A Sheffield woman is heading for a bright future after securing a place in the final of beauty contest.
Kirsty Enright has been crowned Miss Sheffield Curve and will now go on to compete in Miss British Beauty Curve, a beauty pageant for the country’s curviest girls.
The 26-year-old, of Manvers Road, Beighton, said the pageant process has helped transform her life,by boosting her confidence.
She will begin an Open University degree in psychology in September, and hopes her story will help other women in similar situations.
Kirsty, who is mum to Aniyah, aged five, four-year-old Lescelle and Kyrah, 20 months, said: “I am trying to get bigger women into the media in a better light.
“I want to campaign saying bigger can be beautiful.
“If I could make one person who feels like I did feel as beautiful as I feel then I will have done my job.”
At the start of the year, Kirsty felt extremely low. She was at her biggest, a size 20, and had recently split up with her partner.
She saw an advert on the internet calling for women to enter a competition to win a free photo shoot.
She entered and, much to her amazement, won.
Kirsty said: “A couple of months earlier I had taken a picture of myself and I loved it. In fact, it’s still my favourite picture.
“I was having a bit of a confident day, so I sent the picture in.”
The photographers saw her natural flair infront of the camera and suggested plus-size modelling. She signed up to an online talent and modelling agency and entered the Miss Sheffield Curve pageant.
Kirsty, who has slimmed down two stone and is now a size 16-18, is preparing for the final at the Lost Theatre in Lambeth, London, on Sunday, July 27, where she will be competing in categories including fashion wear and evening wear.
Kirsty, who had a makeover from Debenhams on The Moor in the city centre, said: “It has all helped, bit by bit.
“I started to get good feedback.
“The feedback I have been getting from people has been brilliant and I have never felt better.
“My family and friends have been unbelievable. They are so proud and have really got behind me. Everyone is involved.”
Kirsty is in search of sponsors for the pageant.
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