Miss Big & Beautiful Contestant: Deborah Bartlett
Q1: Why did you enter the Miss Big & Beautiful Competition? A2:I entered the pageant because I believe that I have what it takes to be the new Miss Big & Beautiful Queen for 2013. I am over confident, ambitious , I am a big and beautiful diva! Many friends and strangers have encouraged me to enter the pageant and gave me full support even before I even considered entering the pageant.
Q2: Where do you see yourself in five years? A2: In five years I see myself as a beautiful rose which is still in the process of blooming. I am 22 going 23 years at the moment so in five years I would hope to be a wonderful mother and wife. I would also like to fulfill the many goals that I have set for my life.
Q3: What advice would you give to full figured ladies who may be interesting in entering the Miss Big & Beautiful competition? A3: Be true to yourself. As plus sized ladies we are expected to not only dress appropriately but act and carry ourselves in such a way that we stand out positively. Yes there will be critics and yes you may encounter negativity about your weight and size but I am encouraging each of you to stand strong and love yourself, if you love yourself and have a high self esteem then no one can move you. This pageant is not for everyone. You must have confidence, you must have a glowing personality and you must want it! You must be dedicated, hard work pays off and just like everything in life you reap what you sow. If you have what it takes then I encourage you to enter, the journey will be long but promise you, it will be enjoyable.
Q4: What would you say to persons who believe that the Miss Big & Beautiful organisation encourages obesity and unhealthy living?
A4:In my opinion , the pageant does not encourage obesity. There are pageants for slim ladies, why can’t we big and beautiful ladies have a pageant to show the world that we are divas as well. For some of us, it’s in our genes and some of us just prefer 2 scoops of ice cream rather than 1, this doesn’t mean that we are to be treated any different. Healthiness is not only a size 0 – 10.
Q5:How has being in the pageant impacted on you life?
A5:Being in the pageant has really given me an overwhelming excitement. The support and great response from family members , friends and the public is continuously motivating me along my journey.
Q6:Who is your role model and why? A6: I would say that my motivation comes from my mother. Even though she is not plus sized, her advice has helped me through life in terms of teaching me life skills, making decisions and building self confidence.
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 esteem.
A7:As a plus sized female I can relate to the many issues which younger plus sized ladies would face. I would like the opportunity to have classes that can build the self esteem for these ladies and form a group that the public can also see plus sized ladies in a positive light .