If you recall a recent blog post of mine London Calling you will know that I was invited to take part in a plus size modelling competition with the amazing Scarlett & Jo who teamed up with Ms Curvaceous UK. I was so nervous having never done anything like this before but I went, I did it and I conquered my fears!! Here are my highlights from the day!
I had been chatting with a few of the other ladies travelling from Scotland and we decided to fly down to London together. So I was up at 3am on the Saturday morning to get ready and travel to the airport. WOW what a shock to the system I’m not usually a morning person never mind a 3am morning person, I felt like I had entered the twilight zone and looked somewhat like an extra from The Walking dead!
After making myself look semi presentable or at least like a living being again and after the mammoth task of squeezing myself into the demon shapewear…I headed off to the airport to meet the other girls. Finally we get through airport security after the other 2 are searched due to a powdered eye-shadow being screened as a liquid and some oversized deodorant!
We were all set and ready to go then we get the dreaded BING BONG “Air traffic in London is very busy at the moment unfortunately we have a delay of around 10 minutes” oh ok 10 mins that isn’t so bad we will still make it on time, 10 mins pass and we started to pull off the nerves are kicking in now this is really happening…
BING BONG “Unfortunately we are experiencing difficulties the warning light for the breaks has just come on and we are awaiting an engineer” oooh shiiit this can’t be good!! The engineer finally arrived and we find it was a computer fault and there were no issues with the breaks, Captain announces we would be leaving in the next few minutes.
BING BONG “Unfortunately we have some more bad news we have no airspace and air traffic control are telling us it will be another 1.5hr before we can take off unless another slot opens up” NO NO NO this cannot be happening!!
After a good 15-20 mins of panic, being unable to find Scarlett & Jo phone number, frantic emails and Facebook posts telling them we will be late we FINALLY set off as a space opened up!! Flight was smooth and only took 1hr but we eventually land in London!
After a terrifying taxi ride from Stansted with a crazy taxi driver who couldn’t speak a word of English and drove in the centre of 2 lanes in the road at crazy speeds…We finally arrived at Scarlett & Jo offices around 11am just 1.5hr later than expected!
We head up to the 4th floor for registration and were told what floor we need to be on for wardrobe and our stills. Luckily I was on the 4th floor, hair and make-up and videography were on the 3rd floor. We were given a goody bag which included make-up, nail polish, compact mirrors, leggings and a discount voucher for 50% off!
We were told to head straight down to hair and make-up as this would take the longest. The line is massive so we decided to take it in turns to head up and get our outfits to save some time. My first outfit was a little striped jersey dress. In all honesty I was a little bummed about it everyone else was wearing gorgeous cocktail or evening dresses and I was in a casual everyday dress but I went with it!
I finally got to hair and make-up, the make up artists were working flat out as some hadn’t turned up, so they were up against it with over 100 ladies to prepare!
After hair and make-up it was time for the group shot! Beneath London Bridge over 100 of us plus size ladies of all shapes, heights and sizes stopped traffic and posed, modelling the Scarlett & Jo range. Members of the public stopped to watch lots of themtaking pictures and one guy asked if it was a cleavage convention!!
After this it was back up to wardrobe because at this point I was melting in the Jersey dress so had to change. It would be perfect for Autumn/Winter.
I tried on so many different dresses but I fell in love with this blue lace fishtail maxi dress! So much so that when I got home I ordered it for myself in both blue and red!! However this wasn’t the dress I was wearing, so yep you guessed it was another quick dress change!
Down to Videography on the 3rd floor. This was such a surreal experience getting filmed turning on the spot and posing into the camera giving “Generous smiles”. This was probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to do wearing heels!
Then it was back up to the 3rd floor to have still shots with the wonderful Diana Thompson, the photographer for the medium and petite ladies. Diana is such a fantastic lady and put everyone at ease! You can find her on Instagram @grungekittyphogeek
Scarlett & Jo provided lunch for us however I was so busy I didn’t have time to stop to eat but it looked delicious. A selection of sandwiches, wraps and nibbles along with tea, coffee and sparkling water on tap!
So after another outfit change…this time I was asked to model a black lace dipped hem tunic with leggings, which I also fell in love with and bought on the day!! It was then back down for more videography! By this point it was around 3pm and I was starting to get tired, struggling to spin without falling over, the blisters were forming from wearing heels all day and I couldn’t remember my Vogue from my Whatevers…but I was STILL having an amazing time!!
After a long day of dressing up, being treated like a princess, modelling some of the most flattering and glamorous outfits and meeting some of the nicest inspiring ladies and new found friends it was time for wrap party and a much needed sugar rush…Cupcakes and Prosecco what’s not to love!
The overall experience was an experience I will never forget. I tried something I never dreamt of doing, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone, met so many inspiring and empowering women, I found a love for a new style I had never tried before who would have thought I would love lace, I made new friends and most of all had a fantastic time being treated like a superstar!!
We still have two weeks before the overall winners are announced…but for me it wasn’t about the competition it was about a new experience, about pushing myself and gaining back that confidence I had lost. So if anyone from Scarlett & Jo is reading this I want to thank you Scarlett & Jo, for the opportunity to be a model for the day and for giving me something better than any modelling contract or even pretty dresses…you have given me back ME not the shy hiding in the corner with the baggy jumper me, but the confident I want to stand out in the crowd looking glam me that I always used to be and for that I will forever be grateful!
Peace out pretties thanks for reading!
❤ debz xx