A Gorgeous Weekend with all the CK lovelies….

Written by Chantelle Crabb on Jan 12, 2015

This weekend Curvy Kate’s very own Hannah made the leap and tied the knot with her lovely other half Dave, it was a glamorous affair with all the Curvy Kate girls in attendance. The day was held in central London and it was so so so much fun! Here a few photos from the day…..

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All the Star in a Bra girls in the church, Laura, Me, Lizzie, Lotte and Lauren <3

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The absolutely stunning bride and her equally lovely husband …..Just look at that dress!!

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A cheeky confetti snap with the lovely Lizzie (from Shoot it Momma Photography) capturing the moment.

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Me and the oh so beautiful Lotte on the wedding bus to the venue….

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Accidental co-ordination from the Curvy Kate girls…. A fabulous rainbow of frocks!

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Me and Miss Butler, who is amazing as ever!

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And finally, the most beautiful picture I ever did see. The happy couple and a cheeky bit of leg :)

Overall the whole day was a huge success and something I’ll always remember with fondness….Congrats again to Hannah and Dave.

Happy New Year from Team CK!!

Hello and a huge HAPPY NEW YEAR to all the readers! We hope you all had a fabulously festive Christmas and are feeling happy and healthy for 2015. I must say I’m not really quite at my healthiest after warding of all illnesses over Xmas but just having started with a cold now…Typical!

Anyway enough of that! What have you all been doing? How were your Christmas breaks? Did anyone get any CK in the stocking from Santa? Let us know as I would love to hear. :)

Lastly, as you may know….Today’s the day!! Star in a Bra goes live at 3pm and it would be great to see all you gorgeous girls strip down, send in your pics and show us how January is not for dieting and deprivation but for flaunting your curves and celebrating that you are happy and alive! So come on ladies….Let’s see what you’ve got!

Visit http://www.starinabra.com/ to find out more :) x

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Meet Our Judges…..The Self Esteem Team

Finally, last but not least we hear for a fab group of girls, the Self-Esteem Team….

1) Hi girls, before we start why don’t you tell the readers a little bit about The Self Esteem Team and what it is you do?

Well the team is made up of Natasha, Nadia and Grace and we travel the UK delivering presentations and workshops in schools and colleges on mental health, body image and, as our name would suggest, self-esteem! To date we have worked with 40,000 teenagers as well as some of their teachers and parents. At the moment we are in the process of taking our message to a wider audience – we’re bringing a Self Esteem revolution to the UK! Watch this space.

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2) What’s the best advice you give to the pupils you teach in your sessions?

We work on the basis that self-esteem and confidence can be practiced, just like any other habit or skill. A lot of young people think the world is divided into those who have good mental health and those who don’t. But just as you might go to the gym to maintain a level of physical fitness, mental health is something that you can consistently work on. We give our students really simple, practical tips they can practice in their everyday lives.

3) That’s an amazing message and due to just how amazing it is, you’ve won an incredible Parliamentary award so congratulations! What are your plans for the team now?

Thank you! We were so honoured to be given an award at Parliament recognising our work in education – We were totes emosh! There are lots of exciting things in the pipeline – they involve books and television. That’s all we can say at this stage (criptic)!

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4) What would be the Self Esteem Team’s ultimate goal?

For every person in the UK to feel that they have the tools they need to practice high self-esteem habits, a safe environment to express how they feel and a really good role model.

5) What do you think of the Star in a Bra competition?

It gives such an incredibly positive message – It’s Curvy Kate putting their customers first and ensuring that the types of people who would shop with you are reflected in your advertising. It’s always amazing to see how much diversity there is in the contestants as well – showing that there is more than one way to be gorgeous.

6) What advice would you give to someone who is unsure of entering because of their low confidence levels?

Sometimes you have to feel the fear and do it anyway!

7) What will you be looking for in the next Curvy Kate?

Here at the Self-Esteem Team we really value individuality – So we’ll be looking for someone with a unique style who gives the message that it’s okay not to follow the crowd.

8) What are you dying to get your hands on from the Curvy Kate Collection?

Natasha: As a 34H, I have never EVER been able to find a strapless bra that truly supports my assets and this has, over the years, restricted my fashion choices. I’ve been told that the CK strapless is one of the wonders of the modern age, so I’d love one of those so I can wear strappy dresses this Christmas!

Nadia: Ditto! As a prom dress fanatic, day or night, I tend to only wear strapless bras as they prevent jiggling beneath tutus and feathers and general flounciness. Excited to get my hands – or rather, my boobs – on a Luxe Black.

Grace: Princess in white is my favourite, it’s an everyday bra that is still pretty and fun.

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Meet our Judges….Laura Puddy

Welcome Laura Puddy from Cosmo’s Catwalk to Curvy….

1) Hi Laura, before we start, why don’t you tell the readers a little bit about yourself and your job?

I’m a fashion stylist, writer and presenter.  I’m probably best known for offering advice on how to dress curves as I write a monthly column called ‘Catwalk to Curvy’ for Cosmopolitan magazine UK.  I’ve styled everyone from celebrities for cover shoots and red carpet events to personal clients and fashion models.  I’ve worked on the styling team for ITV’s X Factor and now I’m starting to step out from behind the camera and do some presenting myself.

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2) Do you find it hard being a curvy girl working in the fashion industry?

To be honest, the only time I feel frustrated is when samples don’t fit me.  Fashion samples are size 8 or 10 and being a 12/14, it means I struggle when it comes to shoots.  But other than that, I have never felt that my curves have held me back in this industry or affected anything I’ve done.  I’ve always been comfortable with who I am and when I was offered the opportunity to write my own column for Cosmo, it really was a dream come true as it gave me a chance to show that you don’t have to look like the fashion ideal to make fashion work for you.

3) What do you think you’ve learnt while working within the fashion industry?

I’ve learnt there’s always something useful you can take from every experience, even if you don’t realise what it is at the time.  It’s important to view every opportunity as a learning curve; networking is key in this industry, as is self-belief.  If you believe in yourself, others will believe in you too.

4) Why do you think companies like Curvy Kate are so important to today’s market?

It’s so important to recognise and celebrate different body shapes and sizes; which is something Curvy Kate do really well making them not only important but also relevant in today’s market.

5) What will you be looking for in the next Curvy Kate?

I will be looking for someone who is body confident, approachable and knows how to show off her assets.

6) What are your tips for taking a great entry picture?

Smile, relax and be natural.  Those are the key elements of any great photo.  Be yourself and always emphasise your best bits.  Don’t forget lighting – make sure your picture isn’t too dark so that it shows you off to best advantage.

7) What is your confidence boosting advice?

I’m pretty sure everyone, no matter what clothing size or body shape they are, has something they like about their body (even if they wouldn’t admit it to anyone else).  Highlight whatever that is – by showing off what you like, you’ll feel amazing and will make you look great.

8) And finally, what are you dying to get your hands on from the S/S15 collection?

I’m a big fan of bright, colourful undies, so the Portia bra in poppy is the one for me!

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Last but not least we hear from our final judges…The Self Esteem!

 

Past Contestant Interview…..Georgina Horne

Say hello to the beautiful George….

1) Hi Georgina, before we start why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself, what year you were in Star in a Bra and what position you came?

Hello! Well I’m George/Georgina and I took part in Star In A Bra in 2011. I came third, and in hindsight I’m so glad I did. Lizzie was a truly wonderful winner, and the direction my life took as a result of entering has been nothing short of amazing.

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Inspired by people’s reactions to me when I entered the competition, I decided to start a blog to showcase my clothing and lingerie collection and talk about and show how clothes and bras fit a woman of my size.

2) Why did you enter?

I entered because as a fat, busty women my body type is rarely used to model lingerie, and bras and knickers fit very differently. I thought it would be useful for other women with similar proportions to see a woman like me modelling lingerie.

3) How did it feel being part of the competition?

It’s weird to look back on the competition. I was a bit naive and entitled and a tiny bit delusional about myself! I’m so glad I did it but I wish I’d had a bit more self-awareness. I made some brilliant friends, I learnt a lot and I’m grateful that it made me want to start my truly life changing blog.

4) Tell us a highlight from your time working with Curvy Kate?

A highlight of working with Curvy Kate is definitely meeting the glorious people I’ve had the pleasure of coming across – Cheryl, Becky, Lizzie and total babe and 2012 winner Sophie to name but a few.

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5) What advice would you give to someone thinking of entering?

First of all think long and hard about what this means – you in your pants on the internet forever. Speak to family and friends and loved ones to gauge their reaction as it will matter. And then just be you! Have fun, try not to get too competitive and take every empowering thing you can from it.

6) Can you give some entry tips with regard to pictures and modelling etc?

Don’t try to be something you’re not. Don’t take it too seriously. Have fun! Curvy Kate  is such a fun and wonderful brand, and they want models who represent that. Every day women who wear their bras and are enamoured by their bodies – you.

7) And finally, what’s your favourite piece from the S/S 15 collection and why?

So many! But stand out faves – Arizona, Bardot, Dita, Soda Pop, Temptress

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Meet our Judges next, Enter Miss Laura Puddy…

 

Past Contestant Interview….. Alice Jackson

1) Hi Alice, before we start why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself, what year you were in Star in a Bra and what position you came?

Hey, sure!  I grew up in Norfolk and am now living in East London.  The Digital Marketing world is where I spend my day times.  I’m a yoga and surfing fanatic who loves to travel.  2013 was the year I entered Star in a Bra and came in the top ten.

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2) Why did you enter?

I thought it looked like an exciting competition and I was thrilled to enter something celebrating women’s figures in a positive light!

3) How did it feel being part of Star in a Bra?

It was a total dream. I always wanted to have my hair and make-up done professionally and it was just so much fun with everybody.  I was on a high the whole time the competition was running; it was just all so exciting!  The Curvy Kate girls made us feel totally part of boob brigade!

4) Tell us a highlight from your time working with Curvy Kate?

There are many which I think says a lot about the Curvy Kate family.  Best of all I’ve made great friends who also love to celebrate the female figure.

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5) What advice would you give to someone thinking of entering?

Believe in yourself, if you want to enter then go for it, it could be the start of something beautiful.  Be confident and be really proactive in getting support, my friends and family were so thrilled they really encouraged me.

6) Can you give some entry tips with regard to pictures and modelling etc?

I am not a natural in front of the camera at all! But I would say try and learn a few poses you feel comfortable in and relaxed so that it comes across on the camera.

7) And finally, what’s your favourite piece from the S/S 15 collection and why?

It’s so hard to choose I love it all!  But I will for you, it’s Temptress.  I adore the colour, the shape and the lace detailing is gorgeous.

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Next up it’s the fabulous Georgina…..

 

Past Winner Interview……Ellesha Newton

1) Hi Ellesha, before we start why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m an ex-professional dancer, currently studying to become a teacher (I often ask myself why) I have growing cake business and I’m totally obsessed with the colour pink.

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2) Why did you enter the competition to model with Curvy Kate?

I entered the competition as Charlotte mentioned it to us. If I’m honest, we weren’t really aware of Curvy Kate at the time, but upon doing some research into the company, I thought we’d be a great fit for the brand, as we’re all so diverse.  Also the fact that we could be comfortable in our own skin was great, as Curvy Kate portray such a “healthy” and “body confidence” message that to model for them would be immense.

3) How did it feel when you won?

It was one of the best feelings!! but also a little crazy and surreal.  To know that people had voted for us because of who we were, appreciating our bodies was fantastic.

4) What advice would you give to someone thinking of entering?

The advice I would give is to just be YOU!!  Be comfortable in your skin and love yourself and your body just the way it is.  Something that you think is a flaw, someone else will see as perfection :-)

5) What’s the best thing about working for Curvy Kate?

Curvy Kate is just like one big happy family.  They love each individual person exactly how they’re packaged and hat’s better than that?!  The kindness and support that is shown to one another shows great respect and that just makes you feel so comfortable.

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6) You and the other girls who won your prize are of all different shapes, sizes and heights; how important to you think it is for women to be fairly represented in the media?

I think its extremely important for women to be fairly portrayed in the media, as too many people are reaching for unrealistic goals and trying to change themselves to fit into a world, that 9 times out of 10 isn’t even real.  If you’re tall (like me) embrace it!! Don’t let anyone tell you that you shouldn’t be wearing heels…If you have a curvy bum (again like me) try to learn to love it.  You’re never going to be like anyone else whether they are in the media or not, as you’re you!!! SO BE YOU.

7) As a professional dancer in the entertainment industry you have faced body snark in the past (why oh why?!); so what is it that you think needs to change to make people more accepting?

Ooooh, this is a difficult one!! I think people’s general perception of what “beautiful” is, what the “perfect body” looks like, but more importantly focusing on people’s talent and not just immediately judging people on what the look like.

8) And finally, what piece are you dying to get your hands on from the S/S 15 collection?

Tease.  As it looks both sexy and sophisticated, plus I’m sure my boyfriend will love it

Past Winner Interview…….Camilla Anderson

Here she is, it’s Camilla….

1) Hi Camilla, before we start why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m 28 years old mum of two girls age 20 months and 4 years. I was born in Denmark and have lived in the UK for 18 years. I’m a qualified nursery teacher and love working with kids.

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2) Why did you enter the competition to model with Curvy Kate?

It was my friend Charlotte who saw the competition and told us about it and my friend Ellesha that entered us. To be honest I’m so glad she did as I would have never thought I’d win or have a chance!

3) How did it feel when you won?

When we got told that we had won we were all in complete shock, it was an achievement to get to finals but we still didn’t think we would win. It was such an amazing experience! Even talking about it now I feel I still need to pinch myself that it was real!

4) What advice would you give to someone thinking of entering?

All I can say to anyone that considering entering DO IT!!!! You don’t have to have any insecurities about your shape or size as Curvy Kate makes everyone feel special!

5) What’s the best thing about working for Curvy Kate?

Curvy Kate really looked after us all so well! They are great team that are always happy and positive and they make you feel part of the family. They make you feel special as an individual, so well done Curvy Kate!

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6) You and the other girls who won your prize are of all different shapes, sizes and heights; how important to you think it is for women to be fairly represented in the media?

I think it’s great that we are all so different and all have our own insecurities. Mine was being short and not very big chested but I’m now happy that I can represent that for Curvy Kate. All us women are different shape and sizes and that should be embraced and we had such positive feedback which feels really good!

7) You are a woman of a petite frame (and a gorgeous one at that); but did you ever think you could one day become a model?

I’m only 5ft tall so being a model had never even crossed my mind. I’ve always thought I don’t have the right frame for it! But Curvy Kate gave me that opportunity and I feel so lucky and hopefully it will encourage other women to love their bodies which ever shape, size or height they may be!

8) And finally, what piece are you dying to get your hands on from the S/S 15 collection?

I’m looking forward to getting hold of the Luau Love bikini and the moon flower but they are all lovely to be honest.

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What a star! Next up is the fabulous Ellesha…..

Past Winner Interviews…Rufaro Nyakatawa

Here is the gorgeous Rufaro….

1) Hi Rufaro, before we start why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hey up Chantelle, I’m Rufaro, I’m 30 (Eeeek was 29 when we won the competition!) – I live and work in London as a PA and also do a bit singing.

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2) Why did you enter the competition to model with Curvy Kate?

It was actually Ellesha that entered us into it, We thought it would be great as my 30th was fast approaching so it would’ve been a nice way to celebrate and also something to do together. It would’ve been a bit daunting entering alone.

3) How did it feel when you won?

Ecstatic and to be honest, I still can’t quite believe it now! It’s a whirlwind! The whole experience has been amazing! One that I will never forget! We are truly blessed and lucky.

4) What advice would you give to someone thinking of entering?

My advice would be, don’t! Don’t think about it ;-)! Just do it! You never know! Life is too short! Go for it!

5) What’s the best thing about working for Curvy Kate?

The best thing about working for Curvy Kate is that we are like a little family. There is no shyness. Most importantly, I feel honoured to represent a brand which represents the curvier/fuller figure!

6) You and the other girls who won your prize are of all different shapes, sizes and heights; how important to you think it is for women to be fairly represented in the media?

So important. Modelling is something that I always thought about but never thought I could do as I always believed I was “too fat” as magazines don’t generally show fuller figured women. I want to be a good example to young girls out there and show that you can still have a fuller figure and be healthy which is what’s important.

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7) You have a fabulously curvy figure (which I am totally jealous of by the way) but do you think curvy girls are being catered for in today’s fashion market?

Why thank you very much *blushes* – I certainly think it has improved but I still don’t think enough curvy women appear in the fashion market today. Aside from the shop Evans, I don’t even think I’ve seen a manikin that is bigger than a size 8! I’m hoping in time, the curvy industry grows. Which will show what you mentioned earlier – we all come in different shapes and sizes!

8) And finally, what piece are you dying to get your hands on from the S/S 15 collection?

Jewel, Florence or Dita!! LOVE them!!

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Isn’t she beautiful? Next we have the fabulous Camilla……

 

Past Winners Interviews…Charlotte Joy

Here come the girls….Welcome in 2014’s Model Mates winners, first up it’s Charlotte…

1)      Hi Charlotte, before we start why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hiya, well…  I’m Charlotte, I’m 32yrs old and I’m from Portsmouth. I’m a proud mum of three beautiful girls, and I’m now a member of the Curvy Kate team after winning a competition early on this year! Oh and I’m an absolute chocoholic!

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2)      Why did you enter the competition to model with Curvy Kate?

I actually hadn’t heard of Curvy Kate until I saw the competition and thought it looked like a fun opportunity, especially as I entered with 3 of my best friends and then I fell in love with the lingerie and swimwear!

3)      How did it feel when you won?

It felt like I was dreaming when they announced us as the winners, I just couldn’t believe it, I was so shocked and over whelmed, we all were! It was such an amazing experience and all the other contestants were so lovely and all deserved to win. Even now it still feels like a dream.

4)      What advice would you give to someone thinking of entering?

Just go for it and do it! You will have so much fun, you’ll meet lovely people through the process and whether you win or not you will come away with a more positive outlook on your body (if you didn’t have one before) as Curvy Kate are all about promoting positive body image….they have certainly helped me!

5)      What’s the best thing about working for Curvy Kate?

There are so many good things about working for CK, not only do I get to wear the beautiful lingerie and swimwear that not only looks good but feels good too, but I also get to work with a team of the loveliest people I’ve ever met! 

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6)      You and the other girls who won your prize are of all different shapes, sizes and heights; how important to you think it is for women to be fairly represented in the media?

I think it’s extremely important to see a variety of shapes and sizes. Before I entered the competition I had so many hang ups about my body that it got me down on a daily basis…I constantly compared myself to the perfect airbrushed images in the media and thought of myself as not being good enough as I didn’t look that same way! Now when I look back at photos, it makes me sad because I can remember exactly how I felt about myself, but I look at them now and realise there is nothing wrong with being me! I had brainwashed myself into thinking that to be beautiful you had to be skinny but now I know that it really doesn’t matter what size you are and that self-confidence is the most beautiful thing a women can have.

7)      You tried your hand at modelling when you were younger but were told you were too big to do so (which is beyond ridiculous). Do you think society is more accepting of curvier girls now?

Oh yes so much more so, it has definitely changed especially in the last couple of years, I can still remember the day the lady at the agency told me I needed to lose weight off my thighs and I just accepted it! At that point I decided to concentrate on my family instead, but look at me now….I’ve had two more children, I’m bigger than I was before and modelling beautiful swimwear! WINNING!!! Haha, seriously though it is so refreshing to see so many beautiful curvy girls, which makes me happy to know that my daughters will see a variety of shapes and sizes represented as they grow up.

8)      And finally, what piece are you dying to get your hands on from the S/S 15 collection?

Ahhhhh I love it all….but I can’t wait to get hold of the Starry Eyed halterneck bikini, I love the design and colour so that is what I will be wearing when I hit the beach next year!

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What a beauty…next up it’s the gorgeous Rufaro…

Past Winner Interviews….Laura Butler

1) Hi Laura, before we start why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself and what year you were in Star in a Bra?

I entered in 2008 and at the time I was working as an unqualified teacher in a Pupil Referral Unit in Coventry.  I did a Psychology Degree and have always been interested in helping those who struggle in education whether physically or psychologically.

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2) Why did you enter?

I entered SIAB because I was a late developer and found it hard to find my size and a nice and girly yet supportive bra.  When I had the shoot for Star in a Bra it was the first real bra fitting I had had and the first time I was accurately fitted.  It was actually life changing and since then I have become a bra fitter myself.

3) How did it feel when you won?

I actually came third.  It was the first SIAB competition and just before Curvy Kate launched as a brand in itself.  I was excited to even come third as I was being given the chance to have a photo shoot and for it to appear in a magazine.  It was an excellent experience and one that has been repeated many times since.

4) Tell us a highlight from your time working with Curvy Kate.

I say it time and time again but the highlight of working with Curvy Kate is the people I have met.  I have truly met the most wonderful people and made friends for life.  Lauren – the winner of 2009 is now on top of my call list! I just wish I lived in London so I could party with my Curvy Kate friends more often. The Curvy Kate staff are amazing and I love them all.  As I said, I would class a lot of them as friends.

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5) What advice would you give to someone thinking of entering?

Be true to yourself and only enter if you are prepared to have photos of you in your underwear forever on the internet.

6) Can you give some entry tips with regard to pictures and modelling etc?

When you are taking photographs of yourself to enter, first practice posing in the mirror to find out at what angles you look best at.  Getting to know your body and how to work it at different angles will help you look your best on a photo shoot and make the products look their best also.

7) And finally, what’s your favourite piece from the S/S 15 collection and why?

My favourite piece is the Arizona! It’s fresh, young and super cute.

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Next up we have the gorgeous Model Mates girls….. watch this space!

Past Winner interview…Lauren Colfer

Here she is, Miss Lauren Colfer….

1) Hi Lauren, before we start why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself and what year you entered Star in a Bra?

Hello! I entered Star in a Bra back in 2009 when I was still just about in my teens! Today I am 25, working full time in an Investment Management company. I am also a Swimming Teacher every Saturday morning at my local pool! I fill my free time with gymming, socialising and being a general foodie.

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2) Why did you enter?

I had followed the competition the previous year, and wished I could have been a part of it! Having discovered my real size some years before, I thought “hey, I think I might fit the criteria to give this plus-boob modelling a go!”

3) How did it feel when you won?

Surreal. Crazy. I had created a Facebook group to try and round up votes and people I didn’t even know had liked and shared the group and had received so much support! But honestly, up until I got the phone call from Hannah to say I’d won, I thought it would have been really close between myself and the other girls so I was amazed I’d actually came first!

4) Tell us a highlight from your time working with Curvy Kate.

Just one?! So difficult!! Aside from the fact that I look forward to each and every shoot, I think my biggest highlight was definitely getting to travel to New York, Paris and Las Vegas within the space of one month to work the trade shows! Travelling for work is one thing, but getting to go to some of the coolest places AND promote the amazing lingerie that I swear by is a totally different ball park! The fun hasn’t stopped either.

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5) What advice would you give to someone thinking of entering?

Don’t think – do it! You have absolutely nothing to lose. You’ll only wish you had later.

6) Can you give some entry tips with regard to pictures and modelling etc?

Do your hair and make-up so you feel at your best, find a spot with good lighting or borrow a friend and good camera. Set up your posing location – don’t stand somewhere where there’s loads of clutter behind you – find a nice plain or pretty wallpapered wall! You want that photo to be focusing on YOU. :)Practice your poses in the mirror – see what works for you creating some curvy shapes. Most importantly, show us your teeth! Curvy Kate girls are 100% cheesy smilers!

7) And finally, what’s your favourite piece from the S/S 15 collection and why?

Definitely Temptress – I love a foam lined bra almost always. Soda Pop looks really fun to wear too. Definitely NOT Dreamcatcher in yellow, only because they made me wear it about 100 times at the SS15 shoot – just kidding guys, I love it really!:P

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Isn’t she gorgeous…. next up is the lovely Laura Butler.

Past Winner Interview with Katie Bizzak…

Here’s the gorgeous Katie…

1) Hi Katie, before we start why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself and what year you were in Star in a Bra?

Hello. My name is Katie Bizzak and I am a 21 year old nursing student from Kane, Pennsylvania. I won Star in a Bra in 2013.

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2) Why did you enter?

I entered to support my friend who, at the time, was struggling severely with anorexia and bulimia. I wanted to help spread awareness of positive body image and help change society’s view of “beauty.”

3) How did it feel when you won?

I cannot even begin to describe the feelings that overcame me when I won. I was flooded with disbelief, excitement, pure joy and all I could do was cry.

4) Tell us a highlight from your time working with Curvy Kate.

The whole past year has been amazing and life changing. I have travelled the world, met so many amazing people and lifelong friends, and turned 21 while working in Las Vegas. The highlight so far would have to be spending a week in Ibiza, Spain for the photoshoot with the amazing Curvy Kate team of Laura, Lauren, Lotte, Mark, Hannah, Himare, Charlie, Alison, Jonah, and Ned. It all felt like a dream, especially shooting swimwear on a rooftop, just yards from the Mediterranean Sea. It was absolutely breathtaking and surreal.

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5) What advice would you give to someone thinking of entering?

Just do it! I entered on the very last day within the last hour because I didn’t think I had a chance of winning and was nervous of what everyone would say when they saw me standing in my panties in my apartment. But look where that little bit of courage I found got me to today! It has truly been the most amazing year of my life and to think it almost didn’t happened because I was nervous of what everyone would think is insane. Don’t sell yourself short. Embrace your curves and your body!

6) Can you give some entry tips with regard to pictures and modelling etc?

Just be natural and relaxed. All five of my pictures were taken within 10 minutes on my best friend’s iPhone in front of our white wall in my apartment. I was about to head out the door to go to a party and she convinced me to strip down and take a few pictures before leaving. Just be your happy, smiling, laughing, goofy self and your personality, as well as your gorgeous body, will shine through your photos.

7) And finally, what’s your favourite piece from the S/S 15 collection and why?

My favourite piece from the S/S 15 collection is Temptress. Not only do I love the unique poppy color, but the fit is magnificent. It looks so nice under a t-shirt and even better when you take your shirt off.

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Next up is the gorgeous Lauren Colfer….check in tomorrow.

Meet Our Past Winners…. Lotte Williams

In the lead up to the launch of the entry stage for Star in a Bra I will be posting a whole host of interviews from different people involved in the competition, including past winners and the judging panel, so keep your christmassy eyes peeled as there will be one every day from today…

First up it’s 2013’s UK winner, Lotte….

1) Hi Lotte, before we start why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself and what year you were in Star in a Bra?

I’m 24 and living the dream in London! When I’m not parading around in my undies with Curvy Kate I’m interviewing celebrities on red carpets and writing showbiz news stories. I joined the CK family back in 2013 when I won star in a bra that year.

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2) Why did you enter?

I’ve always been comfortable in front of the camera and at the time I was working in a lingerie boutique selling Curvy Kate underwear! My mum persuaded me to enter the competition and initially I decided to go ahead with it for the experience. I could never have imagined just how many doors it would open for me.

3) How did it feel when you won?

It’s genuinely a moment I will remember forever. I just couldn’t believe it and felt such a mixture of emotions. Once I’d stopped crying with happiness down the phone to my mum the excitement hit me.

4) Tell us a highlight from your time working with Curvy Kate.

I absolutely loved having the opportunity to work with Cosmopolitan magazine. The shoot was so much fun and having my photos in the magazine was so exciting! I also got to walk in their first ever lingerie catwalk show which was such an amazing experience.

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5) What advice would you give to someone thinking of entering?

Do it, do it, do it. What have you got to lose? You never know what could happen and sending off those photos was the most liberating thing I’ve ever done. It might feel a bit scary at first but with all the support from everyone around you, you’ll become very comfortable very quickly.

6) Can you give some entry tips with regard to pictures and modelling etc?

I’d say go natural. Minimal make up and simple hair will mean that people get to see the real you and that will work in your favour. Practice taking photos of yourself first and then when you feel comfortable enough get your friends or partner to take some photos of you too. Do something different- there have been quite a few SIAB competitions now so you need to make sure you stand out.

7) And finally, what’s your favourite piece from the S/S 15 collection and why?

I think it would have to be Madagascar. I absolutely loved wearing it at the shoot in Ibiza and I was most happy with that snap! I love sheer underwear and the soft, zebra print on top of that is such a pretty touch.

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What a great gal, check in tomorrow to hear from the gorgeous Katie Bizzak….

10 Things to Remember When Taking Your Star in a Bra Entry Photos…

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Here is a quick list of 10 useful tips to remember when taking your entry photographs…

1) Take your time.

Don’t rush, take your time getting your posing, lighting and lingerie right. We want to see you at your best so spend time taking lots of photos, that way you will have lots choice at the end to pick your favourite ones to send to us.

2) Change your up your lingerie.

You are required to send 3 full length images in lingerie or swimwear, try and mix up what you wear to give yourself the best chance of being noticed. The more variety you show, the more likely you are to be picked out. It also gives you the chance to show you can model different types of lingerie/swimwear, e.g. Babydolls, bikinis, soft-cup bras, t-shirt bra etc. None of these have to be Curvy Kate but if you do have some then let us see it!

3) If you have a good camera, use it!

The images don’t have to be professional quality but a good quality image can make a huge difference. Nowadays most phones have decent cameras so photos taken on these should be fine, you just need to make sure they’re clear, not grainy and you are perfectly visible.

4) De-clutter….Choose a plain back ground.

You don’t know how many times we receive images of girls stood in a cluttered room or with people in the back ground etc. Just choose a plain back-drop so that all the attention is on you rather than what is behind you.

5) Send us images that meet our requirements.

We require 5 images, 2 head shots (close face pictures) and 3 full length body shots that must all be in lingerie or swimwear. Please take and send images that fit this requirement. Every year without fail we receive hundreds of entries with only full length pictures, only head shots, group shots with friends, fully clothed shots, upside down photos and the list goes on. There needs to be 5 photos, 2 of which are head shots and the rest full length lingerie/swimwear shots, that it all :) .

6) Make sure we can actually see you.

Your photos are designed to show the best of you so try to take your photos in good natural light and failing that at least in a brightly lit room. We want to see all your features and your curvy figure so don’t hide out in the dark.

7) Give us your best pose.

If you’ve never modelled before then I advise you look on the Curvy Kate website and at their brochures (link). Look at how the models hold their bodies and how they pose. Try and replicate them as this is what you will be doing if you are successful in being put through. Practise in front of a mirror beforehand so see how your body looks and how to make the most of your curves!

8) Smile!!

I know you’re modelling lingerie and you want to look sexy but we think the sexiest thing a woman can wear is her smile. We want to see your personality shine through and for you to look like you’re actually enjoying yourself. Make us want to know more about you because of your confident and friendly appearance and remember if you are selected to be in the top 25 it is these images that will be used to gain votes. The more likeable and approachable you look the more votes you’ll get!

9) Send us your images just as they are.

Editing of photographs is not allowed, we want to see you for exactly what you are – a confident and curvy woman who’s ready to flaunt her figure. So take your snaps and don’t change a thing.

10) And finally…..Enjoy yourself!

Have fun with your pictures, get your girlfriends round, open a bottle of wine and get some great snaps of you being you. These are the ones we really look forward to seeing, the ones that scream ‘I’m having an amazing time, I’m curvy and confident and I don’t take life too seriously’. Go for it!

If you follow these simple rules then you should come out ‘picture perfect’…we can’t wait to see you entries. Good Luck! x

10 Things to Consider Before Entering Star in a Bra.

Hello! So, if you read my previous blog post you’ll know how amazing the competition can be, but there are also a lot of things that need to be considered before you enter. Now I know a lot of the things I’m about to say will seem obvious and like total common sense but I think it is really important that each of these factors is thought about thoroughly before proceeding with your entry….

1) First and foremost, are you ok with people seeing pictures of you in your bra and knickers? I know this sounds daft but really think about it. EVERYONE will see and when I say everyone I mean- your grandparents, the man you serve in the pub you work at, your best friend’s dad and your boss. Are you ok with this? Does it bother you? If it does then maybe this isn’t the competition for you….

2) Not only will everyone you know see your images but these pictures will forever be on the internet… You only have to type in Chantelle Crabb and this comes up…

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See what I mean? Be ready for that. (Not sure who that old women is.)

3) This also throws up the issue of job prospects. Are you in a career at the moment that may not take kindly to one of their employees posing in lingerie? Do you plan on a change of career in the future that may be jeopardised due to you involvement in the competition? Please think this through as the images cannot be erased from the internet once they are up….

4)Another group of people to consider are your friends and family and if you have a partner, them too. Are these people happy with you taking part? Do they agree with the brand message and what it is you are trying to prove? The competition is an amazing experience but not worth fighting with loved ones over.

5) Do you actually think you can model? I know it sounds silly but this is what the competition essentially boils down to- modelling. Are you going to be confident in front of the camera? Are you able to model with ease and take direction from a photographer? If you think YES then get applying!

6) Are you prepared to have to work hard to earn your votes? You need to be ready to get serious on social networking – every minute is spent plugging yourself, joining groups and societies and making pages for people to follow. It’s a hugely important part of the process and without it you don’t have much chance of going through, so if you’re not prepared to put in the hard work then Star in a Bra probably isn’t for you.

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7) From all this social engagement you have to be ready for the feedback and it’s not always friendly, most of the time it is, but not always. There are a lot of people in the world who will hide behind their keyboard and say really hurtful and spiteful things. You need to remember to rise above this and take all the lovely comments and well wishes on board instead, as these are the comments that truly matter.

8) I know this sounds obvious too but getting into the next round isn’t a given. Over 900 women entered in 2013 (and we’re predicting a huge increase this year) which needed to be whittled down to just 30. So many gorgeous girls entered but they couldn’t all go through. If you aren’t successful then don’t be disheartened, the Curvy Kate team have a really tough job and it’s no reflection on you as a person.

9) Make sure you read the terms and conditions. Are you happy with everything in there? Can you make it to all the dates specified? Are you within the age restrictions? If you say ‘no’ to any of these questions then it may be time to rethink your application. (Visit Starinabra.com)

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10) Lastly, make sure you take as much from the experience as possible. Even if you don’t get through and just upload your pictures, this can be a huge confidence boost and something you should be immensely proud of.

So that’s everything. I know they make me sound like a killjoy but they are realistic and valid points that you must consider before entering. Please don’t let me put you off as the competition is an amazing experience and so so so much fun (I should know), it can be life changing and even plucking up the courage just to send pictures at all can make a huge difference to your confidence. So if you feel like you’re ready to flaunt your figure, try your hand at modelling, and make a difference then go for it! Good luck girls!

Chantelle x

My Star in a Bra Story…

So as I said previously, in the run up to the launch of Curvy Kate’s new 2015 worldwide model search, I will be blogging about all things ‘Star in a bra’, including my own personal journey through the competition, so here goes…

Entering:

I was first introduced to Star in a Bra by 2012 finalist, Charlotte Upton. We went to school together and so naturally I had her as a friend on Facebook. I was browsing one day (procrastinating from Uni work I suspect) when I came across her plea for votes in a lingerie modelling competition, being the nosey parker I am, I investigated. What I found was so inspiring; a group of girls that were so happy in their own skin and confident in flaunting their curves but also a brand that 100% supported this. I was hooked, and from that moment on I promised myself that I would enter the next year.

Well 2013 came around and my lovely other half, Sam, had just jetted off on a 4 month travelling trip around the world (I definitely wasn’t jealous) and I was in my 3rd year of Uni in Northumbria (I definitely was jealous). So as a typical (and pretty lonely) student I spent all my time on social media, so I couldn’t possibly have missed all the Star in a Bra build-up on Facebook. I was so excited because I had wanted to do something just for myself and the competition turned out to be the perfect opportunity at the perfect time.

I remember the day I took my photos vividly. I took myself off to my bedroom, stripped down to my smalls and got snapping. I didn’t tell anyone about my idea of entering until after I had done it so I had to take the pictures myself, it was surprisingly fun though, choosing what sets to wear and finding the best light to take the pictures in, I had a blast! After taking what felt like a million photos I scrolled through and picked out what I felt were the best 5- the ones that stood out because they showed my figure and my personality. I felt slightly panicked as I uploaded them to the website, the not knowing what could happen was daunting, I could easily not be picked at all but I could also go through and actually have a shot…the suspense almost killed me!

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One of My Head Shots For Entry

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Once my pictures were uploaded, then the waiting game began. I had to wait until the entry period closed and then also wait for the Curvy Kate team to decide who they were going to put through to the final 30. Not knowing was really tough, and also not knowing anything about who else had entered or how many competitors was so frustrating.

It was in this waiting time that I broke the news to my family and friends that I had entered the competition. Sam was amazingly supportive, he called while he was in Australia and I told him all about it. It was great to know he was behind me 100% and even promised to get everyone he met in the backpacking hostels to vote for me if I got through! The next person I told was my mum, she knew I was pretty confident in myself so it came as no shock to her and after I told her about Curvy Kate’s message she was all for it. My dad was the tricky one…he’s the typical over protective father and when he heard the words ‘Lingerie’ and ‘Modelling’ in the same sentence he automatically assumed I’d be on page 3 with everything hanging out. He wasn’t happy but once I showed him some of the content from previous years and explained what Curvy Kate stood for he soon came round to the idea and began to see it more as a celebration of curves and women than a sleazy glamour campaign. I was very lucky to have such a supportive network around me of people who praised what I was doing rather than shaming it.

Top 30:

A week went by and the results were due to be out, I wasn’t sure when so I went on Facebook to check and low and behold, there I was. My picture in the final 30 line-up! I screamed and then my flat mate screamed it was an amazing feeling and my confidence was boosted 10 fold!!! I posted a message on Facebook to let everyone know I’d been selected and to get ready to start voting. This is where the hard work began. Rallying for votes was tough, it was nice at first with everyone congratulating you and saying they’ll vote but as time went on I began to feel a bit of a pest. My Facebook and Instagram were covered; there was nothing about anything other than Star in a Bra. I even got Twitter in an attempt to use this as tool to gain votes. It was relentless, and pretty tiring. I sent every single one of my Facebook friends a direct message with details of how to vote and continued to pester until the top 30 voting closed.

Top 10:

Now the waiting began again, it was only a few days as the votes were counted and I was at home in Yorkshire when the result were due to go live. Just as I fired up my laptop to check, Ia text came through on my phone.. “You’re in the top 10 mate!!! Well done!!”, My good friend Ellie had beaten me to it… all I could do was shout- “MUM I’M THROUGH!!”, we jumped about and we had a drink to celebrate. I was through and going to the top 10 photoshoot; I was ecstatic. The photoshoot took place the next week in London so I booked my trains and got ready for the shoot by having my hair coloured and by getting a spray tan. The team had asked us to research what kind of hair and make-up we would like so I chose bouncy curls and smokey eyes…I was so excited.

The Photoshoot:

The day came around and I boarded the train in my loosest clothes (so as not to leave marks) with freshly washed hair and not a scrap of make-up on. I was ready for my make-over! On the journey down I worried about how I would pose and what I’d have to do but I also worried about what the other girls would be like, I was scared it would be bitchy and competitive but I had no reason to worry. I arrived at 10am and was greeted by the lovely Curvy Kate team and lead into a small room where I would be having my hair and make-up done. A couple of the other girls we’re already there and they were so friendly. The makeover then commenced and within a couple of hours I was transformed. Cue: modelling time. I had never been in front of the camera other than to have one of those ‘photoshoots’ you have with a friend and then pay a small fortune to have them printed out so I didn’t really know what I was doing. I think at the beginning, I must have looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights, but I soon relaxed in to and felt at ease and I actually started to enjoy myself.  The group shots were the best though, all us curvy and confident girls lined up was amazing to see. After the shoot was finished we were all gifted with the set we had shot in and given a big fluffy Curvy Kate dressing gown to take home. It was a lovely souvenir and a great reminder of a truly fantastic day.

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Behind the Scene Shot of Me Posing

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The Final Voting stage:

I received the pictures from the day via email and if I’m totally honest I wasn’t happy with all of them. I felt they didn’t show my figure in a very flattering way and that my hair was too big but I tried to pushed this out of my mind and focus on the fact you’re your own worst critic and listen to the people who said I looked good. The voting went live a few days later and the effort for votes increased, I contacted local press where I was featured in 3 newspapers, I sent more messages to my Facebook friends (who couldn’t fathom why they were voting again) and I joined groups and societies on social media trying to rally up the votes. I was tired of doing it but knew if I gave up there would be no chance of me winning so I kept at it. Finally the last day of voting came round and the lines were closed. It felt very strange to not know where you were in the running and that it was totally out of your hands with nothing else you could do to change the outcome.

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The winner:

A few days later the day the winner was to be announced arrived. I was petrified and my stomach kept doing flips. I was in university and everyone in my tutor group kept asking how I’d done and if I knew yet, the suspense was awful.  My computer wasn’t working and as 12:00 came I refreshed the screen and as it loaded slowly, Lotte’s picture came into view. My heart sank. I won’t lie,  I was initially really disappointed as I obviously would have liked to have won however as the page loaded some more my own image came into view with ‘3rd’ underneath. This lifted my spirits and I felt immediately better, I could tell people that I hadn’t won but that I had placed as a runner up. I was over the moon with this and then I felt so happy for Lotte as she really was a worthy winner and a natural born model. Plus my time with Curvy Kate was far from over….

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Working the Debenham’s Model Mate’s Campaign with My Future Boss Hannah

If someone had told me before I entered the competition that I wouldn’t only have an amazing time but also gain a career out of it I’d have laughed in their face but looking back on my time in Star in a Bra shows anything can happen. I didn’t win but I gained some great friends, a whole heap of confidence, job opportunities while I was at still at Uni and ultimately my job now as PR and Marketing assistant. It was a one off experience, and something that has genuinely made a huge difference to my life and how I view myself.

If you want to enter Star in a Bra then click the link….go on, do it, it could change your life too.

Star in a Bra Blog Posts….

Hello everyone,

I hope I’m finding you all well and that you’re all getting yourself into the Christmas spirit. We certainly are here at CK HQ, we’ve had Mariah blaring out since 9am!

Anyway as you all probably know now, our Star in a Bra website is all up and running and we are getting closer and closer to the opening of the entry stage (18 days to wait to be precise!). So as it is almost upon us I thought I would post a few blogs about different things surrounding the competition including my time in the competition, advice I’d give to people entering and also all the interviews I have carried out with past winners, contestants and 2015’s judges.

So first up it’s ‘My Star in a Bra Story’……

My Christmas Picks….

Now there is no escaping it. Christmas is upon us. So in the festive spirit  I thought I could put together a couple of pieces that I think will be amazing for this time of year, so here’s goes…

  1. Tease Me – Black/Gold:

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As you all know from the previous blog-post, ‘Tease Me’ is one of Curvy Kate’s most iconic pieces and I love them all. However I feel that this season’s colour way really is perfect for Christmas. The gold and black complement each other giving the piece a rich, warm feel. Meaning that I think this is the perfect set to be given as a gift, it’s sexy yet sophisticated and I know I’d be more than happy to find this tantalising set in my stocking.

Tease me is available in the Balcony bra and can be accompanied by either the frilly thong or suspender short. All can be purchased at Very.co.uk and Amazon.co.uk.

  1. Jewel – Ruby/Spice:

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As a new range in the Curvy Kate family, Jewel is an eastern inspired balcony bra with plenty of dramatic embroidery details and although the inspiration from this piece has come from far-flung lands, Jewel cannot help but make me feel festive. With the gorgeous Ruby colour-way with a hint of spice (perfect to warm you up on those cold nights) I think Jewel encapsulates Christmas and the sparkle and luxury it brings with it.

Jewel is the perfect piece to treat yourself with this season, a ready-made fabulously festive fashion piece available in balcony bra, thong and full brief.

All of these pieces are available to buy at, Simplybe.co.uk and Brastop.com.

  1. Smoothie – Wild Blush:

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The new and improved Smoothie set is not only totally gorgeous but also amazing as an occasion-wear solution. The smoothing effect of the moulded t-shirt bra and lifting and shaping that the high-waisted brief gives is great for slipping on under your favourite party dress. So grab your set early doors ready for all those Christmas dos!

The Smoothie set offers a moulded balcony bra, high-waisted shaper brief and invisible thong and short.

All pieces available at: Figleaves.com and John Lewis.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

It’s been a busy old week!

Hello Lovelies,

Wow! It’s been madness the last couple of weeks, so apologies that the blog posts have got a bit AWOL. I’ll give you a quick update on what has been going on in the world of Curvy Kate.

Firstly we held our Blogger Event last Friday at a cute little café called The Canvas in Shoreditch, it’s run by the body positive charity ‘Body Gossip’ (who Curvy Kate have been involved with a lot in the past) and features blank white walls where customers can write answers to their thought provoking questions. Lots of fun!

The night was a great success where we showcased our S/S15 collection, drank wine, ate cheese, danced to Beyonce and even revealed some very exciting news that will happening next year…. follow @dearscantilly for more details (it’s all very mysterious). Here are some pictures from the evening:

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We have also got some more amazing news…. Curvy Kate are award winners again! The team attended the UK lingerie awards on Wednesday and returned with a gong for ‘Marketing strategy of the year’ for the My Ultimate Uplift campaign. Such fantastic news and a real testament to the team and all their hard work. CK are on a roll! Thank you to everyone for their continued support….it looks like 2015 is going to be our year!

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