Chloe Marshall, first runner-up in the 2008 Miss England contest, was crowned Miss Teen UK in December, 2008.
Chloe was the first ever plus-sized finalist vying for the title of Miss England. Seventeen years old, 176 pounds, and 5′ 10″ tall, she’s a UK Size 16.
“I’m showing girls curvy is beautiful and this is what I am. Love me or hate me at the end of the day.”
"Everybody thinks you have to be a tall, slim blonde and I'm a curvy brunette. "I want to show it is possible to be beautiful and not a standard size zero."
"The reaction I've had is great. Other girls have told me I have really boosted their confidence, which is terrific."
"I wanted to make a bit of a statement. When I studied the other entrants for the Miss Surrey competition I concluded that pretty as the contestants were, they were equally all uniformly blonde and Barbie doll like."
Chloe has never succumbed to peer pressure. "I didn’t give my figure a thought until my first day of secondary school, when I realised I was bigger than many other children. Someone called me ‘fat’. I was stunned by the nastiness of it."
"Children can be cruel so for a while the nicknames followed me. I got called ‘Fatty’ and it hurt. Mum told me, ‘You’re beautiful whatever size you are and never feel ashamed.’ "
Chloe has been signed up by Stevie Walters of the Models Plus agency. "She is gorgeous and has a luscious figure. We are sure she will be snapped up by fashion companies who want to project a realistic and achievable image to their customers," says Walters.
With the startling rise of eating disorders; the increasing deaths of emaciated, anorexic models; and younger and younger children dieting, it's so wonderful and encouraging to see a young woman have such an incredibly strong sense of self.
Cheers to you, Chloe.