As most of you know, on Tuesday I went down to London for the Models1 / Style 369 / Evans Plus Size Model Competition!
It was awesome.
Even my love / hate relationship with the capital city couldn't deter me from how good the day was. AND, I didn't get lost! For the first time, in the whole 4 times I've been to London, I didn't get lost & start crying. Pretty great feeling!
8.45am Tuesday. Without any real make-up on & in a simple black vest top as required; I caught the train to Kings Cross.
The whole zero make-up thing was a little 'unsettling,' and actually the first time I've ever done something like that - which in itself is a pretty weird thing to admit. So, to make myself feel a little better I applied Johnsons Daily Essentials Face Cream (£4.07) as per usual, plus NARS Multi Protect Primer (£24); just to give some kind of glow to my skin, a smidgen of 17 Clear Definition mascara (£4.69) for my lashes and 'brows & Vaseline (£1.99) for my lips - and I was off!
I arrived in London for 11am, I instantly became nervous with the whole 'I don't know where I am meant to go' situation, but I soon caught the tube and arrived at Holborn station.
Once I found Models1 HQ I was greeted by the receptionist and met Ashley, Holly & Jessica (lovely girls!); who were also in my 'category' for the day. We chatted, signed forms, got measured, asked to change into leggings and heels & waited for hair and make-up.
In the mean time I got to speak to women from Evans, who were super friendly, although I was quite nervous! I'm normally not nervous I guess, but I think I had a mini - realisation of how much I wanted this, making it quite an important conversation - leading to me getting nervous & probably blushing!
I also got 'interviewed' & filmed for what I guess, may go on a website at some point, about how I felt about the event, what it would mean to me to win, etc!
Hair and make- up time!
I've never had someone else do that for me, so it was quite a nice, relaxing experience! My hair was straightened, and I had some pretty natural looking make-up applied; neutral eyeshadows & a slight lip tint & I was good to go!
12.30, I got asked to go for the photo - shoot. It was a great, friendly environment and the photographer really made me comfortable. I had a full shot taken with my number '15' and then on with some portrait, head on & body shots! There were a lot of "perfect, perfect!"'s being said, but maybe he was just being nice! :)
I wont deny, I was more nervous than I thought I would be! But, hopefully that didn't show & I got some good pictures (Oh, and you know I tried to use all my Tyra Banks knowledge of 'smizing' - if you don't know, you should!)
In it was:
January's Cosmopolitan, St. Tropez Instant Tan, Body Shop Blusher in Heather Pink (which I LOVE) & Lip Liner in Mauve Berry (also, great) a Models1 lanyard, Evans new AW catalogue, plus info on up & coming clothes lines AND some earrings from Daisy & Eve.
All in all, a great day, a nice change from everything I've been doing at the moment, and a cool little experience to add to the Bank of Life. So, a big 'thank you!' to Models1/Evans/Style 369 for organising it all.
What will come of it?
I'm not too sure!
As far as I know, I think the results are within this month, there are five winners - one for every shape (apple, pear, curvy & busty) plus one new face of Style369!
There were a lot of beautiful girls there, [read. fierce competition!] but thank you all for the support I had leading up to this! And of course, I will keep you updated on the outcome ;)
[EDIT] I received an email yesterday unfortunately saying I didn't get to the finals, however it doesn't change anything I wrote & the great time I had :)... Thanks everyone for the support! It's been fun!