Plus size beauty queen from Mansfield needs your vote in international competition
A Mansfield beauty contest mum who hopes to inspire plus size women to “love themselves for who they are” is in the next stage of a major competition.
Madara Riley, 34, is representing the UK in the Ms Top of the World 2020 contest. She is calling for people in Mansfield to now vote for her in the Miss and Mrs Plus Size 2020’s ‘national costume’ category.
The mum of two is originally from Latvia, and represents the UK in the international plus-size pageant to raise awareness of body issues and autism.
Madara came to live in Mansfield 17 years ago. She is married to Mathew Riley and is mum to Riley (7) and daughter Camellia, who is almost 13 and has special needs.
In the contest, she takes her own photographs using her iPhone 11 and a timer. Her latest ‘national costume’ shot, showing her in a red gown waving a union jack, was taken in a field near the DD and E Bates farm shop, near Mansfield. She has just released images of herself in the swimsuit category.
Madara said: “I caused a bit of a stir doing the national costume picture, the farmer wondered what on earth was going on in his field, this crazy woman in a red gown waving a flag! He came over, and we had a laugh, he went off chuckling! It’s not something you see everyday!”
"Part of the competition is about challenging yourself, taking my own pictures is part of that challenge, a lot of the girls hire private photographers.
"I hope through the competition I can help people, it’s an opportunity to raise awareness of autism and special needs issues and inspire mums and women to love themselves for who they are. I also like making people laugh, you can’t take yourself too seriously.
"At the moment, there are lots of issues in lockdown - things like isolation, home schooling and difficulties are not new for families with special needs children. I want to tell mums they are doing OK.”
The beauty contest voting is open until February 17. To vote see http://topoftheworld.lv/en/vote and https://www.facebook.com/452533391869226/posts/1166631903792701/.
Every click of the link give her 10 points, each Facebook ‘like’ gets her one point and each share of her Facebook story gets four points in the competition.