ST. LOUIS – Catherine Bush, like many others, didn’t know plus size pageantry existed until she googled it.
“I feel like people don’t know because it’s not known. Plus-size models and beauty queens aren’t known in Missouri,” she said. “And we need to get it out there. Because every size is beautiful.”
Bush will represent Missouri at the Miss Plus America Pageant, which runs June 27-July 3.
She wants Missouri to have plus size pageants since other states have them.
Bush, who has been modeling for two years, recalls a man calling her fat and laughing at her first casting. She said she doesn’t get discouraged when people criticize or comment on her weight.
“I like my body. God made me beautiful. So I just keep my head up and I know I’m happy and they’re not going to steal my joy,” she said.
As a healthcare worker, Bush was working long, stressful hours when COVID 2020 hit. She applied for the 2021 pageant to take a break from everything.
“I applied because you just can’t be accepted. You know me and tell them about me. I mean, I’m a mental health provider. ‘ Bush said.
After a series of interviews with pageant directors and executives, Bush was accepted as a competitor six months later.
Bush received advice and help from the Miss USA director, who helped her find a trainer and prepared her for the interviews and pageant.
There is no plus-size pageant director in Missouri, so Bush was glad the Miss USA director helped her. She said it was stressful practicing alone and preparing.
Bush said that when she called Miss USA and other pageants “the skinny girl pageant,” the director told her that it was rude because there were no height or weight requirements to enter those pageants.
“I didn’t know that because in the pageant world, they’re usually skinny and tall. So I assumed they were just looking for skinny women,” she said.
Bush said that pomp is sisterhood and more than just beauty; it’s about the service.
“So I feel like if I win it’s because of my personality and my service. Yes, I have my dress and I have my pants. I prepared all this. But I feel like it matters more,” she said. “You just have to show you’ve got what it takes. You are happy. Your personality is up there, at the top. For me everything goes beyond beauty. It’s nothing and everyone can put on make-up.”
https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/st-louisan-to-represent-missouri-in-miss-plus-america/ St. Louisan represents Missouri at Miss Plus America