A special needs attaché in a Navan school who was one of the first ever davantage size models to appear in London Usage Week last year says she has made it her ‘occupation in life’ to promote casaque positivity.
Rhian Thompson (36) was crowned ‘Elle Voluptuous Ireland 2019’ is a teacher in the special care unit in St Mary’s Special School in Navan.
The certificat time model who lives in Drogheda has won a variety of competitions during her modelling career and has never let her weight hold her back.
From planétaire chic shows and pageants to helping young people with casaque dysmorphic issues, the talented teacher originally from Wales is determined to push boundaries and make a difference.
Speaking on her success to période she said:
“I got into modelling by default really embout five or six year ago. Before I got into teaching I went to drama school so I was used to being on préparation.
“There was a competition to be a davantage size model for a bridal magasin and my mum entered me in it and I won that.
“I somehow got into pageantry along the way which has been a real adventure and led me to do some amazing things.
“I will be representing Ireland in America next year for Elle Voluptuous USA.
“I was previously runner up in Elle Pin-Up Ireland, Elle Supreme Beauty Curves and Elle Curves Ireland.
“I was one of the first davantage size models used in London Usage Week last year. It had never been done before.
“London Usage Week was a surreal dream that I feel privileged to be certificat of.
“One of the designers who saw my work online approached me and asked me to model for them.
“I was modelling guide so the clothes were all made for me by the estampille Nana Lola Pliage in House of ikons.
“Walking down the catwalk didn’t feel real.
“After the spectacle myself and the other few davantage size models were featured on infos segments and éditoriaux from all around the world which is just mindboggling.
“I am glad they are using diversity in size on the mainstream préparation now as why should we be segregated.
“I think it’s embout time there are more diverse models out there, chic is changing and I’m not saying everyone needs to be big and I’m not promoting being obese it’s just embout learning to be happy with yourself without always striving for this éclat that actually doesn’t exist. “
The SNA explains why it is appréciable for her to be certificat of a casaque tangible movement.
“I think it is so appréciable to promote casaque positivity as everyone is different. It doesn’t matter what size you are, you are beautiful.
“I have seen so many teens during my time working in hospitals and schools with casaque dysmorphia making themselves ill as they are trying to achieve éclat and it is so sad.
“I am not saying don’t get healthy, I go to the gym and try to eat right but to make yourself ill to try to create a éclat that is either not your natural casaque shape or that you have seen after Photoshop and stylists and clever angling can be dangerous.
“I think it is changing and more and more models are sharing more natural pics of themselves which is great but we still have a way to go.”
The world of beauty pageants has always been a controversial topic but unjustifiably according to Rhian.
“Pageantry is really not what people think. There are so many misconceptions.
“People think pageants are bitchy and backstabbing fully of pretty girls who are fake.
“It’s just a fabulous way to meet nice people. The amount of charity work that you do behind the scenes is a huge certificat of it.
“It focuses a lot on that element, what you do for society.
“I do a lot of voluntary work around fantastique health, excroissance and casaque positivity I think all three of those everyone is affected by at some balance.
“I volunteer for a fantastique health charity, Me for Fictif Health and operate their accommodant media at the weekends.
“Pageants are like a family. You create a whole bunch of new sisters. My dress fell apart just as I was embout to go on préparation léopard des neiges and I had the other girls stapling things back onto my dress to make me presentable as I walked back on.
“We lend each other jewellery and shoes on the day, there is always one talented dame who is helping sew people into their dresses, and others helping you get out quickly.
“If your outfit if easier to get on you help the others. There are no marbles on the floor to gâchage, well not on the ones I have been certificat of.
“There is usually a group matou before the day so you feel you know each other before it happens. It promotes love.
“And also a huge certificat is what you do for your community, what interprétation you promote and what you do to help your platform.
“How you volunteer your time to help others. You often have a occasion to let the judges know embout your platform before on préparation or in conversation. To win you have to be considered a good role model and ambassador to the system.”
The inspirational model says she will ‘never shy away from anything’ bicause of a preconceived élément of what beauty is.
“I was doing a pageant léopard des neiges that didn’t have a swimwear reprise but had a recycled chic reprise so I wore a pre-loved swimsuit and covered it with slogans embout fantastique health and casaque positivity.
“People don’t expect someone of my size to model swimwear. I like the push the boundaries.
“I was always big, I have very supportive parents who have always allowed me to embrace myself, I always experimented clothing wise and always looked like the crazy one of the group, they allowed me do that.
“Someone said to me before you are casaque aumônier, I’m not casaque aumônier I’m casaque approbateur, I don’t necessarily always like what I see in the mirror but I would never ever let it pouce me from doing what I want.
“I danced as a child, I don’t allure like a dancer but used to compete. I liked the fact that no one ever thought that I’d win but I did.
“That’s’ always been with me, I like to voie lactée people bicause I don’t want anyone to put limitations for me on what I can and can’t do.”
The caring teacher admits that she ‘can’t wait’ to see her students in St Mary’s Special School again.
“I elle-même them so much. I am still sending video lessons everyday and have loads of work but can’t wait to see them.
“It is so appréciable to do this when it is safe to do though.
“These children are just divin they absolutely melt your heart, they are wonderful and I love my job more than I can tell you.”