The Curvy Kate Star in a Bra USA top 30 finalists are online and waiting for your votes. I did not make the top 30, but that’s okay because I have a vacation planned during the week of the top ten photo shoot in New York City. If I had made the top 30, and the top 10, I would’ve had to choose between my one real trip this year or a potentially once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with Curvy Kate. So I’m kind of relieved! Plus I can always enter again next year (assuming this becomes an annual competition in the U.S.).
There are so many great photos and stories, I had a really hard time picking my favorites. If only you could vote for four, or five…but no, you only get three votes. Of course my first vote had to go to Brittany Jencks, of the website Thin & Curvy. It’s one of my favorite big bust blogs.
So that left me with only two votes. I had to set myself some rules to help narrow it down, since all the contestants are beautiful and confident. Some of the ladies have really beautiful photos but a very short personal statement, while some have a great personal statement, but the photos didn’t grab me as much. So rule #1 was that the personal statement must say something actually personal, not just “I want to be Curvy Kate’s model.”
Rule #2 was that the model must be wearing a size that looks correct. No obvious ill-fitting bras allowed. I could see quad-boob and bands riding up the back in some of the photos. I have no doubt that Curvy Kate would fit these women correctly, but if I’m voting for someone to represent the big bust market in the U.S., then it’s important to me that the winner have a really good understanding of size, especially her own.
My third and final rule was that I wanted to place at least one vote for a woman of color. The U.S. is such a wonderfully diverse country, so I want the top 10 finalists to reflect that.
My last two votes eventually went to Krista Cousins and Bonnie Blackmon. Krista’s big smile really captured my attention. She’s also from Brooklyn, and I just couldn’t resist a fellow New Yorker. At only 29, Bonnie is the oldest contestant, and says she still feels sexy even after two kids. I love that! And I’d love to see Curvy Kate use a wider range of ages among their models. Women don’t turn into pumpkins at the age of 30, you know! (Or a pair of pumpkins, as the case may be…)
Who did you vote for, and what was your criteria?
I have a post coming with my picks soon. 😉 That being said, I really, really agree about women not turning into pumpkins after they hit 30. Did you know that UK’s last year winner (Lizzie Haines) was 30 when she won? And she is just absolutely stunning!
I also voted for Brittany (of course!) and Krista (NYer here!) My last vote went for Chandler Jade. OK, she looks like she needs a fitting, but I don’t know, I clicked the vote button.
I voted for Brittany, Cristyen Fowler (also a blogger), and Monique Beach.
Like you, I tried to be really particular by only considering women who had well-written and meaningful personal statements, in addition to being pictured wearing well-fitting bras. And then, I really wanted to vote for at least one woman with G+ breasts. All of the girls are beautiful (and so very brave for putting themselves out there on the internet!), but I really wanted to vote for someone who would represent my size as a Curvy Kate model 🙂
I wish I could vote–no facebook. I would definitely pick Brittany though. She was the first bra blog I stumbled upon. The information she shared made a world of difference for me.
I’m saying thank you to you, Brittany Jencks, and Sophia Jenner for letting people know about the Curvy Kate USA Star in a Bra competition. All of you are fabulous bloggers for us bustier girls to follow (I know I’ve found out some great fitting advice for bras and clothing even though I pretty much know my size)! So excited to be in the top 30 even if I don’t make it to the next round :-). Good luck to every Curvy Kate girl!
What a great pc! Thanks so much for posting, I really enjoyed it 🙂 I’m so excited to be in the Top 30 with such lovely young ladies 🙂 At the time of my entry I was 32 & just had my birthday on 5.3 so now I’m a fabulous 33 🙂 So appreciative to Curvy Kate and blogs like yours that really focus on big bust! You guys are my heroes 🙂 xo
I’d just like to say that I totally agree about seeing a lot of incorrect bra sizes being worn….BUT…only some of them are due to ignorance of their true size. Some just don’t have any bras that fit properly/don’t have money to buy new ones at the moment. I was going to enter this year…I wanted to SO badly….but all I have is terribly ill-fitted 32DD bras when really I need 26HH. I just didn’t have the money to buy new bras for the contest. I know that some of the top 30 women have said on Facebook they know how awful their bras are, but it was the only option…and winning would correct that situation :P!
I do have to agree with Sam! I was wearing an incorrect bra in one of my pictures, but that was just because I was still buying bras in different sizes online to play trial-and-error. There just aren’t many places in America to actually go into stores that carry bras- there aren’t any even within 5 hours from me! 🙁
I do agree that there should be women of color in the top 10! That’s one of the reasons I voted for the very beautiful Sage. I agree that as a cultural melting pot, it’d be nice to see some variety.