A MUM and daughter are about to go head to head in the Miss Plus Size International beauty pageant for bigger women.
Here, single mum of four and tea shop owner Michelle, 41, and budding baker Bianca, 23, from Charlton, south-east London, talk to JENNIFER TIPPETT.
“FOR us, this is the ultimate mother-and-daughter experience — and to both make the final after 400 ladies from around the world entered is a real honour.
“We both really want to win and that’s great.
“And we’re the only mum-and-daughter BBW (Big Beautiful Women) team competing in pageants globally.
“It just shows that us full-figured girls from south-east London can set the standard and show the rest of the world how it’s done.
“I don’t consider either of us large. We’re in the middle.
“We’ve never dieted and I don’t consider it necessary.
“Sometimes we over-indulge on special occasions but who doesn’t?
“I have taught all my children the value of healthy food.
“We don’t sit around stuffing our faces. Everyone assumes because we are big that we are lazy, which is just not true.
“It’s about time people appreciated that big women are part of society.
“As mum and daughter, we represent different ages and different sizes.