On Saturday, I attended the competition final that was sponsored by Evans, at the chic Avalon Club in Shoreditch. There were 14 beautiful contestants present, they all welcomed me with smiles & hugs and they were extremely excited for the curvy event to get started. The event organisers Thibault & Aimee, gave us an overview of the busy schedule for the day. First, the girls went downstairs, to change into their casual wear for the runway. Hair and beauty was next which was done by Mai Lee’s amazing team from Beauty Base who did a fantastic job on enhancing the girl’s natural beauty.The girls then had rehearsals and a lesson on how to walk in heels, with the phenomenal Chyna Whyne, who was also the runway coach for Britain’s Next Top Model. She taught them how to strut their curves with confidence, and elegance. Although she was only booked for an hour, she stayed the whole day to cheer the girls on, which helped tremendously, because she kept the girls calm and lifted their spirits.
After rehearsals, the audience and judging panel arrived. The judging panel was made up by Rachel Sproule, who is the Creative Director at Evans, Lauren Darling, from Pocket Rocket, Rianne Ward, from Evolve Magazine, Sue Thomason, editor in chief of Beautiful magazine and Abi, from Hughes Modelling Agency. The girls had a short break, and mingled with their friends and family and before we knew it the real show began and nerves were running high. The girls were really supportive of one another, and boosted each other’s confidence. Although it was a competition it didn’t feel like one! The girls truly bonded, and they had a blast just being there! It was very moving to see how much love they had for one another.
The first part of the show started, which was the casual wear and all the girls were dressed in white tops and jeans. They were able to accessorize their outfit themselves, which allowed their personality to shine through. The second part of the show was black evening wear, and the girls looked stunning! They were asked questions by the judging panel, and rocked the runway. There was then a short break, while the judging panel deliberated on the winner. It wasn’t long before the judges were back to announce the winner, who was Kelsey Arif! The runner ups were Serena Jacob & Georgina Horne! Congratulations Kelsey, and well done to all the beautiful contestants!
As I spent the whole day at the final, it was amazing to see how much the girls achieved! That morning they were all extremely anxious, and by the end of the day, they were transformed into confident models. I think the event was a great success! I hope that this event could become annual, because it promotes diversity and beauty in all shapes and sizes which the fashion industry desperately needs. I’m glad that Plus-Size-Tall & Evans, were able to put this event together, because it was truly a remarkable experience.
Now why not get the look?
For runner up Georgina’s simple but sophisticated casual wear look, choose the white shadow stripe top and waist clinching black lizard stud waist belt, then accessorise with a flower necklace and glitter bangles.