EXCLUSIVE: Georgina Joseph Hawes hopes to make St. Lucia and BBW women proud in first international pageant for BBW women

0
EXCLUSIVE: Georgina Joseph Hawes hopes to make St. Lucia and BBW women proud in first international pageant for BBW women
Hawes wants to become an ambassador for plus-size women around the world.
Hawes wants to become an ambassador for plus-size women around the world.

Georgina Joseph Hawes, a British citizen of St. Lucian heritage, is among 19 big and beautiful women who will contest the November 10 final of an international competition dubbed the ‘Miss Universe of Big Beautiful Women’ and the first of its kind in the world.

The 46-year-old, who is the oldest competitor in the Miss Big Beautiful Woman (BBW) International competition, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an exclusive interview that her participation is dedicated to her St. Lucian parents who passed away a month apart before they could see her outshine 400 other hopefuls to reach the grand finals.

“Sadly my parents passed away four years ago together and they were both St. Lucians and I feel by sharing this news they would be so proud. My father came from Canaries and my mother came from Micoud,” she said.

Hawes described the death of her parents as a “tremendous test of strength” for her because she had a very close relationship with them, especially her father.

“Both of them lived in England since the 1950’s and once they settled my father went back to St. Lucia, built his holiday home and came back every year until he died at 76. He was a strong, young-spirited man. Joined a gym at 70 years old and also helped the youth in our local area of London with guidance.

“In October 2007 my father was diagnosed with bowel cancer and they gave him three months to live. He died January 2008. My mother, who was bed-ridden for many years with a bone disease problem, gave up her fight to live 11 days after my father’s funeral and died February 2008.

Hawes and her parents.

“I sadly had taken my father’s ashes back to St Lucia where he wanted to be blessed and put in the Canaries Sea where he fished with his father, brothers and friends. So my mother held on until the day I flew back and on the day that I returned to England she was admitted in hospital and passed away at the age of 70; a very strong woman,” she explained.

It is that show of strength, Hawes said, has motivated her to surpass pride to be judged one of the world’s most big and beautiful woman.

According to an article in The Argus newspaper, Hawes’ journey began by chance. The report said she was a visitor to ‘big girl clubs’ in the capital and then started visiting ‘Big Girls Paradise’ – a party for big girls.

Miss Hawes said: “It is held once a month in London and is a safe environment for big girls to meet and socialise. I go there every other month and found out about the competition there.”

She first entered the competition last year after submitting a picture and story about herself.  She advanced to the final in June this year.

“I’m honoured to have got this far in the competition. I’ve come from a background where I’ve never been praised for my looks and have endured some pretty nasty comments. A guy once said to a friend of mine: ‘You’ll never get a guy if you hang out with her,’ so I’m delighted to have made it so far. This is for the big beautiful women and also the older ladies. We can still rock it past 40,” she was quoted as saying in the British newspaper.

“The aim is to find an ambassador for the big girl community.  I’m doing it to show that, despite being told all my life that I’m an unhealthy weight, I am perfectly healthy and more importantly happy too. I’ve tried losing weight for myself, but this is who I am,” she added.

Hawes, who has worked as database support and analyst for over 20 years, does not forget the native land of her parents.

“I sent three laptops to a few children in Canaries to help them whilst they could not go to school. I came back to St Lucia two to three times a year. And I am looking to use my skills to hopefully be able to give a little back to my island. As my father was proud of me, I am proud to be a Lucian in London spreading the message,” she said.

(0)(0)

No posts to display