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Worthing woman makes it to final of fuller figured beauty contest
A big and beautiful woman has made it to the finals of a global competition celebrating fuller figured females.
Georgina Hawes, from Worthing, has become a finalist of the Miss Big Beautiful Woman International competition.
The 46-year-old, who is the oldest competitor, fought off rivalry from 400 other big and beautiful ladies.
The event has been described as the Miss Universe for Big Beautiful Women and is the first of its kind in the world.
Miss Hawes said: “I’m honoured to have got this far in the competition. I’ve come from a background where I’ve never been praised for my looks and have endured some pretty nasty comments.
"A guy once said to a friend of mine: ‘You’ll never get a guy if you hang out with her,’ so I’m delighted to have made it so far. This is for the big beautiful women and also the older ladies. We can still rock it past 40.”
The competition welcomes plus size women, and their admirers, to celebrate their curves and prove that ‘not everyone wants to be a size zero.’
Miss Hawes first entered the competition last year after sending the organisers a story about herself and a picture.
Since then, she made it through the semi-final stage and beat about 300 people to reach the final.
Originally from London, Miss Hawes was a visitor to ‘big girl clubs’ in the capital and then started visiting ‘Big Girls Paradise’ – a party for big girls.
Miss Hawes said: “It is held once a month in London and is safe environment for big girls to meet and socialise. I go there every other month and found out about the competition there.
“The aim is to find an ambassador for the big girl community.
“I’m doing it to show that, despite being told all my life that I’m an unhealthy weight, I am perfectly healthy and more importantly happy too. I’ve tried losing weight for myself, but this is who I am.”
The grand final of the competition will be held in London on Saturday, November 10.