Natalie Carley is the woman behind single-handedly building the Miss Voluptuous brand.
Having competed in pageants herself over the past four years, and twice at international level, Natalie knew she wanted to create the kind of experience that she herself would want as a contestant.
The sisterhood aspect of competing is at the forefront of Miss Voluptuous, as with the emphasis on platform and service to the communities of the contestants.
Natalie is also the founder of Q4 - The Queen Collective, a united front of UK pageant contestants and activists dedicated to changing lives by supporting women in need. You can find out more about the project here.
In her own words
Miss Voluptuous was created with far more than aesthetic beauty in mind; I wanted to champion the inspirational women with powerful stories just looking for a platform on which to be heard.
The pageant is about giving voices to the voiceless; to have strong ambassadors of under-represented causes, and for fuelling the passion of our contestants to genuinely make a difference.
Whilst a ‘Plus Size System’, Miss Voluptuous is so much more than that; I wanted to give every woman who joined the best pageant experience possible to encourage them to compete in ‘mainstream’ systems, that are open to all ladies, regardless of dress size.
Miss Voluptuous is a stepping stone into Pageants that many plus sized women have said they felt too daunted to dive straight in to. With coaching, posing and modelling techniques, we equip our contestants as best we can to feel prepared to immerse themselves in the beautiful pageant community that the U.K. has to offer.
Instead of focusing on a physical aesthetic, we champion the platforms, hard work and volunteer efforts of these ladies to build their confidence from within.
We do everything we can to ensure that each and every contestant is supported and encouraged to step outside of their comfort zone!
I am immensely proud of the contestants and seeing them flourish throughout the competition is incredible.