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Reduction resulted in enough confidence to strip down to her smalls for Star in a Bra 2015…It’s Nicola Graveson

Next up we have ….

Name: Nicola GravesonNicola

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Occupation: Artist/part-time Showgirl

Bra size: 32E

Why I’m entering:

This year I turn 40 and I have never felt as confident as I do now. I want to show that you can still be fun, sexy, and glamorous after having 2 babies, and no longer in your 20’s! I wish I had the confidence when I was younger that I do now. I’m definitely at an age where I have accepted all the positive things about my body as well as the flaws and it feels wonderful. I am an artist and a mum of two little boys, but I am also head showgirl at a 50’s style club called Vegas where I dance in feathers and a corset. I love music, dancing and being on stage, it is so much fun. I used to have a 32J bust when I was younger, and not a day went by that rude comments weren’t made, or I wasn’t groped by strangers. I had zero confidence, there were no beautiful bras in my size back then either. I had to wear big ugly things in black or white. I had a breast reduction done at 24, which at the time was the best thing I ever did. I gained in confidence despite the scars, but part of me wishes I hadn’t let other people affect me so much, and I had kept the body I was given. Anyway, my scars have faded, and I love the boobs I have now. Still curvy, but manageable haha! I would love to do this, and it would be really wonderful to have the chance.

Three things I love about me: 

  • I am kind
  • I have a nice smile
  • I can make people laugh (not always intentionally!)

 

 

Three things you didn’t know about me:

  • I am fairly obsessed with vintage cars, mainly old VW Beetles, but pick-up trucks and Chevy’s are high on the list too! 
  • I was once on Deal or No Deal…and I did indeed spank the banker.
  • I love fancy dress, and will don a Wonder Woman costume any chance I get. 

Three things I would tell my younger self, that I didn’t know then:

  • That a big world lies outside of the school gates, and that things will get better. You will make lots of good friends, and the bullies will no longer matter.
  • That it is the best feeling in the world when you learn to accept yourself, and realise that not everyone will like you or the way you look, but their opinion is just that, and does not determine who you are.
  • You are worth so much more than you think you are. Stop staring at your feet, get that chin up!

What has made me who I am today: 

My beautiful Mum has.

My Dad was killed by a drunk driver whilst working abroad when I was 5. She was only 30 at the time, and also had my little brother who was just 2 and also my 2 older brothers from my Dad’s previous marriage. She brought us up on her own, and was just the most amazing mum. Loving, funny, confident and strong.

My older brother then died from Leukaemia when I was 11, and once again she was incredible. She has always supported me throughout my life, my career and with my own two children. I hope to have taken on some of her strength, and when things have happened in life that have been tough, I think of how she dealt with much worse and just got on with it.

So yes, I would say a large part of the woman I have become is down to my mum, and I am very thankful for that.

Wow, Nicola’s mother seems like a real trooper and a great person to have in your life push you! To vote for Jennifer head to Starinabra.com

Next up we have Sophia Adams…

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Liver transplant patient now in running to become the next face of Curvy Kate…..Jennifer Pietri

Next up we have ….

Name: Jennifer PietriJennifer2

Location: Serris, France

Occupation: TBC

Bra size: 34E

Why I’m entering:

I’m dreaming of becoming a lingerie model only to prove that you don’t need to be skinny to seduce and be attractive, and that a natural beauty can be just as entrancing. If you feel well in yourself then your size and shape doesn’t matter.

Three things I love about me: 

  • What I appreciate is my willingness to go forward, I never give up, I am a perseverant person.
  • I love my adaptability also, the change and the unknown doesn’t scare me.
  • Physically, I love my body, I assume it completely, my eight is 178 cm ( 70 inches), i’m proud of my size and my curves.

Three things you didn’t know about me:

  • I’m a simple person, dreamy, funny and very tasty
  • I love the people, meeting new people, new cultures and i love travel.
  • I have had a liver transplant in November 2010

Three things I would tell my younger self, that I didn’t know then:

  • That life is short and we need to enjoy every moment.
  • That being beautiful in the eyes of others requires you to see yourself as beautiful.
  • Trust is a major factor, without it, no project leads.

What has made me who I am today: 

Life simply!

Life with its joys, sorrows and tests, one of these being the disease I had and how I overcame that.

What a brave and beautiful girl! To vote for Jennifer head to Starinabra.com

Next up we have Nicola Graveson…

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28J Top 25 beauty used to ‘doctor’ her bras before she found Curvy Kate…

Next up we have ….

Name: Ashley BridgesAshley B

Location: Woodbridge, Virginia, USA

Occupation: Stay at home Mum

Bra size: 28J

Why I’m entering:

I actually entered Star in a Bra last year and was selected to be in the top 20. Shortly after I entered, my husband and I found out we’d have an opportunity to try a long awaited round of in vitro fertilization. In hopes of pouring all positive energy into the process, I didn’t pursue the contest. Unfortunately, we didn’t get pregnant, so here I am giving it another go! I developed very early and grew up doctoring my bras so that they would “fit.” As a natural 28 J/JJ, it was near impossible to find anything that would be snug around my ribcage with cups big enough for my girls. I settled for cone shaped boobs while looking longingly into Victoria’s secret, knowing they had nothing for me. Until…Curvy Kate! All of a sudden I had colour, and sex appeal, and the cleavage I wanted at a price that didn’t break the bank. Not that it mattered, I would have paid double ;)

Three things I love about me: 

  • I love my sense of humour. It’s dark and very sarcastic, but I love to laugh and find the funny in everything.
  • I love my body. We’ve been through some tough times together, but it has given me beautiful children that I couldn’t be more proud of.
  • I love my eyebrows. It sounds silly, but I’ve never had to pluck them and for that I’m told I should be thankful!

Three things you didn’t know about me:

  • I am currently a stay at home mom to 4 wonderful children.
  • I am part of a blended family.
  • My husband and I were both previously married and he brought his daughter and I brought my two sons and my daughter to the relationship.

Three things I would tell my younger self, that I didn’t know then:

Oh, man. Younger me was so troubled. So unnecessarily sad and anxious. I struggled through huge issues of insecurity and depression as a teen and I wish I could have realized how temporary that part of my life was.

  • I would tell younger me that it was going to get much better and that so much of what I worried about didn’t matter.
  • That the mistreatment I received had more to do with with the people doing it than it did me.
  • Lastly, I would try my best to make me see my own value. It would have saved me the next ten years I spent trying to figuring that out :)

What has made me who I am today: 

I’d have to start with my children. I was a young mother, I got pregnant with my oldest son at 19. It was certainly not easy, but he taught me what was really important in life and allowed me to see the beauty in the world. All of my children have given me confidence as a mother and taught me the meaning of unconditional love.

I’ve been blessed with a wonderfully supportive family who I consider to be some of my closest friends. They have provided me with a solid foundation and the feeling that I am a valued part of something.

Finally, I have my husband. It is amazing the difference it makes in a person when they know they are absolutely loved. He has been so supportive and patient, all the while giving me the security to develop into who I am today. I know that he’s proud of me and that means the world.

What a lovely lady! To vote for Ashley head to Starinabra.com

Next up we have Jenifer Pietri…

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Avid Muffin Baker through to the Top 25….Patrycja Skorupa

Next up we have ….

Name: Patrycja SkorupaPatrycja 2

Location: Warsaw, Poland

Occupation: TBC

Bra size: 30E

Why I’m entering:

I’m entering Star in a Bra because I love my curves. I think I have what it takes.

Three things I love about me: 

  • My eyes
  • My boobs
  • My sense of humour

Three things you didn’t know about me:

  • I like playing computer games
  • I love making muffins
  • I love modelling and also taking photos, because I see many beautiful thing in the world.

Three things I would tell my younger self, that I didn’t know then:

  • Don’t bother about little things.
  • Always smile, because you have amazing people around.
  • Catch the moment.

What has made me who I am today: 

My family, my boyfriend and my friends. I am very grateful for their support. I can always count on them. And this makes me strong person

What a great girl! To vote for Patrycja head to Starinabra.com

Next up we have Ashley Bridges…

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“I got engaged in Disneyland Paris and had a Disney themed wedding” – Megan McMinn one of our Top 25 hopefuls!

Next up we have ….

Name: Megan McMinnMegan M 5

Location: Bath, United Kingdom

Occupation: Creative Writing Student

Bra size: 34E

Why I’m entering:

I’m entering Star in a Bra because I love the idea of representing a brand that preaches diversity and body positivity. As a teenager I had some experience in the modeling world, however I was soon put off by derogatory comments photographers and stylists would make about my curves. I’d always loved having an hourglass figure, but the modeling world made me question myself. I write a personal style blog, Briar Rose (http://www.thebriarroseblog.com/), and I strive to be a postive role model for my readers – especially the younger ones. I’ve had a number of readers recovering from eating disorders contact me saying that my blog has inspired them to eat again, and shown them that being healthy and curvy is something worth celebrating. Now that I’m a bit older, I would love to have a modeling experience where I could rock my curves instead of feeling like I have to apologise for them. I think working alongside Curvy Kate would be an incredibly body positive experience, and I’d love to share it with my readers!

Three things I love about me: 

  • My hourglass figure
  • My fair skin
  • My long hair – I’ve spent seven years growing it!

Three things you didn’t know about me:

  • I’m an aspiring science fiction/fantasy author.
  • I love cosplay and attending comic/film conventions.
  • I got engaged in Disneyland Paris and had a Disney themed wedding.

Three things I would tell my younger self, that I didn’t know then:

  • Being tall and curvy are enviable qualities, and you’ll feel more confident if you work with them instead of against them.
  • Life is far more fun if you celebrate your slightly unconventional passions and qualities!
  • Don’t make big life decisions to please other people. Always be true to yourself.

What has made me who I am today: 

The constant support of my husband and family. Fashion blogging has also had a big impact on me, broadening my horizons and boosting my body confidence.

What a a great group of facts about Megan! To vote for Her head to Starinabra.com

Next up we have Patrycja Skorupa…

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Trinidadian drummer in top 25 – Jenny Alexander

Next up we have ….

Name: Jenny AlexanderJennyAlexander

Location: Toronto, Canada

Occupation: Playwright

Bra size: 34DD

Why I’m entering:

I love the Curvy Kate brand and when I discovered it about a year ago, I immediately identified with all the girls who represented it. I am a huge advocate for the representation of diverse beauty in the media, and for the first time, I was seeing girls like me modelling lingerie. The deadline had passed however, but I swore to myself that I would enter the following year – so here I am! Curvy Kate gives girls like me so much confidence in our bodies, and it would be the ultimate dream to be able to work with the brand that first ignited in me the belief that I too could feel cute, confident & sexy in lingerie!

Three things I love about me: 

  • My laugh
  • My positive attitude
  • My ability to see things differently

Three things you didn’t know about me:

  • I love to paint
  • I grew up on an island off the coast of Venezuela called Trinidad
  • I can play the drums

Three things I would tell my younger self, that I didn’t know then:

  • It gets so much easier…I promise!
  • You have all the time in the world.
  • You are more beautiful than you know – inside and out!

What has made me who I am today: 

The love and support from the people in my life has made me who I am today. I was very lucky to have had some very loving, encouraging and wise adults there to guide me in my youth. I, like many girls, was teased and picked on quite incessantly when I was younger and, if it weren’t for the support of people in my life who really loved me and saw my beauty, I would not have made it through as I did; I dedicate every success to them.

What a lovely girl! To vote for Jenny head to Starinabra.com

Next up it’s Megan McMinn…

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“I am totally in love with my guinea pig, Nigel” Meet Top 25 girl, Holly Macgillivray!

Second up we have ….

Name: Holly MacgillivrayHolly M

Location: Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Occupation: Entertainment manager

Bra size: 38E

Why I’m Entering:

I’m entering Star in a Bra because … I would love to share my confidence with other ladies & help people learn how to love themselves! I’ve always been told I should give this competition a go and this year I thought why not! You have to be in it to win it and I have my fingers crosses :) I’d love to represent your fantastic company! Oh and world peace yadadadada…

Three things I love about me : 

  • My ability to make people laugh :)
  • My great big smile
  • My “can-do” attitude, if I want something I will go out and get it. You don’t get anything just sitting around waiting!

Three things you didn’t know about me :

  • I have travelled all over the world working as an entertainer on Cruise Ships
  • I am totally in love with my guinea pig, Nigel
  • I wear a permanent brace behind my teeth!

Three things I would tell my younger self, that I didn’t know then :

  • Stop being in such a rush to kiss all the boys all the time! There’ll be plenty of time for that in your twenties!
  • Enjoy being young! There’s a reason they say youth is wasted on the young! You have no responisbillity, you’re a kid, just do kid things!
  • Sometimes you’ll mess up, you’re human. Apologise sincerely and don’t do it again.

What has made me who I am today: 

Lots of love and support from a fantastic mum & dad who brought me up with good values & manners!

What a sweetie! To vote for Holly head to Starinabra.com

Next up it’s Jenny Alexander…

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Ukulele Playing and Discus Throwing Curvy Beauty….. Tatiana Meilhac

Hello! As I’m sure you all know Curvy Kate’s Star in a Bra is well under way and we have our Top 25 shapely stunners all picked out and the voting stage is now open so head to Starinabra.com to make your selection.

In the meantime we’re going to be posting blogs everyday to introduce you to our top girls and tell you a little bit about them, so fTatianairst up we have….

Name: Tatiana Meilhac

Location: Lyon, France

Occupation: Marketing and Web-trade Assistant for a French swimwear company

Bra size: 34F

Why I am entering:

I am a fashion addict! I have lived in London for a year and this is where I discovered (and adopted) Curvy Kate. I like the values that the brand carries and the use of images of women with self-confidence who accept their bodies just as they are. I also love the bold and trendy colourways that always work well with my skin tone. Becoming the new face of  Curvy Kate would be more than a challenge, it would be a true adventure.

Three things I love about me : 

  • My miscegenation; my mother is black and comes from Togo and my father is white he is French. I grew up in two cultures and that is something really enriching. I think it makes me more open-minded (I hope) and tolerant.
  • My strength to relativize face to any situation, also I’m always in a good mood and trying to share this feeling.
  • My love for experimenting new things and my determination to improve into each of them.

Three things you didn’t know about me :

  • I’m totally afraid of centipedes.
  • I used to practice in competitive discus throwing- I did it for 17 years!
  • I play (and still learning to play) the ukulele.

Three things I would tell my younger self, that I didn’t know then :

  • My mum is always right and I should  have listened her advice.
  • School is the best time of your life, don’t complain and have fun ;)
  • Trying to brush your eyebrows with a shaver is a really really bad idea.

What a babe….Next up we have Holly Macgillivray…

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“OH EM GEE It’s Valentine’s Day!”…. Don’t Panic, We Have the ‘Perfect Partner’s Gift Guide’.

It’s that time of year again. You can’t escape it. Yep, it’s the one day of the year that you either dread or just embrace…usually dependant on what team you’re on. It’s Team Single vs. Team Shacked-up. Oh but don’t worry, we are not picking sides here! We will be providing both teams with Vday solutions this year, meaning their will be thousands of happy girlfriends out there and thousands of equally happy single folk too! Hurrah! So sit back and relax and we’ll make sure that this is a Valentine’s to remember, what ever it is you’re doing!

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So to begin, ‘The Perfect Partner’s Gift Guide’ (We’re only starting with them as they take FOREVER doing everything- and need as much help as they can get, I’m sure you understand). It’s the age old problem, you know you have to buy a gift but what gift?! You don’t know anything about lingerie and lace and frilly things that girls like…. well this is where this all changes. Below I’ll be writing my top 5 tips for making sure you have your other half beaming from ear to ear come Valentine’s night….follow these simple steps and you can’t go wrong. Here goes…

Step One: Finding out your girls bra size…

Bra sizes cannot be guessed, so please please do not attempt this… all you’ll end up with is an unhappy and uncomfortable girlfriend. The best way to find out what size she wears without spoiling the surprise is to check her bra draw. Where’s the one she wears the most? Grab that and have a sneaky peek at the label. It should be a number followed by a letter e.g. 32F, make a note of it and take that to your favourite Curvy Kate stockist.

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Step Two: Brief Size…

If you’re committing to buying a gorgeous bra for Valentine’s day then I would recommend getting the briefs to match. Your missus may never wear a matching set but that doesn’t mean she wouldn’t love the complete look, bra, briefs, the lot! To find out he correct size in these, check in the underwear draw, have a look at a few different pairs and find what size she normally goes for. Also take note of the style, does she like a full brief (pairs that cover all her bum) or does she prefer a thong (the ones that show a little more flesh)? Make sure you pick what she would like…you’ll thank me later!

Step Three: Colours…

Now Valentine’s can have a very typical type of lingerie, lots of reds, blacks and lacey pieces, but before you go bulldozing in and picking the smallest and ‘sexist’ piece, have a think about what your girlfriend likes. Does she like florals? Is she pink and girly? Does she prefer blue, green, red, black, white etc? Really think, what set would she like. If you take these things into account your girlfriend will be so over the moon that you paid attention and thought about her that I’m sure you will be repaid!

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Step Four: The style…

Now this really is important. When you were looking through the bra draw what kind of bras were in there? Were they padded or not padded? We they plunging or balcony bras? Would she prefer a babydoll or a bra? These are all things that you need to think about before purchasing, as the style she wears now is a good indications of what she would like from you.

Step Five: All the added extras…

These are the little things that will make her smile. After you have selected a gorgeous set to give your missus, then finish it off with either some gorgeous wrapping paper, or a nice gift bag. You could add in some of her favourite chocolates or even a little bottle of massage oil. The little thoughtful things are really what makes it count so think what would make this amazing.

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So I hope that this has been in someway helpful to anyone out there struggling to find the perfect gift and that my guide has taught you that with a little thought and planning you really can whisk your other half off her feet.

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Choose your favourite Store Window….

For the launch of Star in a Bra, Curvy Kate put in motion a shop window competition for all their independent retailers around the country. Many were invited to take part and the involved stores will be battling it out to win £500 of store stock by designing a shop window display using a promotional pack provided by Curvy Kate. Each window pack included a range of different components from posters to heart-shaped window hangings that could be used in a variety of ways, allowing store owners to really show their creativity, personality and ultimately promote Curvy Kate’s body confident competition: Star in a Bra.

With all of Curvy Kate’s independent retailers invited to take part, we have received a wide range of different window fronts that have now been narrowed down to a final 5 that will go head to head in a public vote via Facebook. The store with the most likes from our Facebook Fan base will be crowned the winner and awarded £500 worth of Curvy Kate stock to sell in store. Here are our finalists:

1) After Eight Lingerie

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2) La Bella Lingerie

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3) The Lingerie Box

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4) Love From Me

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5) The Lingerie Boutique

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Aren’t they all fab?! I think each window really shows the stores personality and flare. So head to Curvy Kate’s Facebook page now where you can browse more images from each store and give one lucky candidate the chance to win by liking their image.

Good Luck to all the stores involved!

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The Ideal Body….changes through the decades.

I saw a really interesting article last week on how the ideal body shape has changed throughout the decades. I thought as Curvy Kate are all about embracing curves and celebrating femininity that it would be great to remind ourselves of times where curves were appreciated but also take in to account how at some point everyone’s figure was ‘fashionable’. So make sure you love what you have!!

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So as you can see from this illustration the body ideal has changed dramatically. It just shows that body shapes come in and out of fashion as readily as clothing does. So don’t worry if you feel like the equivalent of a leg-warmer right now,  at some point they’ll come back around (yes Footloose) and you’ll be the envy of all your friends.

So let’s go into a little more depth with images from each era…

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1910: The curves are in. Cinch in that waist girl!

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1920: In just 10 short years women not want to banish boobs and bums for a slim and willowy appearance….

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1930: ….and the waist is back (we women are quite contrary!) This look is curvaceous but not as dramatic.

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1940: Ladies want to be seen as powerful, with WW2 in full swing a more androgynous look is strived for.

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1950: With the war well and truly over, women are revelling in having more food after the end of rations and a fuller more curvy figure is desirable.

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1960: Quickly changing our minds again, a child-like silhouette is the height of fashion.

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1970: The girls want to be slim and able to rock their all-in-ones to the disco.

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1980: Being tall is what it’s all about. Team that with some hi-rise briefs and you have legs to die for!

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1990: If it’s low-fat, they are on it! These girls didn’t want a scrap of meat on them.

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2000: The years of washboard abs and a slim and toned frame. Crop tops were HUGE.

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2010: The return of the curves. If you have a booty they you are a cutey.

 

So there you go, a quick spin through the decades. I’m not sure about you but all I managed to figure out was that women are contrary, we are never quite satisfied and realistically we should just rock what we got and be happy with it. To being who we are!

Original article posted on http://greatist.com/grow/100-years-womens-body-image

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The 12 Best Curvy Kate A/W Bargains…

January can be a little drab and dreary; the weather is awful and Christmas is now a distant memory, however the impact on you bank account still stings but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out! Why don’t you grab yourself some of Curvy Kate’s gorgeous pieces from their A/W14 collection for a fraction of the price?! Here’s the best bargains below….

1) Jewel Bra: Get your hands on this Eastern inspired delight for only £19.95 from Brastop.com, a cracking saving on £10.05…

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2) Portia Bra: A Curvy Kate Classic, this time in a beautiful spice and snow colourway and for only £16.80 at Figleaves.com (Saving of £11.20).

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3) Ritzy Bra: A racy one here and for only £18.00 from Figleaves.com it’s a steal! Saving of £12.00…

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4) Roxie Bra: With similar sex appeal as the Ritzy (and at a similar price point too) this one is a no-brainer, head to Figleaves.com for yours. (Saving of £12.00).

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5) Ritzy Babydoll: If you’re a fan of the Ritzy Bra, then you’ll love our Ritzy Babydoll, it’s sexy and sophisticated and perfect for flattering those curves, so head over to Brastop.com and get yours for £29.95 (a saving of £13.05).

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6) Princess Bra: Curvy Kate’s best seller took on a night and silver colourway in A/W and is available at John Lewis for a great price of £14.50 (a saving of £14.50).

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7) Daisie Bra: A plunging red floral number, perfect to warm up those cold January days. Get yours at Very.co.uk for the great price of £11.20 (saving of £16.80).

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8) Wonderland Bra: An exclusive floral bra for A/W is now available at Figleaves.com for only £15.00 (saving of £15.00).

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9) Firecracker Bra: The sparky number is a gorgeous clashing plunge and is available at Very.co.uk for the fantastic price of £12.00 (saving of £18.00).

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10) Dreamcatcher Bra: This dreamy piece in a cool Frost colourway is now at the fab price of £9.60 at Very.co.uk (an amazing saving of £20.40).

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11) Smoothie Bra: This wild ruby moulded bra is now only £9.60 at Very.co.uk, (a great saving of £20.40).

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12) Lola Babydoll: Lastly, is the greatest saving of all, our Lola babydoll  (RRP £40.00) which is now available for £12.00 from John Lewis, a huge saving of £28.00!!

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So there they are, the greatest saving on Curvy Kate’s A/W collection…. What are you waiting for?! Get them before they’re gone!

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A Gorgeous Weekend with all the CK lovelies….

This weekend Curvy Kate’s very own Hannah made the leap and tied the knot with her lovely other half Dave, it was a glamorous affair with all the Curvy Kate girls in attendance. The day was held in central London and it was so so so much fun! Here a few photos from the day…..

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All the Star in a Bra girls in the church, Laura, Me, Lizzie, Lotte and Lauren <3

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The absolutely stunning bride and her equally lovely husband …..Just look at that dress!!

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A cheeky confetti snap with the lovely Lizzie (from Shoot it Momma Photography) capturing the moment.

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Me and the oh so beautiful Lotte on the wedding bus to the venue….

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Accidental co-ordination from the Curvy Kate girls…. A fabulous rainbow of frocks!

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Me and Miss Butler, who is amazing as ever!

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And finally, the most beautiful picture I ever did see. The happy couple and a cheeky bit of leg :)

Overall the whole day was a huge success and something I’ll always remember with fondness….Congrats again to Hannah and Dave.

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Happy New Year from Team CK!!

Hello and a huge HAPPY NEW YEAR to all the readers! We hope you all had a fabulously festive Christmas and are feeling happy and healthy for 2015. I must say I’m not really quite at my healthiest after warding of all illnesses over Xmas but just having started with a cold now…Typical!

Anyway enough of that! What have you all been doing? How were your Christmas breaks? Did anyone get any CK in the stocking from Santa? Let us know as I would love to hear. :)

Lastly, as you may know….Today’s the day!! Star in a Bra goes live at 3pm and it would be great to see all you gorgeous girls strip down, send in your pics and show us how January is not for dieting and deprivation but for flaunting your curves and celebrating that you are happy and alive! So come on ladies….Let’s see what you’ve got!

Visit http://www.starinabra.com/ to find out more :) x

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Meet Our Judges…..The Self Esteem Team

Finally, last but not least we hear for a fab group of girls, the Self-Esteem Team….

1) Hi girls, before we start why don’t you tell the readers a little bit about The Self Esteem Team and what it is you do?

Well the team is made up of Natasha, Nadia and Grace and we travel the UK delivering presentations and workshops in schools and colleges on mental health, body image and, as our name would suggest, self-esteem! To date we have worked with 40,000 teenagers as well as some of their teachers and parents. At the moment we are in the process of taking our message to a wider audience – we’re bringing a Self Esteem revolution to the UK! Watch this space.

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2) What’s the best advice you give to the pupils you teach in your sessions?

We work on the basis that self-esteem and confidence can be practiced, just like any other habit or skill. A lot of young people think the world is divided into those who have good mental health and those who don’t. But just as you might go to the gym to maintain a level of physical fitness, mental health is something that you can consistently work on. We give our students really simple, practical tips they can practice in their everyday lives.

3) That’s an amazing message and due to just how amazing it is, you’ve won an incredible Parliamentary award so congratulations! What are your plans for the team now?

Thank you! We were so honoured to be given an award at Parliament recognising our work in education – We were totes emosh! There are lots of exciting things in the pipeline – they involve books and television. That’s all we can say at this stage (criptic)!

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4) What would be the Self Esteem Team’s ultimate goal?

For every person in the UK to feel that they have the tools they need to practice high self-esteem habits, a safe environment to express how they feel and a really good role model.

5) What do you think of the Star in a Bra competition?

It gives such an incredibly positive message – It’s Curvy Kate putting their customers first and ensuring that the types of people who would shop with you are reflected in your advertising. It’s always amazing to see how much diversity there is in the contestants as well – showing that there is more than one way to be gorgeous.

6) What advice would you give to someone who is unsure of entering because of their low confidence levels?

Sometimes you have to feel the fear and do it anyway!

7) What will you be looking for in the next Curvy Kate?

Here at the Self-Esteem Team we really value individuality – So we’ll be looking for someone with a unique style who gives the message that it’s okay not to follow the crowd.

8) What are you dying to get your hands on from the Curvy Kate Collection?

Natasha: As a 34H, I have never EVER been able to find a strapless bra that truly supports my assets and this has, over the years, restricted my fashion choices. I’ve been told that the CK strapless is one of the wonders of the modern age, so I’d love one of those so I can wear strappy dresses this Christmas!

Nadia: Ditto! As a prom dress fanatic, day or night, I tend to only wear strapless bras as they prevent jiggling beneath tutus and feathers and general flounciness. Excited to get my hands – or rather, my boobs – on a Luxe Black.

Grace: Princess in white is my favourite, it’s an everyday bra that is still pretty and fun.

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Meet our Judges….Laura Puddy

Welcome Laura Puddy from Cosmo’s Catwalk to Curvy….

1) Hi Laura, before we start, why don’t you tell the readers a little bit about yourself and your job?

I’m a fashion stylist, writer and presenter.  I’m probably best known for offering advice on how to dress curves as I write a monthly column called ‘Catwalk to Curvy’ for Cosmopolitan magazine UK.  I’ve styled everyone from celebrities for cover shoots and red carpet events to personal clients and fashion models.  I’ve worked on the styling team for ITV’s X Factor and now I’m starting to step out from behind the camera and do some presenting myself.

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2) Do you find it hard being a curvy girl working in the fashion industry?

To be honest, the only time I feel frustrated is when samples don’t fit me.  Fashion samples are size 8 or 10 and being a 12/14, it means I struggle when it comes to shoots.  But other than that, I have never felt that my curves have held me back in this industry or affected anything I’ve done.  I’ve always been comfortable with who I am and when I was offered the opportunity to write my own column for Cosmo, it really was a dream come true as it gave me a chance to show that you don’t have to look like the fashion ideal to make fashion work for you.

3) What do you think you’ve learnt while working within the fashion industry?

I’ve learnt there’s always something useful you can take from every experience, even if you don’t realise what it is at the time.  It’s important to view every opportunity as a learning curve; networking is key in this industry, as is self-belief.  If you believe in yourself, others will believe in you too.

4) Why do you think companies like Curvy Kate are so important to today’s market?

It’s so important to recognise and celebrate different body shapes and sizes; which is something Curvy Kate do really well making them not only important but also relevant in today’s market.

5) What will you be looking for in the next Curvy Kate?

I will be looking for someone who is body confident, approachable and knows how to show off her assets.

6) What are your tips for taking a great entry picture?

Smile, relax and be natural.  Those are the key elements of any great photo.  Be yourself and always emphasise your best bits.  Don’t forget lighting – make sure your picture isn’t too dark so that it shows you off to best advantage.

7) What is your confidence boosting advice?

I’m pretty sure everyone, no matter what clothing size or body shape they are, has something they like about their body (even if they wouldn’t admit it to anyone else).  Highlight whatever that is – by showing off what you like, you’ll feel amazing and will make you look great.

8) And finally, what are you dying to get your hands on from the S/S15 collection?

I’m a big fan of bright, colourful undies, so the Portia bra in poppy is the one for me!

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Last but not least we hear from our final judges…The Self Esteem!

 

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Past Contestant Interview…..Georgina Horne

Say hello to the beautiful George….

1) Hi Georgina, before we start why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself, what year you were in Star in a Bra and what position you came?

Hello! Well I’m George/Georgina and I took part in Star In A Bra in 2011. I came third, and in hindsight I’m so glad I did. Lizzie was a truly wonderful winner, and the direction my life took as a result of entering has been nothing short of amazing.

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Inspired by people’s reactions to me when I entered the competition, I decided to start a blog to showcase my clothing and lingerie collection and talk about and show how clothes and bras fit a woman of my size.

2) Why did you enter?

I entered because as a fat, busty women my body type is rarely used to model lingerie, and bras and knickers fit very differently. I thought it would be useful for other women with similar proportions to see a woman like me modelling lingerie.

3) How did it feel being part of the competition?

It’s weird to look back on the competition. I was a bit naive and entitled and a tiny bit delusional about myself! I’m so glad I did it but I wish I’d had a bit more self-awareness. I made some brilliant friends, I learnt a lot and I’m grateful that it made me want to start my truly life changing blog.

4) Tell us a highlight from your time working with Curvy Kate?

A highlight of working with Curvy Kate is definitely meeting the glorious people I’ve had the pleasure of coming across – Cheryl, Becky, Lizzie and total babe and 2012 winner Sophie to name but a few.

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5) What advice would you give to someone thinking of entering?

First of all think long and hard about what this means – you in your pants on the internet forever. Speak to family and friends and loved ones to gauge their reaction as it will matter. And then just be you! Have fun, try not to get too competitive and take every empowering thing you can from it.

6) Can you give some entry tips with regard to pictures and modelling etc?

Don’t try to be something you’re not. Don’t take it too seriously. Have fun! Curvy Kate  is such a fun and wonderful brand, and they want models who represent that. Every day women who wear their bras and are enamoured by their bodies – you.

7) And finally, what’s your favourite piece from the S/S 15 collection and why?

So many! But stand out faves – Arizona, Bardot, Dita, Soda Pop, Temptress

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Meet our Judges next, Enter Miss Laura Puddy…

 

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Past Contestant Interview….. Alice Jackson

1) Hi Alice, before we start why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself, what year you were in Star in a Bra and what position you came?

Hey, sure!  I grew up in Norfolk and am now living in East London.  The Digital Marketing world is where I spend my day times.  I’m a yoga and surfing fanatic who loves to travel.  2013 was the year I entered Star in a Bra and came in the top ten.

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2) Why did you enter?

I thought it looked like an exciting competition and I was thrilled to enter something celebrating women’s figures in a positive light!

3) How did it feel being part of Star in a Bra?

It was a total dream. I always wanted to have my hair and make-up done professionally and it was just so much fun with everybody.  I was on a high the whole time the competition was running; it was just all so exciting!  The Curvy Kate girls made us feel totally part of boob brigade!

4) Tell us a highlight from your time working with Curvy Kate?

There are many which I think says a lot about the Curvy Kate family.  Best of all I’ve made great friends who also love to celebrate the female figure.

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5) What advice would you give to someone thinking of entering?

Believe in yourself, if you want to enter then go for it, it could be the start of something beautiful.  Be confident and be really proactive in getting support, my friends and family were so thrilled they really encouraged me.

6) Can you give some entry tips with regard to pictures and modelling etc?

I am not a natural in front of the camera at all! But I would say try and learn a few poses you feel comfortable in and relaxed so that it comes across on the camera.

7) And finally, what’s your favourite piece from the S/S 15 collection and why?

It’s so hard to choose I love it all!  But I will for you, it’s Temptress.  I adore the colour, the shape and the lace detailing is gorgeous.

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Next up it’s the fabulous Georgina…..

 

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Past Winner Interview……Ellesha Newton

1) Hi Ellesha, before we start why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m an ex-professional dancer, currently studying to become a teacher (I often ask myself why) I have growing cake business and I’m totally obsessed with the colour pink.

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2) Why did you enter the competition to model with Curvy Kate?

I entered the competition as Charlotte mentioned it to us. If I’m honest, we weren’t really aware of Curvy Kate at the time, but upon doing some research into the company, I thought we’d be a great fit for the brand, as we’re all so diverse.  Also the fact that we could be comfortable in our own skin was great, as Curvy Kate portray such a “healthy” and “body confidence” message that to model for them would be immense.

3) How did it feel when you won?

It was one of the best feelings!! but also a little crazy and surreal.  To know that people had voted for us because of who we were, appreciating our bodies was fantastic.

4) What advice would you give to someone thinking of entering?

The advice I would give is to just be YOU!!  Be comfortable in your skin and love yourself and your body just the way it is.  Something that you think is a flaw, someone else will see as perfection :-)

5) What’s the best thing about working for Curvy Kate?

Curvy Kate is just like one big happy family.  They love each individual person exactly how they’re packaged and hat’s better than that?!  The kindness and support that is shown to one another shows great respect and that just makes you feel so comfortable.

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6) You and the other girls who won your prize are of all different shapes, sizes and heights; how important to you think it is for women to be fairly represented in the media?

I think its extremely important for women to be fairly portrayed in the media, as too many people are reaching for unrealistic goals and trying to change themselves to fit into a world, that 9 times out of 10 isn’t even real.  If you’re tall (like me) embrace it!! Don’t let anyone tell you that you shouldn’t be wearing heels…If you have a curvy bum (again like me) try to learn to love it.  You’re never going to be like anyone else whether they are in the media or not, as you’re you!!! SO BE YOU.

7) As a professional dancer in the entertainment industry you have faced body snark in the past (why oh why?!); so what is it that you think needs to change to make people more accepting?

Ooooh, this is a difficult one!! I think people’s general perception of what “beautiful” is, what the “perfect body” looks like, but more importantly focusing on people’s talent and not just immediately judging people on what the look like.

8) And finally, what piece are you dying to get your hands on from the S/S 15 collection?

Tease.  As it looks both sexy and sophisticated, plus I’m sure my boyfriend will love it

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Past Winner Interview…….Camilla Anderson

Here she is, it’s Camilla….

1) Hi Camilla, before we start why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m 28 years old mum of two girls age 20 months and 4 years. I was born in Denmark and have lived in the UK for 18 years. I’m a qualified nursery teacher and love working with kids.

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2) Why did you enter the competition to model with Curvy Kate?

It was my friend Charlotte who saw the competition and told us about it and my friend Ellesha that entered us. To be honest I’m so glad she did as I would have never thought I’d win or have a chance!

3) How did it feel when you won?

When we got told that we had won we were all in complete shock, it was an achievement to get to finals but we still didn’t think we would win. It was such an amazing experience! Even talking about it now I feel I still need to pinch myself that it was real!

4) What advice would you give to someone thinking of entering?

All I can say to anyone that considering entering DO IT!!!! You don’t have to have any insecurities about your shape or size as Curvy Kate makes everyone feel special!

5) What’s the best thing about working for Curvy Kate?

Curvy Kate really looked after us all so well! They are great team that are always happy and positive and they make you feel part of the family. They make you feel special as an individual, so well done Curvy Kate!

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6) You and the other girls who won your prize are of all different shapes, sizes and heights; how important to you think it is for women to be fairly represented in the media?

I think it’s great that we are all so different and all have our own insecurities. Mine was being short and not very big chested but I’m now happy that I can represent that for Curvy Kate. All us women are different shape and sizes and that should be embraced and we had such positive feedback which feels really good!

7) You are a woman of a petite frame (and a gorgeous one at that); but did you ever think you could one day become a model?

I’m only 5ft tall so being a model had never even crossed my mind. I’ve always thought I don’t have the right frame for it! But Curvy Kate gave me that opportunity and I feel so lucky and hopefully it will encourage other women to love their bodies which ever shape, size or height they may be!

8) And finally, what piece are you dying to get your hands on from the S/S 15 collection?

I’m looking forward to getting hold of the Luau Love bikini and the moon flower but they are all lovely to be honest.

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What a star! Next up is the fabulous Ellesha…..

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