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Congratulations Katie Bizzak! North American Star in a Bra 2013!

Over 600 hopefuls battled it out to grab a hold of the North American Star in a Bra 2013 title and now the public have spoken. Clinical Nursing student, Katie Bizzak from Pennsylvania has now been crowned as the new face and body of Curvy Kate. I caught up with her to get a lowdown of her Star in a Bra experience…

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Take us back to that moment when you found out you had won Star in a Bra 2013. What was your first reaction and how did you cope with such overwhelming news?

I was just about to do my final simulation in nursing clinical, it was my turn and I knew the results were going to be posted in any second. As I’m trying to smuggle my phone in class, I kept refreshing the screen to see who the winner was going to be. My phone is so slow that the results wouldn’t come up. It was after 12pm now and it was my turn to go into the simulation room and save a (dummy/mannequin) patient with heart failure. As I was getting up my phone buzzed and it was a message from the other contestant, Chelsea, saying “congrats girl!” Then, my Facebook just started blowing up with messages from the other contestants and my friends saying I had won! I looked over at my friend Ashley and just grabbed her hand with this look of shock on my face. She screamed, “did you win?!” and I was in too much shock to even get any words out. My entire clinical group then ran over to me, tackled me, and we all started crying- my instructor included haha. We were all screaming so loudly that the other faculty came flying into the classroom because they thought “someone was choking.” haha, it was only the best moment of my entire life and just thinking back to it gives me the chills.

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How did your friends and family take the great news that you had been crowned curve queen?

As soon as I found out I called my mom and she instantly started crying and telling me how proud she was! I could only talk to her for a second and then I had to try and contain myself since it was my turn in the simulation lab. The next half hour of me trying to save a patient programmed to have heart failure was the longest half hour of my life. I just wanted to get out of that room and tell everyone who had been supporting me from day one!

What did you do to rally so many votes which secured your win?

I was just blessed to be born in such an amazing little town of Kane, Pennsylvania (about 4,000 people in our community.) I never realized the support and love that I have here. The amount of people from my community that went out of their way to share the word with their friends, the messages I received about how proud I was making the town, and just simply not criticizing me for what I was doing was absolutely amazing. This whole experience so far has been so humbling. Also, my friends have been great. A few of my friends from high school sent my link to their clubs/sororities/fraternities they belonged to in college. My roommate the past two years handed out flyers for people to vote for me. My nursing class at IUP are all very close and they were rooting for me since day one. My lovely Alpha Tau Delta sisters all voted for me and spread the word with any of the organizations they were in. Everyone really just came together and went out of their ways, without me asking, in order to make me the new Curvy Kate. I can’t thank everyone enough.

What was your motivation for entering Star in a Bra and what kept you going during the competition?

My inspiration for entering the contest started with my friend who was going to rehab for her eating disorders. I knew I had to enter for her because this cookie cutter image of beauty that the media has instilled into our heads, at such a young age, needs to change. However, my inspiration for being so determined to win was for my town. I wanted to make them proud, my grandma- she wanted me to win so badly because lately all she has been receiving is bad news, along with my friend suffering with anorexia and bulimia. I told her that if I beat all of North America in the competition that I would help her beat this disease and that it was possible.

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What are you most looking forward to in the next 12 months and as Star in a Bra?

My trip to the UK!!! It’s always been a dream of mine to go there, and I never in a million years thought I was going to be able to go over there on a MODELING CONTRACT! What!?!

What piece of advice would you give to other women who would like to enter Star in a Bra in the future?

Just be true to yourself and give it all you have. You have nothing to lose, and only everything to gain. I entered the competition with only about two hours left to submit my photos. If you are nervous about entering, talk to a friend or message me about your concerns (my best friend Kelley was pushing me to enter from the very beginning and helped give me the courage to enter my pictures.) Yes, it sounds so scary to put yourself out there for all to judge, but I promise you, I have only received positive comments since the start. You will be amazed by how many people will message you and tell you that you are their role model or that they are looking up to you. It’s truly amazing.

Wow, what an amazing girl! We’re so pleased to welcome Katie to the Curvy Kate family! Congratulations again to her. xoxo

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Star In A Bra North America Final Five: Katie Bizzack

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So by now you would have seen the pictures and the videos of our beautiful final five at their exclusive photo shoot in New York. How amazing do they look?!

Before voting comes to an end, we thought you’d want to get to know a bit more about our gorgeous top five. You’ve already heard a little about them in their top twenty interviews, bet let’s find out how they got on at the shoot…

First up we speak to Katie Bizzack!

Hey Katie! So, how did the shoot go?!

The shoot went amazing! I absolutely adore all of the girls that made it into the top 5 and the Curvy Kate team. I have never met a group of people that were more supportive and fun to be around.

I’m gutted I wasn’t there! It sounds like you all had an amazing time though and I LOVE all the photos. How did you feel before the shoot? Were you nervous?

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Was I nervous?! You can answer this question yourself by going to the group YouTube video and watching me during the interview. I crack up every time I watch it! It honestly looks like I am two seconds away from tears and passing out as my mind kept going blank during every single question. I wish I could go back and redo all of them.

Before the shoot I was beyond excited. Getting my hair and makeup done professionally has always been a dream of mine and when it was my turn to get all dolled up I could barely contain myself! I felt famous sitting there in my big, fluffy Curvy Kate robe (that I have worn every night since the shoot) with the cameras rolling as I got pampered. I only got nervous when questions started flying my way during the interview and when I realized I had no idea how to pose like a model ( I was absolutely clueless up there!).

Well you looked pretty good to us so you were doing something right! And how did you feel after?

After the shoot, I couldn’t contain myself. I was calling my entire phone list, posting on every social network, and just beyond ecstatic.

Here’s hoping your phone bill isn’t too horrendous after that! So I heard you were refitted at the shoot…

Boy oh boy, was I ever refitted! Thank goodness! I came in to the photo-shoot wearing a 34 DD and was refitted into a 28 HH. I’m embarrassed to even admit that I was so far off on my bra size. No wonder I have back problems!

Wow, I think that could well be our biggest refit ever…congratulations on your new size! Did you have a favourite set from the shoot? 

My favorite set was the Carmen Rose Mix that I was so lucky to wear! All of the sets were gorgeous, but my absolute favorite was that one. I felt like a mermaid!

I’m counting down the days until that set is out, it’s SO pretty and you looked phenomenal in it. So what were the best and worst parts of the day?

The worst part was definitely, definitely, by far the interview! Oh my goodness. They had to “de-shine” my face with makeup right afterwards because I think I was sweating the entire time! I didn’t think it would be that nerve-racking being asked questions with a camera directly in my face and all four girls circled around me staring at me. Just thinking about it makes me feel nervous!

The best part was meeting Rebecca, Jaime, Elisha, and Chelsea. They were all so sweet, supportive, and had so many interesting stories to tell! I wish we all had more time together.

katie_1I love that you’re all so supportive of each other and don’t worry, you’re not alone about hating the interview; most people do! Is there anything you’d do differently?

I would practice my poses in the mirror before going, maybe watch a few “how to” videos, and also film myself as a friend asked me the interview questions before going, as many of the girls told me they did.

That’s a really good idea! Remind me to do that next time I have to do an interview. Do you have any advice – apart from that! – for anyone considering entering the competition in the future?

Do it, do it, do it! It has been the experience of a lifetime. It has been so humbling to wake up nearly every morning with a message from someone I know or someone random telling me how much I inspire them and how amazing this company is and how I am helping them love and accept their bodies. A dance studio in my hometown actually reached out to me and is having me come in to talk to her dance studio over my Christmas break about positive body image. So far I have inspired many people and it truly is the best feeling in the world to know I have made an impact on others.

It must be great to know that you’re helping women out there feel better about themselves, which is what Curvy Kate is all about. Do you think it’s important that companies represent their customers?

I think it is extremely important! This company represents the majority of the girls out there. Why wouldn’t companies use a variety of different sized models – skinny, curvy, tall, short, etc. – to show off their product?! We are all out there, so use us! It is amazing that Curvy Kate uses their consumers as their models.

I think these days the tables are definitely turning and customers do want to see women they can relate to modelling clothes, and I’d like to think Star In A Bra is a big part of that. What do you think it means to be a Curvy Kate girl?

It means to be a confident girl, who shines on both the inside and out, who loves her body, and wants to help change other girl’s vision of themselves!

And how does it feel to be a Curvy Kate girl?

I am honored to be a part of the competition because I am able to share my views. I believe that true beauty lies within the uniqueness of each individual, and I would love to inspire every girl, regardless of her body type, to feel confident in her own skin!

Just one last question Katie – the horrible one! Why do you think people should vote for you to win the competition?

I would love for people to vote for me because I stand for something more than just a curvy girl who wants to show off a product. I am doing this competition to inspire a young girl I grew up with back home. She was diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia in 8th grade. That is the time in young girls’ lives when they are carefree, going to dances, having sleepovers, flirting, and the only thing they are worried about is if their boyfriend of that week will text them. I want to show her that all body types are beautiful! Every single one of them. There isn’t this “cookie cutter image” out there that you need to fill in order to be considered beautiful. Beauty comes from within, and I want her, and all other girls, to see that. Help me pass on this message around the world by voting for me. Even if I only help one girl to realize she is beautiful just the way she is, it is all worth it.

Good luck Katie!

To vote for Katie, please head on over to the Curvy Kate Facebook page but hurry, voting ends soon! And remember you have just one vote this time, so make it count.

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Star In A Bra North America Final Five: Elisha Perez

 

And we’re straight into our second interview with our fabulous final five…this time with Elisha Perez!

So Elisha, how’d the shoot go?!

The shoot went well! It was such a great experience and still seems a be surreal to me.  From the moment I arrived everyone was so warm and welcoming.  I had such anticipation and excitement and I was so looking forward to meeting everyone.  I’ve never had a photo shoot, let alone in my underwear!  This was very dream like for me. I was welcomed with open arms and immediately felt I was in good company. My anxiety started to subside.

Well that’s good to her, although I think I’d be just as anxious. So I take it you were feeling quite nervous…

I was more nervous answering the interview questions on camera then I was wearing just sexy Curvy Kate around a room full of strangers! After spending time chatting it up with everyone, I felt like they were all family (not that I hang about in just my underwear with family…but maybe I should!). With the interview on camera I had a head full of wonderful responses but my nerves got the best of me and I went blank! The horror! My mind was ready but the words would escape me.  It was pretty entertaining.

I’m not use to being the “subject” of a photograph, I’m the one usually snapping the pictures. So that was a little harder for me. By the time I warmed up, my time was up! I obviously need practice being in pictures.

Everyone says that the day goes SO quickly though, and it certainly all takes some getting used to. It’s funny that people find the interviews the most nerve-wracking part, not getting photographed in their underwear! Did you have any favourites from the day?

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It’s really hard to pick a favorite there are SOOO many pretty sets! I really loved the the Romance in Plum and Watermelon, the Portia in Watermelon and plum, which I was lucky enough to wear. My my number 1 would be the Tease Me (that’s a hot one!)…it’s a show stopper! There’s no way any woman wearing that set wouldn’t feel sexy and confident! There are too many pretty ones to just pick one! You look and feel sexy in all of them! I want them ALL! (No really, I do!).

Tease Me is one of my favourites too! So were you refitted at the shoot?

I was refitted and I’m in between sizes – I’m a 30FF or a 32F (depending on the cut).  Before the shoot I was wearing a few sizes, I was wearing a 32 F when I could find one I liked, and several 34 DDs.

Nothing too drastic then. So what were the best and worst parts of the day? Hopefully nothing too horrible..!

The best? Meeting Hannah and the staff, having the opportunity to meet and chat with the other top 5 finalists (I love them all!) but at the very top of that list was actually trying on a few of the lovely Curvy Kate sets! The are AMAZING! I didn’t want to take them off or leave them behind!  I was thrilled to find out that the robes we had on we got to keep along with those fantastic Body Gossip tee-shits!

The worst? Leaving everyone behind; I really had wished I was able to hang out, maybe party it up a little with the other girls and the Curvy Kate crew.

Maybe there should be a reunion next time they hop across the pond?! And how did you feel before and after the shoot?

Before the shoot, I was excited and a little nervous. I wasn’t sure what to expect and really hoped that there was nothing but good energy there. Whilst it is a competition, I didn’t want to feel that “pressure” of having to compete in person. I don’t mind competition generally – but my head and heart were in a different place. I felt like we had all accomplished something and we were there to represent all shapes and sizes. So I had hoped the others were coming from a similar place, especially never having modeling experience. I was delighted when I met the other women, it was apparent we were all feeling the same way – that “is this really happening, am i really here? Pinch me.”.

Afterwards I was still high from all the excitement I must have talked a mile a minute the entire 45 mins home and then another 45 mins to my friends when I went to pick up my daughter Ava (who couldn’t wait to hear all about the “boobie wrapper contest”). I’m still buzzing and cant help but smile ear to ear! What an amazing adventure!

Maybe we should rename Star In A Bra?! Is there anything you’d do differently?

There are 3 things I would have done differently (had I known).

1. I would have reviewed and practiced my interview questions over – not just in my head but out loud, and maybe even recorded them at home.

2.  I would have brought a favorite song or something to listen to – to get me in a more relaxed mode when taking my photos.  Along with maybe posing in front of a mirror at home, the staff was great and they had some photos on the all we were able to use as a guide (that helped).  As I mentioned above by the time I started to relax and “get into my groove” my time was up!

3. I would have taken the following day off from work so I could have spent more time with the other girls and partied for the night (or at least have dinner together!).

elisha_2That’s all pretty good advice for anyone considering entering any future competitions, anything else to add?

Just go for it! You have nothing to lose! This has been the most exciting thing I’ve ever done for myself an experience you’ll never forget, from your original submission to the very end.

So how does it feel to a part of the competition this year?

It’s an incredible feeling to be a part of something honoring woman and their curves, large, small and in between. I still can’t get over the fact that I entered! And to make it into the top 5! INCREDIBLE! I’m so happy I went for it! Before this contest I was really struggling with feeling good about myself.  My condition left me with little self-esteem and the surgery itself was so major that I was still mourning the loss of a major part of me. The reason I entered was to turn a negative into a positive and to start seeing myself as my daughter does (beautiful).  This has been a huge confidence booster and has helped to keep me focused on my continued health, in my mind body and spirit.  My body may change, I may be smaller or larger at times, but I’ll ALWAYS be me, and being ME was what got me here.  I’ve gotten several emails from woman all over the world thanking me for sharing my story and being an inspiration.  I’ve been so moved by the support of my friends, family and people I don’t even know, cheering me on.  it’s keeping me grounded and I’m happy to be healthy enough to be a part of something so wonderful.

That’s really great to hear Elisha. Do you think it’s important companies like Curvy Kate look to use their customers to represent their products?

I wish MORE companies represented the majority of their clientele, I would LOVE to see it and I’d be more inclined to support such companies.  Let’s face it, most of us are not like the super models selling the product. When it comes to purchasing a bra, for most busty women, it’s a headache and something we try to avoid (at least I did).  Seeing a model with a similar shape and build wearing the garment is an invitation to shop that brand more often with out the stress of wondering if it would look the same/similar on me. It’s like getting a referral from a friend you trust, because you trust the image, the brand and what they represent.

That’s what we aim for! What do you think makes a Curvy Kate girl?

In my opinion, being a Curvy Kate girl means embracing your body no mater the size and loving the skin you are in. Beauty isn’t limited to just one type or another, it’s a mindset.  So set your mind to loving yourself just as you are, because you are beautiful.

Good for you Elisha! Just one last question…why do you think people should vote for you to win? 

I think people should vote for me because they can identify with me on some level –  I’m genuine, I’m fun (and can be quite the clown – as you saw in my silly videos), I’m comfortable with who I am and the curves I’m blessed with.  I’d make them proud!  How wonderful would it be if all women of all ages felt they had some sort of representation in the media; this is the perfect opportunity to try something different. I am your everyday woman, curves and all.

Good luck Elisha!

To vote for Elisha, please head on over to the Curvy Kate Facebook page but hurry, voting ends soon! And remember you have just one vote this time, so make it count.

 

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Star In A Bra North America Final Five: Jaime Anglin

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How are we already pass the half way mark with our final five interviews? Can’t we just interviewing our models ALL the time?! The blog is going to be a quieter place without them!

Next up we hear from Jaime Anglin about her experience.

Hey Jaime! So, Katie is still winning with the size jump, but I hear you were refitted at the shoot too…

Yes, I was refitted.  I thought I was a 34DD and I was refitted as a 32F.  So, quite a difference!  But the thing is, there really isn’t a place around where I live to get properly fitted.  You can go to a department store or other chain store, and they will only fit you so you can wear one of their bras.  Most stores around me do not go above a DD in cup size, and there is also this misconception that the band should be loose, which doesn’t make sense.  Therefore, I am thankful that I have now been properly fitted so I can buy the right size. Or better yet, if I win, I can have a whole new collection of properly fitting bras!

This is the problem, it isn’t easy to get refitted. I know there are few places near me I’d trust to fit me, how awful is that? But I like the idea of a whole new collection! Are there any sets from the shoot you fell in love with?

jaime_1I can’t just choose one!  I wore two different sets and I absolutely loved each one I was wearing equally, for different reasons.  I loved the Starlet set, because first of all, the name was so fitting, wearing Starlet for the Star in a Bra contest.  The petrol color was so rich and deep and it looked great against my skin tone.  I loved the little star charms it has on the bra and panties, just the right touch and more than just your everyday bow.  The set was so soft and comfortable and the bra itself was very supportive and gave me a great shape.  I also loved the purple and watermelon Romance set because purple is my favorite color.  I loved the contrast of the two colors and the lace detail and embroidery was lovely and delicate.  It made me feel so elegant.

The Starlet is my absolute favourite from the current collection, I like to call it my mermaid bra! So how did you feel before the shoot?

Before the shoot, I was nervous, but excited, and full of anticipation.  I couldn’t wait to get there to meet everyone and see where we were shooting.  I was curious what sets I would wear and what the other girls would look like in person.

And after?

After, I felt like I just went through a whirlwind! We did so much in such a short amount of time, so many things that are normally out of my comfort zone (like being interviewed on camera) and not part of my usual routine (like parading around in my underwear).  But I was so proud of myself for doing them!  I mean, I hang out with two kids all day, so a day in the life of a glamorous model was a little surreal.  So incredibly fun, but definitely like something out of a dream.  I was thinking, did all that really just happen? Amazing.

That does sound like quite a change of routine! And it’s always nice to get pampered.  So the shoot went well we take it?!

The shoot went great!  It was so nice to finally meet the other contestants and the Curvy Kate staff. The bra and underwear sets I got to wear for my shoot were absolutely gorgeous. It was so fun to get my hair and make up done and smile for the camera.

What were the best and worst parts of the day?

The best part was by far my eye make up.  It was ah-mazing and truly a work of art. It was like this gold glitter eye shadow, it was so glamorous and sparkly; I absolutely loved it. It actually made me feel like a superhero, with eyes so piercing, I could cut through steel walls with my stare!  The worst part was not having enough time to visit with the other girls.  We were constantly moving from one thing to the next; fitting, hair and make up, wardrobe, interview, photo shoot, make fun videos, group photos, change, clean up, then we were done for the day.  It all went by so fast!

All the hair and make up looks amazing, I always sneak into the chair when shoots are quiet and make them work their magic on me. It’s a real shame you didn’t all have more time together, people never realise quite how quickly the day goes. Is there anything you’d do differently?

I don’t think so.  I did everything to the best of my ability and the experience was wonderful.  I am so grateful I had the chance to be a part of it.

That’s so lovely to hear. Were you nervous?

Yes, of course I was a little nervous at first.  I really wasn’t nervous about being in my underwear, but more nervous for the photo shoot itself.  I wanted to do a good job.  I was a little stiff when we first started and wasn’t sure how to pose.  But after a few minutes I relaxed.  The photographer gave me some pointers and was great at giving me direction.  After I changed out of my first set and got into my second set, she explained to me what positions look the most flattering which was very helpful.  It’s all about being natural and having fun with it.

It certainly doesn’t show – the pictures look great. What do you think it means to be a Curvy Kate girl?

Being a Curvy Kate girl means being comfortable in your own skin and being confident enough to flaunt it.  It means knowing that you are a unique individual and you are beautiful just the way you are.  It’s knowing that you can be a positive influence to others and that you have so much to offer.

jaime_2Think that’s the nail on the head! Do you think it’s important for companies like Curvy Kate to use their customers to model their collections?

I think it is wonderful what Curvy Kate is doing to represent their customers. Yes, more companies, especially in the fashion industry, should follow suit.  It would be great if more of a variety of shapes and sizes were represented in different clothing lines and other products as well in commercials, magazines, and on billboards.  It is so important, especially for young girls, to see healthy images of women in the media. People want to see someone who looks like them and Curvy Kate makes certain that their models show a variety of different body types.

I think it’s healthy that more companies seem to be coming on board with the idea of using their customers, it’s so great to see. Have you got any advice for anyone thinking of entering next year?

I’d say go for it!  Life is too short, so why not do something that scares you, but is exciting at the same time?  You really do have nothing to lose, and you could gain some remarkable experiences you would never get the chance to be involved in otherwise.

And how does it feel to be a part of Star In A Bra North America 2013?

It feels amazing.  It kind of feels like I have a part time job now campaigning and marketing myself trying to rally votes.  It’s been fun and has been overwhelming (in a good way) the amount of family, friends, and local community members that have come together to support me.  They are all very excited for me, are rooting for me and stand behind me 100%.  It means so much to me to have their support.

It’s a tough job, that’s for sure, but worth it. Just one last question Jaime…the horrid one! Why do you think people should vote for you to win the competition?

People should vote for me to win because I know what its like to struggle to find a bra that both fits properly and is cute, so I know that I will be passionate about the brand.  I also whole-heartedly agree with Curvy Kate’s philosophy on positive body image and I would love the chance to be able to empower women to appreciate their body and love it just the way it is.  I have two daughters and I would like to show them when they are older what mommy did by representing such a wonderful company and having confidence in herself.  Traveling for photo shoots, meeting and interacting with new people at trade shows, and just being a part of such a revolutionary marketing campaign would truly be the opportunity of a lifetime, and I would love it if people would vote for me to help get me there.

Good luck Jaime! 

To vote for Jaime, please head on over to the Curvy Kate Facebook page but hurry, voting ends soon! And remember you have just one vote this time, so make it count.

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Star In A Bra North America Final Five: Rebecca Payton

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We’re onto our penultimate interview of Star In A Bra North America, where did the time go? Still, it’s the last day of voting so we don’t want to keep you waiting…

Next we hear from Rebecca Payton.

Hey Rebecca! So, how did the shoot go?

The shoot went great! I enjoyed meeting all of the girls, and having girl talk about how excited we were. I also enjoyed meeting the Curvy Kate staff, what an amazing bunch of people all in one space!

The photos look amazing! You all look stunning. We’re guessing you didn’t get refitted…

I was not refitted because I am fortunate enough to be a bra fitter and know what size I wear! I feel so blessed to have been picked up in the bra industry so young because many women go their whole lives without wearing the right size bra.  I hope I can help change that statistic! I stayed in a 32F or 30FF before and after the shoot, and I like to wear around a medium or large in undies to keep them nice and comfy.

We have an expert on our hands! Do you have a favourite Curvy Kate set from the day?

One of my favorite sets is Gia because I was wearing it some of my photos, and it is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the lace detail on the upper part of the cup and how it matches the lace detail on the under wear!  LiviRae Lingerie also sells Gia and we go through that bra like hot cakes!

rebecca_2I LOVE the Gia, I’m wearing mine right now! So were you nervous before the shoot?

I was extremely nervous because Curvy Kate is such a wonderful brand and I wanted to make a good impression in person, in the interview, and in the pictures!

Don’t worry, all of you managed that. What were the best and worst parts about the day? Hopefully nothing too horrible…

The best part of the shoot was definitely working it out in front of the camera in the beautiful Curvy Kate set! The second best part was meeting everyone, which was so amazing so I have to include it!  The worst part of the shoot was having to be done so soon! We were having such a good time, we ran out of time!

I know, time goes so quickly at shoots, so frustrating. Especially as it’s just the one day. So tell us about your experience, would you do anything differently?

The whole experience was very surreal, so before the shoot I could not contain my nerves! They were bubbling over with excitement, and then after it was all over it finally hit me what had just happened when I got back to the hotel room!  I felt that a new chapter of this competition had started and it was time to get busy because I could have more days like this in the future, and who wouldn’t want that?

I don’t think I would do anything differently because then it wouldn’t portray how I truly am on the spot or in real life.

Have you got any advice for anyone thinking of entering any future Star In A Bra competitions? And how does it feel to be a part of Star In A Bra this year?

The advice I would give the girls entering next year is to take advantage of the moment and don’t forget it! You just need to be yourself because they already picked you and clearly love who you are! Last but not least don’t forget to smile!

I feel completely honored and awe struck that I am involved in a competition that represents a brand that changes the lives of women every day.  If someone would have told me that I would be participating in this competition even 2 months ago I would of thought that they were crazy, but the support that I have received has made me even more confident that I can influence someone to feel beautiful on a global scale.

Never underestimate the importance of a smile! What do you think makes a Curvy Kate girl?

To be a Curvy Kate girl is to be a representation of not just a single woman but every woman.  Someone who helps women persevere in their desire to look pretty in lingerie no matter what size you are.  To me a Curvy Kate girl is classy and understanding of the message that Curvy Kate is trying to push forward into the world!

rebecca_1I like that description. Being a bra fitter no doubt you come across women of all shapes and sizes, do you think it’s important that companies like Curvy Kate represent their customers with their models?

I think that it is essential for companies to represent their clients like Curvy Kate does because that is how people are going to look in your clothes.  Curvy Kate has really broken boundaries in an industry that seems almost impermeable.  They have revolutionized the lives of women, who see how beautiful they too can look in a gorgeous bra.  This kind of confidence boosting carries over into women’s daily lives, and if everyone promoted this kind of behavior we would have many more self-confident beauties ruling the world!

Fingers crossed that’s how it goes! Just one last question Rebecca – why do you think people should vote for you to win the competition?

I hope people would vote for me because I understand parts of the bra world, and would love to help promote Curvy Kate on an even larger scale.  Education is so important in bra fit, and if I could help spread the word more than I already do it would be tremendous!  My passion would never fizzle for making the world more confident.  I am a fun loving, people person and I would do my absolute best to represent such a wonderful brand! Vote for Rebecca!

To vote for Rebecca, please head on over to the Curvy Kate Facebook page but hurry, voting ends soon! And remember you have just one vote this time, so make it count.

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Star In A Bra North America Final Five: Chelsea Garcia

It’s the final day of voting, and we’re onto the final interview of the competition! Time really has flown by and we can’t wait to see who the winner is.

Without further ado, let’s hear from Chelsea Garcia.

Hey Chelsea! So, tell us about the photo shoot…

I could not have asked for a better reason to visit New York for the first time. The hotel we stayed in was just gorgeous and everyone was so friendly, right down to the cab drivers! The photo shoot its self was fantastic it was so nice to finally meet all the Curvy Kate staff I had been talking to for weeks. I was so excited and nervous to be late, I showed up 30 min before I was suppose to be there, and everybody was still standing in the foyer waiting for the studio space to be prepared.. honestly I am habitually early for things, I despise being late. It’s one of my pet peeves.

Very jealous that you all get to go to New York! What were the best and worst parts of the photo shoot?

One of the best things about the shoot was being able to meet and talk to all of the other girls. Since the competition started there was this veil of mystery shrouding the other contestants and I was very eager to meet them, I really dont think it became REAL for me until that happen. Another great aspect of it was the hair and makeup! Ive never had mine done professionally before and it made me feel special.. and fancy haha. And who can forget the fitting?! Oh my goodness.. I have NEVER in my 28 years on this planet worn a bra that fit me SO WELL! It was eye opening, jaw dropping and confidence lifting! Exactly how you want to feel before you are about to step in front of a camera in your undies. I was the first there and first to shoot.. so a bit nervous but my fearlessness was mounting and I knew I just had to go for it.

chelsea_2I would say the worst part of the whole thing was that I wasnt able to stay until everyone was done shooting, I had to leave to the airport for my flight that evening. That and the interview! My stomach was doing cartwheels! I rarely get nervous like that so I just had to focus on not repeating adjectives when answering questions!

I love that even though it’s a competition, you all got on so well…people assume it’s going to be this competitive environment and it really isn’t. How did you feel when you finally got to the studio, were you nervous at all?

Right before the shoot I had to give my self a lil pep talk in the mirror. There had been so much anticipation leading up to this very moment. Anticipation, excitement, disbelief… I had to remind my self it was now or never. It was time to bring it.

After the shoot there was a huge sense of relief. I knew I had done my very best, so I felt accomplished and satisfied with what had just transpired. But also a little sad that it was all over. And regretful I hadn’t booked my flight for the next day so I would have had more time to hang out and get to know the other girls. It was so much fun and an experience of a life time.

I think there needs to be a Star In A Bra reunion! Did you have a favourite set from the day?

I absolutely LOVE the Rosie! It was the first set I tried on and I just fell in love, its so pretty and sexy and just amazing! However I also love the color of the Dream catcher…and I just think its so appropriate that is the set Im featured in, because this is absolutely a dream to be caught.

I’ve yet to try the Dreamcatcher as it’s a new style, but I love that petrol blue colour they’re using. Would you change anything?

If I could get a re do on anything…I would give myself more time to just kind of relax and take everything in.

And how about any advice for anyone thinking of entering the competition in the future?

Just GO for it! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain, its an amazing experience regardless of the outcome. I am a rather confident person for the most part, but ever since this competition I have just been so sure of myself in everything. Which is a wonderful and empowering feeling.

It’s great that you all have the same advice, hopefully it’s going to rub off on people that are a little hesitant. So to you, what do you think makes a Curvy Kate girl?

chelsea_1To be a Curvy Kate girl means more than just being a lingerie model, you are a spokesperson – a role model – for positive body image and loving your body. Being confident and kind. Saying unabashedly this is me I’m a woman; and I am beautiful just the way I am.

I think its so improtant, its kind of baffling to me that more companies dont care to represent their customers. It is such a great thing that Curvy Kate knows exactly who they are and what they believe in as a company, they also know their customers and listen to what they want, and how they feel.

Yes to all those things! How have you found the competition this year?

This whole competition has been a whirl wind! Its been fun, exciting, nerve racking and confidence boosting. I’m so glad I entered (not that there was any chance I wouldn’t). I feel like I have it written all over my face…it’s like everywhere I go I’m just exuding this glow, an inner confidence. And I have the competition to thank for that.

A little bird told me you were another finalist that got refitted at the shoot…

This is kinda funny…sooo when I entered I sized myself to what I thought was my correct size, I came up with a 32 F. What I’ve been wearing my entire adult life has been a 36 DD or sometimes a 36 D if it was like a t-shirt bra. Getting fitted at the shoot we decided I was a 32 GG. So yes…I’m all over the place.

Well if there was ever a reason for a whole new lingerie collection! Just one last question…why do you think people should vote for you?

The other day I received a message from my boy friends cousin, she was telling me what an inspiration I have been for her seeing my pictures up, how she has always been ashamed of her body and always thought she needed to be a stick figure to be considered beautiful. This made me cry. No body should have to feel this way. But so many young girls and women do. It is time for this to change, and it needs to change drastically. If I can be any part of a movement towards women loving them selves more and accepting who they are, I want to do that. I know that working for Curvy Kate could be a great platform for that change. And I think people should vote for me because I can be the perfect addition to the beautiful, confident women who they already have on staff.

Good luck Chelsea!

To vote for Chelsea, please head on over to the Curvy Kate Facebook page but hurry, voting ends soon! And remember you have just one vote this time, so make it count.

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Model for Curvy Kate – We need your curves!

Star in a Bra North America launches 3rd September!

Next week sees the launch of our long awaited Star in a Bra North American competition. Last year, for the first time the USA were given the chance to flaunt their curves and show us just how good they looked in lingerie and this year the competition is open to Canadians too!

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After our fifth successful competition in the UK, finishing early May  – we’re having slight withdrawal symptoms from Star in a Bra fun so can’t wait to see all the gorgeous lingerie and swimwear photos you have to send in. To enter the Star in a Bra competition you have to be D plus, curvy, confident and absolutely NO modelling experience is necessary. So smile, have fun and show us your personality!

Dates to remember!

The winner takes away an international modelling contract, will join our other non-professional models and work with the brand and the BIG PLUS, will win a year’s worth of sexy smalls.

We’re not looking for one type of woman; we’re banishing ideas about what the so called ‘norm’ should be and are championing diversity in the modelling industry. So if you can fit in our bras – you can model for us!

For more details check out our facebook and don’t forget to join in our countdown – one week to go! Model for Curvy Kate and show the world your curves!

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Promoting the final 30 girls of Star in a Bra 2013!

So, we now have our gorgeous, final 30 curvy girls for this year’s Star in a Bra.

Top 30

Now, it’s down to the public to decide which of these 30 girls should go through to the final 10 and be part of a glamorous makeover and photoshoot at a top London studio. After which, the voting will begin again to find this year’s Star in a Bra!

If you’re one of the final 30 girls, you need to start thinking about how you’re going to promote yourself during this round of voting. Lots of the girls have already started getting their friends to visit the Curvy Kate Facebook page to vote, helping them get one step closer to grabbing the Star in a Bra crown.

However, if you really, really want to start racking up the votes, you might need to go a little further than that. We would suggest setting up a Facebook fan page of your own, using the photos you provided in your Star in a Bra application, and inviting all your friends to read about why you entered the competition, and why you would like to win. Don’t forget to point them to the Facebook page where they can vote!

You should also think about making use of Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, Vine and numerous other websites and apps to let the world know.

However, remember to try not to spam or pester people – as they’ll soon get a bit fed up of seeing you in your underwear and might not vote for you!

Above all, don’t just assume that the votes will come in – people need to know that you’re in the competition and you need to spread the word if you want to make it through!

Princess BraLauren Colfer (2009 Winner) says …

Tell all of your friends… then maybe they will tell all of their friends! Mine were so helpful in campaigning for votes for me!
Remind people to vote.. but don’t pester! People tend to ignore things that pop up several times a day – make your “reminders” limited but powerful!

Alice Rayman (2012 Top 10 finalist) says …Alice Rayman

Firstly enjoy, appreciate and compliment each other (all our bodies are different but still beautiful in their ways!), pose like you’ve never posed before, don’t be scared if you find your suddenly self-conscious – it’s natural but everyone’s in the same boat so bring the confidence and show the world your fabulousness!! And last but not least be proud of what you’ve got and love every second of prancing about in your smalls!!

Good luck to all 30 girls and commiserations to the hundreds of hopefuls who entered but didn’t make it as one of the finalists. Star in a Bra is an annual search, so you can apply again next year!

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Congratulations to our top 30!

For the past four weeks, we’ve been scouring the UK for the next face and body of Curvy Kate! With over 700 curvy hopefuls entering this year’s Star in a Bra search, it’s needless to say the curve competition has been fierce!

Star in a Bra calls on all curvier women, regardless of size, height, age or colour! It’s amazing to see this represented by the wonderful women who entered the competition this year. Curvy Kate believe that curvy isn’t a size, it’s a shape and we’re trying to show diversity by loving and celebrating all curves!TOP30-Starinabra2013

Having said that, here are the names of our gorgeous top 30 girls…

Top 30 favourites

Abbi Tew
Alice Jackson
Alisha Joseph
Angela Smith
Annabel Challenger
Caroline Matthews
Chantelle Crabb
Charlotte Fox
Charlotte Myers
Chelsea MacColl
Dominique Wells
Fiona Hood
Georgie Hughes
Grace Pybus
Helen Johnson
Hollie Gilson
Jane Blackhall
Katy Raynes
Lotte Williams
Melissa Holden
Michelle Lagden
Neats Gunn
Rachael Jones
Rachel Nicoletti
Rhiannon Whitby
Sara Rehman
Sonya Kainth
Trudié Kami
Victoria Duncan

To vote for your favourite top 3, click here! Every vote counts so please choose wisely! These girls need your support! You can also visit our Facebook page to be redirected to the voting app.

The top 10 girls will be revealed on 4th April and the winner will be announced on 2nd May! Eeek! Excited!!!

Congratulations…

We’d like to say a MASSIVE congratulations to all the lovely ladies who entered this year, the judging panel had a difficult time trying to shortlist to just 30 girls. It’s not an easy task, to strip down to just your smalls and pose in front of a camera so well done! I hope it has boosted your body confidence and you’ve enjoyed being a part of Star in a Bra 2013!

Thank you once again to everyone who entered and a big hug to everyone who has spread the word about Star in a Bra 2013!

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Inspiration from curve queen 2009!

Need a little more inspiration to enter Star in a Bra? Check out what Lauren Colfer had to say about her experience of being crowned Star in a Bra 2009!

Why did you enter Star in a Bra?Princess Bra

I followed the competition the year before I entered and I remember my dad not being keen on the idea of me doing it, so I was put off. The following year, I saw the competition being advertised again and I knew I definitely wanted to give it a go; so I rebelled, applied and it worked!!

How confident were you about your look/curves before the competition?

Honestly, before the competition, I always wished to be slimmer than what I was but I’ve always felt blessed in the chest department.  The first few months of doing shoots and shows with Curvy Kate still felt quite alien and I admit that sometimes I felt a bit awkward at first. However it wasn’t long until I realised that I didn’t need to constantly feel like I had to improve myself; my self-confidence since winning SIAB in 2009 has come in leaps and bounds.  A few years before, I used to wear braces and got into a bad habit of always smiling with my mouth closed, which never looks like a genuine smile.  Curvy Kate is all about the big cheesy grin, so with a little encouragement and a LOT of laughs and jokes, I got my toothy grin back!

How did you feel after your win?

I was over the moon! After weeks (perhaps a couple of months!) of spamming my friends on Facebook to vote, and some of them spamming their own friends to vote, it all paid off.  I really thought it could have been any of the girls that were in the Top 10.  I did my first proper collection shoot the very next day so there wasn’t much time to calm down from the hype and get cracking with getting a real taste of modelling.

How do you feel now?

Still loving it! I have got to do so many things, travel to so many places since winning and I’m still working with Curvy Kate now so the fun hasn’t stopped yet. Whenever the annual competitions begin again, I love to follow its progress.

Has it changed you at all? If so how?

I think if it has changed anything, it has made me more confident in myself.

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Has it changed how you view your body – if so how?

Definitely, before Star in a Bra, I always wanted to be unrealistically slimmer than what I was. A few months after winning the competition, I actually had a bit of an obsession with losing weight and started eating smaller meals, replacing some meals with protein shakes and going to the gym at least 5 times a week. I lost a lot of weight but didn’t really realise how much until my second Curvy Kate brochure shoot which was in the December.  When it became apparent I could not even fill the cup of a 32F – my then size – I realised just how much I had lost and how obsessive I had been.  Looking back at the pictures from that shoot, I see now that I looked unhealthy and underweight. I missed my curves and knew that without them, I wouldn’t be able to be a representative for Curvy Kate and what it stands for. 3 years on, I appreciate my curves even more and accept and embrace them as a part of being the woman I am supposed to be.

Which is your favourite part of your body – why?

Cliché as it may be, definitely my boobs!

Has this changed from before and after the competition?

No, this has always been the same.  I have worn a light sports bra to bed every night since I was about 15, as I have found that with a lack of support at night I get a sore chest in the morning. I’m pretty sure that this has kept them perky too!

Have you ever found your body/look hard to deal
with?

Going through puberty was strange, like most people I suppose. I always had the lovely “puppy fat” through my childhood so there’s always a tiny part of me that remembers being a little chubby.  When I did “fill out” I remember having these awful pinky purple stretch marks all over my chest where I had developed quite quickly.  When you’re a self-conscious teenage girl, the last thing you want is weird boobs!

Have you ever been criticised or bullied for how you look?

Thankfully, no. It’s one thing to feel unsure about yourself, it’s another thing to have other people criticise you.

SAM_2210-1024x681What’s the best thing about being a curvy model?

I could list things all day!  I always look forward to the next shoot, getting glammed up and posing for photos is amazing.  I’ve been lucky enough to travel abroad with Curvy Kate several times, including a shoot in Ibiza and tradeshows in New York, Vegas and Paris! Free underwear from time to time is always a good thing too! The best thing though: being a part of the Curvy Kate family and getting to know the people who do all the hard work in the background of the amazing brochures and product.

What is the best thing anyone has said to you about modelling?

People saying that you have inspired them to enter the competition or even just made them feel better about their own bodies, is a great feeling.

Are you glad you entered?

It’s probably the best thing I ever did!

Would you like to model full time?Entice

In an ideal world, yes. I did try it out about a year ago, flitting between my casual job as a swimming instructor and any work that would come up either through Curvy Kate or agencies.  It was an amazing year of travelling and meeting new people, but reaching an age where I needed to start thinking about moving out and becoming more independent, I knew I could not earn what I needed to achieve that goal as I was not getting modelling work consistently enough.  I now work as an Office Manager for an investments brokerage and my commitment to my job means modelling has taken a backseat. The good thing is, with enough notice in advance I can still take on some work and there is always the weekend!

Do you love your full time job?

I do, it’s nice to have something secure and a guaranteed income every month. I miss the freedom of being able to drop everything and jaunt off somewhere to do something glamorous but I still feel I have the best of both worlds as there are still opportunities for modelling work out there.

Is it nice having this on the side to do?

I am so glad I can continue to model on the side, it’s totally different from my every-day 9-to-5 so it feels less like work and more like a hobby.  I also continue to teach swimming on Saturday mornings at my local leisure centre as I knew I would miss working with the kids and maintaining my teaching experiences. Variety is the spice of life!

 

What a beauty! Since entering the Star in a Bra competition, Lauren hasn’t looked back! As she mentioned, she has travelled with Curvy Kate for photoshoots and tradeshows, her curves have been truly celebrated in our brochures and even on the sites of many of our retailers! And if that’s not enough….how about a year’s supply of gorgeous Curvy Kate lingerie?!

If it sounds ooo so tempting and you would like to also enjoy all the wonderful perks of being a “Curvy Kate”, then you can enter Star in a Bra here – bit.ly/SIAB13

With only 3 days left, you need to hurry to get your 5 photos in, so that’s 2 headshots and 3 full length shots of you in lingerie or swimwear! Get those curves camera ready!! *Snap…snap…snap*

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Talking with Star in a Bra’s Miss Butler!

Hi lovely readers!

I hope you’re still getting those curvy snapshots in for Star in a Bra 2013! We’ve had an amazing response so far, we’re absolutely loving the curves! Keep them coming!! #WeNeedYourCurves (#Excited!)

Amidst all the fun and the thrills of the Star in a Bra 2013 launch, I found a lil’ time to catch up with our 2008 Star in a Bra finalist – Laura Butler! Fantastic for all you aspiring Curvy Kate models!

Here’s how our chat went…Curvy Kate Tease Me

Why did you enter Star in a Bra?

I opened an email and saw the competition posted back in 2008 and I knew straight away that I had to enter.  I had always, and still do, love the Wonderbra ‘Hello Boys’ advert with Eva Herzigova and dreamed of doing exactly what she was doing and I thought that this was my opportunity to do so, so I went for it.  I acted on instinct which is me all over and it served me well.

How confident were you about your look/curves before the competition?

I have always appeared to be confident person.  I danced from the age of 3 and when you are on stage confidence is a must so you learn to hide nerves well.  I think for most of my life I faked confidence by being loud and out there and one day it turned to real confidence.  I am not sure when the transition was but I am glad that it happened!

How did you feel after your win?
I never actually won.  I came third! I was in the first ever ‘Star in a Bra’ competition and it was on a much smaller scale back then.  I was in a clothes shop when I got the phone call from Hannah Houston, Curvy Kate’s Marketing Manager , telling me that I had come 3rd and I was over the moon.  First, second or third I was just glad that I got to take part in a photo shoot for a magazine – to say I was excited is an understatement.  It was so surreal and my family and friends were so proud.  I didn’t think I would make it that far in all honesty so the fact people had voted was amazing but I just knew that this was the start of something fun!

How do you feel now?

Years later I feel like I have gained a lot of friends.  Curvy Kate is like a family and when you come in as a model you get treated as part of that family.  It is still a relative small company for its age and as I have been with them from the beginning I feel like a protective big sister!  I work with them as I believe in their ethos so I am proud to be a part of that.

Has it changed you at all? If so how?

Working for Curvy Kate has definitely changed me.  It has developed my skill set as I can now bra fit (which generally drives my friends and family crazy)! It has developed my confidence further, my people skills from working at trade shows, improved my body awareness from being on photo shoots and improved leadership skills as I help to train stores on Curvy Kate fitting and bra fitting.  Personally, it has given me life experience and enriched my life.  Not many people can say they have fulfilled a life dream and I have.

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Has it changed how you view your body – if so how?

Becoming a lingerie model has definitely changed how I view my body.  I am now perfectly happy with the way I look and no longer strive to change who I naturally am with dieting etc.  Some people are big, some are small and some are in-between.  I am that in-between person – not skinny yet not what people would call big.  I have come to realise that ‘perfection’ doesn’t exist as beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  When you realise that you become content and that is what I am.  It has taken years of reading people’s views of me to realise that – some people love the way you look and some people hate the way you look and that is just not me – it would be the same for everyone.  The world would be boring if we all looked the same!

Which is your favourite part of your body – why?

I love my smile and teeth.  People have different ideas on what perfection is but I think my teeth and smile are just that for me.  It is a nightmare on photo shoots when they are ‘non-smiley’ though as I struggle with a ‘sexy’ look! Ha.  I was just born to smile and I think it is when I look my best and happiest.

Has this changed from before and after the competition?

I hated my teeth when I was younger so I think this has developed since the competition!

Have you ever found your body/look hard to deal with?

Yes.  I was flat chested up until I left senior school and then developed.  I found it hard to deal with the change so quickly and still struggle to dress them.  The only good thing is that I have the correct fitting lingerie…. That is half the battle!

Have you ever been criticised or bullied for how you look?

Never.  But I think I have always seemed too confident and bullies generally bully those who are ‘weak’.  I would never have given anyone a chance to bully me about my looks.  I am far too outspoken!

Has this changed over the years?

No.  I am who I am.  I have just got more confident as I have got older.  Plus I don’t think words would bother me either.  As I said, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

What’s the best thing about being a curvy model?

The photo-shoots, the laughs and giggles with the girls and ultimately the lingerie!  It is so gorgeous and I get to see it before the public!

What is the best thing anyone has said to you about modelling?

That I helped them to overcome their body issues and gave them confidence!

Are you glad you entered?

110% yes.  It is one of the best things I have ever done!

Would you like to model full time?

I don’t think I would.  I work for Curvy Kate as I believe in their products, brand and ethos but if I worked full time I wouldn’t be able to just work for companies that I liked.  I therefore love the fact I can be fussy!

Do you love your full time job?

I adore it… if I didn’t, I wouldn’t do it.

Is it nice having this on the side to do?

Of course.  I like variety and it enriches my life.  I wouldn’t be the same person without it and if I didn’t have it in my life I would feel lost.

Laura Butler

It was so good catching up with Laura and getting her opinion and experience knowledge on Star in a Bra! I hope reading this has motivated you to flaunt those curves and it has also encouraged you to continue to love yourself in the skin you’re in! As Laura mentioned above, beauty is in the eye of the beholder – I couldn’t agree with her more!

If you didn’t catch our lovely Laura in the national and local papers, a couple weeks back, below are a few of the papers she appeared in! Go Miss Butler!!…..

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From Top left to right: Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Daily Star, Birmingham Mail and Metro

Celebrate those curves today by entering our Star in a Bra model search! Enter here!

 

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‘My Star in a Bra Experience’ by top 10 finalist Alice Rayman!

Eeek! Just a few more days to go before Star in a Bra 2013 opens! Who’s excited?!

Well if you’re thinking of entering the competition this year, I’ve got some first-hand knowledge from one of our top 10 finalists of 2012. I caught up with the beautiful Alice Rayman, here’s what she had to say…

1) What made you enter Star in a Bra 2012?
I started wearing Curvy Kate back in 2011, used to read all about SIAB (Star in a Bra) and all my friends and family kept pushing me to enter but I didn’t feel confident enough so kept putting it off! I kept tabs on Curvy Kate’s Facebook page and was constantly in awe of all the gorgeous, curvy ladies who were posting photos of themselves in their smalls and I just thought one day while I was sat there, “sod it! I can do this too!” I didn’t expect anything to come of it!

2) What was your best moment in the competition?
There were so many!! But probably fave moment was getting into the Top 10, doing the photo shoot and having such a laugh with the girls!!

3) Were there any cons to you entering the competition?
Can’t think of any cons, just pros! Free underwear and gifts!!.. But seriously, my body confidence has soared and I now view my ‘lumps and bumps’ completely differently. I feel so happy in myself! And I’ve been lucky enough to keep in contact with everyone at Curvy Kate and I still do the odd job for the brand, recently modelling in their first ever bloggers event alongside Sophie, Charlotte and Lizzie! Being a K cup has its perks!!

4) What advice would you give to the girls entering this year?
Don’t have any doubts and go for it!! Have fun taking the photos too – my sister helped me do mine and we had such a laugh! Every woman deserves to feel confident and sexy and posting photos of yourself in your underwear honestly gives you the biggest boost!!

5) Since SIAB, what have you been up to? We hear you’ve managed to snap up an impressive role in Calendar Girls, which is amazing I must say!  How did Star in a Bra help grow your body confidence?
As I said, I’ve been very lucky since SIAB as I still do the odd bits and bobs for Curvy Kate and the team are so lovely to me, such a friendly and warm atmosphere –  they all love my boobies! At the moment I’m playing Cora in an amateur production of Calendar Girls in Kingston! And yes, that does mean I get COMPLETELY starkers on stage in front of a load of strangers. But I honestly believe that if I hadn’t done SIAB I wouldn’t have had the guts to audition.  SIAB gave me body confidence, and taught me to love my K cups and figure. Just because I’m bigger busted, doesn’t mean I can’t look and feel sexy in lingerie. I can’t believe that 2 years ago I was considering a reduction – I wouldn’t dream of losing these babies now!

The Star in a Bra 2013 competition is open for entries from 14th February 2013. To keep updated you can like the Curvy Kate Facebook page, follow us on Twitter or check out www.starinabra.com for more information.

(You can also check out what Alice thinks of Curvy Kate’s new Portia Seafoam bra as she video blogs about it here!)

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Star in a Bra photo submission tips and suggestions

Star in a Bra winner 2009 – Lauren Colfer

Are you thinking of submitting to the Star in a Bra 2013 competition?

We certainly hope so! Even if it’s just to boost your own self-confidence and body image, you should give it a go. Since the competition started four years ago, we’ve had thousands of girls – of all ages, shapes and sizes – apply for the competition, and we’ve loved every last one of them.

This year, it’ll be no different – in fact, we’re expecting it to be bigger and better than ever before.

The first thing you should think about when applying is that you’ll probably be nervous, and who wouldn’t be? You’re going to have to strip down to your underwear and take photos to post on Facebook for the Star in a Bra judges to rate. It’s a daunting prospect, but, at the end of the whole process, there’s some amazing prizes in store for the winner – not least of which is a years’ modelling contract with Curvy Kate.

As in years gone by, we’re very keen to promote the idea of the competition being for all women in the D+ cup size category, to emphasise the importance of positive body image and help popularise curvy, natural women as the face and look of Curvy Kate.

Before you do submit, take a look at the photos on this blog entry – starting with Lauren Colfer, who won the competition in 2009 at the top of the page. Look at her pose, the set she’s wearing, the good lighting and the lovely smile on her face – it’s no wonder she captured the judges hearts and made it to the final 30, then the final 10 – and then won the public vote.

All of the girls who have applied to Star in a Bra have taken their photos in fairly ordinary settings – with no professional photography skills, tips or tricks involved – often at home in their own bedrooms using a fairly basic digital camera or mobile phone. The best applicants always wear one of their favourite underwear sets and look happy and natural. In some cases, the girls just snap some pics of themselves reflected in their bedroom mirror.

The secret to catching the judges’ attention is to present an eye-catching image to the public even before you’ve attended one of our photography makeover sessions.

So, with this in mind, we want to give any prospective Star in a Bra entrants some tips on what sort of images to upload to the competition when it opens on 14 February 2013.

Laura Butler

Star in a Bra 2009 runner-up Laura Butler

– Firstly, we’re not really looking for professional model shots that you’ve had taken as part of a previous photo shoot or for your model portfolio. Professional model shots don’t give the correct impression we’re looking for – we want you to look as natural as possible, and as happy and as confident as you should feel in your underwear. However, if you have some professional shots, it won’t do any harm to submit one or two of them.

– Take at least five good photos of yourself, which should include at least two head shots and three full-length body shots.

– We want to see photos of you in your favourite underwear set – which can be a bra set, a basque, corset/bra combination, bikini or swimming costume. However, we would prefer lingerie sets, as it will give us an idea of how lingerie looks on you.

– Try not to send us photos of you wearing the same underwear set in every photo. Vary it a little, so that we can get a good impression of how you look in different types of lingerie and different bra styles. (Of course, it might help if you’re wearing a Curvy Kate set, as it’s the type of lingerie you’ll be wearing if you win the competition! However, it’s not a pre-requisite that you wear any Curky Kate underwear).

don’t include other people in the photos, as it’ll only confuse us as to who the competition entrant is.

– good, natural lighting helps bring out the best in a photograph, while artifical lighting (such as ordinary domestic room lights) can cause strange glows. If you can, use a room to take your photos that has good lighting.

– choose a neutral-coloured background, such as a plain, light-coloured wall – as it’ll help bring you out in the photo as the subject.

– please don’t enhance your photographs using image editing software such as Photoshop. Everyone has lumps, bumps and wrinkles – we want to see your natural look!

– we’re not particularly bothered about the quality of your photos, but it helps if they’re not grainy or small. Most mobile phones are fitted with good cameras these days, and if you have a good digital camera, that helps too. Many digital cameras have lots of settings that help you take better photos – try them out.

– try to look happy in your photos as it gives a good feeling that you’re enjoying yourself. The sultry look can often be appealing, but try not to make all of your photos look too mean and moody.

– it’s not particularly important to affect model-style poses, but if you mimic some of the poses our Curvy Kate models use in their professional photos, it would give us an idea of how you might look if you won the competition and became one of our models.

– remember the basic rules of Star in a Bra: you must be a D cup or bigger, you must not have received any enhancements to your bust, and you must be aged 18 or over.

– above all, have fun when you’re taking your photos! Many of the girls have told us how they involved their partner when taking their photos – either as photographer, or to help them choose which ones to submit.

– if you’ve submitted before – submit again!

– if you’re still lacking in confidence, get your friends to submit to the competition along with you – then you won’t feel like you’re on your own!

If you want some additional tips on taking your photos, read Cheryl Warner’s post from 17 February 2012 on how to apply for the competition.

Don’t forget to read the competition rules, terms and conditions before you submit – and good luck to everyone!

We did it! Curvy Kate take home two UK Lingerie Awards

Last night we dolled ourselves up, got our glad rags on, and headed out to the second UK Lingerie Awards Ceremony, hosted by lingerie trade magazine Lingerie Insight.

Last year we were lucky enough to win the Full Bust Brand of the Year, and the award has had pride of place in the office for a whole year, although it has been looking a little lonely so we were keen to win it a friend. We were nominated for four awards, including Lingerie Brand of the Year, The UK’s Favourite Lingerie Brand of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year and Full Bust Brand of the Year.

Our little golden friend is lonely no more as we won him not one but two new metallic companions!

With no less than four award nominations to keep us on our toes, I think it’s safe to say we were just a touch nervous/excited when making our way in past the paps and into the marvellous location of One Mayfair.

After an incredible slap-up three-course meal, we were presented with the ‘Full Bust Brand of the Year’ accolade for the second year running, and the highly-coveted ‘Marketing Campaign of the Year’ for Star in a Bra.

The party continued well into the night, as we rubbed shoulders with celebs and big industry names.

Following on from the swanky awards do, we made our way to the fabulous Whisky Mist club in Mayfair. The drinks were flowing and the whole team were throwing lots of shapes on the dancefloor.

We were so thrilled with the two awards we went home with, and would like to thank all of the judges for both nominating us and handing us the gong!

The event was a victory, not only for Curvy Kate and Lingerie Insight, but for the British lingerie industry as a whole. Finally the efforts of the lingerie industry can be quite literally applauded and recognised with a shiny gold statue. Or two in our case ;)

Congrats to all the other finalists and winners, three cheers for the British lingerie industry!

Aussie Star in a Bra Revealed!

We’ve enjoyed getting to know each of the candidates and waited ever-so-patiently in the wings to hear who you’ve picked as your winner of Star in a Bra Australia 2012.

Star in a Bra has now gone global, and we’ve so excited to have completed our set of gorgeous girls for 2012!

And the winner is… Cassie Hayes!

Back in her top five interview, she told us: ‘I want to be a positive role model to other women and show people that you can be confident, healthy and happy no matter your size, height, weight and so on! All women deserve to feel beautiful.’

‘I think I should win because I would represent what it is to be a Curvy Kate girl- confident, happy and curvy!! I am a real woman with imperfections and flaws like anyone else, I have bad days but mostly I remember to just smile!!  I don’t need Photoshop or airbrushing to make me someone I am not. I appreciate natural women the most so with me, what you see is what you get!’

Well Cassie, we’re happy to say that, girlfriend, you’ve done it! Congrats!

We’ll see you in London in November…

Star In A Bra Australia top five interview – Cassie Hayes

The sun is shining and we’re being treated to our number one favourite thing – chatting with gorgeous curvy ladies! We feel like we know some of them so much better already, but we still have two stunners to hear from, so don’t cast your votes just yet!

Next in line to tell her story is the fabulous Cassie Hayes.

Hi Cassie, so delighted to have you back again for the next part of the competition. The end is in sight, and it could be any of these girls! We’ve heard some gossip from your top twenty interview, but for those who want to hear a little more, why don’t you tell us a little more about yourself?

My friends call me Cass, I am 21 years old and currently in my third year of an arts/law degree at the University of Tasmania. I have an older brother and sister and I moved away from Launceston, my hometown, to Hobart 2 years ago to study and currently live with a couple of friends from high school. We have far too much fun together and enjoy cooking and going out partying! My parents, extended family and many friends still live in Launceston so I try and get back and visit them as much as I can. I love sport; swimming, rowing, dancing and I play in a social basketball team with some lovely ladies. In my spare time I love to listen to music and read, have a glass of wine, anything relaxing really! I am a massive outdoors person, love bushwalking and getting out into nature. I am a huge fan of summer and hot weather and love to travel and adventure-I’m always keen to try new things! Recently, I travelled to Indonesia for a language course and it is the best place I have travelled so far. The laidback lifestyle, hot weather, friendly people and awesome food makes the whole place magical. It would be a dream for me to one day live in Indonesia, by the beach and continue to learn the language. I work at a pharmacy part time with some amazing people  and I have a huge passion for health and wellbeing. My friends would describe me as outgoing, friendly and bubbly!

What sizes do you usually wear when it comes to lingerie? Were you refitted at the shoot?

I am a size 12 generally, and a size 12DD in bras. In some of the Curvy Kate styles I was refitted into a 12E but mostly, a 12DD fits perfectly.

Why did you decide to enter?

I decided to enter as I have always had body image issues and was inspired when a friend of mine, Bec, entered last year. I thought she looked gorgeous so I thought I would give it a shot too!! And here I am!  Mostly, I want to be a positive role model to other women and show people that you can be confident, healthy and happy no matter your size, height, weight and so on! All women deserve to feel beautiful.

If that’s not an amazing reason to get involved with Star in a Bra, we don’t know what is! Good for you. How does it feel to be in the top five? How have your loved ones reacted?

It’s amazing! I never thought I would make it to the top 5 with so many other gorgeous contenders. When I found out, I had to check again and it wasn’t until I started getting texts and phone calls to congratulate me that it really sunk in! It was an amazing feeling and a huge confidence boost! I was unsure of the reaction I would get but my family and friends have been very supportive of me and I am thankful for that. Even strangers have come up to chat about the competition and are all very interested and positive about it which is great!

How did you feel before and after the shoot?

I was extremely nervous on the flight up to Queensland to take part in the shoot. I hadn’t managed much sleep the night before due to excitement and nerves! Once I got there though I felt so at ease with everyone, everyone was so kind and ready to help. The photographer Andrew was fantastic and made me feel very comfortable. By the end of the shoot we were all prancing around in our underwear. I felt a million dollars on the flight home and even had a nice steward on the plane come and give me a gift- it was all very flattering!!

What were the best and worst parts of the shoot?

The whole shoot was awesome! I especially loved having my hair and makeup done professionally! I found the posing difficult to grasp initially but everyone was so helpful and I quickly got into the swing of it all. I loved meeting the other girls and watching them get their photos done as well. They all looked super beautiful and I felt so proud to be a part of it.

Do you struggle to find clothing and lingerie to fit your curves?

I used to absolutely hate bra shopping- my Mum can vouch for that! It is so difficult to find nice lingerie to fit my bra size but Curvy Kate fits me like a glove. Clothing wise, it is difficult to find flattering clothes sometimes. I mostly have the issue with trousers, always too big around the waist but don’t fit my legs and tops fitting around my breasts.

We’re so happy to hear we’ve laid to rest your bra shopping issues! Do you have any favourite Curvy Kate sets?

My favourite set is actually the one I wore for the suit and it is called ‘Elegance’ but I also love the ‘Tempt me’ and ‘Tease me’ sets! Mostly I just love anything feminine and sexy so it’s not hard to find something nice in the Curvy Kate range.

What do you think defines a Curvy Kate girl?

Being a Curvy Kate girl is being happy with yourself and accepting who you are! It is all about being confident and letting that shine through any insecurities- we all have them!  After all ‘‘a smile is a girl’s best curve’’!!

We couldn’t agree with you more. Hold your head high and you’ll hold yourself better, your personality will shine through and you’ll make a lasting impression for all the right reasons. Do you have any advice for people thinking of entering next year?

Do it!!! I honestly would never have imagined I could go this far and have such an amazing experience! It is a great competition, with a great message to send and I strongly encourage any women thinking of entering to grab a girlfriend, a glass of wine, take some cheeky shots and enter!!

What would be the best part of winning?

Winning this competition would be a huge achievement for me and I would be so proud to support such an amazing brand! I know my family and friends would be super proud of how far I have come and would love to see me win as well.

Oops, it’s time for that all important final question… Why do you think you should win?

This is always a difficult question because the other girls are all so lovely and would represent the brand perfectly! I think I should win because I would represent what it is to be a Curvy Kate girl- confident, happy and curvy!! I am a real woman with imperfections and flaws like anyone else, I have bad days but mostly I remember to just smile!!  I don’t need photo shop or airbrush to make myself someone I am not. I appreciate natural women the most so with me, you really do get what you see!

To vote for your WINNER, head on over to the Curvy Kate Australia Facebook page and click the ‘Vote Now’ tab.

Star In A Bra Australia top five interview – Sophie Shaw

I think that’s just about time for a cup of tea! Ahh.

What a pair of stunning role models we’ve heard from so far. The next gal is not different, let’s hear from the delicious Sophie Shaw.

So great to see you back again, Sophie! we learnt a lot about you in your last interview, but for those of you who haven’t seen it yet or for those who want to know even more, could you let us know a little about you?

Hello :) I’m Sophie Shaw, a 21 year old university student from Melbourne. I’ve been lucky enough to grow up in a very tight knit family with Mum & Dad, and my three beautiful older sisters (5 women – poor dad!), where we’ve lived in Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmania and Perth at all different stages of my life. I’m a very family-orientated person, my sisters are three of my best friends and my little 2-year-old nephew Benny is the absolute love of my life.

I’m a very independent, driven young woman – one who is very determined to be successful in either television or radio once I graduate. At the same time, I like to consider myself a very positive and lively person who can have a laugh…especially at myself :) On the weekend you’ll either find me at the footy (AFL), or out with my girlfriends having a dance and a wine (or 5!)

My whole life I have been extremely active with sports and still to this day I am a very competitive netballer – which explains my athletic body type. I can honestly say I don’t think I could play netball the way I do without the shape and build I’ve been given. The positives to big boobs & bum! 

We have to say we’re rather envious of your enviably flat tum and toned pins! What sizes do you usually wear when it comes to lingerie? Were you refitted at the shoot?

Growing up, I thought the day would never come when my boobs stopped growing haha! I reached a 10G and have been wearing that for the past two years. I also wear a 12 down the bottom.

Why did you decide to enter Star in a Bra?

As a big Curvy Kate fan and follower of the Star in a Bra competitions overseas for the past few years, I often wondered when I would gain enough confidence to enter myself. I came very close last year but I let my fear get the better of me. Then after seeing all the beautiful courageous girls that entered in 2011, and then to see Julia and that beautiful smile of hers showcasing this wonderful brand, I was gutted that I had not had a go. I really had a feeling of “I can do that” that made me regret my decision immensely!

2012 also started as a terrible year for me. In February I was sent for scans on a little lump I had found in my left breast that was believed to be just a cyst, and therefore scans were purely precautionary. The lump did in fact end up being a cyst, but it was the tumor at the very back of my breast that was found during this scan that caused a severe headache. As a 21 year old girl I was contemplating life with breast cancer, something I never thought would happen to me. Luckily a biopsy showed the tumor to be benign breast lesion, but it still didn’t make the experience any easier. I had surgery to remove the mass and am now left with a scar. Although I should be grateful that all I ended up with was a scar, it is still something that I look at everyday that reminds me what could have been, and I guess it now gives me the cliche outlook on life to live it while you can as you never know what is around the corner.

So this time around I wasn’t going to let anything stop me! I didn’t want to have that same feeling of regret again – so I bit the bullet and went ahead with it.

I basically just want to help drive and promote this amazing message that Curvy Kate and Star in a Bra provides to women around the world. I really have learnt to love my body – flaws and all – and really embrace what I’ve been given. And I really want to inspire ladies around the world to do the same. I want more girls to feel it’s ok to say, “yes, I feel good and I look great!”

I don’t think anyone in this day and age should be made to feel like they are not good enough and there most certainly shouldn’t be one image that people believe you need to look like. Every girl wants to be ‘thin’ and ‘perfect’, and society makes you feel you should be. But what this world needs to realise like Curvy Kate has is that ‘thin’ is not perfect – there is NO body type that is perfect. Every woman young and old, short tall lean or voluptuous should know that they are individually beautiful in their own way, and I really want to join Curvy Kate in helping women around the world feel like this.

And also – if a brand like Curvy Kate is preventing girls crying their eyes out in change rooms across the country like I did for many years ’cause they are unable to be fitted in a bra that suits them – then I’m on board!

We can’t argue with that! How does it feel to be in the top five? How have your loved ones reacted?

By simply entering myself in the competition I received such a confidence boost and I was really proud of myself for being courageous enough to even put myself forward…then I made the top 5! I really didn’t think I’d get this far, and when I was contacted to tell me I was lucky enough to be a top 5 I just couldn’t wait to let the whole family know. There was definitely a rather large group message sent out that morning I think!

Honestly, I’m so touched that I was voted to be a top 5 contender. It really made me feel like I was able to relate with women around Australia and just to be part of such an inspiring competition with such fantastic people … well it’s just motivated me to do even better!

My family have been absolutely fantastic. They have always supported and loved me for my curvaceous figure, and supported me when I would have a meltdown because I could never find a bra to suit a young big busted girl. Glad those days are long gone!

I initially thought my Dad would find the whole thing a little …uncomfortable perhaps… yet he has been my number 1 supporter getting around me on twitter and telling everyone to vote for me – he is just really proud I’m making a stand for us curvy girls :)

It’s so good to hear you’ve got your family and friends behind you. How did you feel before and after the shoot?

If you ask my parents they will tell you that growing up as a little girl I always loved being in front of a camera and now at 21 nothing has really changed haha!

No in all seriousness I had very mixed emotions leading up to the shoot. One side of me was jumping out of my skin ’cause I was so excited to get up there, but of corse I had the nerves that came along with not really knowing what to expect. The idea of having your photo taken in your underwear would scare anyone I would think! Yet, once I got to Brisbane and met the other four incredible girls – along with the whole crew for the day – I instantly settled in and was raring to go. The other girls kept laughing because I was so impatient to get out on set that I couldn’t sit still ! It was just a really enjoyable day that none of us wanted to end. We were able to meet, talk and relax as the day progressed and to do it with such a genuinely lovely group of ladies made it that much better.

What were the best and worst parts of the shoot?

Am I allowed to say there wasn’t any bad parts? If I had to choose one, it would be that I was too excited the night before that I hardly slept and ended up shooting all day on 3 1/2 hours sleep. Silly Sophie.

The best part of the day..narrowing it down to one will be impossible so I’ll name off a few.

As I mentioned, meeting and spending the day with Cassie, Mindy, Cherine and Carley was so much fun. We all got along so well, and they were so supportive of me it really made the experience one I’ll never forget. I always love getting my hair and makeup done so I also enjoyed feeling like a superstar being dolled up and pampered all day by the team. Standing there with the fan blowing in my face and camera flashes going off everywhere … it was an experience that I soaked up while I could it was so much fun. What I really really really enjoyed about the day was being able to sit down with 2011s winner Julia who was so encouraging and motivating. She really listened to me, gave me some fantastic advice that I could take in, and she is just such a beautiful girl inside and out it’s no wonder she was able to win last year.

Do you struggle to find clothing and lingerie to fit your curves?

Up until I came across Curvy Kate, I hated bra shopping with an absolute passion. I’d avoid it at all costs because 99.9% of the time it ended in failure and tears. Now that problem is a thing of the past …yay!

Clothes wise I still struggle due to my defined hour-glass figure that I have. Although I’m a size 10/12 up top and bottom, I can get away with wearing a size 6 around my waist. This is why I’m more often than not wearing tight, figure hugging clothes. I find it more flattering on my body type to emphasise my curves rather than try and hide them with baggy, floaty clothes that only make me look bigger and that I certainly don’t feel confident in.

If we had a figure like yours we’d certainly show it off as well! Do you have any favourite Curvy Kate sets?

Without a doubt the Entice set from the Showgirl range hence why I was ecstatic when I arrived to the shoot to find that I got to wear it! As it’s shaped and slightly padded, it provides me with such an uplift that is normally so hard for such large breasts. But it’s able to make me feel young and sexy which is exactly what you want at 21!

I’m also in love with the Emily nude set for your perfect everyday lingerie.

What do you think defines a Curvy Kate girl?

A Curvy Kate girl has the confidence to tell the world she is beautiful, and the ability to influence and inspire other women around the world to do the same.

That’s such a lovely way of putting it. Do you have any advice for people thinking of entering next year?

DO IT! Please don’t have any hesitation in entering. Of corse it’s daunting but it is SO worth it! When I first found out I made top twenty, I had girls contact me to congratulate me on having the courage to do such a thing … some of these girls I hadn’t spoken to in years! It was such a confidence booster than almost immediately any sense of doubt and embarrassment was erased.

On that note, I was recently out on a Saturday night having drinks with some girls when a lady – who later told me she was 29 – approached me and said “You’re Sophie from Star in a Bra aren’t you?” This beautiful lady then sat down and talked to me for five minutes telling me how much I inspired her, and her exact words were “You’ve made me say ‘I can do it’ too.” It was honestly one of the most beautiful and touching conversations that I’ve ever had with someone as she sat there and talked about how she admired me and my body, and how she was definitely entering in the 2013 competition. I was on cloud 9. It was just so lovely to hear a stranger tell me that I had made a positive impact on her life. And that’s exactly why you should enter in 2013 – to make people feel like that too.

What would be the best part of winning?

I’d love to win to become a team member of CK and an ambassador for the message it provides. I want to join Julia, Sophie, Krista and all others on the CK crew in being a voice that promotes this positive body image message across the world. I want to be able to see myself advertising CK lingerie, and be proud of myself and the courage I displayed to get here.

Last but not least, it’s the tricky question that no one likes to be asked – why do you think you should win?

Everyone always leaves the tough question till last don’t they!

I’ve spoken previously about my dedication and drive to be successful in everything that I do and this another one of those things. I’ve always been very strong in my values and fighting for what I believe in, and Curvy Kate’s positive message is no different. I really feel like I have a grasp on what Curvy Kate is all about and I think not only do I have boobs, bum, hips and everything else to make me physically a ‘Curvy Kate’, I believe I have the attitude and personality to go with it. I’m never going to conform to standard ideals of what a woman should be and Curvy Kate will provide me with the opportunity to represent all of that ladies out there who refuse to settle for that either. My big personality and even bigger smile will be a great Star In A Bra 2012 ! :)

In saying that, I’d love any of the other girls to win. Each is so individually beautiful, but with the one thing in common I would be happy to see anyone crowned. Wishing you all the very best of luck. Now lets get voting people!

To vote for your WINNER, head on over to the Curvy Kate Australia Facebook page and click the ‘Vote Now’ tab.

Star In A Bra Australia top five interview – Cherine Exadactylos

We’re just dying to hear more from our next curvy compadre, so let’s not spare another moment and catch up with the gorgeous Cherine Exadactylos!

Hello Cherine, nice to hear from you again! You’re through to the next stage in the competition, so why don’t you tell our readers a little more about you?

Well as you may or may not know my name is Cherine I’m 21 years old, I hope to graduate my course and become a youth psychologist. I have a slight (or extreme) obsession with leopard print. I love being around my family and friends I believe they are the most important thing to me in the world. I also love to belly dance and am currently attempting to make my own belly dancing bra and belt set cause there isn’t much that caters for the curvy girl there either!

Hello, my name’s Cheryl and I have an addition to leopard print. Let’s enrol on a 12 step program together? What sizes do you usually wear when it comes to lingerie? Were you refitted at the shoot?

Before entering Star in a bra I wore a 10G, I then got fitted before the competition and before the shoot and I’m an 8GG/H. I can’t explain just how much better it feels to wear a bra that actually fits and have straps that stay on my shoulders or a band that stays where its supposed to and doesn’t ride up. And of course how important it is.

I think it’s so easy to forget how vital it is for fuller-busted gals to be in the right size. It’s only when you are put in the right size that you realise just how wrong you had it before! Why did you decide to enter?

I am a firm believer in doing things if you have the opportunity to, and after just missing out on entering the competition last year I decided I would go for it this year! I also entered because I would love to be able to show other curvy girls like myself out there that if I can be confident with my curves they can too!

Also I was younger I had always wanted to be a model, but after hitting puberty and developing my curves I thought it wasn’t a possibility considering most models I had seen were gorgeous and skinny, so when I saw the Star in a Bra competition I thought why not? What’s there to lose?!

How does it feel to be in the top five? How have your loved ones reacted?

Amazing! I honestly never thought I would make it this far! But it’s so exciting and it’s great to able to have and share this experience. My family and friends have been very supportive through the whole experience and have backed me up 100%, it’s been a really nice to have such a big support group, I’m so happy to have made it this far.

Aww good for you. All of your girls throughly deserve to be where you are and you’re all amazing candidates to be our next Aussie bra star. We don’t envy the fans who have to pick just one of you! How did you feel before and after the shoot?

Excited! So very excited. I don’t think I had ever been so awake and energetic as I was in the very early hours of the morning I flew up to sunny Brisbane for the shoot. Before the shoot I was a little nervous but once you’re up there in front of the camera you relax and have fun. The crew on the day and everybody there were so helpful, especially considering that none of us have had any real modeling experience. They were awesome! After the shoot I was still buzzing from being there and meeting the other 4 girls, I didn’t really want to leave.

What were the best and worst parts of the shoot?

Oh do I have to choose just one?! The whole day was the best! Meeting the girls, the Curvy Kate ladies, the bubbly teams from Take 5 and Channel 9, our very own winner from last year Julia McLean, having your hair and makeup professionally done! What’s not to love? If I had to choose a worst part in the shoot, I’d say leaving!

Do you struggle to find clothing and lingerie to fit your curves?

Yes! I really do, and it is so frustrating at times. It’s hard when you walk into a shop and see a gorgeous dress on a mannequin and you grab it to try it on yourself and it looks horrible! Most of the time I find dresses can be too tight up top but fit perfectly down the bottom, or the fit nicely up top and are way too loose on the bottom. It is really hard to find something that flatters a curvy body. It’d be much easier if clothing stores realized this, also I find that it’s unrealistic to have a mannequin in the window that is quite literally straight up and down as appose to a mannequin that would represent the everyday Australian woman.

I can’t tell you how many times we’re had one of those devastating changing room moments when you just have to walk away from something you love because it just doesn’t fit. At least we can have gorgeous lingerie that fits perfectly! Do you have any favorite Curvy Kate sets?

Ummm can I say the whole Showgirl range?! Haha I think they’re absolutely gorgeous! But if I had to pick I’d say the Entice and of course Wild (its the leopard obsession) oh! And Portia…I have a couple favorites.

What do you think defines a Curvy Kate girl?

I believe a Curvy Kate girl can be anybody! Of course you’d have to be between a D and a K cup to wear their gorgeous lingerie, but just like beauty, there is no set definition.

Amen to that! Do you have any advice for people thinking of entering next year?

Yes. DO IT! It will be one of the best experiences of your life. It may be a bit daunting at first to work up the courage to strip down to your bra and knickers and take a couple photos but I promise it’s not that bad!

What would be the best part of winning?

Honestly, the opportunity to show other busty and curvy ladies like myself that there is absolutely nothing wrong with having healthy curvalicious bodies and that girls like us can make it and do anything we set our minds to! Girls with curves can be models too!

They can indeed, and they can look amazing in the process! Why do you think you should win?

This is always the hardest question! I believe I represent the regular curvy girl, I know what it’s like to walk into a shop and see a gorgeous dress or top and try it on only to have it not fit in the right places, or the shop assistant who insists I’m a size smaller than the one I have picked up on to try it on and be busting out at the top. I understand how irritating it is to go to major bra shops and only have the ‘granny’ sets in our size. I would love to win so I can show and tell everybody out there that curves are beautiful and you should be proud of what you have! People pay for busts like ours and we’re lucky enough to be blessed with them! I know I know easy for me to say right? Coming from the girl who stripped off and made top 5 in a modeling competition, but I promise you, I haven’t always been this confident and comfortable with my body, and granted there’s still parts I’m not happy with but I don’t care anymore, and you can be just the same! I’d love the chance to just show other ladies out there that they can do it too.

To vote for your WINNER, head on over to the Curvy Kate Australia Facebook page and click the ‘Vote Now’ tab.

Star In A Bra Australia top five interview – Mindy Reading

It’s the post you’ve all been waiting for! That’s right guys and gals, it’s Star in a Bra Australia voting time, and this time it’s to pick the winner! The girl who will be flown to London and feature alongside our gorgeous Sophie Morgan and Krista Cousins in our Autumn/Winter 2013 catalogue and all marketing material for the season.

Since we’ve only got a few days left to go, we’ll be posting all the interviews today, just so you’ve got enough time to read them all and make your decision!

So who’s up first, you ask? It’s the one and only Mindy Reading.

Hi Mindy, and welcome back to your second batch of blog interviews! Congratulations on making it to this stage – your professional shoot pictures look incredible! We know a little about you from last time, but can you introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Mindy, I am currently in my second year of studying Nursing at the University of Canberra and I work in child care. I am the youngest out of 5 and I’m an Aunty to 14 nieces and nephews. when I finish my Bachelor of Nursing I hope to travel overseas and put my skills to work with people who desperately need it. I’m a pretty easy going girl who enjoys family events, hanging out with friends, random road trips and singing like no one is listening.

You sound like our kind of girl! What sizes do you usually wear when it comes to lingerie? Were you refitted at the shoot?

At the moment I’ve been wearing a 12F-FF bra and about a 14-16 bottom, of course this would depend on what brand or style. I was refitted at the shoot and it turns out I’m wearing the wrong size bra, I am now a 10G. This doesn’t mean I’m a size 10 all over, I still wear size 12-14 tops.

You’re certainly not the first to leave the shoot in a new size! Why did you decide to enter?

I guess in a way I wanted to see how far I’d get. I always have my friends and family complimenting me on my shape and encouraging me to try new things. I lost a lot of weight recently (30Kgs) and I wanted to enter last year but my self esteem was incredibly low that I did not think I could handle the rejection of not getting in. This year I was in a totally different mind set, I’d talked to a few family members and friends and decided that I would enter and if I didn’t make it, Id just try again next year. I guess I entered to prove to myself that I could do it and look where this small step has gotten me.

Congratulations on your ne found confidence! We’re so pleased to have you get this far, you should be so proud of yourself. How does it feel to be in the top five? How have your loved ones reacted?

It feels like a bit of a dream I guess, I had hoped to get in and making it to Top 20 was great and then being told I’d made the Top 5 was like someone telling me I’d just won the lottery. I couldn’t stop smiling the whole day, someone could have slapped me in the face and I probably would have kissed them!

There were a few mixed reactions within my family, I had spoken to a few family members about entering and some advised me not to and others thought it was a great idea. When I found out I was in the Top 20 I was so excited and then I remembered that i=I would now have to tell those few family members that told me not to enter, that I had entered and gotten through to the Top 20. Over all I think everyone was really supportive, I mean without the support of my friends and family I would never have made it to the Top 5.

How did you feel before and after the shoot?

On the plane I was as cool as a cucumber, although I was extremely excited on the inside. On the car ride over to the studio with two of the other contestants, who are absolutely gorgeous, was when the nerves started to build. I just did a lot of slow deep breathing. When we arrived at the studio we hadn’t been there long and my mother called me to ask how the flight was, it was at this point where I was so nervous that I had that hard ball in the throat feeling you get when you are forcing yourself not to cry. Once I’d settled down and was fitted into my lingerie the nerves just kind of stopped. During the shoot I had so much fun, the photographers and Curvy Kate team were so kind and supportive, it really made the whole experience so much fun. When I went home I was just in the best mood ever,  I met some awesome people on the plane and told them all about Curvy Kate and what they stand for, it was like I was already an ambassador for Curvy Kate.

What were the best and worst parts of the shoot?

This is a hard one as the entire day was just great! I think the worst part was not being able to spend more time the the other contestants, we all just got along so well. My most favourite part of the day, besides the photo shoot, was getting my hair and make up done. I’m much more girly than I used to be but I still don’t spend a lot of time doing my hair and make up, so having it done by some absolutely amazing ladies made me feel like a million bucks! Having it done just gave me a extreme confidence boost.

Do you struggle to find clothing and lingerie to fit your curves?

The simple answer is YES! I can walk through the shopping centre all day and only come away with one or two things or nothing, I find I have to search to find something that flatters my curves at a decent price. I have ALWAYS love the 1950s/pin up style and have recently just started wearing that style more often and every time I wear my dresses I get compliments. I think finding a style that suits you can be hard but once you’ve found it, wear it, even if its just to the shops.

We’re quite the fan of the pin up style, too! You really can’t go wrong with it when you have a curvy figure. Do you have any favourite Curvy Kate sets?

I really like all of the Curvy Kate collection and I do find it hard to say i have a favourite but I really do like the Showgirl range.

What do you think defines ‘a Curvy Kate girl’?

I know there was a lot of talk that the girls who made the Top 20 and even the Top 5 were not ‘curvy’ enough for some people. I had spoken to some of the Top 5 contestants about how they felt and we all said pretty much the same thing. Curvy Kate is about celebrating what you have, everyone has a different opinion about what ‘curvy’ is and some people show it differently. We all have different styles that we like so no one is ever going to agree. I think defines a Curvy Kate girl is embracing your body and showing that every woman can be an incredible role model to the younger generation who are being pressured by the media and the people around them to look and dress a certain way. I believe promoting a healthy body image is what Curvy Kate is all about and you can do that at a size 8 or a size 14 like me.

Well, that gets a big thumbs up from us! Curvy isn’t a body size, it’s a body shape. Do you have any advice for people thinking of entering next year?

Don’t just think about entering, DO IT! what do you have to lose? have some girl friends over, make a night out of it. Have FUN! if you don’t get through, try again. Don’t get upset and make comments about the other girls because if you made it and they were making those comments you wouldn’t feel so great. Its all about having fun, strike a funny pose, let loose! in the end you have nothing to lose.

What would be the best part of winning?

Showing girls out there that you can do anything and that if you don’t try you’ll never achieve it. I almost didn’t enter and if i knew that I’d get this far and I hadn’t entered I would be kicking myself right now. But i think the best part would be proving to myself, most of all, that I can do it.

Finally, why do you think you should win?

Here’s that dreadful question again! I think any of the Top 5 girls deserve to win, id be lying if I didn’t say I’d love to win. Being in this competition and meeting the other girls, including last years winner Julia, has been such a rewarding experience. What Curvy Kate stands for is what every girls needs to hear. I want to be able to share with Australia what Curvy Kate has done for me and maybe help the next Top 5 like Julia helped all of us girls.

To vote for your WINNER, head on over to the Curvy Kate Australia Facebook page and click the ‘Vote Now’ tab.

Behind the scenes of our top five Star In A Bra Australia shoot!

If you haven’t already, perhaps it’s time you popped over to our Curvy Kate Australia Facebook page and check out our five Aussie Star in a Bra hotties!

Since you always seem to love seeing what goes on behind the camera, we thought we’d treat you to some exclusive pics of Team CK, hair and makeup, photography and of course the girls in action.

Before they each took centre stage, the girls were pampered and preened; their hair was curled, straightened, teased and twisted – the girls were made to look their best and feel catalogue ready – and it certainly shows on their faces! There’s nothing like a pair of gorgeous lingerie, a bit of special treatment and a flashing camera.

Congrats to all the girls – Curvy Kate’s Australian team reported that you were all like pros posing for the camera and flaunting those curves.

Don’t forget to head on over to the Curvy Kate Australia Facebook page and vote for the girl you think deserves to WIN Star in a Bra Australia 2012! We’re certainly glad that decision time is over for us as the girls all look incredible.

Watch this space for exclusive interviews with all of our fabulous top five, just in case you need a little extra help picking your favourite.