy Kate interview here: http://blog.curvykate.com/star-in-a-bra-usa-top-thirty-brittany-jencks/
From: Sulphur, Louisiana
Dress size 6
Bra size: 28G
A passionate body image blogger of Red Hair and Girly Flair.
Criss commented on her entry in a recent interview with The Full Figured Chest: ‘I was very, very nervous, for a variety of reasons. All these thoughts and doubts kept running through my mind. I was afraid I wasn’t curvy enough, busty enough, big enough, even skinny enough! I felt, in short, like I was just a mishmash of features that wouldn’t be good enough to warrant entering. When I realized the root of my anxieties, it made me realize those insecurities were WHY I owed it to myself to enter! The contest is about embracing yourself and setting a positive example to other women by being able to get up in your underwear like that, regardless of your ‘flaws’.’
Read Criss’ full Curvy Kate blog interview here: http://blog.curvykate.com/star-in-a-bra-usa-top-thirty-cristyen-fowler/
From: Albany, Oregon
Dress size: 6
Bra size: 32FF
‘My sister and I both come from a long line of busty women who have had a hard time embracing their curves. Our grandmother once told me that as a child she developed early and was harassed for it as a teenager (a difficulty I also faced). It is unfortunate and disappointing that a woman’s shape can be used against her and ruin her self-esteem! This contest has allowed me to stand up for the women in my life and hopefully set an example for my future children and other women.’
Read Danielle’s full Curvy Kate blog interview here: http://blog.curvykate.com/star-in-a-bra-usa-top-thirty-danielle-white-2/
From: Corvallis, Oregon
Dress size: 8
Bra size: 34DD
‘This company stands for everything that our current culture does not support. I want to help promote Curvy Kate because of how much a positive body image is needed in our world today. There are too many woman who don’t believe in themselves due to how they look. I would love to be given the opportunity to represent Curvy Kate in the US and encourage women to stand for having a positive body image. This company and everyone who supports it is making a difference.’
Read Tiffany’s full Curvy Kate interview here: http://blog.curvykate.com/star-in-a-bra-usa-top-thirty-tiffany-schmidt/
All of the top 10 finalists will be treated to a professional photo shoot over the coming week and we can’t wait to see how they look after a bra fit and makeover!
Who will be chosen to represent the D-K cup busty women of America? It’s down to the public to decide.
Voting opens June 13th.
We’re at our 30th and final interview and I think you’ll agree; we’ve heard from some pretty inspiring ladies, all gorgeous and worthy winners in their own rights. We’re not sure that these interviews will make your jobs any easier as – more than ever – we’ve no idea who we’d vote for!
Last but by no means least is the stunning Bonnie Blackmon.
I am a 29 year old single mom of two young children. They are my life and my world, they keep me on my toes at all times. I can say with all honesty they are my greatest achievement and will always be. I am a Practice Manger for a medical offices located in Tampa and Miami. I started with the company 5 years ago at the front desk and continued to work hard and prove myself. I always tell my employees “you can do anything you put your heart into” and like Benjamin Franklin said: “Well done is better than well said”. I love my job and my staff. In my spare time (that rare little time between being a mom and working) I love to travel and explore the world, I look forward to many more explorations. My hobbies consist of an array of the arts. I paint murals (when the opportunity arises). I have been lucky enough to have a few of my pieces displayed in galleries, and continue to only allow this to be a hobby. I want to do my painting when the moment of inspiration hits.
Why did you enter the competition?
I was shopping for my bras online and saw the ad for the competition. I began to look at the previous UK competitors and all I could think was how these women are gorgeous, and what guts to stand up for yourself and own your curves. I remember as a young teen being so ashamed of my curves doing anything and everything to hide them. As time passed and I matured I grew to love myself and appreciate what God had given me. Then it happened I had two children…. We all know what that can do to someone’s figure! My children were C-sections and I will say my body has never been the same since. But I love my body and every curve, every scar, every dimple is mine. I still wear my bikini on the beach because I just don’t like one pieces. I may live in the sunshine state with plenty of young skinny gorgeous other girls, but who ever decided what a “bikini body” is? I love my bikini body and I entered the competition to show myself and the world that I too have the guts to show off my curves, dimples, and scars.
Good for you – you go girl! Why should people vote for you?
I would love to win. I really would. No one goes into a competition wanting to be last. But I want you to vote for me because you want to. All 30 women are amazing I feel like a winner already just for entering. Being picked as top 30 was an awesome bonus. So I only ask if you look at my pictures and my blog and you feel I deserve a chance then please vote for me. I would love to be the next Star in a bra for all curvy women, for all mom’s, and for all women reaching 30 yrs. I’m approaching a very exciting decade in my life. Like a fine wine it’s getting better with time. Why not try to model after your 20’s?
Do you think Bonnie deserves your vote?
Thanks to all the girls for their interviews, and may the best curves win!
We have to say lovely readers, we don’t envy you this last decision making! We know how hard it was selecting the final 30 girls so we have some idea of what it’s like to choose only a few girls from so many beauties. It’s not easy is it? Well fingers crossed these interviews will help you make your decision to pick girls who are not just beautiful on the outside (all 30 meet that criteria!) but someone who you feel reflects what Star in a Bra and Curvy Kate is all about.
Next in line to give her say is Morgan Frazier.
Hi! My name is Morgan Frazier, and I am a 22 year old International Studies major at Texas A&M University. I have a minor in Japanese and I have studied abroad in Japan twice in my life; once for 3 months when I was 17 and for a year when I was 20. I’m told the most defining feature about me is my passion for languages and how they work, including English. I spend most of my free time with a non-profit spoken word organization in my town called “Mic Check,” where we give art back to the community through performance poetry and fundraisers to raise awareness for various causes- one of which recently was for domestic violence. Other interests I am passionate about include photography, travel, and, well, discovering lingerie! As someone who can only buy bras online, I spend a lot of my time reading reviews and researching different brands (which incidentally is what led me to Curvy Kate!). I think in a perfect world it would be my dream job to be able to combine all of the things I love to give back to the community.
We’re so jealous of your travels! We’re feeling rather restless now and in the mood for adventuring! Why did you enter the competition?
Interestingly, the Mic Check community provided me with the motivation and courage to enter this competition. Mic Check’s philosophy is, “Speak or be spoken for,” and I feel by entering this competition I have given a voice to so many women who don’t realize yet that there’s life beyond 32DD or that have missed an opportunity to speak up through competitions like Star in a Bra. I grew up in a body that I despised so much and I wish I had known then that there are more women out there like me with a small ribcage and full bust. No woman should ever feel like she is freakish in size or that her body is not good enough the way it is. I feel like my life has been leading up to this moment of realization where I know I can make a difference in someone’s life just by having the courage to enter this competition.
Stand up and be counted! Why do you think people should vote for you?
Honestly there are so many women in this competition who are equally deserving and beautiful people who will all come out of this competition as amazing role models! If this competition has taught me anything though it’s that our bodies may fluctuate over time but they will always be our bodies and for that reason alone we should celebrate in our own uniqueness. We are beautiful in our own skin and that is a message that I would love to share with the world as the face of Curvy Kate. Best of luck to the rest of the lovely ladies in this competition!! It’s an honor to share this opportunity with y’all!
Do you think Morgan deserves your vote? Well you’d better get your deciding hat on as we’ve only one more girl to hear from!
Next up – and the final girl to be interviewed – is Bonnie Blackmon.
It’s the final day of interviews, and with only TWO DAYS LEFT to place your vote, you’d better get clicking if you want your favourite girl to be in with a chance to win!
First up today is Sophia Martin.
Hi! I’m Sophia. I just turned 19 years old on the 19th of April, and I’m from Virginia… Hoping to move to Wilmington, NC soon! I love the beach. Anyway, my very favorite things to do are sing and play guitar, which is what I’m pursuing as a career. A whole lot of my time and money is invested in going to watch other bands play shows and music festivals, and traveling to see friends! My other interests are scattered all over the place in the creative area (unfortunately for the most part I’m not too good at analytical type things. What can I say? I’m left-handed!) I love crafts, working out- I’d like to get certified as a personal trainer!, cosmetology, cooking and baking, and on lazy days… lots of sleeping and never putting pants on. Some things I’ve always wanted to do that I finally have in the last year are kickboxing, yoga, and conquering my fear of roller-coasters. I have a girly little dog with a manly bark named Twinkie. I care about my friends and family a lot, and like goofing around with them. Be it actually doing something exciting, or just watching TV for hours… where being with people I love is concerned, I consider doing nothing to be time well spent! As far as personality traits go, I think I’d have to say integrity is the one in both myself and others, that I find to be most important.
Why did you decide to enter the competition?
First of all, shoutout here to my mom and pops for being so supportive of my entering, because I know unfortunately not everyone was quite so lucky! I decided to enter the competition for a multitude of reasons… I think more-so than why, I thought why NOT me? Why not?
Growing up, my childhood was a lot harder than most people really know. When I was 8, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis- it’s similar to Crohn’s Disease- both of which are autoimmune digestive disorders. A lot of other issues came along with that. From anxiety, to depression, to such bad chronic pain and inflammation there were a couple times periods of my life where I couldn’t even get out of bed because everything hurt so badly. A way that I was and am affected by it- mostly from the medicine (it thins your skin)- is that I got terrible stretchmarks. There were a few summers where I didn’t really even leave my house because I didn’t want to wear shorts, or definitely not a bathing suit, because I felt so crappy inside and out. And then, sitting at home just made me more out of shape and gave me more time to feel worse about myself, and it’s just a vicious cycle. However. I am now, and have been, in ‘remission’ for almost 4 years now.. Which I consider to be a miracle in itself! So my motto for these past few years, and moving forward is to use every moment to, as cliche as it is, just appreciate the little things, be happy, try as many new things as possible, and go out and make a difference where I can. There’s this simple quote I saw recently that I really liked, it said- “Let your past make you better, not bitter.” That is the way I try to live my life in all aspects, so that’s why I decided to enter! There are so many things wrong in the way our media and society views ourselves and each other. As I always describe it to people- there’s such a stigma to be ‘this’ enough or ‘that’ enough and there’s this constant underlying message that nothing you are or do will ever just be good ENOUGH. When really, it’s already so great!
On a related note, I also have always had a horrible time when it comes to my stomach- it’s never been even sort-of flat, or toned looking, even when I was thinner, which is always something I’ve been very self-conscious of. But I finally truly realized, you know what? We all have our little body hangups that we shouldn’t be focusing all our time and energy on. Why does it matter SO much? Why does it matter so much more than so many other things? It shouldn’t, it doesn’t. So I basically said fuck it (wait, am I allowed to say that here?) and signed up to show the whole world my belly “pudge” and how we’re bros now… and how if I can do that, you, as well, can start feeling good about whatever it is that bothers you, because it’s not worth it!
So to sum all that up, I want to take my past and use it to help me further make a positive difference going towards all ladies’ futures.
I just want to mention that I actually first found out about the SIAB via Sophia (coincidental that we share the name!) Jenner’s blog- one of the UK’s 2011 top 10 girls! This was recent, when I just happened to stumble upon it, thanks to my quest to find out about real bra measuring/sizing, after uncomfortably wearing a DD for years! Anyway, seeing the posts she had written about being confident in herself and what a great experience the competition was, got me interested in it! That was my specific initial push.
“Let your past make you better, not bitter” – We love that; what a motto to live by! Why do you think people should vote for you?
I think people should vote for me because I feel that I am figuratively at a point in my life where I’m just really ready for this. I’m ready and prepared to give this my all, and represent everything the Curvy Kate brand stands for. But if nothing else, I want to have helped one person. I have had a couple friends tell me how much they admire and respect me for this, that is the main thing I want. I want to show people that you can be self-assured and get out and do something like this, just put yourself out there. If I don’t win, or even make the top 10, I just wanna help one person feel better about themselves and I will feel like I succeeded. Although, I would absolutely lovelovelove to be an ambassador for Curvy Kate! Yet, all the ladies in this contest are beautiful inside and out, so any vote is going to a wonderful place.
However, I’d prefer it be me. Hahahaha… I’m just being sassy. Thank you guys for listening (or reading, rather) me ramble!
Do you think Sophia deserves your vote? Still not sure? Don’t worry, you’ve got until the 24th May and we still have 2 girls to hear from!
Next up is Morgan Fraizer.
It’s our penultimate lot of interviews, which means the deadline for voting is fast approaching! Have you chosen your favourite yet?
Next up is the beautiful Chandler Jade.
Hi, everyone! I’m a bubbly 22-year-old, born and raised in southern California. I’ve always been a bit of a bookworm, despite my love for the sunny skies and warm weather that Orange County has to offer. It’s only recently that I’ve grown into the self-confident, young woman I’m proud to be today. During my dreaded high school years, I didn’t flaunt my body like the other girls (I developed at a young age) or get distracted by boys (who has time for them anyway!) Instead, I hid behind baggy sweatshirts and advanced placement textbooks. But being smart and studious paid off – I was one of the few students accepted into the prestigious journalism program at USC – my dream university! Fast-forward four years and I have become a freshly minted college graduate (as of, literally, less than a week ago!) ready to take on the world.
Congratulations! Well done you. Why did you decide to enter the competition?
Shopping for new bras has always been a struggle for me, more of a nightmare really – and I’m sure most girls reading this blog can relate! A few months ago, a friend of mine mentioned I check out the awesome lingerie line that is Curvy Kate. She insisted it was exactly the lingerie I’d been searching for all my life – and she was right! Not only am I in LOVE with Curvy Kate’s cute, fun, flirty bras, I also admire that the brand has taken it upon themselves to promote an essential 21st century message – Curves Are Sexy! As soon as I heard about the competition, I whipped out my camera phone and snapped away.
Finally – the question everyone hates me for – why do you think people should vote for you?
It’s taken me until I was 22 years old to finally find a good fitting bra – something’s wrong with this picture! There is definitely a grey area in the market for girls proportioned like me. I’m not skinny and I’m not heavy – I’m healthy, CURVY and I couldn’t be happier now that Curvy Kate has come to the rescue and is catering to real, young women. Curvy Kate understands that as a 22-year-old woman, yes, support is important, but it’s also important that I feel youthful and gorgeous in my bras. I would be so thrilled to represent a brand that promotes such positive ideals to the women of our generation.
Do you think Chandler deserves your vote? Still not sure? Don’t worry, you’ve got until the 24th May and we still have 3 girls to hear from!
Tomorrow we’ll hear from Sophia Martin, Morgan Fraizer and Bonnie Blackmon.
We’re all in the office having a little natter about our weekends, and we’re all very jealous of the team members who got to go to Ibiza for our swimwear shoot yesterday!
Next up we have Jackie Flores.
Hi Jackie and My name is Jackie Flores, I am from Fontana CA and I am 24 years old. I’m currently employed at a commissary warehouse, and I am majoring in Psychology and Child Development. When I’m not working or studying I usually spend my time with my 7 year old brother. We get along so well. I love to do makeup and hair and get all dressed up, my friends come to me so I can do their makeup before going out. I think it’s fun. Im always the tallest girl at our gatherings. Im 5′ 9″ and love to wear heels. I’m also very into fashion. I’ve made a few things and fixed a few more with a sewing machine my aunt gave me. About 5 years ago I got really into fitness. I enjoy running, hiking, and weight lifting. I’m planning on running a 5k in the Fontana Days next year.
It sounds like you’re a pretty active lady! We wish that we could ‘fix’ our wardrobes – fitting a curvy figure into clothes isn’t as easy as fitting into pretty Curvy Kate lingerie! Why did you enter the competition?
I first heard about Curvy Kate through a blog (Fuller Figure Fuller Bust) I was pretty excited when I saw the competition was coming to the USA. I decided to enter when I read many interviews from UK’s Star in a Bra Competition, I was able to relate to what most of the girls had to say. I dont remember at what age I started developing, thinking back it seems as if it was an overnight type of thing, all of a sudden I had to start buying DD bras. And I hated it! I hated that there were no “cute” bras in my size, It was either black, white or beige. I wasnt always comfortable in my own skin, whenever I would complain my friends thought I was crazy, they always complimented me and till this day they still do. Things started changing after high school. I matured, I looked at things differently. My mom has always been into fitness and she got me to enjoy it. I dropped 55 lbs, however my bra size didnt change much. But that didnt matter to me anymore, I felt good about myself and my figure, I had so much energy. About 1.5 years ago I had an accident at work which caused me to “take it slow” I had surgery and had to stop running, hiking, and exercising. Not being able to do any of those things completely changed the way I felt about myself, about the way I looked. I gained about 20 lbs in the past year. Since Im pretty tall I think I camoflauged it pretty well. I got to thinking, my clothes still fit me, my parents and cousins always tell me I look great, my boyfriend thinks Im beautiful, what exactly am I worried about? With or without those 20 pounds I am still me. I started gaining my confidence back and promised myself that I wasnt going to feel how I did when I was in high school.
I mentioned the contest to about 3 or 4 people and they all told me I should do it. I took the photos myself and locked them in my phone for about a week or two. Hitting the SUBMIT button was one of the hardest steps in the competition. I’m very family oriented so It was pretty difficult to keep this from my parents. I eventually told them what I was entering and they were very happy and supportive.
Why do you think people should vote for you?
I’m honored to be in the Top 30 with such amazing girls. I’ve already made a few friends. I would want people to vote for me because I’ve overcome many insecurites and regained my confidence and its not only because I am starting to jog and hike again but because I’ve surrounded myself with positive people. Curvy Kate is truly an inspiration to celebrate curves and that is something I would really like to be a part of. I believe anything to empower women is worth competing for. I believe Curvy Kate is the start of something amazing here in the United States. Im happy to say I’ve learned to embrace what was given to me, a fuller bust, thighs, and curves, even if that comes with lumps and all. So whether the size of your top matches your bottom or they’re completely opposite, embrace them because no two people are the same and no two bodies are the same and variety is what makes us all amazing.
Do you think Jackie deserves your vote? Still not sure? Don’t worry, you’ve got until the 24th May and we still have 4 girls to hear from!
Next up we’ll hear from Jade Chandler.
Hello all and a very Happy Monday from all at Curvy Kate HQ. We hope you had a great weeeknd? We soaked up the sun with family and friends, and caught up with some much-needed sleep!
First up this morning is Monica Foletta.
I am a current Business Management student at FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise). I want to open my own hostel in Hollywood one day. I am a Personal Assistant to a DJ. I enjoy my free time dancing & using my hula hoop and going to music festivals.
Can we come stay in your hostel? What an amazing idea! Why did you decide to enter Star in a Bra?
I decided to join this competition to show that girls like me can be comfortable with their own body and still be able to feel beautiful all of the time. Everyone goes through something important in their lives and I’m where I want to be and am happy with my body.
Good for you! Finally, why do you think poeple should vote for you?
I believe I am an inspiration and a voice for the girls that feels great about themselves inside and out. Everyone should know that we all can be any size we want, I always have been a big curvy girl and one day I realized I wanted to change my habits and i worked really hard with my motivation and I lost some weight and was able to still be a natural curvy girl at the size I wanted to be in. I want to show them it all takes hard work and passion for whatever and they will still be curvy and a beautiful lady. Being curvy is a beautiful trait not a weakness.
Do you think Monica deserves your vote? Still not sure? Don’t worry, you’ve got until the 24th May and we still have 5 girls to hear from!
Next up we’ll hear from Jackie Flores.
Last interview of the day -and of the week – will be from the beautiful Cristyen Fowler.
Heya! My name is Cristyen Fowler (or Criss), I’m 25 years old, and from a little town called Sulphur in Louisiana. I’m a casino card dealer for a living, with intentions of returning to school for English or Public Relations in the near future. I’m relatively introverted and geeky, so I’d rather stay indoors reading a book, playing video games, or reblogging cat gifs on Tumblr instead of going out to party. I also spend a lot of my free time on the internet writing blogs and reaching out to young women with poor self-esteem problems. As someone whose weight has yo-yoed up and down a hundred pounds throughout the entire course of my teenage and adult years, my self-esteem is a fickle, fickle creature. I know what it’s like to base my self-worth on silly, arbitrary numbers and to try to meet the long list of qualifications in order to be considered beautiful. Over a year ago, I started blogging to try to help girls and women feel better about themselves, and indirectly, myself as well. I feel very validated by doing this, and this interest has even followed into my real life! It’s amazing how many women now approach me at work or on facebook, requesting help or simply in need of someone who will listen.
WIt sounds like you’ve been on quite the body confidence journey! I think we can all identify with that… everyone has those ‘bads days’, but we’re glad you had the confidence to enter! Why did you enter the competition?
I have SO many reasons for entering! I think the primary reason I entered was because I am excited to potentially represent a body-positive brand with an intent on redefining beauty standards. I don’t necessarily believe that curvy or plus size women need to be more represented- after all, there ARE curvy and plus size models out there, albeit not as many as I feel there should be. What I’d rather see, however, are women and girls of ALL shapes and sizes, whose bumps, cellulite, stretch marks, and skin imperfections aren’t digitally altered and smoothed; I want to see myself in the women who model, regardless of size. I want women who can get up in their underwear, genuinely smiling, radiating an aura of confidence that says, “Look at me! I’m not perfect, but here I am, just as beautiful as you!” I think THAT’S the message we need women to see; not that any size or shape is more or less attractive, but that you are beautiful without altering yourself because you’re real, because nobody’s perfect, and that shouldn’t stop you from feeling great in underwear. To me, that’s what Curvy Kate represents, and I support this wholeheartedly.
The second biggest reason is because I had lost a lot of weight for health reasons a couple of years ago, and my self-esteem has taken quite a hit! I had so many people, from strangers to co-workers to friends, tell me that I had lost so much weight that I had lost my curves, or that I was so “small-boobed” now that I “must be like a B cup, right?” Hearing that over and over, having my femininity questioned and torn to pieces, I started to feel like I was indeed lacking in curves and boobage. Eventually, after later doing research on bra sizes since my 34D was giving me quad-boob and I was swimming in my 34DDs’ bands, I realized that I wasn’t either a D or a DD cup! I’m still working on finding the right fit, since I lack quality fitters in my area, but my boob epiphany had pointed me into the right direction, and I think I wear a 28G! How’s that for lacking in curves, eh? Entering has SO helped me re-evaluate how I see my breasts, and indirectly boosting my self-esteem. I’m not the largest-breasted woman, but I think having a smaller-backed model could be just as good as having an unusually impressive bosom; after all, my experience has taught me that America still sees cup size as being indicative of breast size, and wouldn’t this be a great opportunity to show that a D-cup isn’t necessarily what they think it is?
Finally it’s that dreaded question that everyone hates me for: why should people vote for you?
I’m not going to say that I deserve to win this competition over any of the other girls, because I truly believe everyone competing is gorgeous and enthusiastic about this contest! We all deserve a chance to boost our self-esteem, don’t we? So I’ll instead say that I think I would be a great ambassador for the company because I want to do so much more with the opportunity than merely model underwear. America is behind on our bra and boob knowledge, and we’ve a pretty destructive media in terms of body image and size. This competition has the chance to make a really large impact on my country, and I want to be at the forefront of it, making the most of this. I know with my perspective and enthusiasm, I would be an excellent Curvy Kate ambassador because I truly believe in its ideals, and my passion and single-minded drive to make a difference will help make a larger, more positive difference.
This is the time! Vote for me, and I will do my best to make winning less about myself, and more about using this as an opportunity to promote growth, understanding, and a better body image for women of all varieties. Vote for me, and let’s make a difference!
Do you think Cristyen deserves your vote? Still not sure? Don’t worry, you’ve got until the 24th May and we still have 6 girls to hear from!
On Monday we’ll hear from Monica Foletta, Jackie Flores and Jade Chandler.
Ok so after reading the motivational story about the last Star in a Bra hopeful, we decided it was time to get up and do something productive with our day. The sun is shining and the sky is blue, and with such beautiful ladies, who can’t help but feel inspired?
And the next girl is no different; let’s hear from Brittany Jencks!
My name is Brittany, I’m 22 and I live in Asheville, NC. I’m an artist- mostly I paint and do photography, but I also enjoy doing ceramics, animation, and just about anything creative. I use Linux and write computer programs for fun. Oh and I’m really interested in psychology (especially personality-INFJ here for anyone interested!) and sociology. I am also the writer behind the blog Thin and Curvy.
Basically, I have tons of interests and I’m a huge geek!
I am engaged to the most awesome guy in the whole world. He loves my curves, and has really encouraged me to fight my body image issues and to feel more beautiful and comfortable in my skin. He encouraged me to start my blog, nags me regularly to actually post on it, and was insistent that I enter this contest!
We’re big fans of Thin and Curvy here in Curvy Kate HQ, and huge congratulations on your engagement! Such exciting news! Why did you enter the competition?
When I was 14 and still wearing a B cup, I breathed a sigh of relief that I hadn’t inherited my mother’s curves. I had watched her struggle to deal with her big breasts for years- she could never find a bathing suit that fit, and her bras were so ugly! Unfortunately for me, genetics had other plans and by the time I was 16, I was wearing horribly fitting 34DD minimizer bras. I couldn’t run without my breasts bouncing painfully, and I began to get blisters and grooves in my shoulders from my bras. Other kids called me fat, not realizing that under my smashed, sagging boobs was a 24” waist! I could never wear cute clothing. I tried to lose weight, getting down to 125 lbs at 5’9”, (Not healthy for me!) but my breasts were still big! My posture became terrible, between the weight of my chest and my embarrassment over my height. My mother told me that having big breasts just sucked and I would have to learn to deal with it.
Finally one day, I decided I wouldn’t stand for it anymore, and I went and did the Google search that changed my life- “How to measure your bra size.” I figured I would at least figure out the size I should be, and then maybe I could get it custom made. To my great surprise, I learned that there were bras made in Europe in many more sizes than 32-40 A-DD! Not only that, but these bras were actually pretty! I became hooked on researching bra fitting, and began to re-fit everyone I knew! My mother refused to have anything to do with it, having been so traumatized by bra shopping in the past, so I guessed at her size and ordered her a new bra using one week’s paycheck from my part-time job. To both of our amazements, it fit! And she looked 50lbs lighter, too. After several years of trying to fit everyone I knew, I started my blog so that the information I had learned could hopefully help, and reach, more people.
I have been watching the UK Star in a Bra competition for several years, and I love how positive it is towards womens’ bodies. I was so thrilled when I found out that the competition would be coming to the USA! I think it will make a huge impact on awareness of bra fitting over here, which is something that US women definitely need!
Hooray for big cup sizes! Why should people vote for you?
Every one of the top 30 girls is so gorgeous and deserves to win! I’m not any prettier than the rest of them, for sure! I can say, however, that I am incredibly passionate about body image and bra fitting. I truly believe that all women, of all shapes and sizes, can be beautiful, and that wonderful companies like Curvy Kate can help them to realize their true beauty. Who doesn’t feel great when wearing amazing, beautiful lingerie? Whether I win this competition or not, I will keep fighting for these things. However, winning this competition would provide me with the opportunity to be a role model for all of the girls out there who feel bad about their bodies, and chests, the way that I did. It would also enable me to educate so many people on how bra fitting actually works. I would be absolutely thrilled to have that chance.
Do you think Brittany deserves your vote? Still not sure? Don’t worry, you’ve got until the 24th May and we still have 7 girls to hear from!
Next up is Cristyen Fowler.
It’s finally Saturday; I’m being very lazy an am still in bed. Hooray for weekends!
There’s no rest for a blogger, though, so next up we hear from the fabulous Lizzie McDaniel.
I’m 22 years old and originally from Seattle, WA. I actually just moved to Avon, CT with my boyfriend a few months ago. I went to the University of Washington and majored in psychology. This fall I’m applying to grad school for occupational therapy. I’m a bit of a book worm but also love outdoor activities and traveling. I had to leave my horse behind in Washington but I like to ride, swim, and hike. The northwest is perfect for all those. I have fabulous friends and family back west, but this new adventure I’m on is truly wonderful and exciting. I would encourage everyone to go out and spread their wings. You’ll be amazed at what you find out about yourself and your abilities.
Sounds like you’re on quite an adventure! Why did you enter the competition?
I actually almost missed out on entering! I took a road trip to a lingerie store in Rhode Island (Zoe and Co.), because they are the only place for miles around that have my size. While trying on bras the fitter handed me a card about the competition. When I looked it over it said the deadline was the next day, so I quickly snapped some pictures and here I am! But really I entered because I love what the contest stands for. We’re all different. Just look at the differences between the contestants! We all have D+ cups but man are we all unique. For years I was down on myself for not looking like the women portrayed in the mainstream media. It’s taken a lot of time, but I’ve accepted who I am. Plus, to be honest it’s a little bit of a confidence booster. Taking the pictures was so fun! I’ve had people coming out of the woodwork telling me how great it is that I’m doing this. It’s awesome, and I really appreciate it.
We love to hear of stories of curve celebration! And last but not least, why should people vote for you?
I’m not better than any of these girls here. We all have our own strengths and weaknesses. You should vote for me though, because I have the confidence and drive to pull this off. If I won I would promise to try my hardest to represent all the lovely ladies out there who wear the brand Curvy Kate.
Do you think Lizzie deserves your vote? Still not sure? Don’t worry, you’ve got until the 24th May and we still have 8 girls to hear from!
Next up is Brittany Jencks.
The sun is shining and the outlook is good for the whole weekend in the UK, which is quite a change from what we’re used to to say the least! Just when we thought life couldn’t get any better, we’ve got one more interview for a gorgeous Star in a Bra USa top 30 finalist this morning. Hooray!
Who’s up next you ask? It’s the gorgeous Danielle White.
Hi Danielle, why don’t you tell our readers a little more about yourself?
My name is Danielle White, I am 24 years old, and I recently graduated from Oregon State University after studying forestry, French, and business! Although I work full-time, I always find time to read a new book, visit friends, and enjoy my main obsession in life: west coast swing dancing! I had the immense pleasure of answering these questions in sunny San Diego, California at the largest west coast swing dance event in the country. Or, at the very least, it is certainly the biggest party! Being a part of this supportive community has shown me that, regardless of your body type, language, or skin-color, your self-confidence and kindness are what truly matters.
That’s a mantra that we can well and truly agree with! Why did you decide to enter the competition?
My older sister actually introduced me to the Star in a Bra contest! I was very sad that she chose not to enter this year but I am so grateful that she had me sign up (and that Tiffany Schmidt was equally excited to, as well)! My sister and I both come from a long line of busty women who have had a hard time embracing their curves. Our grandmother once told me that as a child she developed early and was harassed for it as a teenager (a difficulty I also faced). It is unfortunate and disappointing that a woman’s shape can be used against her and ruin her self-esteem! This contest has allowed me to stand up for the women in my life and hopefully set an example for my future children and other women.
It’s time for a change and we’re delighted that you want to be a part of that with us! Why do you think people should vote for you?
That is such a difficult question to answer! Every woman in this contest has shown such confidence and poise that every single one deserves to win. Putting yourself out in front of friends, co-workers, family, and strangers is difficult and I admire every single woman who chose to enter.
As for why you should vote for me, I hope that you see the pride I have in myself, my shape, and my personality. I want to give other women the self-confidence to never dread lingerie shopping again! To never settle for a baggy shirt to hide her shape. And especially to those who want to walk (and maybe dance!) with pride in front of a crowd and be the amazing person they know they are.
Do you think Danielle deserves your vote? Still not sure? Don’t worry, you’ve got until the 24th May and we still have 9 girls to hear from!
Tomorrow we’ll hear from Lizzie McDaniel, Brittany Jencks and Cristyen Fowler.
We’ve definitely got that ‘Friday feeling’ and I’m spending the morning with my standard cup of tea, answering my mountain of emails and watching the odd Japanese pop music video on Youtube.
Somewhat of a Youtube star herself, next up in our string of interviews is Krista Cousins.
My name is Krista Cousins, I’m 24 years old and I wear many hats! Not literally, of course. I’m currently a full time nanny and about to fulfill my long time ambition of attending graduate school this fall for an M.S in Speech-Language Pathology. However, I have a life-long love affair with the arts especially in relation to modeling, acting and fashion.
I am not easily described but the best attempt to grasp the concept of who I am is through contrasts. I’m an oxymoron: loud, yet quiet, smart yet airy occasionally, serious yet silly, it’s what makes me, me. I am very true to myself, and therefore true to others. I’m not afraid to be myself in every situation. When I know what I want, I go after it. I’m just a really simple, straight forward girl.
I’m a fairly intelligent girl [Nerd] who also loves to let her inner-child shine. I love to have discussions about things which I am passionate about. I am a kid at heart and sometimes there is nothing I’d rather do than watch some good old fashion bugs bunny cartoons from the 1930s, blow bubbles, ride the swings on the playground, fly kites or ride roller coasters. I have a variety of interests and passions which are not easily narrowed down.
Finally, I am very dissatisfied with the way women are portrayed in the media and I am passionate about changing it for the better.
That’s exactly what this competition is all about, Krista! Why did you decide to enter the competition?
Honestly, I entered on a whim! Upon moving to the most wonderful and opportunistic city in the world, I was greeted with many “No’s”, “You need to lose weight” or “you’re too short”. When my friend told me about the competition in passing, at first I figured I could never win. That was until I looked at the brand and the past competitions. Curvy Kate’s and my philosophy go together like PB&J. After being tired of no one looking like me on TV, and no store having my size Curvy Kate gave the proverbial “Z snap” and essentially spoke to me through this competition saying “Krista, it’s time!”
We love a good ‘Z snap’ – that made us laugh. But it’s true what you said, it’s all about inclusivity and we’re so glad that you agree. Now for the awkward question; why do you think people should vote for you?
Well it’s simple really, because I wear horizontal stripes, button-ups, strapless dresses and shockingly bright colors! Yes, I wear all the things those shiny, glossy magazines tell us bustier ladies not to wear. They tell us to wear all-black and one shoulder dresses to “draw the eye” away from the chest, but I say “No!”
Well, I’m tired of being told to hide my figure, to wear minimizers or to lose weight just so I can shop at you-know-where. As a representative of Curvy Kate I would make it my personal mission to make every woman (the one who cries in the dressing room when she realizes she needs a larger size but they don’t have it, the one who picks up a magazine and then decides to skip dinner, the one who wears large sweaters because strangers on the street won’t stop commenting on her large chest) feel and discover how truly beautiful she is. She doesn’t have to wear a bra that looks like something her grandmother wouldn’t even touch, but she also doesn’t have to force herself to wear an ill-fitted bra just to have a sexy style that doesn’t come in her actual size. The time for a beautiful, busty, body revolution is now and I am very prepared to lead us all to victory. ”
Do you think Krista deserves your vote? Still not sure? Don’t worry, you’ve got until the 24th May and we still have 10 girls to hear from!
Final interview of the day will be with Danielle White.
Good morning all and Happy Friday! Any exciting plans for the weekend? I’ll be going back to my hometown to see friends and family and have a few cocktails on the beach. As you do.
But what’s even more exciting is hearing from our lovely Star in a bra finalists from today. First off we have Jaime Moore.
My name’s Jamie, I’m a 24 year old identical twin from Southern New Jersey. I recently graduated from art school in Philadelphia with my BFA in sculpture. I now work as a welder in Central Jersey where I make large metal sculptures.
Why did you enter the competition?
I’ve always been interested in modeling but never had the guts to pursue it. Right before I stumbled upon the Curvy Kate Star in Bra 2012 contest my life took a couple of unexpected turns. Afterwards I really began to respect and love myself for who I am, and I figured this is the perfect time to give modeling a shot!
It’s funny how things work out, we’re so glad that you found yourself the confidence to enter! Why do you think people should vote for you?
I would love to be given this life changing opportunity, and I need people’s votes to get there! I want this not just to show other full figured women that we’re all beautiful but to also prove that same point to the fashion industry! So please everyone, help me to represent Curvy Kate as their 2012 Star in a Bra!
Do you think Jaime deserves your vote? Still not sure? Don’t worry, you’ve got until the 24th May and we still have 11 girls to hear from!
Next up is Krista Cousins.
It’s Thursday morning and that can only mean one thing; we’re more than half way to the weekend! It’s the final interview of the day and all is well in the world. time for a celebratory cup of tea.
Next up to share her words of wisdom and body confidence is Burlesque babe Steph Dixon.
I’m a super vivacious 24 year old born and raised in New York, spending the last 7 years in the best borough… Brooooooklyn! I’m a graduate student in Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture & herbs) which takes up most of my time but I work as a personal assistant as well. In between trimesters, I resurrect my old burlesque dancing acts and perform when I can, and when I get my life back after school I’ll be back creating new ones! I am quite tattooed but classy, and I really don’t plan on stopping anytime soon…hehehe. Otherwise, I am a huge music junkie; I love going to lots of shows and music festivals because you should spend money on what makes you happy, right? I also love traveling (as much as my schedule allows!) – I’ve just returned from a solo trip to Amsterdam and am headed back to Iceland with my best friend this summer. Basically, I’m a happy and well-adjusted girl who believes company is what makes life wonderful so I’m into doing anything with the people I love, whether it be watching awesomely cheesy sci-fi movies at home with some good vegan grub or spending hours exploring a neighborhood I’ve never been to because NYC is just THAT big!
You sound like a fun girl to be around! Why did you decide to enter the competition?
It’s an amazing chance to be able to encourage curvy ladies that they can do anything they set their mind to and look beautiful while doing it! I feel like any opportunity to get girls like us out in the limelight is a sort of win against stereotypical media images that are unattainable and unhealthy, so I’m super proud to even be one of the top 30.
The top 30 is a fabulous place to be and we’re glad to have you. Why do you think people should vote for you?
Ah! I know this is a hard but necessary question…
I feel like I would do a great job being a dynamic, confident, and fun Curvy Kate lady. Plus, I’m sweet as pie
Really though, it has brought me a lot of joy to represent curvy ladies in the Burlesque scene and I would love to translate that to women all over the world through print, specifically in gorgeous Curvy Kate lingerie!
Do you think Steph deserves your vote? Still not sure? Don’t worry, you’ve got until the 24th May and we still have 12 girls to hear from!
Tomorrow we’ll hear from Jamie Moore, Krista Cousins and Danielle White.
Do we get sick of hearing inspirational words from curvy ladies? Never!
Next up is the stunning Rhonda Nelson.
My name is Rhonda and I love to stay active! My favorite sport is basketball and I am hoping to attend Southwest Mississippi Community College on a basketball scholarship. I also enjoy spending time with my friends, working, and spending time with my wonderful boyfriend! Aside from that, I love helping people in any way I can and sometimes it gets me in trouble but I know as long as I made someone happy, I am too!
Wow, sounds like you’re quite the athlete! I wish we had your energy, the most energetic thing I’ve done all week is bake a cake! So what made you enter the competition?
At first I was hesitant about entering the competition but thought it might be fun if anything else so I did! I’m very happy I entered the competition, I’m having a lot of fun with it!
And finally – the question everyone loves so much – why should people vote for you?
I think people should vote for me because I am curvy and love it! Curvy Kate does an amazing job at making women, like me, feel proud and beautiful about the skin they are in and I want to be a part of that! If I can help women see they should be proud with the body they are blessed with, it would mean the world to me!
Do you think Rhonda deserves your vote? Still not sure? Don’t worry, you’ve got until the 24th May and we still have 13 girls to hear from!
The last interview of the day will be with Steph Dixon
Good morning all, it’s time to hear from some more of our lovely ladies in their lingerie! We’re more than half way through our Star in a Bra USA interviews, and we’re truly astonished by all the beautiful curvy ladies that we’ve found!
Next in line to tell her story is Kristie Hale.
I’m a 33 year old MOM, Wife, Nerd, Fashion Lover & Business Owner from Hampton, VA. I attended both George Mason University & Old Dominion University where I studied Dance & Communications. After completing my degree at Old Dominion University I went on to work for an Advertising Agency in Washington, DC. After leaving the agency I joined forces with some other creative talents to open our own agency. It’s been an exciting adventure! I still can’t believe that I took that leap of faith to open a business back in 2003. Impulse Design Group has been able to help support small businesses across the country and it’s been an amazing experience . I enjoy spending time with my family & friends. My husband, Denie, 2 1/2 year old daughter, Sloan & my 2- 4 legged babies (Cable & Tonka) are my greatest loves. We love hanging out at the beach, going to farmers markets and cooking together. While I haven’t fully developed a green thumb I love planting our garden each year! We also love getting out and enjoying community entertainment. My husband and I support animal & children rights. I also am the founder of The Hope Initiative (thehopeinitiative.in). It’s a photography experience for cancer survivors. I joined forces with local photographers and we offered complimentary photo shoots to local cancer survivors who are living a bright life. These survivors are amazing! Their stories are touching and I’m so thankful to have been able to share their stories with others. At our evening of hope, a reception to celebrate our cancer survivors, our message was to be proactive with your health, get those checkups, take care of yourself. I must say those survivors are an inspiration to me everyday!
What in inspirational lady! It sounds like you have a pretty rewarding job. So why did you decide to enter the competition?
It feels like the perfect fit. The Curvy Kate brand empowers women like me. I love fashion and I think there is a place for all body types in the industry. I think the industry is not tapping into it’s full potential. Having large breast can be so difficult. Besides the physical issues and the teasing, you have a crazy hard time finding cool fashionable clothes to fit those knockers in. I have a small frame, but have to buy larger shirts to fit everything in, so then it doesn’t fit anywhere else. For years, I have crammed them into cup sizes way too small and been uncomfortable all day. Somedays you get the inevitable pop boob, when it pops right out of the cup, giving you an even more hedious fit & adding to the uncomfortableness. Curvy Kate is finally a company that understands that we are not all made to order. I think by joining forces with Curvy Kate we can help those busty girls out there like me that don’t want to wear a grandma bra. We want to wear fashionable, beautiful lingerie and swimwear that FITS! I also think this is an opportunity to promote healthy & positive body image for all. I want my daughter to be confident in her own skin and I think the best way to give her the foundation for that is to be comfortable in mine.
Finally, why do you think people should vote for you?
Why do you think people should vote for you? I would like to be Star in a Bra because I think I can make a difference by leading by example. Body image issues affect so many and I think through programs like Star in a Bra, doors can open some more in the fashion industry, which I hope will encourage good body image. I am enthusiastic, determined and motivated to help make change. With Curvy Kate girls can finally get a great fit & a boost in confidence! No other brands are serving that up for busty girls! Star in a Bra offers models that can actually show what the bra will really look like and they look amazing! These models have been giving confidence to girls in the UK and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to help support such a great brand here in the USA! I’m up to the job! Ready to encourage girls & women of America to feel good about who they are & to be their biggest fans! We are all capable of amazing things…but first we must believe! I believe I can make a positive impact on the fashion industry with a successful partnership with Curvy Kate as the 1st Star in a Bra USA!!! Thanks again for this opportunity! This is such a positive thing for the USA and women everywhere!
Do you think Kristie deserves your vote? Still not sure? Don’t worry, you’ve got until the 24th May and we still have 13 girls to hear from!
Next up today is Rhonda Nelson.
We’re on to our fifteenth interview, which means we’re half way through! You now what that means? The deadline day for voting is fast approaching!
Who’s up next in our beautiful braidy bunch? It’s Jaime Schneider.
I’m 25 years old and I am a waitress. I have had large breasts since middle school, and they only got bigger! I was 16 when they told me that I was a size 34G, a size I didn’t even know existed at the time. I’ve always been a bit insecure about my body but am finally learning to come out of my shell and appreciate my curves!
That sounds good to us! Why did you enter the competition?
A friend had told me about the competition and it looked like a lot of fun. I figured I would try it out and see what happens, not knowing that I would make it to the top 30. When I found out I had, I was so excited!
We think entering for fun is one of the best reasons to enter. You never know what might happen, as you’ve proven! Not that it’s a surprise to us… check out that smile! Last but not least, why should people vote for you?
I think people should vote for me because I am a down to earth girl who likes to help others. I feel like us girls with curves should be proud of it! I feel it would be an honor to be able to represent us curvy girls, after all curves are beautiful! I spent so much of my life being ashamed of my curves and trying to hide them, and now that I am able to embrace them I would love to be able to share it with the world! I really feel that this experience would be very rewarding for myself.
Do you think Jaime deserves your vote? Still not sure? Don’t worry, you’ve got until the 24th May and we still have 15 girls to hear from!
Tomorrow we’ll hear from the beautiful Kristie Hale, Rhonda Nelson and Steph Dixon!
Yes, you guessed it, we’ve got the kettle on again for our first cup of tea (milk, one sugar, please!). The sun is out and we’re ready to start the day here in Curvy Kate HQ, and our second interview is coming up.
So who do we have next? It’s Lauren Mendoza Valles.
My name is Lauren Mendoza Valles and I’m 28, living in Long Beach, California, with my new, fantastic husband of one year. I work in Television for an Entertainment News show and feel very blessed to go to a fun job everyday that I love. To go a bit beyond the surface; I’m a good friend, sister, daughter, and recently an aunt. I have a lot of great people in my life who have very much shaped me, so when thinking of who I am, I naturally think about them. I grew up playing sports, and will always think of myself as an athlete, no matter how long it’s been since I’ve played. I love to dance more than most things in life, and I love to sing (in the car to myself). I’ve had a lot of big dreams in life, and still have a lot I want to do, but regardless I’ve never thought any of them to be out of my reach or impossible. I’ve learned that you’ll really never know what you can or can’t do until you actually try. However, I still need to remind myself of that from time to time. I’ve had my share of turbulence – the pain of a broken family, a young diagnosis of Lupus, and even job loss early in my career. These, just as much as the people I love and great experiences I’ve had, have helped build my character, my strength, my gratitude, and my perspective. If there’s one thing I can say I am, I’m definitely grateful!
You’re right, you have to be in it to win it! It’s the ultimate dream for someone to have a job that they love… So why did you enter Star in a Bra?
In all honesty, I entered Curvy Kate because I was encouraged to. I never imagined I would take pictures of myself in my bra and underwear and post them on the internet for all to see. When I read that sentence, it makes sense! However, once I learned about Curvy Kate, I felt honored. I saw this as such a great opportunity to be a part of something I think is awesome; encouraging confidence. I have always been curvy – mama hips, athletic thighs, and a set of twins to go with them! Growing up, I hated even a mention of my chest, or the slightest attention I got from boys at school. I wore a sports bra to bed when I was 12 hoping they wouldn’t grow! As I’ve gotten older, I see so much of who I am as a reflection of my family, and I think the women in my family are gorgeous with rockin’ curves! I admire this contest. If there were more models like the women in this competition, our society would have such a kinder view on what beauty is as opposed to the created idea of what it should look like. I made the decision to enter because I believe in Curvy Kate and what it stands for.
Well we can’t think of a better reason! Finally, it’s that dreaded question… why do you think people should vote for you?
I’d like those who vote for me to vote because they think I’m a good representation of what this contest is. I’ve got curves, and I’m so appreciative of them!
Do you think Lauren deserves your vote? Still not sure? Don’t worry, you’ve got until the 24th May and we still have 16 girls to hear from!
Last girl of the day will be Jaime Schneider.
Did you come here for some more inspirational interviews with gorgeous curvy ladies? Well you’ve come to the right place because today we have three (yes, three!) lovely Star in a Bra top 30 finalists to hear from.
First up we have Melissa Kelly.
Hi everyone! My name is Melissa Kelly and I am an 18 year old from Long Island, New York! I am a student who will be attending Cornell University in the fall. I am a HUGE athlete and sports fan. Because I only live an hour away from NYC I attend a ton of NY Rangers, Mets, Knicks, and Jets/Giants games. I played softball, field hockey, and ice hockey in high school and they are most of my favorite memories. I also love music and going to concerts. I love everything from classic rock to country to hip hop! I am definitely a BIG family person and love spending my weekends and summers hanging out with my family. I love dogs and have a yorkie named Chip! I like getting involved and helping people any way that I can. I love growing my hair out and donating it to cancer patients-just a few weeks ago I made my fourth donation! My main goal in life is to have fun cherish my family, boyfriend, and friends and not take anything for granted. Thanks SO MUCH for the support everyone and thank you to Curvy Kate for this opportunity!!
Why did you decide to enter the competition?
When I was in High School there were not too many people that had bodies like mine. I was surrounded by a lot of skinny girls who loved to flaunt their bodies. Being curvy was not desired because to teenagers in our society curvy = fat. Because of this I rarely dressed up and stuck to what I felt comfortable in: T-Shirts and sweatpants. Now that I am out of that type of environment I am starting to feel much better about my curves. My Mom is a breast cancer survivor who had to have a mastectomy at the age of 36. I have to appreciate what I have instead of being ashamed of it. Girls need to realize how lucky they are to have curves and realize that many women, like my Mom have had these things taken away from them. My decision to enter this contest can definitely be described as a YOLO (you only live once) type of moment but I am SO GLAD that I did. This experience has been nothing short of awesome so far and I am excited for the next two weeks!
Why do you think people should vote for you?
I think that people should vote for who they think represents the image that Curvy Kate stands for. I feel that I represent the REAL girls out there instead of the 5’10 twiggy models. I am young, love to have a good time, and am outgoing! This is obviously not a topic that many people feel comfortable about but I feel that my outgoingness can help people feel more comfortable about themselves. I would be nothing short of honored to represent all the beautiful curvy girls out there by being Curvy Kate’s Star In A Bra. Thanks so much for everyone who has voted for me.
Do you think Melissa deserves your vote? Still not sure? Don’t worry, you’ve got until the 24th May and we still have 17 girls to hear from!
Next up is the stunning Lauren Mendoza.
We’re feeling better already and the bad weather seems little more than a distant memory. Ah the power of beautiful, lovely ladies! What an inspiring bunch.
The final girl of the day is Monique Beach,
My name is Monique, and I am a 23 year old college graduate from Shelbyville, KY. I graduated from the University of Louisville in 2011 with a BA in Studio Art. I would describe myself as loving, caring, creative, cheerful, and unique. I am a 34G and loving it! I am a very optimistic person, and love to find the positive in any situation I am in. I am currently working as an optometric assistant, and I like it a lot. In my spare time I enjoy drawing, watching movies, going out to eat (particularly for pasta or seafood), going to the gun range with my dad, and going to art galleries with my boyfriend.
You sound like a very busy bee indeed! We always like to hear our finalists have beauty and brains. Why did you decide to enter the competition?
I decided to enter the competition, because of how I used to feel about myself and I wanted to celebrate how much I have grown to love myself. I used to compare myself to others wishing I was tall, thin, small breasted, and any other physical characteristic that I felt I needed to be attractive. It did not help that the clothes that I wanted to wear did not fit right, because my breast were too large. I also dreaded bra shopping, because I knew the bras that were available in my size were black, beige and extremely dull. I found myself hiding in larger clothes, because I did not want to see my shape. I took me awhile to find bras that were supportive as well as beautiful, and within the past couple of years I have realized that I am beautiful too, because I don’t look like anyone else. Everything that I considered to be a flaw was something that made me unique. I have learned to embrace what God has given me, and I love myself more now than ever. When I found out about the competition, and the positive message that Curvy Kate gave to women I knew that I have to give it a try. Even if I wasn’t chosen I knew that I was now confident enough to show others that I love my body just the way it is. It took a lot for me to enter the competition (as I’m sure it did for a lot of other women), but I am happy I did.
We’re happy too! It certainly takes some guts to press that ‘submit’ button. Why do you think people should vote for you?
I think people should vote for me, because I have gone through the insecurities with my body and I believe I can inspire others to love their bodies too. By representing Curvy Kate I can show others that they can be beautiful, curvy, and confident no matter what they look like. Confidence is what makes you beautiful.
Do you think Monique deserves your vote? Still not sure? Don’t worry, you’ve got until the 24th May and we still have 18 girls to hear from!
Tomorrow we’ll hear from the beautiful Melissa Kelly, Lauren Mendoza and Jaime Schneider.