A woman can become so self-conscious of her body that she wants to stay covered all the time. Even if that means wearing sweaters and tights throughout the summer. But now Sophie Leah Brady, has finally become comfortable in her body.
Sophie is a teaching assistant from Everton, and she has been afraid to show off her arms and legs because she was scared about comments she might receive from other people. She has long dreamed of being a model, and she would watch the Victoria’s Secret fashion shows, wishing she could be one of the angels. Being 5 feet 2 inches and wearing size 16 to 18, she never thought she would have the chance.
She was so uncomfortable with her body that even while on her summer holiday, she would wear shorts and a cardigan over her swimwear. That has now changed since meeting her husband. He has encouraged her to join Miss Liverpool Curve.
Speaking of her younger years, Sophie said, “Growing up I hid behind humor quite a lot and was always known as the ‘funny girl’—that way people wanted to be friends with me and no one seemed to care how I looked. I was so self-conscious of my body that I would choose to cover up and wear a jumper and jeans or tights so no one could make rude comments about the way my arms or legs looked. I would never wear makeup and just tied my hair back without doing much too it. I definitely wasn’t like the other girls my age.”
She had always wanted to join a pageant, but she thought since she is petite and plus-size, she didn’t stand a chance. She was always shy at school, and she only started to become confidence when she studied performing arts when she was sixteen years old.
It was two years ago that she married her husband, Michael Brady. She became more confident with his love and was even bold enough to show her arms on her wedding day. Being in love, she no longer was scared of being judged by strangers.
She entered the Miss British Beauty Curve 2016 after her husband spotted an ad for the competition and encouraged her to try it. Sophie was thrilled to find a pageant for women her size. Unlike regular beauty pageants, curvy figures were celebrated. She made it to the final of the competition which will be in July. In May, she got the title Miss Liverpool Curve.
As a teaching assistant, she is used to wearing flat shoes or rubber shoes. She is now preparing for the pageant by walking around the house in heels, which is something she needs to get used to. She has had an up-and-down battle with her weight, but currently, she is focused on exercising regularly and eating healthy instead of going on a fad diet.
Sophie wants to show that anyone can achieve their dream, and that plus-size women can be just as appealing as a size 6 model. When asked about her experience, Sophie replied, “I just never dreamed there’d be anything out there for me like this pageant—I’m not tall and I’m not thin, so I just accepted I wouldn’t ever be able to model. It’s such a great boost to my self-esteem and such an important message to young women that all sizes are beautiful. I always hid my insecurities away but now I don’t have to.”
She says she has always wanted a dress with a fishtail train, and now because of the pageant, she will finally get to put one on. She can’t wait to be on stage and take part in something that promotes and celebrates a curvy woman’s figure. Sophie says she has had great support in the pageant and she is not afraid of being judged anymore because she is happy the way she is. The competition will be on July 30 in Brighton.