Carrying on from our blog post with Lizzie, we also spoke to to Laura Butler.
The beautiful Laura was a winner in our first EVER Star In A Bra competition, five years ago – we’re feeling a little old! Although She’s gone on to be one of our main models and we’re not looked back since. Laura is instantly recognisable as one of the faces of Curvy Kate; in fact, a lot of people assume she’s actually called Kate!
Here’s what Laura has to say about herself, Star In A Bra and why you should enter…
“Hello! I’m Laura and I’m a teacher of Psychology (International Baccalaureate and A-level) and also a dance teacher. I have danced since I was 3 years old and started working as a professional showgirl at 18 years old. It was around this time that I began modelling for Curvy Kate as part of the first Star in a Bra competition and this was a few years previous to me wanting to be a teacher…I had never wanted to teach so had never thought that modelling would get in the way and fortunately for me it hasn’t despite my students knowing.
I am a Size 10-14 (UK) in clothes, it just depends on where I buy them, I never buy a certain size I just see what fits me. I am not and doubt I ever will be a fan of shopping – it makes me frustrated! I would prefer to walk around in my underwear so I suppose modelling lingerie was always going to be for me!
My passions are dance and psychology with a slice of danger on the side. I love the fear of doing something scary but my biggest fear is failure which is why I tend to do a lot and keep myself busy.
My Star In A Bra experience was amazing – it was the first Star In A Bra competition, so it wasn’t as well-known as it is today so because there was no expectations it was scary as I didn’t have anyone to turn to, like you all have now! I am not a shy girl so confidence was never something I was lacking but Star In A Bra seemed to cement that confidence and it really shines through now in all I do. I didn’t expect anything to come of entering Star In A Bra, but I was in the final so was happy about. When I met all the Curvy Kate staff we all just seemed to click and I believed in the product so much it became a match made in heaven! (Well that’s how I felt!) From the day I entered to now (4/5 years on) my feelings haven’t changed. I still love all of the staff and my love for the products just increases year on year. I think of Curvy Kate as an extension of my family.
I love modelling for Curvy Kate. I do not do it often and am not sure how long they will want me – especially with all of the Star In A Bra competitions – but I will continue to enjoy it. The shoots are great and we (the Curvy Kate team and models) have such a good time, there is nothing not to like. Being a Curvy Kate girl is indescribable. I feel so proud to say that I am and I always will do, it makes me happy.
Modelling for someone like Curvy Kate is a great way to make a small change to the modelling world! It makes your confidence soar and gives you something to talk about when you are older. It is an extraordinary thing to do so if you want something extraordinary in your life and then go for this. I think people should enter because everyone should do something extraordinary in their life and this ticks all the boxes – I should know as I have ticked them!
If you do want to enter, I would recommend it to women who are thick skinned, confident or want to improve their confidence to take part. Star In A Bra can take its toll on you so be prepared to have butterflies throughout the competition – it is a roller coaster.
Be confident, let fate play its part (remember it is a public vote), stay strong and without fail DO NOT be tempted to publicly bad mouth other entries. We are all women, let’s champion each and every individual. Also as it’s on a public forum be aware and prepared for those that may say a bad word against you – remember it is generally jealousy so take it on the chin. Be true to yourself, work on your strengths while building on your weaknesses, remind yourself that Curvy Kate is for DD+ and that means as long as you fit in their bras then you are a Curvy Kate girl whether you are a Size 0 or a size 22 (UK)!”
It’s quite strange to think that Laura entered the first EVER competition and is still a huge part of the Curvy Kate family…and here we are, having launched the competition in Australia last year and American this year! It won’t be long before Curvy Kate rules the world!
We really hope both Lizzie and Laura’s stories have inspired some of you to take the plunge and enter.
Head over to our Curvy Kate USA Facebook page and application to get entering, you only have a few days left!