Monday, February 2, 2015

Curvy Kate Star in a Bra 2015: Worldwide!

After skipping 2014, Curvy Kate, a UK-based lingerie company, is seeking it's next Star in a Bra.
Less than 13 days to enter!!!

  The Star in a Bra contest began as an attempt to find models that fit not only the Curvy Kate brand but also their bras! Starting at a D cup, Curvy Kate had a hard time finding professional models to fit their products. In 2010 they launched the Star in a Bra competition to find a UK-based customer to model their bras. After their initial success, they launched the US-based Star in a Bra contest which I entered in 2012.
2012 US Star in a Bra Contest
   From the onset I was super excited about this contest. In college a roommate took me to get fitted (properly!) and it positively changed how I felt about myself and my body. It was almost like being fitted made me forget a lot of the flaws I thought other people "saw." My confidence soared and I wanted to spread that confidence to others. When my sister introduced me to the Star in a Bra contest I recruited my friend Tiffany (above, looking terrified at what I have dragged her into) and we made a girls weekend of it!

   After making it through prelims, both of us made it to the top 30 choices! After a lot of footwork (radio, newspaper and TV interviews) as well as harassing our Facebook friends until the last minute, we both made it to the top 10! And with that we were flown to New York for our photoshoot!

   After a day exploring New York, we managed to meet the 8 other contestants who ranged from different sizes, colors and backgrounds and all of them were the most gorgeous women I have ever met! Our last day in New York consisted of several hours of prep, photographs, video footage and the occasional sing-along. In other words: BEST DAY EVER!
   In the end, neither Tiffany nor myself won the 2012 Star in a Bra contest. That honor goes to the beautiful Krista (above, second from the right) and her reign has been glorious. She embodies everything a Curvy Kate model should be: true to herself, true to others and destined to inspire others.

2015 Star in a Bra
   This year the competition is open world-wide and to real and augmented breasts! How great is that?! In the end this means that the competition will be fierce and intimidating, but that shouldn't stop you if you're interested in participating!

   So how do you go about entering Star in a Bra? First things first click HERE and sign up! It takes two minutes to fill in your information and maybe another few minutes to think about WHY you are entering this contest. The key to being a Curvy Kate girl is to be true to yourself and express it!

   Included in your entry form is a means to upload five photos: two headshots and three full bodies. Pick good lighting (natural is always best) and if you're having difficulties recruit a friend. EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE A TIFFANY! Your Tiffany will know which of your angles work and they will capture it. OR you could use your phone on a timer. Hit submit and wait for your email (check your junk mail, too, because that was where my acceptance letter was!!!!).
 Things to Consider
   Here is the most important thing about entering this contest: PEOPLE WILL SEE YOU IN YOUR UNDERWEAR. If you have to do the PR run for this, your co-workers may (and most likely will) see you on the internet or on TV (mine were super nice and supportive, which was definitely a blessing).
   You have to have thick skin. People are people and some of them are great and wonderful and some are out there to troll. "You're too fat" to "You're not curvy enough" might be tossed out. "You're ugly" or "You're beautiful." Whatever! As Taylor says, "Haters gonna hate" and you should be you.
   So should you? Definitely!
   Will you fail? Maybe! Below is a photo from my shot last year and I didn't make it. :( There's always this year though...
***All professional photos belong to Curvy Kate!***

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