Having made the final of a global plus-size beauty pageant, a Winsford grandma is making it her mission to prove big can be beautiful.
Helen Haughton, 41, will compete against women from as far afield as Norway and Mississippi to be crowned Miss Plus Size International 2015.
The annual contest seeks to prove there is life after size 18 and provides a platform for plus-size women to showcase their beauty on the catwalk, previously dominated by slimmer women.
A mum of three girls and grandmother to 16-month-old Taylor, Helen was urged to enter by her 15-year-old who told her she was ‘beautiful’.
She said: “Miss Plus Size promotes body confidence and shows people you don’t have to be a size 0 to be happy and beautiful.
“It also helps young girls by maybe showing them not to starve themselves and be happy in their own skin.”
“Winning would be nice, of course – who wouldn’t want to be the winner?
“But I am so happy to have been picked and got this far.”
Helen, who works at Care Connect in Gadbrook Park, Northwich, will have the chance to practice her pout and poses at a professional photoshoot in December and strut her stuff down the catwalk at a boot camp in June ahead of the final next September.
To be held at the Grand Ballroom of The Palace Hotel in Manchester, it will comprise swimwear, formal wear and evening wear rounds.
Helen has put her experiences as a plus-size woman to good use, setting up online secondhand selling group Bigbabe’s Clothing on Facebook three years ago.
She said: “Ladies can buy, sell or swap clothes and post. Lots of plus-size ladies don’t like shopping so doing it online helps.”
To follow Helen’s progress throughout the pageant, visit her Facebook page - Helen Haughton Miss Plus Size International 2015.