LOREN BUR­TON, 30

Bris­bane win­ner

Cosmopolitan (Australia) - - Your Cosmo Cover -

Why did you en­ter Cosmo Curve? One of my fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram com­mented on one of my pho­tos and said, ‘You should en­ter the Cosmo Curve com­pe­ti­tion.’ I looked into it and I was like, I’m go­ing to be brave and put my­self out there!

Have you done any mod­el­ling be­fore?

I used to model in my teens – I started when I was 14, but not in the plus­size cat­e­gory. I had a five­year con­tract but I hardly got any work dur­ing that time. It was al­ways some­thing I wanted to pur­sue, but once my con­tract ended, it wasn’t re­newed as I went trav­el­ling over­seas.

What do you do for work? I’ve been work­ing in hu­man ser­vices, so I work with kids in foster care, mainly around trauma ther­apy. About a year ago I took some time off be­cause I lost my brother and I just de­cided I needed a break, so I’ve been at home full­time with my kids.

Have you al­ways been con­fi­dent in your own skin? No, I was at my low­est with my body af­ter I had my first child at 23. Noth­ing can pre­pare you for how your body changes when you have a child. I worked out try­ing to get back to what I was be­fore, but I just re­alised it was never go­ing to hap­pen. It’s been a process to ac­cept that your body has changed and you have pro­duced life, but it’s some­thing to be proud of.

JACKET: Topshop, $259.95 (topshop.com.au).

TOP: Tak­ing Shape avail­able at Myer, $49.95; JEANS: Tak­ing Shape avail­able at Myer, $119.95 (myer.com.au). BOOTS: Topshop, $139.95 (topshop. com.au). EAR­RINGS: Co­lette Hay­man, $16.99 (co­let­te­hay­man.com.au).

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