Extraordinary People

Queen of curves brings plus-size beauty to Miss GB pageant

Kat Henry is proving women don’t have to look like Barbie

We talk about body positivity and diversity, yet still we judge our reflections and deem foods to be worthy of moral value if they are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ to eat.

Though every now and then, someone swoops in to challenge us.

This time, the spotlight is on Kat Henry who is proudly ripping up the rulebook to prove that there is space for plus-size bodies in mainstream media.

And it’s all thanks to falling in love with watching Miss Universe as a child.

[Credit: Kat Henry]

Catapulting into the future, Kat now finds herself in that pageant world and is making serious waves of her own. Namely, becoming a Miss Great Britain finalist. Yaas, queen.  

Speaking about her journey, Kat said it’s not only because of her passion for all things pageant, but she also wants to be a role model and show that the female body comes in many glorious sizes.

Kat said: “The typical Miss Great Britain contestant is tall, leggy, slim and fair or olive-skinned. You rarely see women of colour or plus-size women being crowned.

“I want to be a role model and break those stereotypes. I think that every single body requires representation within the media within the world.”

[Credit: Miss Great Britain]

Speaking to Metro, Kat explained that contests are not based on aesthetics alone, also taking into account confidence, style, demeanour, and if competitors lead by example.

As well as dismantling the idea that you have to look like Barbie to be a beauty queen, Kat works tirelessly to destroy the myth that you have to be petite to be fit – and when she’s not strutting her stuff on the catwalk, Kat is getting sweaty as a Zumba instructor.

If you’ve heard the word but aren’t quite sure what it is, Zumba classes combine Latin and international music to dance moves, so it feels more like hitting the club than exercise.

[Credit: Kat Henry]

It is especially popular because it offers a total body workout, meaning it combines all elements of fitness from cardio to muscle conditioning to flexibility.

Chatting about her appetite for health, the south London bopo activist says she strives to boost her strength and focus on mood without obsessing over what she weighs.

Kat explained: “There’s always going to be people who believe that plus-size women are not necessarily a healthy body type. I’ve never really let that bother me.”

[Credit: Kat Henry]

She added: “I’ve had the typical trolls on social media, but I sort of pride myself on being the sort of person that says: ‘Look, I’m not asking people to be like me but I’m asking people not to judge people. Let them enjoy their lives, and really just focus on being mentally healthy.’

“I’m a woman and I’ve been through my share of dieting drama and I’ve realised that there is more to life than worrying about the numbers on the scales.”

Amen, sister!

To shimmy to the Zumba magic, click here: Kat Henry.

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