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.
Hey 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!