I haven’t done a competition in a while so I am super excited to be selected as a semi finalist for Miss Swimsuit UK 2019. Miss Swimsuit UK’s motto is to Be Confident, Be Fun and Be You. This is what stood out for me as the competition encourages you to be yourself and to be confident with being yourself.
I challenged myself to enter Miss Swimsuit UK despite my initial thoughts that my body looks nothing like the other girls from the previous competitions. I looked further into the competition and discovered that the competition looks for candidates with beauty both inside and out. In addition, there are no restrictions for candidates to be a particular body shape, weight or height. This really motivated me to apply. I also applied in the hope that sharing my experience will inspire someone else who needs inspiration.
Growing up I lacked confidence in my athletic body shape and compared myself to other girls who appeared more curvy and feminine. In addition, I was raised in an African community where the “ideal” body shape is a curvy woman so I was often teased about being “too skinny.” I used to believe my body was not feminine enough because I do not have big hips, bum or breasts. My view on this has since changed as I have grown confident in the way I look. I no longer compare myself to others as I realize women are different shapes and sizes and there is no perfect size.
Participating in beauty pageants and photo shoots has really helped me develop my self confidence. I took part in my first beauty pageant in 2015 and I panicked when I found out there was a swimwear round. I remember thinking my body isn’t feminine enough to look good in a swimsuit. I did a lot of research on swimsuits that would compliment my body shape and managed to find a swimsuit that I was happy with. Choosing the right swimwear for my shape also helped my confidence show on stage when I did my walk.
I have now gone on to do photo shoots for swimwear brands and I have featured on a swimwear brand website. I have collaborated with swimwear and fitness brands and found a market where my body shape works very well.
Miss Swimsuit UK 2019 semi final is the next challenge I am taking on and I am excited to have yet another opportunity to represent petit models. The London heat which will take place on 23rd March 2019. I do hope you are feeling inspired and will come along to support. Event information and tickets are available here.
I am overwhelmed with the support I have received so far. I would like say a special thank you to my sponsor for this event Ian Trayner of Circle of Life Photography.
I look forward to collaborating with other brands for this event.
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