Miss Big & Beautiful competition: Khadijah Fergusson
Q1. Why did you enter the Miss Big & Beautiful competition?
A1. I entered the Miss Big & Beautiful Pageant because I believe in the values of the Miss Big & Beautiful Organisation. They speak to my personal values and beliefs of having self confidence, being comfortable in your skin and having self worth.
Q2. Where do you see yourself in five years?
A2. In the next five years I would want to be finished my Bachelor’s of Arts in Literatures in English at The University of the West Indies Cave Hill. I would like to advance my career in policing and become the Public Relations Officer for the Police Force or be at the rank of Sergeant.
Q3. What advice would you give to other full-figured ladies who may be interested in entering the Miss Big & Beautiful Competition?
A3.I would let every full-figured lady who may be interested in entering the Miss Big & Beautiful Pageant to know that you must be ready to commit, dedicate and have faith in yourself.
Q4. What would you say to those persons who believe that the Miss Big and Beautiful Pageant encourages obesity and unhealthy living?
A4. I would inform those individuals of the various activities that each contestant has to take part in. We have fun walks, hikes and boot camps (once every week) just to name a few. These are the activities that are targeted to the healthy aspect of the competition. The competition is not only about looking pretty or taking photos, it is also encourages us to eat healthy and exercise.
Q5. How has being in the Miss Big & Beautiful Pageant impacted on your life?
A5.This pageant has helped me in number of ways. First, it has and still is helping me to boost my confidence level. At the beginning I was a little shy and my confidence level was very low, but now I can say my confidence level has increased by at least 35 per cent. Secondly, it has taught me how to be more organised and to manage my time more effectively. Last but not least it has helped me to adjust to new environments.
Q6. Who would you say is your role model and why?
A5. I would say my role model is my mother; Heather Fergusson. Some may ask why your mother but after all I know her personally. Some people may say a celebrity, someone in their church or even a teacher but to me a role model is someone that you have spent time with, someone who you intimately know, someone who is themself when they are around you and never pretending, not for the media or for the congregation. I am with my mother most of the time and everything she does I am impressed with. I love the way she walks, the way she carries herself, the way she speaks, the way she takes care of her family and her household and the way she dedicates and balances her time with both home and work. My mother is an exceptional woman, wife, daughter, teacher and of course mother. That is why I chose her as my role model.
Q7. You have won the Miss Big & Beautiful Pageant, how would you use your reign to help uplift and encourage other full-figured women with low self-esteem?
A7.I would first start in the secondary schools. As we all know, they are the women of tomorrow and where would be a better place to start? I would encourage them to embrace their body, learn to love themselves more and to not be ashamed of their size. I would try to explain to them that size does not determine your beauty, self worth or even self confidence. Being a full-figured young lady or woman does not mean that you are in any way ugly. We have to start thinking differently about ourselves as women over a particular size. And the only way that this can happen, is if we all begin to look at ourselves differently, having confidence and encourage and embrace each other instead of making derogatory remarks or laughing at each other. I would have workshops for full-figured women which would target their health and try to encourage them by having a number of makeup and dress tutorials. I would choose at least three women from within three different sections in Barbados, the north (St. Lucy, St. Peter, St. Andrew and St. James), the central (St. Thomas, St. George, St. Joseph and St. John) and the south (St. Michael, St. Phillip and Christ Church) and give them a complete makeover. This would be in an effort to help them to embrace and uplift themselves.