As the winner of the Miss Surrey title, gorgeous Chloe Marshall competed for the crown of Miss England 2008. Thus she became the first plus-size contestant to vie for England's national beauty title, a landmark achievement in the realm of conventional beauty pageants. As a British size 16 (equivalent to a U.S. size 12) standing 5 foot 10, Chloe measures a sumptuous 38-32-43 and is listed with an official weight of 12 stone 8 lbs., or 176 delightful pounds.
Instead of everybody being able to applaud Chloe for representing a more normal body type than the typical bony beauty queen, her presence in the contest stirred up all kinds of ignorant controversy. Critics attacked her for "promoting obesity" and being generally unworthy of declaring herself beautiful. "Everybody thinks you have to be a tall, slim blonde and I'm a curvy brunette," Chloe responded. "I want to show it is possible to be beautiful and not a standard size zero." She ended up finishing respectably as first runner-up for Miss England 2008, and hopefully we'll be seeing more of her as an aspiring plus-size model.