We’re already onto our third interview of the day, how did that happen?! The aim is to get four interviews a day on the blog which may seem like a lot…but with 20 contestants to speak to, we wanted to give all of our semi finalists a chance to let our readers find out a little bit about their potential Star In A Bra North America 2013!
Hi Luanne! Let’s start with you telling our readers all about you…
I’m 28 years of age and from a city in the Prairies in Canada called Saskatoon. I am a lawyer at a wonderful firm and enjoy my area of practice (corporate commercial lawyer and intellectual property). I also teach Irish dance classes some evenings of the week, where I get to spend time with wonderful children and young adults, sharing an art form that I am passionate about! It’s also an opportunity for me to spend time teaching younger women (and young men from time to time) to believe n themselves and to live healthy lifestyles.
In my spare time I love to travel, go running and take extra dance and fitness classes. I love new adventures! I also love spending time at home with my wonderful husband, enjoying our quiet backyard sanctuary and eating wonderful dinners that my husband cooks, because truth be told, I am an awful cook.
I bet you’re not as bad as you say you are! So why did you decide to enter Star In A Bra this year?
From experience, most stores I encountered as a young woman did not sell anything over a DD, and the band size rarely went under 38. As a young woman, I took this to mean that I was some sort of anomaly that the clothing industry would not cater to, and resolved that if I ever wanted to have both beautiful and supportive lingerie, I would have to have a breast reduction, or simply live with the fact that I would have to wear a strategically placed, too-small bra and control camisole under anything I wore. The latter option was risky, as it could give out at any time! I was later introduced to Curvy Kate, where I became interested both in the product and their message, and began to understand that I was not some kind of pariah.
I should also be candid that due to my occupation, I was very hesitant about entering, as social media often spreads information like wildfire, and the thought did cross my mind that I may end up having an audience – professional and otherwise – who may view my photos and be quick to judge based on the photos and not the message. However, it is also my professional training that has taught me how to be an advocate for others, and I can’t think of a better way to use my skills than to advocate for a shift away from the paradigm of prejudice against a curvy woman’s body.
Good for you Luanne. Just one last question! Why do you think people should vote for you?
This is tough, I’m sure the other 19 ladies are fabulous, vibrant young ladies who are very deserving as well.
As a young woman, with the lack of diversity in what the media portrayed as beautiful, paired with a drought of suitable undergarments, I had developed a deep seated hate for my body. Thank goodness this changed! As the media slowly begin to showcase curved, I have definitely shift my viewpoint.
I know that I will never be a lithe model, or a fitness model, but my body can dance, can lift weights and can run, and I am healthy. With a brand like Curvy Kate that promotes what might be considered “non-mainstream” ideas of what women in lingerie should look like, I feel like we are both advocates for body love and diversity. I think that the media needs to portray women of all shapes and sizes as being beautiful and as an advocate by trade, I would love to help spread this message. Even better if I can spread the message whilst wearing the Curvy Kate brand!
I realise that getting to the place where one is happy with, and comfortable in their skin can be an ongoing journey, but that confidence can be the conduit to getting there. Being the face of a brand that supports and promotes this message would be a dream come true.
Good luck Luanne!
To vote and decide on our final five, head on over to the Curvy Kate Facebook page but please remember that voting ends on the 22nd of October.
Next up we hear from Heather Sheldon!