'Curvy Kate,' lingerie retailer of D-K size bras is holding its an annual 'Miss Star-in-a-Bra' model contest - targeting corpulent British women who wear a dress size 14 and have D cup breasts, this is now the UK average. However, British Born Chinese women never miss a trick, being competitive creatures in the beauty stakes, they too want recognition from White British society. The assimilated Chinese female can now be seen contesting mainstream British pageants, mainstream British porn and mainstream British glamour model competitions.
But is the Curvy Kate contest, a bridge too far? Whilst White 'fatshion' can claim to be 'fat and proud,' Chinese females however are ethnic, they must claim to be a proud fat person of colour, ie 'proud fat Chinese.' Hardly flattering is it? In consideration of the Chinese female's shorter, slimmer, flatter chested build, how many British Chinese females would even want to measure up to Curvy Kate's 'average' western standard (which is Obese by Asian standards)?
Step up chunkalicious Narissa Chan, a 22 year old British Born Chinese female representing the East Asian contingent at this years Curvy Kate Miss StarInABra 2012 Model Contest.
Does Narissa Chan have the Chunk Factor?
Narissa Chan is a part-time Ann Summers party organiser, pole dancer and a full-time Sociology student at the University of Bristol. She says:
"I’m excited by the prospect of potentially being the first ever oriental in the final 10 in the history of Curvy Kate! Being ‘Chinglish’ I love having the best of both cultures but throughout my whole life, people have commented on my size, as I don’t look like the ‘stereotypical’ Chinese girl. We’re known for Hello Kitty but not for our curves!"
She even writes a poem for the White audience as a selling point for her exotic oriental flava...
I am different, exotic, and ‘Chinglish’ at its best!
I want to put societal perceptions of models to the test!
I wish to tell all to embrace the beauty of your shape in all its forms,
Don’t be embarrassed, you’re fantastic, it’s the way you were born.
Never in a million, when I entered, did I think I would make it this far,
But now I have I really hope you’ll vote me to be your next Star In A Bra!
Chinese women should celebrate their physique as indifferent to Caucasians rather than trying to shift perceived 'narrow' Asian beauty standards to a more European standard by entering these types of contests designed for porcine Caucasians. If 'Curvy is the first step on Britain's obesity ladder,' do we really want to encourage a British Born Chinese to win a contest equivalent to Miss Fat Britain 2012?