Next up we have ….Ashley B

Name: Ashley Bridges

Location: Woodbridge, Virginia, USA

Occupation: Stay at home Mum

Bra size: 28J

Why I'm entering:

I actually entered Star in a Bra last year and was selected to be in the top 20. Shortly after I entered, my husband and I found out we'd have an opportunity to try a long awaited round of in vitro fertilization. In hopes of pouring all positive energy into the process, I didn't pursue the contest. Unfortunately, we didn't get pregnant, so here I am giving it another go! I developed very early and grew up doctoring my bras so that they would "fit." As a natural 28 J/JJ, it was near impossible to find anything that would be snug around my ribcage with cups big enough for my girls. I settled for cone shaped boobs while looking longingly into Victoria's secret, knowing they had nothing for me. Until...Curvy Kate! All of a sudden I had colour, and sex appeal, and the cleavage I wanted at a price that didn't break the bank. Not that it mattered, I would have paid double ;)

Three things I love about me:

  • I love my sense of humour. It's dark and very sarcastic, but I love to laugh and find the funny in everything.
  • I love my body. We've been through some tough times together, but it has given me beautiful children that I couldn't be more proud of.
  • I love my eyebrows. It sounds silly, but I've never had to pluck them and for that I'm told I should be thankful!

Three things you didn’t know about me:

  • I am currently a stay at home mom to 4 wonderful children.
  • On our honeymoon, my husband leaned over and said, “I love you Mrs. Bridges.” I wasn’t really paying attention and said, “Why would you call me messy britches?!” The name stuck and I have been “messy britches” ever since
  • I’m terrified of snakes and airplanes. “Snakes on a Plane” was my nightmare.

Three things I would tell my younger self, that I didn’t know then:

Oh, man. Younger me was so troubled. So unnecessarily sad and anxious. I struggled through huge issues of insecurity and depression as a teen and I wish I could have realized how temporary that part of my life was.

  • I would tell younger me that it was going to get much better and that so much of what I worried about didn't matter.
  • That the mistreatment I received had more to do with with the people doing it than it did me.
  • Lastly, I would try my best to make me see my own value. It would have saved me the next ten years I spent trying to figuring that out :)

What has made me who I am today:

I'd have to start with my children. I was a young mother, I got pregnant with my oldest son at 19. It was certainly not easy, but he taught me what was really important in life and allowed me to see the beauty in the world. All of my children have given me confidence as a mother and taught me the meaning of unconditional love.

I've been blessed with a wonderfully supportive family who I consider to be some of my closest friends. They have provided me with a solid foundation and the feeling that I am a valued part of something.

Finally, I have my husband. It is amazing the difference it makes in a person when they know they are absolutely loved. He has been so supportive and patient, all the while giving me the security to develop into who I am today. I know that he's proud of me and that means the world.


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