Can you believe it, we’re onto our final interview of this years competition?!
I won’t leave you waiting…to see us off, I spoke to the beautiful Tiffany Schmidt!
Hi, I am a spunky 21 year old, soon to be 22 in August. I live in Corvallis, Oregon which is where I am in school as a pre-nursing student. When I’m not studying you will most likely find me at a local swing dance. For the past four years I have been dancing West Coast Swing and Lindy Hop, both competitively and socially. I love how dancing allows me to confidently express who I am, no matter what I look like.
Wow, that sounds amazing! I have two left feet, so I’m very jealous! What sizes do you normally wear when it comes to lingerie?
I am a size 8 dress, wearing medium sized underwear and a 32F Bra.
Were you refitted at the shoot?
I was, before I thought I was a 34DD and at the shoot we found that I went up a cup size and down a band size. So now I’m a 32F.
Not TOO bad a change then, nothing too drastic! Do you have a favourite Curvy Kate set?
I LOVED both the Emily and the Princess. They both have beautiful lace accents and, like me, they are also fun and flirty.
Good choices, I love those two bras and have them in SO many colours. Were you a Curvy Kate fan before the competition?
I had never heard about Curvy Kate before this competition and am so thrilled to find such a wonderful brand. It’s hard finding larger bras that not only fit correctly but are also beautiful to wear.
Well at least we have another convert! How did you find out about the competition?
My friend, Danielle (who also made the top 10), called me for a girl’s night and told me about the contest. When I heard about why Curvy Kate was looking for D+ models and how they promote a positive body image, I felt like it was something that I could passionately support.
That’s great, I didn’t know you two were friends first! So why did you decide to enter?
I entered because I wanted to prove that being curvy is beautiful. I have always been short and curvy, which is normally not what people look for in a model. You can be healthy and still have a uniquely different body shape. I want to break the stereotypical model mold. I think that if other women see a company promoting women with their same body type, they are more likely to develop a positive body image about themselves.
Good for you. How have your loved ones reacted to you getting through?
At first I was a little concerned as to what they might think. Knowing that my mom always finds out everything, I decided to call her right away after entering the contest. She was actually thrilled to find out about what I was doing and that I was standing up for something that is so important to me. Everyone has been supportive and encouraging.
It sounds like you have a really supportive set of friends and family around you. How does it feel to be a part of the first ever American competition?
I feel so loved. It’s been such a whirlwind, from entering the contest, to making the top 30, and now making the top 10. Through all of it, I have gotten an array of feedback, both positive and negative. All of my friends and family have supported me through everything and stood up for what I am doing.
So the shoot has been and gone, how did you feel before and after?
I had to keep telling myself that I wasn’t dreaming. It felt so surreal to get on a plane to New York for a photo shoot. Once we arrived in New York and I was able to meet the other girls, I became more relaxed and was able to truly enjoy the experience. It’s hard to believe that the shoot is over, it was so much fun! I wish I could do it all over again.
Well that’s nice to hear. What were the best and worst parts of the shoot?
It’s hard to choose what was the best, it was all so much fun! One of my favorite things was getting to meet everyone that works for Curvy Kate, as well as all of the other girls. Everyone was so friendly and comfortable to work with. The shoot itself was also a blast! I loved getting to be my happy go lucky self in front of the camera. The worst part was leaving the shoot and having to get on a 6 hour plane ride to go back home.
Are you proud of your shape and size?
Of Course! I am more than proud of who I am. Everyone is born differently. I believe that it is important to love what you have been given because that is what makes you unique. I embrace being short and curvy. It goes hand in hand with my quirky personality.
I struggle a lot less than I used to. Over time I have figured out what types of clothing best suits my body shape. It also helps that I am a shopaholic. Lingerie is still a bit of a challenge since larger bust sizes aren’t always carried in your average store. Not to mention finding anything cute is a bit of a challenge, which is why I was so excited to find Curvy Kate.
For you, what’s the definition of a Curvy Kate girl?
A Curvy Kate girl is a confident poised woman who isn’t afraid to tell the world that being curvy is beautiful.
Very true! What would be the best part about winning?
Proving that a curvy girl like myself can become a model and helping encourage women to love whatever shape they were given would be the best part about winning.
What’s the fitting situation like in America?
There aren’t very many options for larger busted women. Unless you are shopping at a specialty lingerie store, it’s not likely to find anything past a D cup. I found that when I was fitted in a department store I would only get fitted to what ever the largest size they carried was, so in my case that was usually a D or DD.
That sounds horrible…and painful! How would it feel to be the first ever American Star In A Bra?
I would feel honored that I was chosen to not only represent the USA and Curvy Kate but to also represent being a curvy woman.
Do you have any advice for someone thinking of entering next year? Your words of wisdom!
No matter what kind of feedback you get, never let what people say get to you. Be true to yourself and never waiver in your stance. Entering this competition takes a great deal of courage. It’s something to be proud of.
Just one last question Tiffany, and I’m afraid it’s the nasty one! Why do you think people should vote for you?
Everything that this company stands for and supports I see in myself. I am a short, curvy, confident, well-rounded and poised woman who isn’t afraid to tell the world that being curvy is beautiful. Not only would I add a unique look to the Curvy Kate team but I would also be breaking the barrier of what a model should look like. I am Curvy Kate.
Good luck Tiffany!
To vote for Tiffany, 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?
And that was that!
So, all ten interviews with all ten beautiful contestants are no up, there’s nothing to stop you from voting! Remember, you only have one vote this time around, and voting will end on the 27th of June at midday (EST), so don’t leave it too long!
I want to wish all the top ten luck – to me, they’re all deserving winners and I think you’ll agree that they look phenomenal in their pictures.
Good luck girls!