Star In A Bra North America Top Twenty: Marissa Warren

Written by Becky Mount on Oct 22, 2013

marissa_warrenWe’re getting closer and closer to the end of the competition, and we’re sad to think the blog won’t be so busy again for a while! But never fear – with the photo shoot coming up and interview with the top five, it won’t be long before we’re logging in every day to bring you more posts. We can’t wait!

On that note, let’s carry on with the last of our interviews.

Hey Marissa! Why don’t you start by telling our readers all about you? 

I am 21 years old, I currently work for TJ Maxx and I inspire to be a fitness/print model. My favorite things are: avid sport watcher, baking, trying new things, music, and I love to travel.

Sounds like this competition is perfect for you! Why did you decide to enter Star In A Bra North America this year?

I saw the contest advertised while looking for new bras on the website. Since I love the bras, I decided to enter because of the experience it would bring to being a model and the opportunities it could lead to.

It’s always good to be a Curvy Kate fan! Just one more question…the one everyone hates me for! Why do you think people should vote for you?

On top of being nice and respecting my fellow human-beings, I’m funny, I love to have a good time, I have a great since of humor and I have curves in all the right places. If I were to win the Star in a Bra contest, it would be an honor for me to represent Curvy Kate to it’s full potential and a dream come true.

Good luck Marissa!

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, which is today!

Star In A Bra North America Top Twenty: Camry Moore

Somehow we’re at the end of our interviews with our beautiful top twenty, and also at the end of voting! That’s right, today is the last day you can vote to decide on a top five for the next round of the competition!

So without further ado, let’s get on with our final interviews.

camry_mooreHey Camry! Why don’t you tell our readers all about you?

I’m 18 years old, living in Miami Florida. I’m the youngest of five kids. I have two sisters and two brothers, who are surprisingly supportive of me entering this competition! I have great parents who raised me to be the person I am today. I also have a 5-year old Shih Tzu back home who I miss so very much. I’m a Christian and I’m in school to be a Speech and Language Pathologist/American Sign Language teacher. I speak American Sign Language and I enjoy Deaf culture and studies more than anything. I also love to sing, the color green, and writing. When I was fifteen, I published a young adult romantic novel called The Sun in Her Eyes which was an amazing experience. I enjoyed being able to travel and meet kids from all different walks of life and inspire them to follow their dreams. Needless to say, I love being able to make a difference in the live’s of others.

Wow, sounds like you’re super busy, and it’s great that your family are so supportive. Why did you decide to enter the competition?

I entered this competition for fun and because it was something that I normally would never do. I wanted to step out of the box. And of of course being able to finally have a reason to pose in front of a camera in my undies instead of just doing it out of boredom was pretty cool. I mean, you know how sometimes when you’ve got nothing to do you just look at yourself in your bra and underwear and you have those kind of rare moments where you’re just like “wow, I feel like I look really good right now”? And you wanna take pictures, you know? Well, maybe that’s just me. It’s one thing to take the pictures though and it’s an entirely different thing to actually send them off for judgement. I honestly didn’t think that I would make it even this far in the competition, in fact I’d almost forgotten that I’d entered and then I’m sitting in my Bio lecture and I get this email saying I made it into the Top 20 and then I just, well, I guess you could say I have no idea what my professor was talking about for the rest of the class. (Oops, and I have an exam this Wednesday, fingers crossed!

And it’s also just a really awesome opportunity, I mean it’s just something you don’t see everyday. I love Curvy Kate’s mission and the message they send about body image. When I was in middle school and even the first couple years of high school, I needed the kind of encouragement that this company is giving. And even now, I still sometimes struggle with the way I feel about my body but it’s companies like Curvy Kate that help girls like me see that we don’t have to be anything but ourselves to be beautiful and I appreciate them for that and I want to be apart of sending that message.

Don’t worry, it’s not just you who does that Camry! Just one last question…the horrible one! Why do you think people should vote for you?

This is a really difficult question for me. Because for me this isn’t just about winning. I won’t lie and say that it isn’t about winning at all, of course I want to win. But for me, the much bigger picture is the opportunity that this competition offers, not to become a model, but to become a role model for girls who struggle the way I struggled with self-esteem and body image. Growing up with curves and a big bust can be so unnecessarily difficult in this world. Women like me and all the other contestants exist, but we aren’t showcased as much as we should be, or in the right way most of the time. For the most part, when you turn on your television or open a magazine, what do you see? I see beautiful women, of course, but they don’t look like me. It’s unnerving. And it’s not fair that I and women like me should have to feel like something is wrong with us or that we’re not good enough. I want to be apart of banishing the idea that you are required to be a certain size to be beautiful. If I am chosen as the winner, I will make as much of a difference as I can with the year and the influence that I’m given.

Good luck Camry!

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, which is today!

Next up we hear from Marissa Warren.

Star In A Bra North America Top Twenty: Katie Bizzack

Busy as we may be, we’re going to miss the blog being so busy when all our top twenty interviews are over. But luckily it won’t be long before we catch up with the finalists…bring on the photoshoot!

katie_bizzackHey Katie! Why don’t you tell our readers all about you?

My name is Katie Bizzak, I am 20 years old, and a junior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I am in the nursing program, on my way to become a registered nurse. I love cats, chocolate, ice cream, coffee, and naps. I cherish spending time with family, especially my 98 and 88 year old grandmas. I am a nurse’s aid at my local nursing home, and absolutely love caring for the residents and spending time with them. I feel like I have a hundred different grandmas and grandpas. I am from a little town, in the middle of nowhere, that consists of one stop light and a Dollar General. Lots of hunting and fishing goes on here, which I love to do as a past time with my older brother and dad. I love the tight knit community I was so fortunate to grow up in, consisting of 89 close friends in my graduating class, and about 4000 in our community. I grew up as a Roman Catholic, attending church every Sunday with my mom, dad, and brother. Ever since sixth grade I have been attached to the hip to my best friend, Kelley, and am fortunate enough to attend college and live with her now. Hopefully, I can make my hometown proud and thank everyone for coming together to vote for me.

I’m sure they’re all very proud of you. So why did you decide to enter Star In A Bra?

I entered to spread awareness of woman’s beauty in all different shapes and sizes. I want to support girls who do not fit into media’s portrayal of “beauty.” I have seen, first hand, what one little comment can do to someone’s self esteem and their body image. I want girls to be comfortable in their own skin so we can put a halt to bullying and eating disorders. In order to do this, girls need to learn to love their bodies, and the curves that come along with them.

Sounds like a good enough reason as any; it’s great how so many of the contestants really want to make a different when it comes to women and self esteem issues. Why do you think people should vote for you? 

People should vote for me because I want to win in order to spread awareness to others. I stand for more than just a curvy girl.. I’m a curvy girl who wants to inspire and educate other girls struggling with the pressures of today’s society. I want to be able to portray more healthy images in the media and be someone who young girls can look up to.

Good luck Katie!

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.

 

Star In A Bra North America Top Twenty: Jaime Anglin

And we’re onto our last interview of the day, which means there’s just four more interviews to go up tomorrow on our final day of voting. We can’t wait to see who the final five are going to be!

jaime_anglinHey Jaime, why don’t you tell our readers all about you?

I am 31 years old and I am a stay at home mom to two beautiful daughters, ages 4 and 17 months. I am from the small town of Marysville, Michigan. I love being at home with my girls; we have lots of fun. I am fortunate enough to be able to stay home with them and I am very grateful for that. I get to raise them, see them grow, and I don’t miss any important milestones.

I do have my teaching degree and I taught elementary school for 6 years. I taught 4th grade for 4 years and I worked as a reading support teacher for 2 years. This is my second school year staying at home. I just completed my master’s degree in reading this past May. I plan to go back to the classroom when youngest daughter starts school.

Since having children, I have a new found passion for healthy eating and exercising. I love to exercise! I like how it makes me look and feel. I like to swim, bike, run, strength train and do cardio kickboxing. I ran a few 5K races this summer and I completed my first triathlon. I am hooked! I now take a triathlon swim class and I just purchased my first road bike. I am just trying to be the healthiest version of myself. It makes me feel better and sets a good example for my daughters to follow.

It sounds like you’re one busy lady, and I bet your daughters are really proud of you. Why did you decide to enter the competition?

There are a few reasons why I entered this contest.  First, after my decision to commit to a healthier lifestyle, I have lost quite a bit of weight.  Much of it was baby weight, but I am proud of my accomplishments and how my body looks now.  I especially think it looks good after having two kids.  I wanted to do something for myself where I could celebrate my body and show off my newfound confidence.  This contest seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Second, I felt inspired to enter. After liking the Curvy Kate page on Facebook (which I was so excited to discover by the way because I have always had such a hard time finding bras and swimwear that fit properly) I loved all of the encouraging posts about loving your body, having confidence, embracing your curves, and being your best you.

Finally, it sounds like such a fun job!  I would love to try on all the fun, flirty Curvy Kate sets, experience photo shoots, traveling and being an advocate for the brand.

Three very good reasons! Just one last question Jaime; why do you think people should vote for you?

People should vote for me because I understand first hand the struggles women go through to find bras and swimwear that fit properly AND are cute.  This understanding makes me passionate about the brand.  I want to be a representative to help create awareness about Curvy Kate’s stellar products.

Through the encouraging Facebook posts, Curvy Kate has helped me gain the confidence in my body!  I wholeheartedly agree with this message and I want to inspire other women and my daughters to love and take care of their bodies to be their best, beautiful, confident selves!

Good luck Jaime! 

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.

Come back tomorrow for the last of our interviews!

Star In A Bra North America Top Twenty: Chloe Onyx

We’re so close to the end of our interviews with our beautiful top twenty…just five more to go after this latest interview! With that in mind, let’s get onto the next.

chloe_onyxHey Chloe! Why don’t you tell our readers all about you?

Hi, I am Chloe Onyx I am 25. I am a property manager and recently have begun to train for restaurant management! I have a knack for management as I have been doing it for some time now. I’m also a songwriter,as I was raised around the arts and entertainment industry all of my life. I thoroughly enjoy music and all aspects of the process of making songs, but most of all my passion is writing songs.

Sounds like you’re a busy girl! Why did you decide to enter Star In A Bra North America this year?

I entered to be the next Curvy Kate, because I believe I have a body type in the modeling world that is under-represented and I would like to represent the vast majority of women who are curvy but not plus sized and curvy but not a size zero.  I believe there are a plethora of women who are considered “straight sized” and have not been given a platform to shine in the modeling world.  I hope with my becoming the next Curvy Kate, we  can change that.  I am a healthy size 6-8 and I believe that my curves should be represented along with all the other curvy women in the world who may not be at the extremity of a size zero or a plus size to model. We are still very curvy, healthy, and beautiful.  There is a need for more diversity, and real curvy women come in all sizes including my size!

Good for you Chloe! Just one last question…the one everyone hates me for! Why do you think people should vote for you to get through to the next stage?

People should vote for me because I feel like I represent the customer of the Curvy Kate brand! I feel like I bring diversity in many aspects to the brand, and I will represent Curvy Kate with the upmost confidence as all Curvy Kate wearers should!

Good luck Chloe!

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 Jaime Anglin!

Star In A Bra North America Top Twenty: Hannah Shepard

Another day, another set of Star In A Bra interviews! With just today and tomorrow left, we best get started!

SONY DSCHey Hannah! Why don’t you start the day by telling our readers about you?

My name is Hannah Shepard, I’m twenty years old from a tiny town in Vermont and I attend a small liberal arts university where I’m studying creative writing. I’ve also battled a chronic pain condition since childhood. The stress of chronic pain combined with weight gain side effects from countless drugs, had resulted in a very poor body image. I remember thinking so little of my body; the way it felt and the way it looked. But in this past year, with support from family and friends, I have come to see that my body is beautiful in its strength and what it has overcome.

That’s great that you’ve overcome so much. Why did you decide to enter Star In A Bra North America this year?

I went onto the Curvy Kate website just looking for bras (as my chest has grown yet again) when I saw the ad for Star in a Bra. I briefly fantasized about being a svelte size two parading around in my undies, because that’s what I thought a model was. But then I realized that I am just as sexy at size 12/14 as I would be at a size two. So why shouldn’t I enter? So I did, making a day of it with friends acting as hairdressers and photographers. I thought it would be a great celebration of how far I’ve come.

Good for you Hannah! Just one last question…the horrible one! Why do you think people should vote for you? 

I think people should vote for me because I’m a small town girl with big dreams and even bigger boobs. Because winning would be the perfect finale to my year of self-discovery and self-acceptance. It would also be the beginning to a whole new journey. Hopefully I will inspire other girls and women to start journeys of their own. I am beyond sick and tired of people beating themselves up to fit someone else’s idea of beauty. Regardless of whether I continue here or not, I want people to realize that they’re extraordinary.

Good luck Hannah!

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 Katie Bizzack!

Star In A Bra North America Top Twenty: Ashley Thomas

We’re onto our final interview of the day, and with just two more days of interviews to go we can’t help but they’re going very quickly! Still, let’s carry on so we can hear from more gorgeous contestants.

ashley_thomasHey Ashley! Let’s start by telling our readers all about you. 

Hi everyone, I’m Ashley! I’m a 24 year old woman originally from Hattiesburg, Mississippi who currently lives in the beautiful City of Bridges (aka Pittsburgh, PA)! Going over the basics: my zodiac sign is a Cancer, I’m only 5’2.5″, and I’m  a sucker for any animal that lets me pet it. And yes, that includes snakes.

I currently work two jobs, one full-time and one part-time. My full-time job is working as a Oil & Gas Title Abstractor in the many courthouses of south-western Pennsylvania. Think of me as kinda like the Sherlock Holmes of land! My part-time job I recently started, is as an Artist Assistant for an awesome company called Wine & Canvas Pittsburgh. On top of all this, I’m also a student at the local community college here in Allegheny County! I know it sounds like a lot, but don’t worry! I somehow manage to juggle it all and keep up with my ever-expanding circle of friends.

How do you manage all of that?! You’re making me feel lazy! Why did you decide to enter Star In A Bra?

There are several reasons I entered Star in a Bra, but the most important one is this: to be a role model, not only to young girls and women who happen “to be blessed” as the Southern saying goes but also to those girls who are in the foster care system and struggling with low self-worth. You see, since I was 12 years old to the time I was 18, I was in the foster system. I can tell you exactly how many shelters I’ve been to (three, one of which I visited at least six times), and how many foster homes I’ve been in (six). I can tell you exactly how I hated my body, about how I only used to eat one meal a day because I was depressed and thought I was fat and ugly, about the times I was ridiculed and mercilessly picked on because no matter what I tried I was always busting out of my shirts. I can also tell you the amount of times I was taken for a bra fitting, which was once. One time in six years, and that was when I was 17 years old. My mom  on one of our visits took me to the local Belk’s and we asked a sweet older lady for her assistance. I can still remember the look on her face when I told her that for the last three plus years, I was just wearing any bra that was handed to me from donations.

It’s amazing what a well-fitting bra can do for your self esteem. I remember that once I started wearing the right size bra I thought of myself as pretty damn fly. It was a rough time getting here, but over all these years and many bras later, I’m still rocking that sassy attitude. The only difference is I’m no longer a size 34DD! I’m a proud 32GG (or H depending on the brand) who, despite my past of self-loathing, can honestly say that I do love myself.

I feel like it’s so important to show all those young girls and women that you can love yourself at any size, and through any circumstance. I want them to know that I’m more than willing to be here for them, to lead by example or just to talk to when they need a listening ear. And I especially want the girls who are currently in the situation I was in, the girls in mindsets where they feel so embarrassed and ugly just because of their body, that they aren’t alone. That there are others who are going through or did go through what they are right now, and that we can make it out of that cycle.

Wow, it sounds like you’ve been through a lot but it’s great that you’ve learned to love yourself. Just one last question! Why do you think people should vote for you?

Oh man, the hardest question! I want people to vote for me not only because I’m a gorgeous, confident woman who can rock a lovely bra but also because they can relate to me and my story. I want them to feel in their hearts that I can represent them and the emotional roller coaster loving your body is, especially when you don’t fit society’s standard of beautiful.

Good luck Ashley!

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.

Come back tomorrow for more interviews!

Star In A Bra North America Top Twenty: Michaela Duerson

We’re officially over half way with our Star In A Bra North America top twenty…how did that happen?! Still, we have a lot of interviews left to go, so let’s hear from a familiar contestant…

michaela_duerson

Hey Michaela! Why don’t you tell our readers about you?

Hi, my name is Michaela and  I’m 24 1/2 ( the half is important because I think it sounds cute!). I currently study Sports Journalism and Sign Language at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; I am also working on a Theatre Certificate. I am a Brand Ambassador for the NFL and I also write for three websites: The Bossup, Romp Rescue  and iBlah.

You entered the competition last year, what made you decide to enter again?

Last year I entered the competition and I made it into the top 10. It was the time of my life! So, of course I entered again this year! I still have my curves, I still dream big, and I’m just not a quitter. I’ll honestly probably enter the competition until my GRANDCHILDREN  tell me ” Grandma, that’s enough!” . Until then, I’m not going to give up on my dream, and I don’t think anyone else should either.

That’s good advice, and I’m glad not winning didn’t put you off! Just one last question Michaela…why should people vote for you?

People should vote for me because they don’t want to see my wrinkles in a bra 50 years from now if I don’t get picked!

Good luck Michaela!

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 Ashley Thomas!

Star In A Bra North America Top Twenty: Rebecca Winters

And we’re onto our second interview of the day, and our official half way point! Just ten more interviews to go after this one…

rebecca_wintersHey Rebecca, let’s start with you telling us a little about you…

Hmmm. Where to start? Well, I guess you would say that I’m a tenacious,goofy,compassionate busy-body that’s a bit stubborn but very humble. I try to never take anything for granted and I always try to stay positive. I’ve been blessed with an amazing husband, a wonderful family and extraordinarily supportive friends. I’m a big animal lover, supporter of size diversity and try to continuously better myself.

Sounds like you’ve got the right mind set for Star In A Bra then! Why did you decide to enter the competition this year?

I entered in this contest because of many reasons. First and foremost, I believe in Curvy Kate and  love what they stand for. I love their line! Second reason, to get over myself and the negative attachment I have with my own body image. How can I promote what I believe in which is ‘love your body, curves and flaws including!’ if I can’t even do that myself? This was a way to break through that scary shield of doubt and worry and just do it. So I did it.  And last but certainly not least…a year’s worth of  Curvy Kate lingerie. Need I say more?

Yeah, I won’t lie…the lingerie would probably seal the deal for me! Just one last question Rebecca…the horrible one I’m afraid! Why do you think people should vote for you?

I really couldn’t tell you why you should vote for me over the other contestants.  They’re beautiful women  who would represent Curvy Kate very well. It will be a tough competition for sure!  But if I had to say why to vote for me, I would say because maybe you can relate to me and my journey as well as  think I would represent Curvy Kate the best. If you do vote for me, thank you so much!

Good luck Rebecca!

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 Michaela Duerson!

Star In A Bra North America Top Twenty: Kia Billinger

We’re powering through these Star In A Bra interviews, and we’re almost at the half way mark! With that in mind, let’s start another day of interviews.

kia_billingerHey Kia! Why don’t we get started with you telling our readers all about you?

My name is Kia Billinger and I have to say I am super excited to be one of twenty women in this wonderful contest!

A little about myself, I am 27 years old from La Verne California. I am a recent RN Graduate from Mt. San Antonio College, I have passed the NCLEX and I am now a registered nurse. One of the best curves on my body is my smile; many have shared with me the impact it makes on their day. I can brighten any room with just my smile, and if making someone’s day better by just smiling, I am content. I am very comfortable in my skin and absolutely enjoy being a curvy woman. My curves are apart of me and I take them with me everywhere I go. I believe that beauty truly comes from within and will overflow in abundance outward.

Congratulations on becoming a nurse! No doubt your smile certainly helps with that job. Why did you decide to enter the competition? 

I entered the Star in a Bra contest because I saw an ad on facebook and learned that Curvy Kate was searching for a new face. I clicked on the Curvy Kate facebook page and saw many beautiful women who had a unique look, and thought to myself I too have a unique look and would love the opportunity to be a contestant. My desire to enter the contest became even stronger once I began looking at different pictures of myself. A few thoughts came to mind, I am a curvy woman with many flaws, I do not have the perfect shape, weight, size, or skin, yet I feel amazing and beautiful.

Good for you Kia. Just one last question! Why do you think people should vote for you?

People should vote for me because I am a curvy and confident woman who has a contagious smile and the desire to inspire others to be more comfortable and confident in their own skin. I believe I’m told I am beautiful because of the confidence I have and how comfortable I am with my flaws. I post many pictures of myself that have not been retouched and acne scars, pimples, stretch marks, etc. are visible to the world, and I don’t care because that is what makes me ME. I know there are many young girls and women who lack the ability to see themselves as beautiful because of what they are told by others, and because of their flaws, but I believe everyone is beautiful we just have to see past our flaws and make our flaws work for us. I want to be an inspiration for all women, more specifically women with a little “extra to love” because society hits us curvy women hard with how we “should” look rather than seeing us as beautifully and wonderfully made.

Good luck Kia!

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 Rebecca Winters!

Star In A Bra North America Top Twenty: Angela Longette

How are we already at the end of day two of Star In A Bra North America interviews? And almost half way through them?! Time really does fly when you’re having fun…so let’s keep going! Next up we speak to Angela.

angela_longette

Hey Angela! Why don’t you tell our readers all about you?

My name is Angela Longette and I am one of the top 20 Semi finalists for Curvy Kate star in a Bra North America. I am 19 years old and live in Freehold, New Jersey. I go to Brookdale Community College majoring in special education. My mother and I recently opened up a bra boutique in downtown Freehold specializing in hard to fit women. I have always had a hard time finding a bra that fits me. For the longest time I was wearing the wrong bra size because many stores don’t sell sizes larger than D. Now I can help women in my area to find the right bra, feel beautiful and feel better about themselves.

Good for you, and your Mother. If we’re ever in the area we’ll come in for a fitting! It seems like you know a lot about lingerie, why did you decide to enter Star In A Bra North America this year?

I want to be able to help curvy women all over to find their confidence and beauty. I think it is really important that women know that curvy is okay.

Just one last question Angela, the one everyone hates me for! Why do you think people should vote for you?

I’d love to be the new Curvy Kate Star in a Bra because I would love to represent all the girls that struggle with self image because of large breasts in North America. I want to be able to help to promote the brand and the fact that it is more than okay to be yourself whatever size you are! Curvy Kate fills a void that most brands don’t even acknowledge. And even in the short time our store has been open, we’ve found countless women who had no idea that bra sizes went up to a K cup. Many of those women have left our store feeling more comfortable, less self-conscious, and feeling beautiful too! Curvy Kate brand represents something that is very close to my heart. I’d LOVE the opportunity to represent them!

Good luck Angela!

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.

Come back tomorrow for more interviews!

Star In A Bra North America Top Twenty: Raysha Harris

We’re already on our third interview of the day…busy time at the Curvy Kate blog. But 20 interviews with 20 beautiful contestants? It certainly doesn’t feel like hard work! Onto our next interview…

raysha_harrisHey Raysha! Why don’t you tell our readers all about you?

My name is Raysha Harris, I’m 24 years old and I work as a caretaker at home taking care of my grandfather who has dementia. I’ve been a caretaker for the past 6 years, helping my family out as I helped take care of my grandmother who had cancer, and then my stepdad who had COPD and heart issues, up until now with my grandpa. I have an Associate degree in Business Administration and eventually I want to go back to school to earn my Bachelor’s degree.

Describing “me” isn’t easy, as I feel I’m a bit of a contradiction! I’m a tomboy but I can be a girly girl, I like the outdoors but I hate bugs, I’m silly but can be serious, I’m a math nerd but I hate math. I have many things I’m passionate about. I love anything to do with the paranormal, and I go on trips to investigate haunted locations and meet others who do the same. The paranormal has been something I’ve loved since I was a little girl, having grown up in a house that was haunted and having a grandma who was a sensitive. I love modeling, though my dreams of doing so got put on hold when I became a caretaker. I used to want to model for Victoria’s Secret but I found out I was too short!

I’m usually a happy person and I try to be fun to be around. I have my childish moments and I still find myself watching cartoons. I enjoy horror movies and anything nerdy or geeky; especially video games, anime and conventions like Comic Con. I have very supportive friends and family who are seeing me through this contest, and I love them for it.

It sounds like you have a lot on your plate but as long as there’s time for cartoons! Why did you decide to enter the competition this year?

I had actually found out about the contest last year, but the entry period ended before I could enter! So I told myself that I would do it this year and one of my best friends made sure to also keep an eye out for when the contest would start so I could make sure I got my entry in on time. I love what Curvy Kate stands for, and I loved that I didn’t have to be a certain height, or weight, or look ‘perfect’, because let’s face it, no one is! I mostly want to show that you don’t have to be super skinny to be a model, that you’re beautiful in the skin you’re in, curves and all, so embrace it!

We’re bet you’re glad you entered this year! Just one last question Raysha…why do you think people should vote for you?

I would hope that people would vote for me because as a model for Curvy Kate I would try to show others that you don’t have to be skinny just to wear beautiful lingerie that actually fits right and you don’t have to hide your curves! Show them off, be proud of how you look, you’re beautiful! I want women to feel that way, to not think they have to be stuck in unflattering, plain lingerie because that’s what fits. You’re beautiful no matter what size you are or how big your breasts are. Embrace it! I’m proud of my body and I want to show that.

Good luck Raysha!

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 speak to Angela Longette!

Star In A Bra North America Top Twenty: Elisha Perez

We’re onto our second interview of the day now with Elisha Perez…it won’t be long before all the interviews are up and you can make that hard decision of who to vote for! Obviously you can vote already, but we thought you might want to hear what all our contestants have to say. It could make the decision even harder though!

elisha_perezHey Elisha, why don’t you tell us all about yourself?

I’m an outgoing, vibrant, 37 year old single mother who has only recently started to really love my curves. I’m a sister, a daughter, an aunt, niece, a friend, I really am every woman out there. My guilty pleasures are dancing, wine and chocolate (I’m not sure I can go more than a day without a little piece of chocolate!). I generally “play it safe” but once in a while will do something crazy, like enter a contest to be a lingerie model!  I’m funny, kind, sincere, down to earth and above all I’m REAL.

We’re bet you’re glad you entered now! What made you want to enter Star In A Bra North America this year?

I was feeling rather daring and confident, I haven’t seen a model with s shape like mine and I thought “why not?!” Just 2 months ago I had major surgery for a diseases that I had been misdiagnosed for 15 yrs with. I was in such debilitating pain everyday for so long  that I had lost myself and most of my confidence. Since the surgery I’ve had to re-build what I lost. I thought this was a great way to put myself out there, love myself just as I am and continue to live myself to the fullest. To be honest, my 4 year old daughter was a HUGE part of this…she loves my “boobies” (I laugh every time I say it, and more so when she screams it) she wants them for herself. I thought, if I could only love myself (just as I am ) the way she loves and see’s me,  how happy I would be. So I’ve started to just breathe it all in. I struggled with my breasts most of my life – not liking them because they were too big (they were the enemy)…now embracing them and thinking how lucky I am to be so blessed. We’re a team now – me and my bosom buddies – and we want to tell the world it’s OK to love yourself, just as you are.

Good for you Elisha. Just one final question…why do you think people should vote for you?

Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, colors and age, and I’d like to have the chance to prove that. Pretty please, with sugar on top?

Good luck Elisha!

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 speak to Raysha Harris!

Star In A Bra North America Top Twenty: Rebecca Payton

Another day, another set of Star In A Bra interviews to get through! Who’s ready to hear from the next contestant?

rebecca_paytonHi Rebecca! Let’s start the day with you telling our readers all about you. 

Hello! I am Rebecca Payton and I am a senior at Georgia State University. I am studying psychology, but I am thinking about law school! I have worked at LiviRae Lingerie for the past four years as a bra fitter and LOVE lingerie. I am a people person, and love to make women happy everyday at work. I love to laugh and have a good time with friends, and I never meet a stranger. I even hug clients after I work with them, having created a bond between us. I truly thrive off of other’s happiness and love working. I love listening to music whether it’s in my car with the windows down or at a concert. I keep my family and friends close and try to live life to the fullest!

I want a hug from my bra fitter! Sounds like you know a thing or two about bras then. Why did you decide to enter the competition this year?

I entered the Star in a Bra competition because my friend tagged me in a post on Facebook talking about it, and knew I would be interested. I had recently just gained some confidence from wearing my bra and underwear on television for my bosses show Double Divas. Even though it was a short clip that I did with my coworkers it made me feel wonderful knowing I had already accomplished something I thought I would never do. Curvy Kate is also right up my ally because I work with the product everyday and love it! It fits amazing and if I were to represent a brand Curvy Kate would be the one.

That’s what we like to hear! One last question – why do you think people should vote for you? 

I have a passion for helping women of all shapes and sizes and if I can represent Curvy Kate I would be doing this every day. I also appreciate lingerie and the thought and effort that are put into the design because I know how a good bra is supposed to fit. Whenever I see my client’s face light up after I put on one of the gorgeous Curvy Kate bras, I am completely confident that with a good rotation this bra will be one of their favorites! My knowledge of fit would help me promote the brand better because I will actually study all the amazing elements of the bra! I find it so fascinating. I don’t want to just be a model I want to be the face of a brand that is representing making women of every size feel sexy!

Good luck Rebecca!

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 Elisha Perez!

Star In A Bra North America Twenty: Heather Sheldon

We’re onto our fourth and final interview of the day but never fear – we’ll be back tomorrow to hear from more of our beautiful top 20.

With that in mind, let’s start our last interview of the day.

heather_sheldonHey Heather! Let’s get started…why don’t you tell our readers all about you?

My name is Heather Snow Sheldon, I was born and raised in Palmer, Alaska and have been living in Los Angeles for 3 ½ years. I work as a Program Manager for a local non-profit that teaches girls how to be more empowered, strive for greatness and ultimately graduate high school and lead happy successful lives. I have a strong passion for traveling and have had the opportunity to go to Ghana, Africa, Turkey, Italy, Israel, Mexico and Canada.

Along with traveling I love food and trying new and interesting dishes, along with cooking and baking for friends and family. I come from a large family of 6 kids! I am the unofficial middle-child and am blessed to have an amazing family network. When not working or traveling, I love being outside and going on urban adventure days! Reading and listening (but really singing along to) country music are also two of my favorite past-times.

That job sounds amazing; very jealous of all your travelling as well! Why did you decide to enter Star In A Bra North America this year? 

I remember having seen the Star in a Bra competition last year but not thinking about entering. This year I felt compelled. My job is all about being an empowered woman and helping to empower and uplift young girls; to instill the knowledge that they are great, worthy and beautiful as they are.

It took a long time for me to be comfortable in my body, to really truly own my curves and not just be okay with them but to LOVE them. I entered so that I could share the love I have of my own body and to hopefully inspire and encourage other girls and women to love theirs.

That’s great to hear. One last question! Why do you think people should vote for you?

People should vote for me because I work on a daily basis to empower girls to own their greatness. I want women to see me and relate to me as a real woman in the world striving to be the best I can be; I am who I am and I’m not trying to be anything but that. I want to show that real women are beautiful, strong and fierce in their curvy bodies!

Good luck Heather!

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.

Come back tomorrow for more interviews with our top 20!

Star In A Bra North America Top Twenty: Chelsea Garcia

With twenty interviews to get through, something tells me the Curvy Kate blog is going to be a bit busy over the next few days…

So without further ado, let’s hear from our next contestant!

chelsea_garciaHi Chelsea! Why don’t you start by telling us all about you?

I am SO excited for this competition! For years and years I have struggled with my breast size…never quite fitting into bathing suits, dresses, shirts etc. For as long as I can remember I have always been known as “oh you know…Chelsea the really pretty girl…huge boobs…” and instantly everyone knows who they are talking about. And that’s OK with me! I have always been proud of my shape and celebrated it. People always talk about how great my posture is…and in my mind I’m like “um yeah, I have to hold these up! Shoulders back, chin up!”

So a little bit about myself, well I am 28 and a LMT living in Austin Texas. Originally I am from San Antonio which is where my four sisters and the rest of my family still reside. Basically I am just a normal girl – I love my family, my friends and my life.

You’ve made me want to work on my posture…sitting up straight in my chair as I type! Why did you decide to enter Star In A Bra?

I entered into Star in a Bra because:

1. I found Curvy Kate online and fell in love with the bras, they are soooo pretty! And that’s a hard thing to find when you’re curvy; most bras look like something a Grandma would wear, and sorry but I’m 28. I want to feel beautiful and sexy in my undies!

2. I think the media image of women is incredibly skewed, not everyone is a size 2 and 123 lbs. I think I am the perfect ambassador to show that you can be healthy, beautiful, confident, and sexy as a curvy woman.

3. It sounds like FUN! Who wouldn’t want a whole team of people trying to make you look as gorgeous as you can look?

Last question! Why do you think people should vote for you? 

People should vote for me because I embody everything that Curvy Kate stands for; I am beautiful, intelligent, confident in who I am, what I stand for, and how I look. And I would love to be a symbol for women that have always looked at themselves as TOO much, so that they know they are not too much. They are just right.

Good luck Chelsea!

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 Luanne Schlosser!

Star In A Bra North America Top Twenty: Veronica Tejado

It feels like only yesterday we were announcing this years competition and here we are already, with a beautiful top twenty for Star In A Bra North America.

And in true Star In A Bra fashion we’ve been firing three very important questions over to our top twenty to help you cast you vote. Remember, the only way you can vote is via our Facebook page!

The top five girls will go on to the next stage of the competition and feature in a glamorous photo shoot.

But before we get that far, let’s start with our first interview.

veronica_tejadoHi Veronica! Let’s start with you telling our readers a little about yourself. 

Hello Becky! My name is Veronica Tejado and I am originally from East Windsor NJ but I now reside in Morrisville PA. I am a size 12/14 and I love my curves .

I have always been interested in the the fashion and modeling industry and I would love to be a positive role model for women everywhere. Since the age of 7 I’ve pursed the art of dance all the way until college . I went to a performing Arts high school in Mercer County Community College where I studied Ballet, Jazz and Modern dance. I am classically trained in all 3 forms of dance. After high school I majored in dance at Long Island University where I studied under one of Alven Ailey principal dancers. After only one semester there I made a decision to transfer schools and became a communications major at William Paterson university where I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in communications.

It was at my time in WPU that I discovered the market of plus size modeling. I attempted to break into the industry and had a few small success but never was able to successfully launch a career as a plus model. I tried to involve myself in various activities ( fashion shows , test shoots etc) but life led me in the direction of Social Work . For two years I dedicated my self to helping others less fortunate them my self; I worked with children who were from broken homes and even Juvenile Detention Centers, I also worked with people of the Developmentally Disabled population. I loved the rewards of helping others, it is truly a passion of mine but all the while I longed for a career in the Arts and entertainment Industry. My passion is to work with creative individuals to express the vision of Artists in all areas (Dance, Acting, Modeling, theater etc) I miss the environment of promoting positive expression.

I currently am working in luxury retail for Guerlain and I very much enjoy what I do because I get to interact with different people on an everyday basis. I am a pleasant social being and I love meeting new people and learning from them. Creating relationships with clients is truly rewarding :) . Although I am dedicated to what I do I feel I have what it takes to be a positive role model for women and would love to be more involved in the Modeling industry.

Sounds like you’re a busy girl, and it’s great that you’ve dedicated so much time to others. Maybe Star In A Bra will give you the chance to get into the creative industry. Why did you decide to enter the competition?

I entered because I love the brand Curvy Kate and would like to have an opportunity to work for them. I also would love to be a positive role model for women and promote a healthy body image

Just one last question Veronica! Why should people vote for you?

I think people should vote for me because I have a great personality, a positive attitude and killer curves !

Good luck Veronica!

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 Chelsea Garcia!

Star in a Bra Terms and Conditions

To enter the Star in a Bra competition entrants must:

‘b) have a natural size D+ cup bra size with no enhancements’

Firstly please know that this is not a subject we take lightly, it is so important to us to listen to all of our valued customers and in no way do we intend to discriminate against certain women.

Curvy Kate launched the ‘Star in a Bra’ competition in 2009 due to a lack of professional models that truly represented the everyday curvy woman. Curvy Kate received regular requests from customers who wanted to see how our lingerie ranges would look on a curvy shape with figures they could relate to.

As a new brand, fit has always been at the forefront of everything we do and as our customers all appreciate, supporting and lifting heavy breasts isn’t easy. That’s why the competition was so refreshing; at last women could see how bras would look on similar breasts to theirs, which weren’t necessarily perky or perfect. They could see the support they would be given and the shape the bra would give to a similar size.

We thought at the time that cosmetically altered breasts may not be able to show this as well and would not truly show our customers the fit of our bras.  It also seemed unfair for someone with breast enhancements to compete against someone with natural breasts in the competition – as with some breast enhancements the breasts do not sag and the shape may be uplifted.

The winner of the competition would appear at Trade shows and from our experience retail buyers like to see how the product performs on a natural bust.

Obviously, there are so many different types of breast surgery, done for numerous reasons, however at this moment in time we have to have one rule across the board as it is really difficult for us to know where to draw the line regarding surgery. We have spoken to our customers, past winners, entrants and retailers about this subject and it seems so far that this has been the preferred way for the competition to run.

Of course we understand surgery may not be for cosmetic reasons but for health reasons and we are keen to take any concerns into consideration whilst we review the terms and conditions. With each competition we hope to find a solution but unfortunately we have found no way around this rule to date.  So far it has seemed impossible to find a solution that would please everybody.

We would love to hear feedback from all our fans, letting us know how they feel about our current terms and conditions. Would women entering the competition be put off taking part or is this in fact a way Curvy Kate can show even more diversity?

We believe it is time to look into this further and hope we can come up with a solution that works for all curvy girls. Please leave your comments below.

 

Coppafeel! #BraHijack

Okay I’ve got some great news for you!…

Curvy Kate have teamed up with Coppafeel to get potentially life-saving messages out into the lingerie world by spreading the word, through messages on our bras, of the importance of regular boob-checks.

The Coppafeel charity aims to stamp out late detection and misdiagnosis of breast cancer by ensuring that people know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, know what their boobs look and feel like normally, check their boobs regularly throughout their lifetime and have confidence to seek medical referral when they detect abnormalities.

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So starting from January 2014, Curvy Kate will be adding Coppafeel reminder messages to all bra labels to reach out to all our customers and ensure that every time you pick up your bra you will check your boobs as a precautionary measure.

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Look out for these new labels coming out shortly and I will keep you posted with some more of the great things we have planned!

Click here to read more about Coppafeel from a previous post or of course visit their website for more information.

Afternoon Tea with Spabreaks.com

It’s Women’s Wellness Week thanks to Spabreaks.com!

On Monday 16th September, Spabreaks hosted an amazing women’s celebratory event at Grace Belgravia, London. It was an uplifting, feel-good time which included lovely afternoon tea and treats by Tony Zoccola of East Dulwich Deli, wonderful sensual music by Lydia Bayliss, an ear-gripping monologue by Ruth Rogers of Body Gossip, a talk on women’s wellness by Spabreaks‘ MD Abi Wright and Women’s Health editor Farrah Storr.

There was also a charity raffle drawn by the lovely Gaby Roslin! Up for grabs were gifts from my-wardrobe.com, Chavin, Bannantyne, Glossybox and many more as well as gorgeous Curvy Kate lingerie!

Curvy Kate brought a great event to a close by showcasing the entire Autumn/Winter 2013 collection in a lingerie fashion show modelled by UK Star in a Bra 2013 winner Lotte Williams, Top 10 finalists – Alice Jackson, Dominique Wells and Georgie Hughes as well as Top 10 2012 finalist Alice Rayman!

Above: Curvy Kate models with singer Lydia Bayliss

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View more about Spabreaks and Women’s Wellness Week in a previous blog post here!