Being a contestant in the Miss Black Ontario pageant was a rewarding experience for Glenora Joseph-Parker.
She however felt uncomfortable with her size as one of the larger females in the event.
This prompted Joseph-Parker to establish the Miss Canada Plus Pageant a decade ago to raise the self-esteem of voluptuous and curvy women.
Last week, she was one of five women honoured for her vision with the inaugural Body Confidence Canada Awards distributed during “A Toast of the Curves” celebrating size, film fashion and TV.
Jill Andrew and Aisha Fairclough, who founded BITE ME! Toronto International Body Image Film & Arts Festival, hosted the event.
“It was gratifying to have my advocacy of size acceptance recognized by two women who also empower and work with young women in the community,” said Joseph-Parker.
Andrew said the winners were chosen based on their impact in the plus size community.
“These are individuals who are actively fighting against stereotypes that attempt to label all fat bodies as unhealthy, uninspired and underachieving and are playing an iconic role in inspiring today’s generation of plus size women,” she added.
Other winners included image consultant Georgia Greenwood who founded the Fuller Women Network and Canadian singer and actress, Tabby Johnson.