Winner beats 5000 to gain the title Ms Curvaceous UK 2018

The average sized woman in the UK stands firm at a size 16. Despite the fashion worlds recent advances in size inclusion, decades of conditioning from the media regarding the "ideal body type" has left millions of women with low self esteem/belief.

Ms Curvaceous UK is a Model management company that hosts a massive female empowerment campaign and the biggest modelling competition in Europe for models from a size 12 and above with the aim to change beauty perspectives worldwide. The founder, Theodore Ilori states, "Being born unique is a blessing exclusive to you".

Every year, hundreds of women attend the agencies body confidence, modelling and beauty workshops, then audition to compete for the title, Ms Curvaceous UK.

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This year 5000 women applied, 50 got through to an exciting 3-stage photo shoot challenge and 30 made it to an intense modelling bootcamp before competing at the Grand Final Catwalk competition in Hackney for the prestigious title, Ms Curvaceous UK 2018.

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This year the choice of venue, Hangar by London fields, embodied the urban, edgy and vibrant vibe of Shoreditch bringing a fresh and younger energy to the show. The night was hosted for a second year by International Ms Beauty Curve and Plus Size Blogger, Kat Henry who once again kept the audience energised and engaged every step of the way.

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The show opened with a swimwear catwalk for designer, Work Your Curves, and styled by Sharif Robert Ofori that had the audience on their feet cheering, as the contestants took to the runway with confidence during a live performance from UK's rising star, Levelle London. 

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When it seemed like the catwalk was over, a second eruption in the audience occured as male models appeared on the stage to join the curvy ladies on the runway with sexy and stylish choreography, put together by renowned Catwalk Coach, Reuben P Joseph.

 

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Ms Curvaceous UK stayed true to its message on diversity by inviting Sia from “The Disgusted Campaign”, striving for diversity in the fashion industry to launch Ms Curvaceous UK’s trademark audience catwalk where anyone of any shape size, gender, ability or race gets to strut their stuff on the runway. This year the participants included beauty queens, kings, parents, kids and more.

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The 2nd round of the competition had the models catwalking in stylish evening wear sponsored by Xehar, who's CEO, Hadari Oshri sat on the judging panel. The stakes were high knowing she would be flying the winner out to LA to do a fashion campaign. Other judges included CEO of Europe's biggest plus size magazine "Style and Curve", Lyz Lupo and legendary female rapper, Lioness one of the originators from the UK's iconic grime scene.

The judges were all in awe after the initial catwalks and their feedback made it clear how hard the choice they had would be.

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The clothing for the 3rd catwalk had an edgy streetwear theme sponsored by Reebok and Missguided, put together by stylist, “Styled By H”. Each model had the challenge of posing with different styles on a chair before hitting the runway in a choreographed three model formation. It was introduced by a street dance collective, Glitch. They set the tone for the attitude,energy and sassy catwalk that followed

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Once the models had left the stage we had a blast from the past from previous Ms Curvaceous UK finalists in the model collective, “The Curve Squad” hitting the stage wearing their new collection in a trendy black and white themed streetwear girl power attire put together by stylist, “Styled By H”. The energy in the room exploded when Judge, Lioness hit the stage to perform her newest classic whilst the Curve Squad backed her up on stage. This brought the audience on to the runway for a mini concert like performance and became one of the iconic highlights of the night.

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The soulful rising award winning UK vocalist Lylo Gold calmed down the audience with her soothing voice. Whilst singing her soul-gripping hit, Starry Night, whilst the contestants joined the stage one by one. Suspense took over the room as we all waited to find out who would be the next Ms Curvaceous UK.

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The top 5 models were announced! Georgia Globe, Shanika Carstens Campbell, Jessica Parish, Corrine Mensah and Chloe Fiducia!

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For the first time in Ms Curvaceous UK history a tie was announced between Corrine and Chloe for 1st place. As a result, the founder, Theodore Ilori pronounced that the winner would be decided by a final showdown.

The energy from the audience was heightened with screams for both girls as they hit the runway for the last time.

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Finally the judges had made up their minds, the winner was announced, Corrine Mensah! In seconds the stage was rushed by the fellow contestants and members of the audience to congratulate her as she shed tears of happiness having beaten 5000 women across the country to win the title, Ms Curvaceous UK 2018.

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Since winning the competition, Corrine has been on BBC World News and Al Jazeera discussing hot topics within the fashion industry and injustice against curvier women. She will be flown out to LA to shoot a fashion campaign for Xehar Curvy, get an exclusive feature in Style and Curve Magazine, as well as £500 and a 12 month Modelling contract from Ms Curvaceous UK. 

This was truly a year for the books.

To book models for your brand or to register to be a model in next years Ms Curvaceous UK go to www.mscurvaceousuk.com

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Modelling Interview Series: Caterina Moda

With an incredible following of over 140,000 followers on Instagram alone, Canadian beauty Caterina Moda has come a long way since she first started working as a plus-sized model in 2013. The self-proclaimed ‘Curve Model Influencer’ and blogger references her Italian roots as the reason for her love of fashion and style.

 

She has collaborated with SexyPlus Clothing, and has built up an impressive portfolio of retail, design, editorial, print and runway experience to her name.

 

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How did you first get into modelling?
My first modelling opportunity came about through a casting call on Facebook for a boutique in the Toronto area.


What are the pros and cons of being a plus-size model?
Being a plus size model is fun! That's definitely a pro. It's been a dream to play dress up and get my picture taken, not to mention all the wonderful people I have met.
Unfortunately though, jobs are limited and I find myself creating my own opportunities.


Have you faced any negativity or backlash due to not fitting the typical 'modelling standard'?
Most of the backlash is from social media. I get the occasional negative comment on my posts but the positive ones totally outweigh the critical ones.


How would you describe your brand? 
My brand is sexy, confident and positive.


What is your preferred type of modelling?
I love doing editorial work but there is an adrenaline when doing runway that makes me feel strong and unstoppable.


What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Still to this day, the highlight of my modelling career was Meghan Bradley's Curvy Expo. I was so honoured to be chosen to walk for Penningtons, Callista Bridal and Toni Plus for the first ever show in 2016.


Do you think the fashion, modelling and entertainment industry has changed in the last 10 years in its representation of fuller-figured women? What is the way forward?

Yes! Women like Ashley Graham, Liris Crosse, Queen Latifah and Rebel Wilson, just to name a few, have changed the game. There is still plenty of work to be done, in particular, the fashion industry where there needs to be more options for ALL plus size women. Why stop at a size 22? 


Who is your ultimate plus-size icon?
Of all the plus size women out there, Queen Latifah stands out as the ultimate icon. She carries herself with class and even though she is visibly big, she never plays that role on television or film. She's just another actress falling in love or following her dreams or being funny. I have never seen or heard her refer to her weight in any of her work.


When you aren't modelling, what do you do in your spare time?
When I am not modelling, I am an Early Childhood Educator for the public-school system and in my spare time I am a boxing coach.


Could you have ever imagined yourself being a model when you were growing up? Why?
I never imagined myself modelling but the fashion and entertainment industry always intrigued me. Even though I was a shy child, I imagined myself in the spotlight.


Any advice for other aspiring plus-size models?
My advice is simple. HAVE FUN! Love what you do and opportunities will come.

 

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Written by Emma Green