LIZZIE Haines had always had “issues” with her body. She hated her big bust and was teased relentlessly as a teenager.
In her 20s she was so self-conscious of her shape, she wore shapeless, baggy clothes to hide her figure.
But just over a year ago, Lizzie hit 30 and decided enough was enough; now was the time to embrace her curves, so she entered a competition to find a new plus-size lingerie model.
To her amazement, Lizzie beat 400 other hopefuls, receiving 64,000 votes, and was named plus size model of the year at the 100 per cent people plus size awards. She has been parading her size 14 body, and 32H cup bust, down the catwalk ever since.
“I was shocked, but obviously delighted to win,” she said. “I entered the competition on a whim. It was a turning 30 crazy act. I just thought ‘what the heck, I’ll go for it’. It’s been great.
“To begin with it was really surreal: standing in my pants was not something I thought I would ever do.
“The level of acceptance I have, comes with age. I have had a massive turn around and feel good about myself now.
“I hate the fact that the world we live in sees size 0 as aspirational. It is not. The average woman in the UK is a size 16.”
Lizzie who comes from Rutland is a huge fan of Yours Clothing, saying: “It is great to see a business dedicating itself to providing women with curves fashionable and affordable clothes.
“Just because we are bigger, doesn’t mean we want to dress frumpy. I have moved on from those years of shapeless, baggy clothes and want to wear clothes which flatter my shape. Yours clothes do just that.”
To find out more about Lizzie, click here to read her blog.
|Lizzie is pictured above in a fashion shoot for Curvy Kate lingerie. Below are the links to her top five Yours products.