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Keeping it real

Today we turn the spotlight on another contestant in the Miss Big & Beautiful pageant. Julia Mascoll, is ready to show Barbados and the world that she is Unstoppable!. The show comes off on October 21, at the Plantation Garden Theatre.

Why did you enter the Miss Big & Beautiful pageant?

I entered Miss Big & Beautiful for three reasons. First I wanted to be in some way associated with the Miss Big & Beautiful organisation. It is a bold, positive movement for women who are plus-sized. Secondly, I simply thought it would be fun to do the photo shoots, make appearances and perform at the Plantation Garden Theatre. Then of course I wanted to wear the sash printed Miss Big and Beautiful 2012 along with the crown.

List three words that best describe who you are?

Three words that describe me. Va, Va, Voom! (Laughing) I would say that I’m sagacious, spontaneous and stimulating.

What words of advice would you give persons who would like to enter this competition but may be shy?

Being in a full-figured showcase does call for a measure of bravery, however, being a bit self-aware and considerate is still good, so no need try to change yourself completely. But there is really nothing to be shy about. The Miss Big & Beautiful pageant promotes individuality and provides a chance to be yourself whatever your personality as a big, beautiful woman is. So embrace the experience as a challenge.

What would you say you have learnt from being in this competition?

I learned that I am more articulate than I realised and that I should be more appreciative of the things in my life that have contributed to my developed public speaking and written communication skills. I also learned how fulfilling it is to recognise and understand my talents, strengths, values, likes, dislikes, beliefs, and personal style. These discoveries allowed me to see that I can be my own role model. And finally I learned that feelings like stress, anxiety, pressure, apprehensiveness, even fear and disappointment don’t have to be seen as negatives. Actually, they can be compelling forces to push me to achieve more.

Do you believe the Miss Big & Beautiful pageant encourages obesity and unhealthy living?

The Miss Big & Beautiful organisation goes all out to promote beauty and self-confidence in plus-sized women. Plus-size does not mean obese or unhealthy. In my opinion, one of the reasons why this pageant is the best pageant in Barbados is simply because it encourages women to ‘keep it real’ and love themselves regardless of size or shape. It is when a woman begins to truly love and value herself that she sees the need to take care of herself by eating right, exercising regularly, protecting herself from diseases and so on. Plus-sized pageants on a whole encourage their participants to be at their best in every way and Miss Big & Beautiful is no different.

What should the public expect from you on October 21st?

The Full Package!

As a representative of my sponsor Lafemme Fashion Factory, I cannot wait to rock some fierce fashion in each segment and thrill the judges and audience with my talent. To those of you who know me, I say you’ve never seen me quite like this. To my supporters, I will not let you down. To all in attendance, I will prove that thick and curvy is Unstoppable and big girls rule.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

It’s hard to predict what could happen to me in five years. The scene of the world is changing and I need to make some changes to suit. I see myself as a more focused individual. Teaching is an important job so I see myself as a teacher whether in the school system or in volunteer community work. It would be a privilege for me to be viewed as a plus-sized role model in the area dress and etiquette.

If you win the title what do you see yourself doing for the year you will reign?

I would use the year to support the Miss Big & Beautiful organisation in new endeavors.

I will visit schools to inspire girls who are heavy to be their best by getting involved in activities that help them pursue positive goals.

I am already looking forward to meeting the next crop of delegates for Miss Big & Beautiful 2013 and sharing my experience and advice with them throughout their journey.

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