My name is Mariko Everett and I’m 23 years old. I’ve taken a semester off from uni to work and travel. I work at an organic, macrobiotic, vegan restaurant. What a mouthful! Needless to say I’m interested in health.
It certainly sounds like it and you’ve got the body to show for it! What dress and bra size do you wear?
Depending on the item of clothing and the brand I can be anything from a size 6 to a size 14. Spanning 5 different sizes might sound unlikely but I have a very small waist and comparatively large hips and bust. In Curvy Kate bras I’m a 6J (28J UK size).
I think your clothing problems are pretty common – I’m pretty much exactly the same. I love my hourglass shape but it’s not easy to dress for! We always refit everyone at the shoot, just to make sure they’re wearing the right size! Did you leave with a new bra size?
No, I was wearing the correct size. I’ve known my true size since I was a teenager. Its a good thing I took the initiative and researched it for myself, since many lingerie stores don’t actually know how to fit correctly. They try to put me in bras that are too big in the back and too small in the cup. I’m really passionate about women being educated about bra sizes and wearing their correct size. It sounds like a simple task and yet over 80% of women get it wrong. That might not be a big deal if you have a smaller bust, but larger cups need proper support to be comfortable, to avoid strain on their neck and shoulders, and to look good under clothes!
Good for you Mariko! Never under estimate the power of a good fitting. It seems like you certainly have a passion for underwear, why did you enter Star in a Bra?
I entered Star In a Bra because I really admire the ethics of Curvy Kate. By using women who in real life actually wear their products, they are giving a realistic representation of what customers will look like. This is helpful and nothing short of empowering! You’re not in the changing room thinking you look so different to the model in the poster that you may as well be wearing a totally different product. Instead the model is a girl with lumps, bumps and curves – just like the reflection you’re seeing in the mirror – and she’s looking attractive, healthy and confident! Their ads aren’t intimidating, they’re inspiring! On top of that, they are one of the few brands that make my size. I want to be a part of that brand!
That’s exactly what we go for! It’s great that people feel they can relate to us and the models we use, which is the reason for Star in a Bra. How does it feel to be in the final 5?
Exciting, nerve-wracking and full of potential.
Short and sweet, but spot on! How did you react when you heard the good news?
I was in a daze. I’d been waiting all day to hear and as soon as I found out I had to rush off to work. When it hit me I was just beaming.
It’s certainly one way to put a smile on your face! How did your loved ones react? It can always go one of two ways, and hopefully it was all positive…
They were surprised at first. I’ve never done anything like this before. I’m not normally one to be photographed without clothes! But if there was ever going to be a cause to get me to do so, this is it. Now that its sunk in everyone is being really supportive. Friends from all around the world have been getting votes for me. My work has really gotten on board – they made a poster for me!
Wow, that’s the kind of support you want! It’s been a few weeks now, but tell us all about the photoshoot!
It was fun! As the only Sydney girl, I was the first to arrive. That meant I had my hair and make-up done first and before I knew it I was in front of the camera! To be honest I wish I had been able to watch one of the other girls before I did my shoot – I learn by example. But I gave it my best shot (hah). When we did the group pics, Lydia kept quoting lines from Anchorman to make us all laugh. It worked! I love that movie.
Zoolander at a photo shoot I could get, not sure about Ron Burgundy! How did you feel before and after the shoot?
The week before the shoot I was really excited. The day before, the nerves set in. Afterwards I felt exhausted as the adrenaline left my body. Then my boyfriend and his sister took me out for drinks and I felt relieved and relaxed!
The best way to settle those nerves! I’m not sure I could do it, so well done. It does sound really tiring, I don’t think people realise how exhausting it can be, no matter how fun it is. What was your favourite part about the shoot?
Seeing what goes on in a professional photo shoot. Being dolled up in big hair and make up. Hanging out with the other brave busty babes!
It is a really fun day – I can’t wait for the next UK competition so I can get stuck in again. And how about the worst part? If there is one!
Waking up at 4am and being too nervous to fall back asleep.
Well I’ll give you that one! Do you have a favourite Curvy Kate set?
The Tease Me in Almond and Black. A gorgeous style, classic colours and supportive, flattering fit!
That’s my absolute favourite Tease Me, such a lovely set and colour! You seem to be quite devoted to Curvy Kate (which we like to hear!), what do you love most about the brand?
They make my size in a range of styles, from practical to pretty to provocative.
I think that’s one of the best things about the company and the products – they really have all bases covered, and you never feel like style or fit is a compromise. Have you learned anything from taking part in the competition?
I’ve learned that taking a chance, trying something different and stepping out of your comfort zone can be quite rewarding! I’ve also discovered that lots of people, from close friends to random acquaintances, are happy to get behind a cause if you ask for their support. If I don’t win and this doesn’t go any further, I’ll have a good story for the kids one day!
Imagine hearing that from your parents/grandparents! Well this has been the first Australian Star in a Bra and hopefully not the last. If that’s the case, do you have any words of wisdom for anyone considering entering next year?
DO IT. You’ve got nothing to lose. I know its scary to submit photos of yourself in your underwear, it took me weeks to work up the courage. But just the act of sharing that photo of yourself, looking healthy and happy, is something to be really proud of! And who knows what may happen – you might end up in the Top 5, like me!
Yes, everyone should listen to Mariko! To you, what would be the best part about winning the competition? You can say the freebies!
Going to London! And all the freebies
Smart answer, although we’re not sure you’ll enjoy our probably rainy weather! Now, these days it’s hard to escape the word curvy and all the pitfalls that come with it. Some people seem to be team skinny or team curvy, but why should curvy be another term for plus sized? This competition definitely shows that you can have curves no matter what size you are. Here at Curvy Kate we embrace all shapes and sizes, all the lumps and bumps and we should be united, not fighting each other! What’s your take on it all?
I think its really important that we don’t simplify women’s body types in to two or three different basic categories. Being curvy doesn’t mean you are plus-sized. Being plus-size doesn’t mean that you are curvy! We’re talking about the curves of a woman’s body, the shapes that go in and out. Its about boobs, hips, bums and thighs. If you are proportionally larger in those areas compared to the rest of your body (waist, arms, legs) then you are curvy! Some people tell me that my boobs aren’t that big. However, proportionally to my size 6 waist, they are! It was unfortunate that we had a backlash from people who said we weren’t curvy, just sticks with big breasts. Hopefully people will realise that this concept of skinny vs. curvy is false.
Good for you! It’s true – their are pros and cons to any body type, how do you feel about your figure?
Being a curvy girl is part of me and something that I wouldn’t change. I love my body the way it is so its a pro for me. But whether you’re curvy or not, rocking what you’ve got and being happy is what makes you attractive. I can definitely name some cons I’ve experienced. Back pain, difficulty finding bras and clothes that fit, not being able to run without a sports bra on! Despite this I don’t envy my less curvy friends, and they know about the cons so they’re smart enough not to envy me.
That’s a great attitude to have Mariko. Well, we’ve come to the end of our interview so here’s the big one…why do you think you should win the competition?
All the girls are awesome, I think we all deserve to win. I would be an enthusiastic representative for Curvy Kate because I have experienced the positives and negatives of being a curvier girl. This has made me proud of my body and a passionate customer of Curvy Kate, a brand that literally and figuratively supports curvy women. Having said that, people will vote for the girl they think is the most deserving. I’ll be really happy if that’s me!
Good luck Mariko!
Has Mariko won your vote? You have just under a week to decide as voting closes on the 8th of September. But if you’re still a little undecided, we still have two interviews left so watch this space.
To vote for Mariko, follow this link.