Gemma Cruickshank Wins Miss BBW International 2012 — And I’m Applying For 2013!

Courtesy of Gemma Cruickshank and Miss BBW International

Up until about 12 hours ago I had no idea that such a thing even existed — beauty pageants for plus-size women?  You must be kidding me.

I got home after my first ever professional photo shoot (photos to come in a week!) and I suppose I was sort of in a “wow I want to be a model” kind of head-space.  I mean, I don’t really want to be a model…I just really enjoyed getting my picture taken (no intent of vanity!).  I started Googling “plus-size” for the umpteenth time, and there it was…”Gemma Cruickshank Crowned Miss BBW 2012.”  I thought I’d died and gone to chunky girl heaven.  Have I been in some sort of bubble for the past few years because I’d never heard of a plus-size pageant?

Miss BBW International brings together plus-size women who are at least a U.S. size 14, U.K. 18, to show off their beautiful bods and personalities proudly.  The pageant selects pudgy princesses who don’t succumb to the media’s skinny-centric pressures, and gives them a non-judgmental, pro-plus-size environment where they can really shine, and really show off every inch of their big, beautiful and bold selves.

Cruickshank, the 22-year-old, size 22 (U.K.) English babe was the winner this year.  Her gorgeous aesthethic, “big is beautiful” motto and the fact that she’s set up her own plus-size clothing line Gemma Cruickshank Collexions got her the crown and what I imagine a warm place in the hearts of loads of plus-size women searching for someone to look up to.

Courtesy of Gemma Cruickshank and Miss BBW International

Because I love my pudge and curves, because I love clothes, because I love writing about the BBW world…and, well, because I REALLY enjoyed that photo shoot yesterday, I’m going to send an application for the 2013 pageant (and I encourage all you fellow plus-size lovelies to do so as well).  I just can’t imagine the experience being anything other than incredible — it’s a chance to meet dozens of plus-size women who are not only beautiful, but actually know they’re beautiful, and go against media stereotypes and traditional 0-4 beauty pageants to form a unique, jiggle-filled society.  Who knows if I’ll be considered, but even if not, the application is at least another chance to write about why I love my body, why I want to inspire other plus-size women to love their bodies and why I think my body/face/mind/personality are a fit for this kind of competition. The thing is, if I get rejected I won’t really mind.  I’m still so thrilled to discover that this pageant exists.  If I get accepted, I’ll still be thrilled because I have no doubt I’ll make some pretty great and equally pro-plus-size friends.  AND I’ll get to see all of them in revealing getups…oh, and all this would happen in England!  There’s really no downside to the equation.

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12 comments

  1. Amparo

    Good morning Princess. Great article, enjoyed reading your work. Have you received any news in the application? I wish you lots of luck, you are perfect for this. Amazing girl! Love u

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