All we can say is WOW! Thank you all so much for your overwhelming responses. Everyone had such great ideas as to why it’s great to be curvy and we’ve been through every single one of your entries and picked a winner… *drum roll please*
Congratulations Millie McLean!!
A massive well done Millie! We’d also love to give a shout out to Kayla Robbins and Maxine Dandy, who both had amazing entries also, so we’d love to give you both a bra of your choice!!
Drop us an email ladies to [email protected] and we’ll get your prizes sorted for you all.
So here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for, our winning entry:
When I was growing up, I wondered if femininity was ever something I would achieve. I think I was eight when I started to worry that I was not ‘pretty’ enough. I never wore bikinis (I wanted to) and I was never a size (s), like the other girls. I had this stereotypical image imprinted in my brain – and I’d convinced my young self that it was just impossible.
I used to tell people that I was a tomboy so that I would not have to wear a dress; so that I would not fit the same category all the petite, delicate little girls I went to school with did. I was determined to stand so far apart from them that I would never have to bare the contrast. My thing was being tough, my thing was to be the opposite of girly. I’d get grazed knees and dirt in my nails. My thing was blending in so that if I wasn’t classed as a ‘girl’, then I could not be assessed as one, or compared to the ‘prettiest’ of them.
Then my body went ahead and decided there was no outfit that could deny my becoming a woman; curves, bust; I was a formidable femme fatale in the making. But how to maintain the charade!?
It was then that I looked to the adult women in my life. How did they do it? When I finally paid attention I realised they could do all of these tremendous things – be strong, courageous, messy; but at the same time, wear makeup, dress in pretty things – even wear clothes that didn’t cover their stomachs! When I saw these women acting so unapologetically I was transformed – and this is what it is to be curvy, now, for me…
It is being this remarkable creature that can do and be so many different things, it is being unapologetically unique, and it is, like my mother and many women have done for me, inspiring other girls to have that same epiphany.
Being curvy is an attitude that you wear, one I have come to understand is an all-inclusive, defiant, brazen communication to the world that you know who you are and you will celebrate it despite stickers, labels and tags.
I used to worry that I would stand out too much, now I ‘get-it’. Being curvy is knowing that you are Limited Edition; and it means deciding that you will walk, talk and dress yourself with that confidence, and own it because you’re above comparison – it means seeing the beauty in your inimitability!
A huge thank you again to everyone for entering! Still fancy getting your hands on a free set?? Tag us in your purchases on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #LoveMyBrastop and we’ll be picking someone at random every month to pick a set of their choice!
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