By Meava Bambuck, LONDON
March 26, 2008
Miss England’s First Plus-Size Finalist Is Confident About Winning the Crown
You don’t have to be catwalk-skinny to be a beauty queen, at least not in the English county of Surrey.
Last week, Surrey residents elected teenager Chloe Marshall (a statuesque 5-feet-10-inches tall and 176 pounds) as Miss Surrey, proving that beauty does come in all shapes and sizes.
Curvy Chloe Marshall will be the first plus-size model in British history to compete in the Miss England final on July 18. And the outspoken 16-year-old beautician trainee is in it to win it.
“I know I will stand out from them but in a good way,” she tells ABC News. “I want to bring plus sizes back and I want to show teenagers that you can be beautiful whatever size you are.”
Chloe’s success is unheard of. The biggest model the pageant final has seen so far was a size L, nothing compared to Chloe’s Extra Large 176 pounds.
According to her agent, Model Plus’s Stevie Walters, Chloe’s success has less to do with her size than with her personality. “She is extremely confident,” says Walters. “What’s great is that Chloe’s a very good ambassador for teenagers who otherwise feel that fashion is dictating to them.”
Maybe because of her 5-foot 10-inch height and her DD cup, the young model is not afraid of taking a stand. She held her own in TV appearances this week, and was argumentative in a British televised debate on body image.
“I think this is happening now because people are sick and tired of skinny models,” says Walters. “Women aren’t that size. So bigger, plus-size girls are coming into the spotlight.”
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