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
Last week first ever US Star in a Bra winner Krista Cousins embarked on her first ever trade show: Curve NY. We caught up with Krista to hear about her first ever job as Curvy Kate ambassador, and how she’s faring as America’s Bra Star!
It’s been great! Very exciting but still a bit unreal that sometimes I wonder if the excitement will ever wear off (I hope not!?) It’s been less than two months since I’ve won so really I’m eager to see what’s to come…
What’s the best thing about being a Bra Star?
The best thing is that my body type is appreciated and not ridiculed as in some other modeling. Also it’s so cool to really represent and stand for something, I’m sort of a symbol in that way and it makes me feel proud. Also everyone at Curvy Kate is superbly nice sometimes I wonder if they are robots with personalities programmed to “nice”!
How did it feel when you saw yourself in your Star in a Bra pics online and/or the catalogue?
I was so nervous and swore up and down that the pictures didn’t look like me at all! However I finally “opened my eyes” so to speak and it was so cool especially when I saw myself in a huge (maybe 10ft?) banner.
How was your first trade show? Can you tell us a bit about it?
It was exhausting and fun! The trade show was a lingerie and swimwear expo where companies showcase their goods to buyers to carry them in their stores (so hopefully more Curvy Kate in stores all over the USA!). It was no contest in that our booth was best looking and I’m definitely not just saying that. Imagine walking into an expo and seeing a booth covered in pink and purple ribbons, colorful flowers, pretty glass beads, it would definitely catch your eye. My role, of course, was the model! In order to give the best representation possible of the lingerie and swimwear, the client gets to look through the brochures, touch samples and also I would come out and model each item in the catalogue with each page turn. It was very fun but obviously not easy at first being in heels and constantly changing (I embarrassingly came out with my underwear insides out 3 times) but I really got the hang of it and everyone even the clients were laid back and nice to talk to.
Would you say that a correct fitting bra has affected you?
Definitely! Since it hasnt been too long since I won and I’ve been busy, I have been wearing bras that aren’t the right fit but when I was wearing the Curvy Kate sets I felt much better and it reminded me of how good it feels to wear the proper fit, even your posture is better!
How does it feel to be a role model for curvy girls in your country and worldwide?
Awesome! A woman in Australia contacted me through my blog asking for advice on taking her pictures to get noticed by the judges and I stressed the importance of being yourself and not trying to look super sexy or something like that but rather tap into her true self and she made it to the top 20! I’m so proud of her. Anyway, it makes me feel great because I want more girls to be ok with being themselves, it devastates me to hear them tear themselves apart: personalities, bodies and all. I want them to stop blaming themselves for who they are but instead become confident in blaming the media and clothing manufacturers for not celebrating their normal, natural and healthy bodies.
Are you looking forward to your next Curvy Kate shoot?
A thousand times YES! I’ve never been to Europe and London is such an intriguing city. I might try to stay a little extra to explore. I’m super nervous to model along side Sophie, Laura and Lauren etc. as they are so stunning!
Which are your favourite sets from the upcoming Autumn/Winter 2012 collection?
Obviously Entice, I’ve said it so many times but I really love it! I also am excited about Smoothie coming out as its a great everyday bra and works so well with everything you own but still isn’t boring. Ive also got my eyes on Gia in red and blush, still suitable for every day but very pretty and different.
Can you tell us three random facts about you?
1. I’m a huge nerd! I love video games, cartoons, the internet, school, comics etc
2. I love to dress in costume and never buy costumes but rather make my own for most halloweens, it’s my specialty.
3. When I was a kid I would only eat cereal with warm milk.
What message would you give girls who wanted to apply next year?
As cliche as it sounds- be yourself! Being a Curvy Kate girl is about sticking to your guns, smiles all around and accepting who you are. Be confident in your beauty and ignore anyone who tells you otherwise. Just look at yourself and who you want to be and the judges and the public will see that too! Even if you don’t make it, you’ve proven to yourself what you can do and your opportunity will never be over as long as you keep believing in your beautiful self!
We couldn’t agree more, Krista! We can’t wait to see you in London.