How not to enter Star in a Bra…

With the date announced, I’m sure many of you will have been pondering entering this year’s Star in a Bra competition. As I myself made it to the top 30 last year and have a lingerie blog with hundreds of bra reviews featuring Yours Truly, I thought maybe I’d give some pointers of how to take a better picture of yourself in your knickers.

4 of 5 of my submission pictures from last year

Get fitted!

Curvy Star in a Bra finalist Nadine, 34G, flaunts her fabulous figure in a correct-fitting bra

We might be a little biased here, but here at Curvy Kate we believe that the right fit can make all the difference to how you look and feel. The right bra can take pounds and years off you, giving you back a waist that you’d forgotten you had. Defining your bust and waist is a sure-fire way to get attention, but more importantly will improve your health, posture, shape and confidence. If nothing more comes from your application, if it pushes you to get that professional fitting you’ve been putting off forever, you’ll thank us for it! If you’re currently wearing a C cup and are disappointed that you can’t enter, double check your size to be sure you’re not actually a D or above.

If you can’t make it to a fitters in time, why not check out our advice on the Very blog?

Wear a set which shows off your curves and work it!

This continues on for the ‘get fitted’ tip; the right size makes a huge difference to how you hold yourself and how you look on camera. Also, if you prefer a plunge bra for some enviable cleavage or if you feel best in a balconette, if you think you look cracking in a thong or if you prefer a retro high-waisted look, try show us some of your personality through your poses and your underwear to show yourself in the best light. Even better still, mix it up a bit and show us how versatile you can be!

We appreciate not everyone can afford a matching set, but co-ordinating your lingerie can really improve how you look overall. It shows that you’ve made an effort and helps you feel more glamorous. As far as I’m concerned, you wouldn’t wear mis-matching shoes to work, would you? Even teaming a black bra with some black knickers from a multipack would be a step in the right direction. You don’t have to make it a Curvy Kate set, but we like to see that not only are you drop dead gorgeous, but you have good taste too 😉

Never underestimate the power of good lighting.

Need I say more?

Enjoy yourself

Try and look like you’re having fun. See what a difference it makes! Once of the most gorgeous curves you have is your smile – we’d like to see them! It’s nice to see someone having fun and enjoying themselves in their pictures – look animated!

…But not too animated.

We’re looking for the next face and body of Curvy Kate, not the next top-shelf glamour model. We want to see how you really look in lingerie. By all means have fun, but nothing X-rated and there’s no need to try so hard – just relax, enjoy yourself and be you.

Know which angles show you off the best, but don’t forget to keep yourself looking natural.

Make a bit of effort

Why not have your girlfriends (or boyfriend?) over for a pamper session and make an evening out of taking your pictures? From past finalists we’ve found this can make all the difference with boosting confidence and calming nerves. Plus you can be each others’ cameramen/women, make-up, nail and hair artists. Put on a girly film with a glass of wine and really have fun with it. Maybe you could convince some of your fuller-figures mates to enter with you to help take the edge off.

…but there is a limit

As I said before, we want to see how amazing you really look. Whilst a little bit of make-up can enhance features and a little bit of lipstick never killed anyone, but we don’t want to see how you apply your slap with a paintball gun. Sure, for our Showgirl shoots we usually have a professional make-up artist with lashes, hair – the works – to help create a uber-chic theme, but we know each of our models are equally as stunning without a scrap of make-up on. Use make-up sparingly, but there’s nothing wrong with having one or two of your pictures a bit more glammed up.

Maybe if you’re going to have that glass of wine I suggested, drink it after you’ve done your face?

No sneaky photo editing

Everyone has lumps, bumps, scars, wrinkles and imperfections of all kinds – we want to see your natural look! It sounds cliché, but photo editing just distracts from your natural beauty. Poses can look awkward and mannequin-like, skin can have that tell-tale eerie glow and your eyes loose their sparkle. And we will know… if not from the photo alone, from meeting you in the flesh. So don’t do it!

Don’t over-crop

If you’ve got problem areas and are scared by the idea of going Photoshop-free, don’t just crop things out. It’s natural to get folds of skin, cellulite, wobbly bits – celebrate your curves with pride!

How many of you have been wondering which shampoo I use – but not for the right reasons?

Choose your background wisely

Toilets are so distracting when it comes to entries. No matter how gorgeous a girl is if there’s a lavatory in the picture I can’t help but see that first. Any distracting background can be off-putting, so try find a plain wall to stand in front of for maximum focus on you. There has got to be a better option than the bird’s-eye view of your bathroom suite…

Don’t worry too much about photo quality

Kelly Parks and Lauren Colfer show how you could even be your own photographer – but is that a bathroom I spy, Lauren!?

We’re looking for the future face and body of Curvy Kate, not the next top photographer. We’re not particularly concerned about the quality of your photos, but it helps if they’re not grainy, blurry or too small. Most mobile phones are fitted with good cameras these days, and if you have a good digital camera, that helps too. Many digital cameras have lots of settings that help you take better photos – try them out.

Don’t be scared

Last year’s top 10 finalists Georgina Horne and Sophia Jenner rock in their entry photos

We have girls enter of all shapes and sizes, ages, heights, bra sizes and ethnicities. As far as we’re concerned there is absolutely no limits to entry – as long as you’ve over 18 and have natural boobs that fit into our lingerie, you’re in!

Hopefully some of these tips and tricks will help you, but if you need a little more persuasion, watch this space for interviews with past contestants, mini competitions and all of the latest Star in a Bra updates.

Entry Rules

#1: Take at least five photos of yourself, which should include at least two head shots and three full-length body shots.

#2: We want to see photos of you in your favourite underwear set – which can be a bra set, a basque, corset/bra combination, bikini or swimming costume.

#3: Don’t include other people in the photos, as it’ll only confuse us as to who the competition entrant is.

#4: You must be a D cup or bigger,

#5: You must not have received any enhancements to your bust

#6: You must be aged 18 or over.

Full entry rules, terms and conditions to be announced here soon! Good luck to all!

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