Well we are officially half way through our interviews and I hope you’re still enjoying them! If you’re still undecided about who to vote for, why not wait until all the interviews are up? Although saying that, it might make the decision even more difficult!
Our next interview comes courtesy of the gorgeous Jackie Flores!
My name is Jackie Flores, I am 24 years old and I study Psychology and Child Development.
Wow, clever girl! What sizes do you usually wear when it comes to lingerie? Were you refitted at the shoot? Unfortunately we have a terrible habit of sending people with a brand new bra size…oops!
I am a size 12 and I found out at the Top 10 photoshoot that I am a 34GG, so I was refitted at the shoot. I went in wearing a 34DD and there I learned I was a 34GG. A part of me knew I was wearing the wrong size, I just didnt think I’d be off by so much.
That’s quite a difference…and sounds quite painful! Glad to hear you’re in the right size now though, time for some new lingerie! Speaking of which, do you have any Curvy Kate favourites?
I actually have 2 favorites. One of them would have to be the Princess, that was the first bra that I was photographed in and it felt amazing, supportive and stylish. Tease Me was another I knew I would love and was so excited when I was told to try it on for the photoshoot, I love Balcony bras and Tease Me is a pretty sexy bra. I would have love to have been photographed in the Tempt Me set, but they didnt have my size at that time, however, it hasnt stopped me from ordering one in the future.
It sounds like you and I have very similar tastes in bras Jackie! Were you a Curvy Kate fan before the competition?
I had heard about Curvy Kate, I just never really followed it since it was just easier for me to drive to a store and buy bras there.
It can be tricky when a company is still quite young, but here’s hoping this competition will change that! How did you find out about the competition then?
I began following a blog – Fuller Figure Fuller Bust – andthere I saw she came in 3rd place last year and that the competition was coming to the US. I was pretty excited.
Our very own George! She’ll love to hear that. So what made you decide to enter?
I decided to enter because nothing like this has been done in the US and I wanted to be part of such a great idea. Im not going to lie though, it was pretty difficult to hit the submit button at the time of entry. But the days following my entry, my confidence began to soar.
I bet you’re glad you entered now? I know we are! How does it feel to be a part of the first ever US competition then?
It feels amazing. Never in my life would I have thought I’d have an opportunity to be part of something so great.
How have your loved ones reacted to you getting through?
Great. They’ve been so supportive. My grandmother even learned how to use facebook so that she could vote for me. I have amazing friends and cousins that have reached out to their friends for votes. My parents have been in the loop all along.
Bless your Grandma! That’s so sweet! So how did you feel before and after the shoot?
Before the shoot, someone pointed out to me that I had the biggest dress size out of the 10 girls. My thoughts went crazy for a while with that comment. As soon as I got to set I felt so comfortable and all of my nerves calmed down. It was such a great experience, I would definitely do it again in a heartbeat if given the chance.
Finding out my correct bra size was by far the best part. Meeting everyone of the Curvy Kate team and all the other girls from the Top 10 was really nice too. I dont think there was any “bad part” of the shoot.
Well that’s god to hear! Are you proud of your shape and size, despite that mean and totally unnecessary comment? I hope that person feels awful!
Yes. I mean, I do have those bad days, but who doesnt right? But I do feel very comfortable in my skin, from my height to my size, even if it was the biggest size in this competition.
Good for you, and everyone should feel that way. Do you struggle to find clothing and lingerie to fit your curves?
I definitely struggle with lingerie and clothes. With clothes, since Im 5’9″ some mini dresses are too mini, all my jeans are stretch denim because it they weren’t, they’d fit my waist but I’d struggle to get them up my thighs and if they go up my thighs easily they’re to big for my waist. Now that I’ve known my correct bra size, I dont struggle at all with lingerie. Its become easier for me to shop online for something that fits good.
I think unfortunately we all get stuck shopping online just because it’s easier, and I have the exact same problem with jeans so I always opt for a skirt or a dress! So what do you think defines a Curvy Kate girl?
To me, a Curvy Kate girl is someone who appreciates and accepts her body the way it is. Its not about being a certain size, its about having the confidence to flaunt yourself no matter what others think.
I get the impression that fitting in America is pretty terrible…
Not as good as it should be. I have friends that didnt know bras existed beyond a Double D cup. Curvy Kate is just what the US needs to help bring awareness of supportive yet sexy lingerie.
Here’s hoping we can make a difference! What would be the best part about winning?
Well the lingerie part of the prize is nice. But being part of something so new to the US and being an advocate for something that promotes body acceptance would be such a great prize.
Everyone loves free lingerie! But I love that you all seem to really want to be this advocate and role model for body confidence, it’s great. How do you think it would feel to be the first ever American Star In A Bra?
It felt great to be chosen as a top 30 and even better when I made the Top 10. I can’t begin to imagine how it would feel to become the first American Star in a Bra winner. I bet it would be amazing!
Do you have any advice for anyone who’s considering entering the next competition?
Do it! I kept my photos locked in my phone for about 2 weeks before I decided to enter. I would read about how some past participants’ self esteem soared as soon as entering and would think to myself “that can’t really happen” but it really did! Its a whole new level of acceptance. The support you get from relatives is amazing and not to mention people you dont even know can say the nicest things about you. Enter!
The lady has spoken! Just one last question Jackie, but it’s the horrible one, sorry! Why do you think people should vote for you?
I might not have amazing blogs and great followers like some of these girls do, and believe me the blogs are amazing, I even follow them, but I believe I can make a difference. One lady commented on my voting page, “I just voted for you! You are the curviest one and made me feel good about showing mine! Hope u win!” Even if I only helped one person throughout this competition, It makes this journey even better. And if I become USA’s first Curvy Kate Im confident that I can reach out to more curvy women.
Good luck Jackie!
To vote for Jackie, head to her page on the Curvy Kate USA Facebook application for Star In A Bra. Whilst you’re at it, why not become a fan of the Curvy Kate USA Facebook page to keep up to date with the competition and the brand? Come back tomorrow for even more interviews with our stunning top ten!
Next up we hear from Katie Simpson!