Birmingham beauty wins Miss Big Is Fab Big is fab … Winner Shantel Sibanda (centre) with runners-up Francina Mofofo and Leane Awoko

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ZIMBABWE born Shantel Sibanda, who lives in Birmingham, was crowned Miss Big Is Fab 2013 at a glamorous event recently held in Leeds.
36 year-old South African Francina Mofolo, from London, was the first runner-up while Ghanaian, Leanne Awoko, 28, from Sheffield was second runner up.
Organised by Pauline Mpofu, CEO at 4DIZ Beauty Pageants, ten curvy and fabulous ladies of size 14 and above from all over the United Kingdom took part in the spectacular event.
Said the new Miss Big Is Fab queen Shantel: “It was a really challenging and amazing life changing experience and I loved every minute of it.
“It has given me so much courage and confidence to be an ambassador to my community to help all the curvy ladies and bring them in the industry as that is one thing definitely missing.
“So I just want to say thank you to the organiser Pauline as this pageant will get bigger by the year.
Asked why such a pageant, the organiser Mpofu said: “As a model who in recent years has piled on some weight, I decided to organise this event because I have realised that curvy women are often rejected by other pageants.
“I felt it was my duty to bridge that gap in the modelling industry, I want to change people’s perception and let the world know that it is possible to be a plus size and be intelligent and beautiful at the same time.
“I need people to understand that I am not here to promote obesity but to purely provide a platform for the plus size ladies of the world to have a chance to get involved and be a true version of themselves not of anybody else.”
The Zimbabwe born mother of four qualified as a model with Bulawayo’s Fingers School Of Modelling and, in her heydays, participated in pageants like Miss Bulawayo, Miss Highlanders, Miss Valentine’s (BYO).
Sponsored and supported by BAWR and Shopistaliano, with Kevin Ncube as MC and DJ Jah Hanief playing some superb music, the event was night also held in aid of a very worthy charity – the British Red Cross which carries out crucial work around the world.
Various upcoming artists, among them like Lyfe Martinez, Bekaa, Donell Girlsbond and Yung Sniper had the audience on their feet with their spell-binding performances.
Anyone interested in taking part or getting involved in next year’s event can send an email to the or visit and fill an enquiry form or an application form.Advertisement