On November 16, 2012, Hooping.org columnist Lara Eastburn put out a call out to all of the curvy women (and men too) out there to turn on their video cameras, step inside their hoops and hoop it up. Our quest to change the online climate for plus size hoopers by creating greater curvy hooper visibility was once again officially underway. Started in 2011 by Lissa Angeline, our 2012 Curvy Hoopers Video Challenge gave hoopers until 11:59pm PST on November 30th to share their awesomeness and for a little extra incentive we had some prizes to give away as well. One lucky hooper would spin away with an “Everything But The Bed” pass to Hottie Hoop Camp 2012, the body-friendly hoop gathering that is taking place this year March 21-24, 2013, in Surfside Beach, Texas. Not familiar with Hottie Hoop Camp? Read all about it. The event, hosted by the awesome and generous women at Punk Rock Hoops, is not to be missed – and we also came up with a brand new custom-made glamour hoop from Hoop Mamas for a first runner up as well. And everything got even more exciting last week when Lara stepped in front of the camera herself!
So who are our winners? Answer: Everyone who participated this year, and our community as a whole for helping us to ensure our incredible represents and is inclusive of everybody. You’re all winners and we love and salute each and every one of you! As for the incentive prizes though, only one person could hoop away with each of those – or, that is what we thought prior to tallying up the judges ballots and finding ourselves with a first place tie. Before we could even begin to figure out how to make a decision between two outstanding and incredibly different 2012 Curvy Hooper Challenge videos, the love and generosity of Blythe TwoSisters and Rowan TwoSisters of Punk Rock Hoops shined even brighter. They decided to throw in another “Everything But The Bed” Pass to Hottie Hoop Camp this year. How awesome is that? So awesome that we’re building a shrine to both of them right now. Thanks so much Punk Rock Hoops!
Here are our Curvy Hooper Video Challenge videos for 2012. We whole heartedly invite the community to give all of the amazing women who participated this year your love and support.
In alphabetical order we have our first of two First Place winners of an “Everything But The Bed” pass to Hottie Hoop Camp and it’s Brandy Hug of Healing Through Hoops. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. Soundtrack: “Radio” by Mansions on the Moon (on Soundcloud).
Also in First Place and our second winner of a totally awesome “Everything But The Bed” pass to Hottie Hoop Camp is Shelli Mosteller of Cincinatti, Ohio, USA. Soundtrack: “Pack Up” by Eliza Doolittle (on iTunes).
Our First Runner-up prize of a brand new custom-made glamour hoop from Hoop Mamas goes to Jenn “Jennzee” Zielinksi of Hippie Hoops. She lives in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Soundtrack: “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra (on iTunes).
There were so many other great videos we wish we could share them all with you, but if we did this page would never load, so here are a few more of our favorites from the 2012 Curvy Hoopers Video Challenge to share with you.
Jen “Cookie Hoops” Cookson won us all over with her original soundtrack creation. She lives in Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada.
Devin Edgley spun up her second video for the challenge. She lives in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Thanks everybody for participating in this year’s challenge and if everyone keeps making awesome hooping videos like the ones above and keeps right on representing, there won’t be a need for challenges like this one next year. We’d love that, so a big hug to everyone who participated this year and spread the love! Happy hooping everybody!