Like most girls, body confidence is something I sometimes lack, and that is something I will openly admit. So the idea of having to stand in a bikini and be photographed kind of petrified me. Since winning my Miss Black Country title, yes, my self-confidence has increased and I feel as though I have gotten to an age now where as long as I am happy that’s all that matters. I go to the gym; I eat the right foods, (occasionally the wrong ones like everyone does) and have learnt to accept that I should be proud of every so called flaw on my body because that is what makes me unique. This turned out to be my mantra for the whole shoot. Whilst at times I may have thought ‘I wonder what my stomach looks like on that last photo? Do I have any rolls?’ I stopped myself every time and said ‘I am unique and beautiful the way I am’ and it helped. Of course, Kev was great and was showing me the images as we went along. I was so pleased with them I can’t tell you how happy I was. That turned out to be the icing on the cake and the only real confidence boost I needed. Miss England is not about fitting a stereotypical mould of wannabe celebs, which, judging by the recent article in the Telegraph July 14th is what we are all aspiring to. Miss England is about being the best version of YOU that there is, no one else, and by doing so, inspiring others to do the same.
Definitely gone off on a tangent there but oh well, the point I was making was that I had a great time shooting with Kev for my beach beauty round and ended up with numerous photos that I *LOVE* - it is an experience I am definitely proud of.