Simon Cowell has seen everything when it comes to performers. He has been the premier judge for talent shows for more than a decade since he earned his world-wide fame on American Idol.
But recently, 27-year-old Emma Haslam took the stage at Britain’s Got Talent and showed Simon something he really has never seen before. The judge was more than characteristically judgmental when the heavy-set British mother stepped on stage wearing a skimpy outfit that revealed her hips and side waist.
However, the young wife and mother proceeded to smash Simon Cowell’s preconceived notions when she showcased her immense talent. But her art is one that is often shunned as “inappropriate.” This mom is a talented pole dancer…
Although Simon cast judgement on the young mother, her performance ultimately left the curmudgeon with a huge grin on his face.
But the TV judges on Britain’s Got Talent weren’t the only notable people who have recognized Emma’s talent. According to the Daily Mail, Emma’s body confidence was magnetic. Plus-sized clothing lines picked up on her magic and Yours Clothing hired Emma Haslam to model their new fashion line.
Emma is overwhelmed by her new celebrity status. But she loves it. She explains, “Pole fitness makes me confident with my body and I’m glad that ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ gave me a chance to show that pole fitness is for everyone, regardless of shape or size.”
Although people like Emma are trying to de-stigmatize pole dancing, you might still not approve. Regardless of personal preferences, give Emma’s performance a chance. You’ll be impressed by her body confidence and her unapologetic drive to follow her dreams and pursue what she loves despite what the rest of the world may say or think.
At the beginning of the performance, Simon and the other judges ask Emma a series of questions. They learn that she has a 3-year-old daughter and is married.
“I see a pole. I see a skimpy outfit,” Simon says. He then lets the awkward silence hang in the air.
But Emma picks right up on the dig. “I’m trying to promote pole fitness as not just for the usual sizes. Obviously I’m a bigger lady. I’m just hoping that people will see that I’m good at what I do.”
Viewers loved Emma’s performance. More than 45 million people have tuned into the performance on Britain’s Got Talent’s YouTube Channel. The description for the video reads, “Proving that anybody can be flexible and sexy, Emma Haslam inspires with her saucy firework dance routine.”
As you’ll see in her performance which begins at the 45-second mark, Emma really does have the skills that someone of a smaller size could. It just goes to prove that size doesn’t matter. What matters is passion and persistence. If someone wants to achieve something they can do it, if they work hard and follow their dream.
Watch the entire 2.5-minute video. Emma Haslam’s performance will put a smile on your face.
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