So by now you would have seen the pictures and the videos of our beautiful final five at their exclusive photo shoot in New York. How amazing do they look?!
Before voting comes to an end, we thought you’d want to get to know a bit more about our gorgeous top five. You’ve already heard a little about them in their top twenty interviews, bet let’s find out how they got on at the shoot…
First up we speak to Katie Bizzack!
Hey Katie! So, how did the shoot go?!
The shoot went amazing! I absolutely adore all of the girls that made it into the top 5 and the Curvy Kate team. I have never met a group of people that were more supportive and fun to be around.
I’m gutted I wasn’t there! It sounds like you all had an amazing time though and I LOVE all the photos. How did you feel before the shoot? Were you nervous?
Was I nervous?! You can answer this question yourself by going to the group YouTube video and watching me during the interview. I crack up every time I watch it! It honestly looks like I am two seconds away from tears and passing out as my mind kept going blank during every single question. I wish I could go back and redo all of them.
Before the shoot I was beyond excited. Getting my hair and makeup done professionally has always been a dream of mine and when it was my turn to get all dolled up I could barely contain myself! I felt famous sitting there in my big, fluffy Curvy Kate robe (that I have worn every night since the shoot) with the cameras rolling as I got pampered. I only got nervous when questions started flying my way during the interview and when I realized I had no idea how to pose like a model ( I was absolutely clueless up there!).
Well you looked pretty good to us so you were doing something right! And how did you feel after?
After the shoot, I couldn’t contain myself. I was calling my entire phone list, posting on every social network, and just beyond ecstatic.
Here’s hoping your phone bill isn’t too horrendous after that! So I heard you were refitted at the shoot…
Boy oh boy, was I ever refitted! Thank goodness! I came in to the photo-shoot wearing a 34 DD and was refitted into a 28 HH. I’m embarrassed to even admit that I was so far off on my bra size. No wonder I have back problems!
Wow, I think that could well be our biggest refit ever…congratulations on your new size! Did you have a favourite set from the shoot?
My favorite set was the Carmen Rose Mix that I was so lucky to wear! All of the sets were gorgeous, but my absolute favorite was that one. I felt like a mermaid!
I’m counting down the days until that set is out, it’s SO pretty and you looked phenomenal in it. So what were the best and worst parts of the day?
The worst part was definitely, definitely, by far the interview! Oh my goodness. They had to “de-shine” my face with makeup right afterwards because I think I was sweating the entire time! I didn’t think it would be that nerve-racking being asked questions with a camera directly in my face and all four girls circled around me staring at me. Just thinking about it makes me feel nervous!
The best part was meeting Rebecca, Jaime, Elisha, and Chelsea. They were all so sweet, supportive, and had so many interesting stories to tell! I wish we all had more time together.
I would practice my poses in the mirror before going, maybe watch a few “how to” videos, and also film myself as a friend asked me the interview questions before going, as many of the girls told me they did.
That’s a really good idea! Remind me to do that next time I have to do an interview. Do you have any advice – apart from that! – for anyone considering entering the competition in the future?
Do it, do it, do it! It has been the experience of a lifetime. It has been so humbling to wake up nearly every morning with a message from someone I know or someone random telling me how much I inspire them and how amazing this company is and how I am helping them love and accept their bodies. A dance studio in my hometown actually reached out to me and is having me come in to talk to her dance studio over my Christmas break about positive body image. So far I have inspired many people and it truly is the best feeling in the world to know I have made an impact on others.
It must be great to know that you’re helping women out there feel better about themselves, which is what Curvy Kate is all about. Do you think it’s important that companies represent their customers?
I think it is extremely important! This company represents the majority of the girls out there. Why wouldn’t companies use a variety of different sized models – skinny, curvy, tall, short, etc. – to show off their product?! We are all out there, so use us! It is amazing that Curvy Kate uses their consumers as their models.
I think these days the tables are definitely turning and customers do want to see women they can relate to modelling clothes, and I’d like to think Star In A Bra is a big part of that. What do you think it means to be a Curvy Kate girl?
It means to be a confident girl, who shines on both the inside and out, who loves her body, and wants to help change other girl’s vision of themselves!
And how does it feel to be a Curvy Kate girl?
I am honored to be a part of the competition because I am able to share my views. I believe that true beauty lies within the uniqueness of each individual, and I would love to inspire every girl, regardless of her body type, to feel confident in her own skin!
Just one last question Katie – the horrible one! Why do you think people should vote for you to win the competition?
I would love for people to vote for me because I stand for something more than just a curvy girl who wants to show off a product. I am doing this competition to inspire a young girl I grew up with back home. She was diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia in 8th grade. That is the time in young girls’ lives when they are carefree, going to dances, having sleepovers, flirting, and the only thing they are worried about is if their boyfriend of that week will text them. I want to show her that all body types are beautiful! Every single one of them. There isn’t this “cookie cutter image” out there that you need to fill in order to be considered beautiful. Beauty comes from within, and I want her, and all other girls, to see that. Help me pass on this message around the world by voting for me. Even if I only help one girl to realize she is beautiful just the way she is, it is all worth it.
Good luck Katie!
To vote for Katie, please head on over to the Curvy Kate Facebook page but hurry, voting ends soon! And remember you have just one vote this time, so make it count.