I had an opportunity to go to MODA in Birmingham to see what Curvy Kate gets up to at trade shows and gain a wider understanding of the industry.
While there I also got to see you Star In A Bra Winner for 2011 – Lizze Haines, who know looks very much in her comfort zone and seems to be having a lot of fun.
It was hard grabbing her for a quick interview, so had to improvise and do it in-between her working and changing into different sets – here’s how we got on eventually…
So Lizzie how has it been since winning Star in a Bra 2011?
It has been amazing so far, can believe I’m actually here in my smalls modelling in front of people I don’t know. It’s a lot of fun though and was initially way out of my comfort zone when I started but after time it became easier to do. It hasn’t changed my life drastically, I still get to be me but just me with two days extra added to my diary!
I see your modelling the new Spring/Summer 2012 collection, what do you think? Any favourites?
I love them and I’m not just saying that because I work for the company (lol), but I think there’s something for everyone and the colours are amazing. I have two favourites which I would be asking for as soon as they arrive at Curvy Kate HQ and that’s the Daily Boost which fits amazing and look fantastic under my clothes, so happy your doing an everyday bra as well as fun/sexy/girlie styles. I also love Fleurty bra it’s looks so good on and it’s very flattering.
I can wait for them to come out myself, already got my eye on the delivery schedule! What about our new addition swimwear? Favourites?
Love love love them! I’m so happy to see nice swimwear that fits and is supportive! Will be making a list of all the ones I want… I have the most exciting lingerie drawer. My personal favourite is the Rio Ruffle, love the colour and the detailing on the back.
So what’s your favourite moment been since winning?
Again I have two favourite moments, the first one was definitely have my first ever Curvy Kate photo shoot with Emma, it was so good see here again and having her there made me less nervous because it was the first time for both of us. The other would be going to Paris for my first trade show, it’s was very tiring but a lot of fun.
How was your first photoshoot with Emma?
It was a lot of fun… a little different to the Star in a Bra photoshoot as we had to do some interesting poses lol but it was a really nice environment and got to meet the other SIAB models. The only thing I had to get accustom to was the enormous hair and the amount of make up I had to wear – obviously these were for print but it was a lot!
I love your the enormous hair look! So are you happy with the final result now that the catalogue is all printed and there’s no turning back?
I’m happy with the majority of them, there’s one in particular I do not like so much but that’s probably because i’m overly critical about myself as we all are.
How do you feel being a curvy model amongst all the other models at the trade shows?
It was a bit uncomfortable in Paris for my first ever MODA trade show because I didn’t feel part of the ‘model group’ as such so it took getting use to but now I’m more confident that ever and I doesn’t bother me as I’ve learn to embrace my body and I shouldn’t let that get to me because the whole point of the competition in the first place was to promote curvier models to the public.
It’s easier here at Birmingham because I’m across from Speedo Sculpture and they had models that were curvier than the norm so its great, I’m having fun!
I’m glad to hear your having fun, and it’s amazing what your doing because you should be proud of your body – you look amazing! So how do you feel flaunting your figure not online but in front of people now?
It was odd to begin with but had to come to terms that they are all professionals in the industry and they have come to see lingerie on a model and no one is scrutinising me.
Have you kept in contact with any of the girls in Star in a Bra top 10?
Yes I have made some amazing friend through this competition that I would keep for a lifetime plus more… I’m in close contact with most of them like Emma, Georgina and Sophia… and I talk to everyone else on Facebook… They are all so supportive!
So last question as you have to run and try another set… How is it working with the Curvy Kate team?
It’s amazing they are all really fun and they make me feel comfortable!
That’s really nice to hear… okay I will let you run off and get back to work but that’s for your time!