Miss Plus Size UK Finals

Miss Plus Size UK Finals

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The build up

Entering the green room surrounded by makeup, curing tongs and fancy dresses I felt so excited about being the capable hands of my makeup and hair girls; Chiara and Laura, I couldn’t wait for them to transform me into a Rock chick, a mermaid and a Princess.

In the blink of an eye, and the sweep of powder brushes, we were being told that it would soon be time to make our way to the stage for the first round; Casual Wear. Everyone looked awesome, exhibiting the individuality in our styles, so many nice outfits in one place!!

Round One: Casual

I can safely say that I was nervous as hell lining up to go on the stage for the first round. As we stood backstage we could hear the crowd out the front, and all knew that somewhere in that crowd was a friend or family member waiting to cheer us on, and for us to make proud.

The words….and next we have Michelle Carter….have never set my nerves off so much as I stood in the spotlight…well I managed to get down the catwalk and surprisingly even smiled at the end, this is no mean feat when all you are doing is concentrating on not tripping over your own feet!!

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Round Two: Swimwear

I think this was either the most exciting or most nerve wracking round for most people, I was so excited about this round as I had decided to wear something a little different, I took my inspiration from Disney’s The Little Mermaid to go with my red hair, and was transformed into a mermaid. I loved it! I designed my outfit and with the help of my wonderful mother we were able to make an outfit, armed with a bubble gun I was giddy walking down the catwalk feeling a lot more relaxed and enjoying the experience!

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Round 3: Evening Wear and questions

Whilst our families and friends were having a drink or two we were whipping off our clothes and donning our final outfits and I can honestly say that I have never seen such a lovely array of eveningwear. This was it the final round, the last chance to enjoy the experience of walking out there, last chance to appeal to the judges and a chance for our views to be listening to.

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One by one we walked out in our dresses, and answered two questions and then took to the catwalk for the final time.

My questions –

  1. What changes would you like to see in the plus size industry?

Answer: I would really like to see the larger end of the plus size range represented in fashion models, it would be nice to see people up to maybe a size 28 in clothes rather than brands only using up to a size 18.

  1. What would you say to anyone thinking of applying for Miss Plus Size UK?

Answer: Go for it. You will have a great time, gain new friends and self-confidence, and have loads of fun along the way

On my walk down the catwalk this time I felt amazing in my dress, with amazing hair and makeup, gliding and twirling like the princess I never thought I could be. I knew my friends and family were out there; I could hear them cheering me on and saw them by the stage. Not only that but having people from the other groups of people cheering you on such an amazing feeling.

That was it, it was all over, we had all done amazingly to get out on stage and show everyone who we were.

The Results

For this, we all lined up behind the stage, myself, Laura, Elizabeth, Sophie and Helen held linked hands down one end of the line and all of us waited with anticipation as names were read out.

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As I am sure most had, I had made my predictions, some of which came to fruition and some didn’t, the winner, Jodie Folley was crowned and this ending was just the beginning for those who won, all gaining modelling contracts with Pose Plus Models……as for the rest of us? Well I am sure and have already been proved right…that this won’t be the last you hear of any of us…..watch this space…Plus Size Industry….we’re coming for you!!!

Congratulations to all our other Lovely Winners:

1st Runner Up: Sophie Wilson

2nd Runner Up: Jo Frost

3rd Place: Leah Deacon

4th Place: Elizabeth Bowman

Miss Personality: Jo Frost

Miss Congeniality & Miss Photogenic: Roberta Moore-Wilson

Special note: I would like to mention someone for achieving something that should be mentioned and should be celebrated. One of the contestants managed to do some amazing fundraising during the year long process, and raised over £1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Charity, so Jodie Hughes I think you’re a star for doing this and I know that you will continue with charity work in years to come. Well done 🙂

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Second special note: I would also like to mention the two girls that kept me sane, and made me feel like a million dollars throughout the evening. Not only did they do my hair and makeup, they helped me in and out of every outfit, kept me calm and encouraged me every step of the way, not just on the night, but for the last 12 months of this journey. Chiara and Laura, I love you two girls and you are both awesome women!

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Last (I promise) special note: To all those who organised and helped out with the running and planning of the pageant, Linda and her team, the Judges, Mary, our Presenter, The Paradise Guys and last but by no means least our Awesome mentors Sian and Cathryn, thank you for all the support and encouragement that you have given each and every one of us along the way.

 

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All Photos courtesy of PK Photography

 

 

I’ll be back 🙂

-ShellyC

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Apples & Pears at Suffolk Fashion Week 2015

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Last week I was invited along to do a guest blog for Apples and Pears who appeared at Suffolk Fashion Week 2015.

Liz Smith, the owner of Apples and Pears very kindly invited me along to watch when I was unable to get there in time to take part in the catwalk, and I was excited to see the pieces that were being showcased.

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Liz and her team had a stand within the ‘Retail Hall’ and this displayed a lovely array of their latest collection, with some lovely pieces.  It was great to see lots of colour and bold patterns within the collection and I couldn’t wait to see it showcased on the models that I had met earlier in the evening.

As we made our way through to the catwalk area, the room was ‘dressed’ up amazingly, it looked like a wedding venue! Becky, a fellow blogger (Bixxboxx) and I found our seats, and to our amazement we were served with a lovely array of Mezze dishes before the catwalk started.

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The Catwalk show, showcased several local companies goods, and it was great to see there was so much support for small local businesses, and it was great that amongst them was Apples and Pears, the only Plus Size retailer in attendance.

I asked Liz why she was keen to be a part of Suffolk Fashion Week 2015, and she stated:

“Fashion should be for everyone, but most general fashion events cater primarily for smaller sizes. I’m really proud that by bringing Apples and Pears to this event we are putting plus size fashion on the agenda, at least locally. This is our second year showing at Suffolk Fashion Week. Last year we, as a company were really new to doing catwalk shows, so this year I really wanted Apples and Pears to make an impact. I love that a fashion event this ambitious happens locally – it’s a great opportunity for us.”

Then it came time for Apples and Pears to take to the runway, and modelling their collection was Claire Hynes, Natasha Grimes, Emily Blake, Cara Maris-Betts, Tracey Haynes, Nikki Haylett, and Natalie Moloney. They models did a great job and looked fab in their outfits.

Check them out:

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Many people probably do not know that in some of their garments Apples and Pears are able to offer a made to measure service, which is simply not on offer elsewhere. I think this is such a great opportunity for people of different shapes to all be able to wear the same garment that is tailored to suit them.

Here is the lovely Claire Hynes in one of the made to measure dresses:

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I would like to thank Liz and her team at Apples and Pears for making me feel so welcome and for the hospitality that was provided throughout the evening, it was a pleasure and I look forward to your next event! And it was great to meet Becky from Bixxboxx a fellow blogger that is local to me 🙂

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-ShellyC