We’re half way through our interviews with our lovely top thirty for today, and closing on on 20 interviews…it won’t be long before we’re though all 30! Where did the time go?
Our next interview is with Charlotte Myers.
Hi Charlotte! Why don’t you tell our readers all about you?
My name is Charlotte, I am 22 and I am a primary school teacher. I love this job and feel lucky to have it – not everyone can say they get to hang out with 31 cool dudes all day can they?! It is super stressful too though, but I like to think that when children say things like, ‘You’re so beautiful I bet you have twenty husbands!’ Or ‘When I grow up I want to be Miss Myers!’ Or, ‘I saw this crisp on the floor and know how much you like crisps…!’ I can’t help but melt, and think that I must be doing something right!
I live with my Grandma and Grandad, and not-so-secretly, my favourite hobby is hanging out with them. (It was actually my Grandma who took my photos for Star In A Bra, so we aren’t the most conventional family!) I think it is this lack of convention in my life that has given me the confidence that I feel lucky to have. I have always been taught to believe in myself, to just go for what I want. With that, I have always been reminded not to have preconceptions that I will be the best or win. I have learnt to be myself, be real and try my hardest to achieve. I think that if something is right for me, with this attitude I will get it. If not, I won’t – as long as I know that I did the best I could then that’s an achievement within itself. This is what I try to tell the 31 cool dudes too!
Your class sound adorable, especially the crisp comment! Why did you decide to enter the competition this year?
I was slightly apprehensive at first, and even though I loved the idea of what Star In A Bra was promoting, I thought maybe I just wasn’t what they were looking for? Then the part of me overtook,the part I want to promote, the go for it side! What’s the worst that could happen?
I was supported by my friends and boyfriend and thought that since I spend so much time telling people how great they look, how they should embrace their bodies – I should show them. When I was growing up I was very flat chested. I did kick-boxing, so had a small, sporty frame. I did not like my body – I even got my grandma to sew padding into all of my bras and then I used to wear two of them to try and create an illusion! I would never wear a bikini, just shorts and a vest top, because I wanted to cover up my flat chest. Each night I would wish and wish that some boobs would just come to me! I drove myself crazy with it! Eventually, I grew into my own and even then, with the world’s most anticipated boobs, I wasn’t happy! I could always find something to moan about. (Which looking back I can’t believe!) When I started University, I suddenly felt grown up and began to really enjoy and appreciate my body. But, during my second year I had an accident which left me unable to walk for almost a year. It was during this time that my body changed again. I put on weight, one of my legs became misshapen when it lost its muscle from not being used, and with that, one of my butt cheeks became non-existent! When I started to get better, although my leg and backside improved, I was still not the same as I was before, and I became fed up once again with how I looked.
Over time, as the days went on, I was getting brain waves…like mini epiphanies! I decided, and at times just made myself to simply love what I had and how I was now. And slowly but surely, I managed it! With lots of physiotherapy to help with my leg, and mountains of positive thinking and reinforcement to make myself feel better, I suddenly realised that things can happen in life but the blame isn’t on us and we shouldn’t put ourselves down. You can live positively even when unfortunate things happen! I found it upsetting to focus on losing the weight that I had put on since the accident because I realised my body had changed but this didn’t mean it wasn’t still great, and instead realised that the weight I had become was equally as lovely, and so instead I would accept myself and maintain that weight instead. Now, it is more about how I feel and how I look, and I actually believe that I look better now than I did before – which I never thought I’d say! So with this new found confidence I thought I would try and spread the brainwaves!
It’s always the way – we want big boobs when we’re younger and then we hate them. Just one last question! Why do you think people should vote for you?
I’m a lady on a mission with a point to prove. I want to show women everywhere that you can do anything you set your mind to. Clinch and squeeze onto what you have been given and use it to the fullest! I don’t know a lady who is totally happy with their bodies. My friends, sister, Mum, Aunty, Grandma – this seems like madness to me, as they are all beautiful, totally different women. As we all are! It’s like this everywhere – it seems there is some sort of phenomenon going on and it just must end and I want to be part of ending this. We need to appreciate, show off and use what we have, allow our bodies to make us feel comfortable, don’t be fearful of it, just pick out our favourite parts, focus on those parts and only those parts! I have, like every lady, had my fair share of body worries. Maybe you could think it’s part of been a woman? Just the way it is? An inevitable and life-long truth? No! Any attitude can change. Sometimes we can see the beauty in others but forget to point out the same things in ourselves, and that would be a lovely thing to be part of changing by acting as a role model for this cause.
When you open a magazine and see the ‘ring of shame’ circling unsuspecting women for the most normal things ever, it can be slightly draining! We need to see many more (and more of them!) curvy women. It is only then we can all start to feel confident, tough, accepting and carefree in our bodies. Ideally, these magazines would be showing women as they are – voluptuous boobs, lively bums and all! Let’s start now…
Good luck Charlotte!
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Next up we hear from Annabel Challenger!