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…
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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?
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!).
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.
How are we already pass the half way mark with our final five interviews? Can’t we just interviewing our models ALL the time?! The blog is going to be a quieter place without them!
Next up we hear from Jaime Anglin about her experience.
Hey Jaime! So, Katie is still winning with the size jump, but I hear you were refitted at the shoot too…
Yes, I was refitted. I thought I was a 34DD and I was refitted as a 32F. So, quite a difference! But the thing is, there really isn’t a place around where I live to get properly fitted. You can go to a department store or other chain store, and they will only fit you so you can wear one of their bras. Most stores around me do not go above a DD in cup size, and there is also this misconception that the band should be loose, which doesn’t make sense. Therefore, I am thankful that I have now been properly fitted so I can buy the right size. Or better yet, if I win, I can have a whole new collection of properly fitting bras!
This is the problem, it isn’t easy to get refitted. I know there are few places near me I’d trust to fit me, how awful is that? But I like the idea of a whole new collection! Are there any sets from the shoot you fell in love with?
I can’t just choose one! I wore two different sets and I absolutely loved each one I was wearing equally, for different reasons. I loved the Starlet set, because first of all, the name was so fitting, wearing Starlet for the Star in a Bra contest. The petrol color was so rich and deep and it looked great against my skin tone. I loved the little star charms it has on the bra and panties, just the right touch and more than just your everyday bow. The set was so soft and comfortable and the bra itself was very supportive and gave me a great shape. I also loved the purple and watermelon Romance set because purple is my favorite color. I loved the contrast of the two colors and the lace detail and embroidery was lovely and delicate. It made me feel so elegant.
The Starlet is my absolute favourite from the current collection, I like to call it my mermaid bra! So how did you feel before the shoot?
Before the shoot, I was nervous, but excited, and full of anticipation. I couldn’t wait to get there to meet everyone and see where we were shooting. I was curious what sets I would wear and what the other girls would look like in person.
After, I felt like I just went through a whirlwind! We did so much in such a short amount of time, so many things that are normally out of my comfort zone (like being interviewed on camera) and not part of my usual routine (like parading around in my underwear). But I was so proud of myself for doing them! I mean, I hang out with two kids all day, so a day in the life of a glamorous model was a little surreal. So incredibly fun, but definitely like something out of a dream. I was thinking, did all that really just happen? Amazing.
That does sound like quite a change of routine! And it’s always nice to get pampered. So the shoot went well we take it?!
The shoot went great! It was so nice to finally meet the other contestants and the Curvy Kate staff. The bra and underwear sets I got to wear for my shoot were absolutely gorgeous. It was so fun to get my hair and make up done and smile for the camera.
What were the best and worst parts of the day?
The best part was by far my eye make up. It was ah-mazing and truly a work of art. It was like this gold glitter eye shadow, it was so glamorous and sparkly; I absolutely loved it. It actually made me feel like a superhero, with eyes so piercing, I could cut through steel walls with my stare! The worst part was not having enough time to visit with the other girls. We were constantly moving from one thing to the next; fitting, hair and make up, wardrobe, interview, photo shoot, make fun videos, group photos, change, clean up, then we were done for the day. It all went by so fast!
All the hair and make up looks amazing, I always sneak into the chair when shoots are quiet and make them work their magic on me. It’s a real shame you didn’t all have more time together, people never realise quite how quickly the day goes. Is there anything you’d do differently?
I don’t think so. I did everything to the best of my ability and the experience was wonderful. I am so grateful I had the chance to be a part of it.
That’s so lovely to hear. Were you nervous?
Yes, of course I was a little nervous at first. I really wasn’t nervous about being in my underwear, but more nervous for the photo shoot itself. I wanted to do a good job. I was a little stiff when we first started and wasn’t sure how to pose. But after a few minutes I relaxed. The photographer gave me some pointers and was great at giving me direction. After I changed out of my first set and got into my second set, she explained to me what positions look the most flattering which was very helpful. It’s all about being natural and having fun with it.
It certainly doesn’t show – the pictures look great. What do you think it means to be a Curvy Kate girl?
Being a Curvy Kate girl means being comfortable in your own skin and being confident enough to flaunt it. It means knowing that you are a unique individual and you are beautiful just the way you are. It’s knowing that you can be a positive influence to others and that you have so much to offer.
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.
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!
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!
I 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.
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.
I 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?
To 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.
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!
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!
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!
Could that be a speck of blue sky I see out of my window?! Could it be?
It must be these gorgeous girls bringing the sun back out. Quick, next girl please!
Without further ado and tomfoolery, let’s hear all about the stunning Serra Moyce.
Where to start? I am 26 years old and I live with my beautiful partner in the Sydney suburb, Miranda (yes, very close to the Westfield’s hehe). I work in the wondrous field of Early Childhood Education in which anything and everything is possible on any given day. I absolutely adore my job and I’m always learning amazing things about the world from the perspectives of the children. I am constantly blown away by how perceptive and philosophical the kids can be, but along with this comes a real vulnerability to the influences of society and media. I am a fierce advocate for protecting the rights and emotional well being of children all over the world, which is a big influence on my work everyday.
In my spare time, as I alluded to earlier, I LOVE shopping and can often be found trawling the shopping malls and markets across Sydney. I adore fashion and over the past couple of years have begun to dabble in the art of Jewellery design. I find inspiration for this from a variety of sources, mostly my natural environment, and I love to use a lot of raw materials in my pieces. Most of it is just for me at this stage, with some of it going to friends and family as gifts (who all have their surprised faces down to a fine art), however I would love to gradually fine tune my skills in this area and perhaps sell some stuff in the not so distant future.
Above all, the most important thing about me is the amazing people who I surround myself with everyday. My loving partner of six years, my amazing mum, step dad, dad and step mum (that’s right, I get four awesome parents) my step sister, best friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews that have all shaped me into the person I am today. I love them all dearly and I know they all love me, which is something pretty special about me!
A girl after our own heart! We can be seen power shopping on regular occasions. And so clever to make your own jewellery! Can you show us how? Why did you enter the competition?
The areas of Early Childhood Education and Lingerie Modelling may seem worlds apart, but a huge influence on the opinions children form of themselves and their peers are based on the images they see in the media, and when those images are dominated by uniform looking women with straight figures, what are the young girls going to think of their bodies when they start to grown and change in ways that don’t fit in with this? I heard a story shortly before I decided to enter about a little girl that used to be in my care. She and her mother always enjoyed their weekly babycinno on Wednesday afternoons after school until one day she asked her mum if they could just go home. Confused, her mum asked her what was wrong and her daughter replied, “I can’t have sugar anymore because the girls at school said I’m fat.” She is six! I am all for promoting healthy eating and exercise! I personally recently lost 10kg thanks to applying this to my own life, but when a six year old girl feels physically inadequate thanks to the fact she cannot identify with any public role models in her life something has got to change! That was the catalyst for my decision to enter this amazing competition, to represent a company that celebrates curves and portrays women as fun and happy in their own skin, no matter what shape this may come in. This, in conjunction with my mum’s encouragement and my partner’s (constantly sought) reassurment, gave me the boost I needed to swallow my anxieties and get down to my knickers
And sorry in advance for this question, but why do you think people should vote for you?
What a hard question to answer without coming across conceited The main reason I think you should vote for me is because I align myself totally and completely with everything the Curvy Kate brand is about. If it becomes my duty to represent the Curvy Kate philosophy, I would wave the curvy flag high and proud for every woman of every shape across the globe and I would do it with confidence. I LOVE my body and the amazing life events it has supported me through so far… Kind of like a good Curvy Kate bra
Next up we’ll hear from Monique McKenzie.
The first ever USA Star in a Bra competition is now over, and it seems that our winner, Krista Cousins, is still taking it all in! We caught up with our winner to ask her all the questions that we all so desperately want answering… how does it feel to win Star in a Bra?
It feels like switching from black and white to color television for the first time, everything is brighter but also a bit unreal. It feels like riding a roller coaster as it takes its biggest dip- your heart lifts, the air swirls around you, your giggles cannot be suppressed but the pure thrill remains. But most of all it feels like hundreds of people patting you on the back and saying “we believe in you”
How did you find out about the competition and what made you decide to enter?
I’ve been in an online, women’s forum since I was sixteen, so about nine years and one of the members posted about the contest and asked if anyone was going to enter. I did the should-I or shouldn’t-I dance for awhile. I thought to myself, “me in lingerie?!” just last year I was shy to wear a bikini on the beach! I even almost gave up while my boyfriend took my pictures but he encouraged me to do it and well I did! I decided that it wouldn’t be even close to the worst thing that could happen and thus why not! It helped that I also took the time to research Curvy Kate and their philosophy which ensured me that this wasn’t just a beauty contest but about standing for something more.
If you go back to yourself whilst applying and told yourself you’d win, what would you have said?
I would have told myself “where’d you park the unicorn that you rode on in?” Seriously, I didn’t think I would win as the top ten was filled with beautiful, intelligent and well spoken women and everyone was such a good choice, how could you chose? To top it all off, I even had a dream the night before the winner was announced that one of the other girls won and it was so realistic that I woke up a little sad!
What gave you the inspiration to make your Youtube videos? Do you think they contributed to your win?
I was actually inspired by the other contestants who posted their videos to the Curvy Kate facebook page! They were short and also introduced us to them which I thought was a great idea because you can only get so much about a person from a photograph and a paragraph of text. However, I had to put my own spin on things, I’m a huge music fan and big on theatre and the like. Additionally, I felt like it would be to full of myself to just sit in front of the camera and ask people to vote for me without giving them something in return! So I decided to add some entertainment, show my silly side, do my own lyrics and mostly just be my real self to stand out and I think it worked. I didn’t realize the effect they had at first until some people told me they had watched the videos multiple times, when once I uploaded them; I didn’t really watch them again!
Tell us about the Star in a Bra shoot in New York – we want to hear ALL about it!
ALL about it? If I only had the time! Anyhoo- being that a live here I didn’t get to stay in the hotel like the other girls and bond with them which was a bit disappointing since they all seem like such nice people. It was funny because I was the last girl, on the last day so I was very nervous about what to expect. I could catch a cab like I had expected and was running low on time to get to the studio and had to speedwalk/half-run in 90 degree weather and I was thinking to myself “great, I’m the last one and I’m going to embarrass myself as a sweaty mess!” However, once I got there it was much more different than expected! Hannah and Laura introduced themselves to me right away and they were still so perky and excited to meet me. In fact, everyone I met was very nice and not what I was afraid of, wanting to get it over with since I was last.
Laura took command and hoisted me into a myriad of bras and chuckled that I had declared that I was a 36F. Then I was right away to makeup and hair! The makeup artist was very talented and managed to do a neutral look that still appeared stunning while the hair stylist did her best to give me a voluminous vixen look although my hair wouldn’t cooperate.
Finally, it was picture time! Once again everyone was so nice and took the time to give me tips which were helpful and no one was frustrated with me when I did stupid things like jump up and down , laugh or freeze up. There were delicious cookies, chocolates and other treats lying around along with couches to lounge. I felt like I was on cloud nine and thus when it was time to part, I was pretty sad and lingering as we all said our goodbyes.
Would you want to do it again?
Definitely! The only thing I would change would be to keep my simple hair style to save the poor stylist’s arms and also introduce myself to the other girls earlier since I was a little shy and intimidated by them at first. Other than that, a million times yes as I later said to other who asked, it was one of the best days in my life.
Are you excited about coming to London?
I feel more in awe, actually! I’ve only been to a few other states, Canada and a few Caribbean islands but never to Europe or anything like that! Honestly, I had given up that I could ever visit Europe or travel like that for at least a decade due to the economy and such but now not only do I get to be photographed by professionals for an amazing brand with other amazing ladies but I get to visit an amazing city. Can you pinch me, Cheryl? Surely I’m dreaming!
Which Curvy Kate sets are your favourites?
This one is always such tough one! Entice is on the top of my list, it is a totally unique bra, I’ve never seen something so different, from the striped lines, to the delicate lace or even the little bow detail on the strap it’s stunning. After that I would have to say Tease Me as the runner up because in every color it is so beautiful and oozes sultriness while also maintaining magnificent detail.
Intimacy! It’s the only commercial, chain store that I know of in the U.S that does a valid, encouraging fitting process they are always friendly and have never shamed me about my body. I have definitely had bad fitting experiences, the worst was when I went to a store that measured me and then promptly sent me out the door while half-heartedly suggesting I try looking online for “that size”.
What’s next for you?
Endless possibilities it seems. If all else goes as planned I shall be retiring from Nannying forever and beginning my master program in the fall as well. I’ll keep blogging as usual but really it is hard to ever know or plan what’s to come and so I try to be open to things which is why I’m here talking to you today!
What would you say to someone who’s a bit nervous about entering the Australian Star in a Bra that’s now on?
Don’t be nervous, ok go ahead and be a little nervous. I know it seems hard to put on underwear, take pictures AND post them on the internet, right? However, even just taking those pictures helps you learn a little about yourself, simply just entering the contest will give you a confidence boost, if I can do it, you can do it! I’ll never forget a comment I saw on the Curvy Kate USA page- a woman had just submitted her pictures and boasted with pride that she took the pictures after eating a large meal and did not feel embarrassed. That is what it’s all about. Although there can be only one representative, [forgiven my cheesiness] everyone is a winner. We aren’t competing against each other but rather competing against tired images of monotonous looking models, stores not carrying realistic lingerie and clothing sizes, and body shame. So I say go ahead and do it! You can be the next winner and even if you don’t, you’re a winner in my eyes because you had the guts try and that’s worth more than your weight in gold.
Congratulations, Krista! We can’t wait to meet you again for the Autumn/Winter 2012 photo shoot later this year! What a worthy winner and ambassador for Curvy Kate.
It’s been a long, passion-fuelled and inspiring journey, but we finally have our Star in a Bra winner. The gorgeous Krista Cousins from Brooklyn, New York has been chosen by the you as the ‘Queen of Curves’.
Whilst we loved all of our top 10 finalists since they each had their own different look, reasons for entering and bubbly personalities, we think Krista has got the goods to – in her own words – ‘own it’. She’s drop dead gorgeous and that smile is just infectious!
In the words of Krista Cousins, Star in a Bra USA winner, 2012: “The time for a beautiful, busty, body revolution is now and I am very prepared to lead us all to victory.”
In light of our Curvy Kate star in a Bra competition – the final voting ends today, eeek! – we’ve seen a fair bit of Curvy Kate love on American TV shows. We’ve featured twice on the Today Show, once as part of Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb’s famous ‘Favourite Things’! We’re so pleased to see that they have good taste…
They showcased some of our gorgeous continuity and fashion styles, including the best-selling Emily in black and this season’s beautiful ‘coral’ colour-way, as well as the new addition to continuity Lottie in black.
Right to left: The Emily in Black, the Lottie (here pictured in white) and the Emily in Spring’s hot fashion shade ‘Coral’.
We were also lucky enough to be feautured on The Today Show with top stylist Bobbie Thomas. Bobbie’s Style Buzz gave a shout out ‘to girls with girlfriends’, showcasing the dreamy Entice collection which will be available in just a few short weeks!
Entice, modelled by the lovely Lauren!
To see a clip, click here!
Did you spot up on either of the two appearances? We’re set for World domination, and now all we need is our Star in a Bra USA winner to complete our American Dream. Just a few days left to wait! Who will you be voting for?
Star in a Bra is our favourite time of year, so it’s no wonder we took the competition to the USA – that means three competitions worldwide! We can’t get enough of spreading the body confidence and embracing those who already want to share their own.
Our first ever USA Star in a Bra comp was no different to its predecessors. I mean, sure it was held in a swanky location in New York City, but nonetheless the concept remained the same. Gorgeous curves in front of the camera, showing the world how amazing they look in great fitting lingerie.
The bods, the smiles… that’s one gorgeous group of ladies!
It’s always a very serious affair at our shoots as you can see…
Brittany and Cristyen in-between shoots
Curvy girl bonding time
The girls from day 2 show us how it’s done!
Laura Butler on hand to get the girls in the right set at the right time and show her support!
Some of our readers and Facebook ‘fans’ have commented on how some of our top 10 beauties were wearing the wrong bra size, and after a Curvy Kate professional fitting (perhaps the most important part of their ‘makeover’), we can now announce that some of you were right! We’ll hear more about their bra fittings in their upcoming individual interviews, but we had our fair share of dramatic size changes, with girls going from D to F, 36 to 32, the list could go on.
Brittany looks incredible in the blue Tease Me set
Hello gorgeous! Krista wow in Tempt Me
Look at that flawless fit in Princess… Doesnt Jackie look gorge?
Brittany looks ‘Enticing’
Michaela is all smiles in her new size, 32GG, in the Gia in black!
From the looks of the behind the scenes images alone, we’re sure you’ll agree that these girls looked incredible in their lingerie, and their curves looked ven better in the right size bra. Sure, their hair and make up looks great, but we can vouch for the fact that these girls are all stunning without it and gorgeous inside and out!
The girls get into the Curvy Kate spirit!
Resident model Laura with beautiful contestent Kayla
Greeted by a very familiar face
That’s our girls!
Stay turned for video interviews with lingerie guru Jene Luciani
The fitting process is a very serious and meticulous affair.
Results go live tomorrow midday (EST), so keep your eyes peeled for the announcement on the USA Facebook page.
Who’s your favourite girl?
We’re proud to share that our first ever USA Star in a Bra top 10, with gorgeous curvy girls showing off their fabulous figures from all corners of the United States.
These women have been chosen by you as the best candidates to represent Curvy Kate’s American customers. The winner will be featured in the brand’s Autumn/Winter 2013 catalogue alongside the UK winner Sophie Morgan.
From: Fontana, California,
Dress size: 12
Bra size: 34DD.
‘I’m sure like many other girls, this competition is something I never thought I would even have the courage to enter. I used to have many negative thoughts about my curves, but I’ve learned to embrace them somewhat. I mean, I still have my bad days but now I’m proud to say that I have more good days than bad. Entering this competition and being named USA’s first Star in a Bra would be amazing. I believe to be a great representation of Curvy Kate, one has to be able to relate to curvy women and I am confident that I can do that.’
Read Jackie’s full Curvy Kate interview here: http://blog.curvykate.com/star-in-a-bra-usa-top-thirty-jackie-flores/
From: Zion, Illinois
Dress size: 10
Bra size: 36H
‘I would cherish the opportunity to be recognized as an international curvy doll for every girl out there that is just like me; a 36H cup compressed into a 36DD bra.’
She has a Youtube channel which she has used to promote her campaign: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheCurvyKayla
Read Michaela’s full Curvy Kate interview here: http://blog.curvykate.com/star-in-a-bra-usa-top-thirty-michaela-duerson/
From: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dress size: 10
Bra Size: 34E
‘I decided to enter Star in a Bra because Curvy Kate’s message really resonated with me. Personally, I struggled with my body image for most of my life – really until a couple of years ago. It excites me that there is a real movement gathering steam that emphasizes listening to your body, finding your own healthy point, and loving that! It IS possible, and wonderful. Curvy Kate contributes to that and I would love to be a part of its campaign. There are so many amazing women (and men!) inside and out who are down on themselves because of social narratives and standards about beauty; it sucks! I believe we can change that if we work on it together.’
Read Katie’s full Curvy Kate interview here: http://blog.curvykate.com/star-in-a-bra-usa-top-thirty-katie-simpson/
From: Waipahu, Hawaii
Dress size: 8
Bra size: 34F.
‘Curvy Kate has amazing lingerie, but more than that it’s a company that promotes something that so many beautiful women are lacking: confidence. I wanted to enter this contest because this company inspires me and I’d love nothing more than to stand up and shout from the roof tops, “Women of America: I have big boobs and I deserve cute bras! And so do you!’
Read Rhiannon’s full Curvy Kate interview here: http://blog.curvykate.com/star-in-a-bra-usa-top-thirty-rhiannon-mariani/
From: Brooklyn, New York
Dress size: 10
Bra size: 36F
‘It is rare to find realistic representations of women in the U.S media especially those of curvier proportions and those of color. This is made further unfortunate by the lack of opportunities to find bra sizes that both accommodate larger busts and are sexy and beautiful. I am tired of feeling out of place in department stores and would love for the Curvy Kate brand to help me spread the news that shame is out for those who are curvy and well endowed, it is time to feel sexy and embrace our beauty!’
Krista has made a brilliant parody music video of Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call me Maybe’ which she has posted to Youtube to promote her campaign: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkEeC1ZxiKg
Read Krista’s full Curvy Kate interview here: http://blog.curvykate.com/star-in-a-bra-usa-top-thirty-krista-cousins/
From: Asheville, North Carolina,
Dress size: 6
Bra size: 28H
A passionate body image and lingerie blogger of Thin and Curvy.
‘I truly believe that all women, of all shapes and sizes, can be beautiful, and that wonderful companies like Curvy Kate can help them to realize their true beauty. Who doesn’t feel great when wearing amazing, beautiful lingerie? Whether I win this competition or not, I will keep fighting for these things. However, winning this competition would provide me with the opportunity to be a role model for all of the girls out there who feel bad about their bodies, and chests, the way that I did.’
Read Brittany’s full Curvy Kate interview here: http://blog.curvykate.com/star-in-a-bra-usa-top-thirty-brittany-jencks/
From: Sulphur, Louisiana
Dress size 6
Bra size: 28G
A passionate body image blogger of Red Hair and Girly Flair.
Criss commented on her entry in a recent interview with The Full Figured Chest: ‘I was very, very nervous, for a variety of reasons. All these thoughts and doubts kept running through my mind. I was afraid I wasn’t curvy enough, busty enough, big enough, even skinny enough! I felt, in short, like I was just a mishmash of features that wouldn’t be good enough to warrant entering. When I realized the root of my anxieties, it made me realize those insecurities were WHY I owed it to myself to enter! The contest is about embracing yourself and setting a positive example to other women by being able to get up in your underwear like that, regardless of your ‘flaws’.’
Read Criss’ full Curvy Kate blog interview here: http://blog.curvykate.com/star-in-a-bra-usa-top-thirty-cristyen-fowler/
From: Albany, Oregon
Dress size: 6
Bra size: 32FF
‘My sister and I both come from a long line of busty women who have had a hard time embracing their curves. Our grandmother once told me that as a child she developed early and was harassed for it as a teenager (a difficulty I also faced). It is unfortunate and disappointing that a woman’s shape can be used against her and ruin her self-esteem! This contest has allowed me to stand up for the women in my life and hopefully set an example for my future children and other women.’
Read Danielle’s full Curvy Kate blog interview here: http://blog.curvykate.com/star-in-a-bra-usa-top-thirty-danielle-white-2/
From: Corvallis, Oregon
Dress size: 8
Bra size: 34DD
‘This company stands for everything that our current culture does not support. I want to help promote Curvy Kate because of how much a positive body image is needed in our world today. There are too many woman who don’t believe in themselves due to how they look. I would love to be given the opportunity to represent Curvy Kate in the US and encourage women to stand for having a positive body image. This company and everyone who supports it is making a difference.’
Read Tiffany’s full Curvy Kate interview here: http://blog.curvykate.com/star-in-a-bra-usa-top-thirty-tiffany-schmidt/
All of the top 10 finalists will be treated to a professional photo shoot over the coming week and we can’t wait to see how they look after a bra fit and makeover!
Who will be chosen to represent the D-K cup busty women of America? It’s down to the public to decide.
Voting opens June 13th.
We’re at our 30th and final interview and I think you’ll agree; we’ve heard from some pretty inspiring ladies, all gorgeous and worthy winners in their own rights. We’re not sure that these interviews will make your jobs any easier as – more than ever – we’ve no idea who we’d vote for!
Last but by no means least is the stunning Bonnie Blackmon.
I am a 29 year old single mom of two young children. They are my life and my world, they keep me on my toes at all times. I can say with all honesty they are my greatest achievement and will always be. I am a Practice Manger for a medical offices located in Tampa and Miami. I started with the company 5 years ago at the front desk and continued to work hard and prove myself. I always tell my employees “you can do anything you put your heart into” and like Benjamin Franklin said: “Well done is better than well said”. I love my job and my staff. In my spare time (that rare little time between being a mom and working) I love to travel and explore the world, I look forward to many more explorations. My hobbies consist of an array of the arts. I paint murals (when the opportunity arises). I have been lucky enough to have a few of my pieces displayed in galleries, and continue to only allow this to be a hobby. I want to do my painting when the moment of inspiration hits.
Why did you enter the competition?
I was shopping for my bras online and saw the ad for the competition. I began to look at the previous UK competitors and all I could think was how these women are gorgeous, and what guts to stand up for yourself and own your curves. I remember as a young teen being so ashamed of my curves doing anything and everything to hide them. As time passed and I matured I grew to love myself and appreciate what God had given me. Then it happened I had two children…. We all know what that can do to someone’s figure! My children were C-sections and I will say my body has never been the same since. But I love my body and every curve, every scar, every dimple is mine. I still wear my bikini on the beach because I just don’t like one pieces. I may live in the sunshine state with plenty of young skinny gorgeous other girls, but who ever decided what a “bikini body” is? I love my bikini body and I entered the competition to show myself and the world that I too have the guts to show off my curves, dimples, and scars.
Good for you – you go girl! Why should people vote for you?
I would love to win. I really would. No one goes into a competition wanting to be last. But I want you to vote for me because you want to. All 30 women are amazing I feel like a winner already just for entering. Being picked as top 30 was an awesome bonus. So I only ask if you look at my pictures and my blog and you feel I deserve a chance then please vote for me. I would love to be the next Star in a bra for all curvy women, for all mom’s, and for all women reaching 30 yrs. I’m approaching a very exciting decade in my life. Like a fine wine it’s getting better with time. Why not try to model after your 20’s?
Do you think Bonnie deserves your vote?
Thanks to all the girls for their interviews, and may the best curves win!
We have to say lovely readers, we don’t envy you this last decision making! We know how hard it was selecting the final 30 girls so we have some idea of what it’s like to choose only a few girls from so many beauties. It’s not easy is it? Well fingers crossed these interviews will help you make your decision to pick girls who are not just beautiful on the outside (all 30 meet that criteria!) but someone who you feel reflects what Star in a Bra and Curvy Kate is all about.
Next in line to give her say is Morgan Frazier.
Hi! My name is Morgan Frazier, and I am a 22 year old International Studies major at Texas A&M University. I have a minor in Japanese and I have studied abroad in Japan twice in my life; once for 3 months when I was 17 and for a year when I was 20. I’m told the most defining feature about me is my passion for languages and how they work, including English. I spend most of my free time with a non-profit spoken word organization in my town called “Mic Check,” where we give art back to the community through performance poetry and fundraisers to raise awareness for various causes- one of which recently was for domestic violence. Other interests I am passionate about include photography, travel, and, well, discovering lingerie! As someone who can only buy bras online, I spend a lot of my time reading reviews and researching different brands (which incidentally is what led me to Curvy Kate!). I think in a perfect world it would be my dream job to be able to combine all of the things I love to give back to the community.
We’re so jealous of your travels! We’re feeling rather restless now and in the mood for adventuring! Why did you enter the competition?
Interestingly, the Mic Check community provided me with the motivation and courage to enter this competition. Mic Check’s philosophy is, “Speak or be spoken for,” and I feel by entering this competition I have given a voice to so many women who don’t realize yet that there’s life beyond 32DD or that have missed an opportunity to speak up through competitions like Star in a Bra. I grew up in a body that I despised so much and I wish I had known then that there are more women out there like me with a small ribcage and full bust. No woman should ever feel like she is freakish in size or that her body is not good enough the way it is. I feel like my life has been leading up to this moment of realization where I know I can make a difference in someone’s life just by having the courage to enter this competition.
Stand up and be counted! Why do you think people should vote for you?
Honestly there are so many women in this competition who are equally deserving and beautiful people who will all come out of this competition as amazing role models! If this competition has taught me anything though it’s that our bodies may fluctuate over time but they will always be our bodies and for that reason alone we should celebrate in our own uniqueness. We are beautiful in our own skin and that is a message that I would love to share with the world as the face of Curvy Kate. Best of luck to the rest of the lovely ladies in this competition!! It’s an honor to share this opportunity with y’all!
Do you think Morgan deserves your vote? Well you’d better get your deciding hat on as we’ve only one more girl to hear from!
Next up – and the final girl to be interviewed – is Bonnie Blackmon.
It’s the final day of interviews, and with only TWO DAYS LEFT to place your vote, you’d better get clicking if you want your favourite girl to be in with a chance to win!
First up today is Sophia Martin.
Hi! I’m Sophia. I just turned 19 years old on the 19th of April, and I’m from Virginia… Hoping to move to Wilmington, NC soon! I love the beach. Anyway, my very favorite things to do are sing and play guitar, which is what I’m pursuing as a career. A whole lot of my time and money is invested in going to watch other bands play shows and music festivals, and traveling to see friends! My other interests are scattered all over the place in the creative area (unfortunately for the most part I’m not too good at analytical type things. What can I say? I’m left-handed!) I love crafts, working out- I’d like to get certified as a personal trainer!, cosmetology, cooking and baking, and on lazy days… lots of sleeping and never putting pants on. Some things I’ve always wanted to do that I finally have in the last year are kickboxing, yoga, and conquering my fear of roller-coasters. I have a girly little dog with a manly bark named Twinkie. I care about my friends and family a lot, and like goofing around with them. Be it actually doing something exciting, or just watching TV for hours… where being with people I love is concerned, I consider doing nothing to be time well spent! As far as personality traits go, I think I’d have to say integrity is the one in both myself and others, that I find to be most important.
Why did you decide to enter the competition?
First of all, shoutout here to my mom and pops for being so supportive of my entering, because I know unfortunately not everyone was quite so lucky! I decided to enter the competition for a multitude of reasons… I think more-so than why, I thought why NOT me? Why not?
Growing up, my childhood was a lot harder than most people really know. When I was 8, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis- it’s similar to Crohn’s Disease- both of which are autoimmune digestive disorders. A lot of other issues came along with that. From anxiety, to depression, to such bad chronic pain and inflammation there were a couple times periods of my life where I couldn’t even get out of bed because everything hurt so badly. A way that I was and am affected by it- mostly from the medicine (it thins your skin)- is that I got terrible stretchmarks. There were a few summers where I didn’t really even leave my house because I didn’t want to wear shorts, or definitely not a bathing suit, because I felt so crappy inside and out. And then, sitting at home just made me more out of shape and gave me more time to feel worse about myself, and it’s just a vicious cycle. However. I am now, and have been, in ‘remission’ for almost 4 years now.. Which I consider to be a miracle in itself! So my motto for these past few years, and moving forward is to use every moment to, as cliche as it is, just appreciate the little things, be happy, try as many new things as possible, and go out and make a difference where I can. There’s this simple quote I saw recently that I really liked, it said- “Let your past make you better, not bitter.” That is the way I try to live my life in all aspects, so that’s why I decided to enter! There are so many things wrong in the way our media and society views ourselves and each other. As I always describe it to people- there’s such a stigma to be ‘this’ enough or ‘that’ enough and there’s this constant underlying message that nothing you are or do will ever just be good ENOUGH. When really, it’s already so great!
On a related note, I also have always had a horrible time when it comes to my stomach- it’s never been even sort-of flat, or toned looking, even when I was thinner, which is always something I’ve been very self-conscious of. But I finally truly realized, you know what? We all have our little body hangups that we shouldn’t be focusing all our time and energy on. Why does it matter SO much? Why does it matter so much more than so many other things? It shouldn’t, it doesn’t. So I basically said fuck it (wait, am I allowed to say that here?) and signed up to show the whole world my belly “pudge” and how we’re bros now… and how if I can do that, you, as well, can start feeling good about whatever it is that bothers you, because it’s not worth it!
So to sum all that up, I want to take my past and use it to help me further make a positive difference going towards all ladies’ futures.
I just want to mention that I actually first found out about the SIAB via Sophia (coincidental that we share the name!) Jenner’s blog- one of the UK’s 2011 top 10 girls! This was recent, when I just happened to stumble upon it, thanks to my quest to find out about real bra measuring/sizing, after uncomfortably wearing a DD for years! Anyway, seeing the posts she had written about being confident in herself and what a great experience the competition was, got me interested in it! That was my specific initial push.
“Let your past make you better, not bitter” – We love that; what a motto to live by! Why do you think people should vote for you?
I think people should vote for me because I feel that I am figuratively at a point in my life where I’m just really ready for this. I’m ready and prepared to give this my all, and represent everything the Curvy Kate brand stands for. But if nothing else, I want to have helped one person. I have had a couple friends tell me how much they admire and respect me for this, that is the main thing I want. I want to show people that you can be self-assured and get out and do something like this, just put yourself out there. If I don’t win, or even make the top 10, I just wanna help one person feel better about themselves and I will feel like I succeeded. Although, I would absolutely lovelovelove to be an ambassador for Curvy Kate! Yet, all the ladies in this contest are beautiful inside and out, so any vote is going to a wonderful place.
However, I’d prefer it be me. Hahahaha… I’m just being sassy. Thank you guys for listening (or reading, rather) me ramble!
Do you think Sophia deserves your vote? Still not sure? Don’t worry, you’ve got until the 24th May and we still have 2 girls to hear from!
Next up is Morgan Fraizer.
We’re all in the office having a little natter about our weekends, and we’re all very jealous of the team members who got to go to Ibiza for our swimwear shoot yesterday!
Next up we have Jackie Flores.
Hi Jackie and My name is Jackie Flores, I am from Fontana CA and I am 24 years old. I’m currently employed at a commissary warehouse, and I am majoring in Psychology and Child Development. When I’m not working or studying I usually spend my time with my 7 year old brother. We get along so well. I love to do makeup and hair and get all dressed up, my friends come to me so I can do their makeup before going out. I think it’s fun. Im always the tallest girl at our gatherings. Im 5′ 9″ and love to wear heels. I’m also very into fashion. I’ve made a few things and fixed a few more with a sewing machine my aunt gave me. About 5 years ago I got really into fitness. I enjoy running, hiking, and weight lifting. I’m planning on running a 5k in the Fontana Days next year.
It sounds like you’re a pretty active lady! We wish that we could ‘fix’ our wardrobes – fitting a curvy figure into clothes isn’t as easy as fitting into pretty Curvy Kate lingerie! Why did you enter the competition?
I first heard about Curvy Kate through a blog (Fuller Figure Fuller Bust) I was pretty excited when I saw the competition was coming to the USA. I decided to enter when I read many interviews from UK’s Star in a Bra Competition, I was able to relate to what most of the girls had to say. I dont remember at what age I started developing, thinking back it seems as if it was an overnight type of thing, all of a sudden I had to start buying DD bras. And I hated it! I hated that there were no “cute” bras in my size, It was either black, white or beige. I wasnt always comfortable in my own skin, whenever I would complain my friends thought I was crazy, they always complimented me and till this day they still do. Things started changing after high school. I matured, I looked at things differently. My mom has always been into fitness and she got me to enjoy it. I dropped 55 lbs, however my bra size didnt change much. But that didnt matter to me anymore, I felt good about myself and my figure, I had so much energy. About 1.5 years ago I had an accident at work which caused me to “take it slow” I had surgery and had to stop running, hiking, and exercising. Not being able to do any of those things completely changed the way I felt about myself, about the way I looked. I gained about 20 lbs in the past year. Since Im pretty tall I think I camoflauged it pretty well. I got to thinking, my clothes still fit me, my parents and cousins always tell me I look great, my boyfriend thinks Im beautiful, what exactly am I worried about? With or without those 20 pounds I am still me. I started gaining my confidence back and promised myself that I wasnt going to feel how I did when I was in high school.
I mentioned the contest to about 3 or 4 people and they all told me I should do it. I took the photos myself and locked them in my phone for about a week or two. Hitting the SUBMIT button was one of the hardest steps in the competition. I’m very family oriented so It was pretty difficult to keep this from my parents. I eventually told them what I was entering and they were very happy and supportive.
Why do you think people should vote for you?
I’m honored to be in the Top 30 with such amazing girls. I’ve already made a few friends. I would want people to vote for me because I’ve overcome many insecurites and regained my confidence and its not only because I am starting to jog and hike again but because I’ve surrounded myself with positive people. Curvy Kate is truly an inspiration to celebrate curves and that is something I would really like to be a part of. I believe anything to empower women is worth competing for. I believe Curvy Kate is the start of something amazing here in the United States. Im happy to say I’ve learned to embrace what was given to me, a fuller bust, thighs, and curves, even if that comes with lumps and all. So whether the size of your top matches your bottom or they’re completely opposite, embrace them because no two people are the same and no two bodies are the same and variety is what makes us all amazing.
Do you think Jackie deserves your vote? Still not sure? Don’t worry, you’ve got until the 24th May and we still have 4 girls to hear from!
Next up we’ll hear from Jade Chandler.
Hello all and a very Happy Monday from all at Curvy Kate HQ. We hope you had a great weeeknd? We soaked up the sun with family and friends, and caught up with some much-needed sleep!
First up this morning is Monica Foletta.
I am a current Business Management student at FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise). I want to open my own hostel in Hollywood one day. I am a Personal Assistant to a DJ. I enjoy my free time dancing & using my hula hoop and going to music festivals.
Can we come stay in your hostel? What an amazing idea! Why did you decide to enter Star in a Bra?
I decided to join this competition to show that girls like me can be comfortable with their own body and still be able to feel beautiful all of the time. Everyone goes through something important in their lives and I’m where I want to be and am happy with my body.
Good for you! Finally, why do you think poeple should vote for you?
I believe I am an inspiration and a voice for the girls that feels great about themselves inside and out. Everyone should know that we all can be any size we want, I always have been a big curvy girl and one day I realized I wanted to change my habits and i worked really hard with my motivation and I lost some weight and was able to still be a natural curvy girl at the size I wanted to be in. I want to show them it all takes hard work and passion for whatever and they will still be curvy and a beautiful lady. Being curvy is a beautiful trait not a weakness.
Do you think Monica deserves your vote? Still not sure? Don’t worry, you’ve got until the 24th May and we still have 5 girls to hear from!
Next up we’ll hear from Jackie Flores.
Last interview of the day -and of the week – will be from the beautiful Cristyen Fowler.
Heya! My name is Cristyen Fowler (or Criss), I’m 25 years old, and from a little town called Sulphur in Louisiana. I’m a casino card dealer for a living, with intentions of returning to school for English or Public Relations in the near future. I’m relatively introverted and geeky, so I’d rather stay indoors reading a book, playing video games, or reblogging cat gifs on Tumblr instead of going out to party. I also spend a lot of my free time on the internet writing blogs and reaching out to young women with poor self-esteem problems. As someone whose weight has yo-yoed up and down a hundred pounds throughout the entire course of my teenage and adult years, my self-esteem is a fickle, fickle creature. I know what it’s like to base my self-worth on silly, arbitrary numbers and to try to meet the long list of qualifications in order to be considered beautiful. Over a year ago, I started blogging to try to help girls and women feel better about themselves, and indirectly, myself as well. I feel very validated by doing this, and this interest has even followed into my real life! It’s amazing how many women now approach me at work or on facebook, requesting help or simply in need of someone who will listen.
WIt sounds like you’ve been on quite the body confidence journey! I think we can all identify with that… everyone has those ‘bads days’, but we’re glad you had the confidence to enter! Why did you enter the competition?
I have SO many reasons for entering! I think the primary reason I entered was because I am excited to potentially represent a body-positive brand with an intent on redefining beauty standards. I don’t necessarily believe that curvy or plus size women need to be more represented- after all, there ARE curvy and plus size models out there, albeit not as many as I feel there should be. What I’d rather see, however, are women and girls of ALL shapes and sizes, whose bumps, cellulite, stretch marks, and skin imperfections aren’t digitally altered and smoothed; I want to see myself in the women who model, regardless of size. I want women who can get up in their underwear, genuinely smiling, radiating an aura of confidence that says, “Look at me! I’m not perfect, but here I am, just as beautiful as you!” I think THAT’S the message we need women to see; not that any size or shape is more or less attractive, but that you are beautiful without altering yourself because you’re real, because nobody’s perfect, and that shouldn’t stop you from feeling great in underwear. To me, that’s what Curvy Kate represents, and I support this wholeheartedly.
The second biggest reason is because I had lost a lot of weight for health reasons a couple of years ago, and my self-esteem has taken quite a hit! I had so many people, from strangers to co-workers to friends, tell me that I had lost so much weight that I had lost my curves, or that I was so “small-boobed” now that I “must be like a B cup, right?” Hearing that over and over, having my femininity questioned and torn to pieces, I started to feel like I was indeed lacking in curves and boobage. Eventually, after later doing research on bra sizes since my 34D was giving me quad-boob and I was swimming in my 34DDs’ bands, I realized that I wasn’t either a D or a DD cup! I’m still working on finding the right fit, since I lack quality fitters in my area, but my boob epiphany had pointed me into the right direction, and I think I wear a 28G! How’s that for lacking in curves, eh? Entering has SO helped me re-evaluate how I see my breasts, and indirectly boosting my self-esteem. I’m not the largest-breasted woman, but I think having a smaller-backed model could be just as good as having an unusually impressive bosom; after all, my experience has taught me that America still sees cup size as being indicative of breast size, and wouldn’t this be a great opportunity to show that a D-cup isn’t necessarily what they think it is?
Finally it’s that dreaded question that everyone hates me for: why should people vote for you?
I’m not going to say that I deserve to win this competition over any of the other girls, because I truly believe everyone competing is gorgeous and enthusiastic about this contest! We all deserve a chance to boost our self-esteem, don’t we? So I’ll instead say that I think I would be a great ambassador for the company because I want to do so much more with the opportunity than merely model underwear. America is behind on our bra and boob knowledge, and we’ve a pretty destructive media in terms of body image and size. This competition has the chance to make a really large impact on my country, and I want to be at the forefront of it, making the most of this. I know with my perspective and enthusiasm, I would be an excellent Curvy Kate ambassador because I truly believe in its ideals, and my passion and single-minded drive to make a difference will help make a larger, more positive difference.
This is the time! Vote for me, and I will do my best to make winning less about myself, and more about using this as an opportunity to promote growth, understanding, and a better body image for women of all varieties. Vote for me, and let’s make a difference!
Do you think Cristyen deserves your vote? Still not sure? Don’t worry, you’ve got until the 24th May and we still have 6 girls to hear from!
On Monday we’ll hear from Monica Foletta, Jackie Flores and Jade Chandler.
Ok so after reading the motivational story about the last Star in a Bra hopeful, we decided it was time to get up and do something productive with our day. The sun is shining and the sky is blue, and with such beautiful ladies, who can’t help but feel inspired?
And the next girl is no different; let’s hear from Brittany Jencks!
My name is Brittany, I’m 22 and I live in Asheville, NC. I’m an artist- mostly I paint and do photography, but I also enjoy doing ceramics, animation, and just about anything creative. I use Linux and write computer programs for fun. Oh and I’m really interested in psychology (especially personality-INFJ here for anyone interested!) and sociology. I am also the writer behind the blog Thin and Curvy.
Basically, I have tons of interests and I’m a huge geek!
I am engaged to the most awesome guy in the whole world. He loves my curves, and has really encouraged me to fight my body image issues and to feel more beautiful and comfortable in my skin. He encouraged me to start my blog, nags me regularly to actually post on it, and was insistent that I enter this contest!
We’re big fans of Thin and Curvy here in Curvy Kate HQ, and huge congratulations on your engagement! Such exciting news! Why did you enter the competition?
When I was 14 and still wearing a B cup, I breathed a sigh of relief that I hadn’t inherited my mother’s curves. I had watched her struggle to deal with her big breasts for years- she could never find a bathing suit that fit, and her bras were so ugly! Unfortunately for me, genetics had other plans and by the time I was 16, I was wearing horribly fitting 34DD minimizer bras. I couldn’t run without my breasts bouncing painfully, and I began to get blisters and grooves in my shoulders from my bras. Other kids called me fat, not realizing that under my smashed, sagging boobs was a 24” waist! I could never wear cute clothing. I tried to lose weight, getting down to 125 lbs at 5’9”, (Not healthy for me!) but my breasts were still big! My posture became terrible, between the weight of my chest and my embarrassment over my height. My mother told me that having big breasts just sucked and I would have to learn to deal with it.
Finally one day, I decided I wouldn’t stand for it anymore, and I went and did the Google search that changed my life- “How to measure your bra size.” I figured I would at least figure out the size I should be, and then maybe I could get it custom made. To my great surprise, I learned that there were bras made in Europe in many more sizes than 32-40 A-DD! Not only that, but these bras were actually pretty! I became hooked on researching bra fitting, and began to re-fit everyone I knew! My mother refused to have anything to do with it, having been so traumatized by bra shopping in the past, so I guessed at her size and ordered her a new bra using one week’s paycheck from my part-time job. To both of our amazements, it fit! And she looked 50lbs lighter, too. After several years of trying to fit everyone I knew, I started my blog so that the information I had learned could hopefully help, and reach, more people.
I have been watching the UK Star in a Bra competition for several years, and I love how positive it is towards womens’ bodies. I was so thrilled when I found out that the competition would be coming to the USA! I think it will make a huge impact on awareness of bra fitting over here, which is something that US women definitely need!
Hooray for big cup sizes! Why should people vote for you?
Every one of the top 30 girls is so gorgeous and deserves to win! I’m not any prettier than the rest of them, for sure! I can say, however, that I am incredibly passionate about body image and bra fitting. I truly believe that all women, of all shapes and sizes, can be beautiful, and that wonderful companies like Curvy Kate can help them to realize their true beauty. Who doesn’t feel great when wearing amazing, beautiful lingerie? Whether I win this competition or not, I will keep fighting for these things. However, winning this competition would provide me with the opportunity to be a role model for all of the girls out there who feel bad about their bodies, and chests, the way that I did. It would also enable me to educate so many people on how bra fitting actually works. I would be absolutely thrilled to have that chance.
Do you think Brittany deserves your vote? Still not sure? Don’t worry, you’ve got until the 24th May and we still have 7 girls to hear from!
Next up is Cristyen Fowler.