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News 'Young girls need good role models, being plus size doesn't limit you' mum puts aside her insecurities to enter beauty contest.

Byline: SOPHIE MCCOID ECHO reporter sophie.mccoid@trinitymirror.com @mccoidsophie

A MUM-OF-ONE is putting aside her insecurities to compete in a national plus size beauty contest.

Sophie Stillings, 27, is a self confessed yo-yo dieter, going from size 16 to a size eight and back again throughout her life.

But at any size Sophie always struggled with her insecurities and is now hoping to conquer them once and for all by taking part in Miss British Beauty Curve - after being inspired by friend and last year's winner, Sophie Brady.

Sophie said: "I've always struggled with my weight, I was a size 16-18 in High School and I wasn't one of the cool kids, I hated P.E and would often refuse to take part.

"After school, I went to college and university to study dance and the weight fell off, as I was dancing all day everyday.

"But even at a size eight my insecurities lingered, as we were forced to wear tights to cover up any cellulite. I felt no different at a size eight than I did at an 18, the dance industry was very high pressured and we were always encouraged to be smaller."

I felt no a size eight did at an 18, dance industry very high " After leaving university Sophie noticed the weight start t Sophie Stillings creep back on - but started to feel happier, after realising her weight didn't affect her ability to dance or enjoy life.

After reconnecting with friend Sophie Brady - who won last year's Miss British Beauty Curve - she felt inspired to take part herself.

Motivation also came from her twoyear-old daughter Evie, who she wants to show you can do anything you put your mind to.

Sophie from Speke said: "I knew Sophie from college and she seemed like a changed person after doing the beauty pagents, she was so much more confident and after speaking to her, I felt ready to apply.

"I'm a size 16, but I go to the gym regularly and eat well six days of the week - just because I'm not a size eight anymore doesn't mean I'm not healthy. "Young girls like my daughter, Evie, need role models and I want to show them that being plus size doesn't limit your abilities in any way."

The coffee shop manager applied and was quickly accepted to represent Liverpool in the grand finals of Miss British Beauty Curve next August.

Plus size American Supermodel Ashley Graham has also been an inspiration for Sophie.

She said: "After being accepted my mentality has just improved again, it's very exciting.

different at than I the was pressured "I'd love to be the British Ashley Graham, she's bigger but she just owns it and I love that."

I felt no different at a size eight than I did at an 18, the dance industry was very high pressured Sophie Stillings

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Date:Nov 13, 2017
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