Bar manager wins through to final of plus-size beauty contest

Kirstie Horner won the title of Miss Essex Curve and will compete with 11 others to be named Miss Britain Curve 2014

Kirstie Horner won the title of Miss Essex Curve and will compete with 11 others to be named Miss Britain Curve 2014

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A bar manager says her confidence has soared since booking her place in the final of a beauty pageant for plus-size women.

Kirstie Horner, 29, of Woodford Green, won the title of Miss Essex Curve 2014 and will now join 11 others in the grand final in July.

The manager of Sidney's Bar in Gants Hill has been a size 16 to 18 for ten years and left school at 14 due to bullying about her weight.

Kirstie, who started entering plus-size pageants four years ago, said: “I joined not thinking I would get through and was so shocked to be named Miss Essex Curve. I have done a couple of pageants, nothing on this scale though.

“I’m just gobsmacked and it is a great achievement. It just shows that no matter who you are you can be successful.

“The sash came through in the post and I can’t quite believe it, I haven’t been able to stop wearing it. It makes me makes me feel special and has given me a big boost. The letter came through and I was so excited to see the stamp of the pageant, I took it to work and my colleagues read it out.”

Kirstie said she is looking forward to the final, but admits to feeling a little worried about the prospect of wearing swimwear in front of an audience at the event at the Lost Theatre in Vauxhall.

“We have to wear swimwear, and I haven’t had a bikini on for a long time so I am really nervous about that,” she said.

“But I am just going to be myself, if you are then that shines through more than anything. I am ready to show everybody what I’m about and I’m really looking forward to it.”

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10:31am Mon 10 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

This is fantastic news in light of International Ladies Day yesterday, it is good to see large women with confidence to take to the cat walk and display their fuller figure in swimwear and glamourously evening dress like the old Miss World competition with generally male judges who I feel have better understanding as to what could win it. I saw the splash programme not long ago and there was a famous blond woman who was quite large who dived in wearing what looked like a ball gown as a costume. She made a big splash but did not win it.
This is fantastic news in light of International Ladies Day yesterday, it is good to see large women with confidence to take to the cat walk and display their fuller figure in swimwear and glamourously evening dress like the old Miss World competition with generally male judges who I feel have better understanding as to what could win it. I saw the splash programme not long ago and there was a famous blond woman who was quite large who dived in wearing what looked like a ball gown as a costume. She made a big splash but did not win it. Villagecranberry
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3:51pm Mon 10 Mar 14

T. Watts says...

'Plus size' , 'Curve'. What a load of rubbish! They are fat, overweight, morbidly obese etc etc.

These people are putting their lives at risk and are also a massive drain on the NHS.

The sooner the 'normalisation' of such a repugnant body state ends (and don't start playing the slow metabolism card zzzzz) the better!!!!
'Plus size' , 'Curve'. What a load of rubbish! They are fat, overweight, morbidly obese etc etc. These people are putting their lives at risk and are also a massive drain on the NHS. The sooner the 'normalisation' of such a repugnant body state ends (and don't start playing the slow metabolism card zzzzz) the better!!!! T. Watts
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