A COVENTRY teenager who described Miss Coventry as a ‘life changing’ competition has defied all odds to reach the national final and stand a chance of becoming Miss England.
Chloe Mann has used the beauty pageant to turn her life around and is now down to the final group of 50 girls in the competition after 50,000 originally entered.
In a remarkable turnaround, the reigning Miss Rugby champion was crowned the Miss Publicity semi final winner – confirming her place in the grand final.
The 19-year-old was one of 70 girls in the semi final held in Kent, of which only ten would advance to the final – which will be held at Southport on Wednesday (July 20) and Thursday (July 21).
Speaking to The Observer, Chloe described the moment which she found out she was into the final – something she described as the proudest moment of her life.
She said: “It was complete and utter shock.
“When the Natasha Hemmings, reigning Miss England champion, was calling out the awards I was sat on the floor not expecting my number to be called out.
“My number was read out over the speakers, I froze and was instantly overwhelmed.
“The girls went crazy and I did my best to hold myself together when I saw my friends and family screaming with happiness – it was by far the best moment of my life.”
Chloe is now preparing for the final and admits there’s plenty of work to be done should she stand a chance of winning the national competition.
The former Miss Nuneaton champion will be hosting her own events to raise funds for Beauty With A Purpose and will also be training for the sports round.
Chloe said: “I would like to build awareness for mental health – that has been my goal since starting pageants.
“I also want to prove that Miss England isn’t just parading up and down a catwalk.
“I have completed a two day charity car wash, a superhero pub crawl and football cards event – it’s all worth it though.
“I find it hard to call Miss England a competition as I am very close with some of the other finalists.
“To experience my dream with some of my best friends makes me feel like a winner already – I would love to think I’m in with a chance of becoming Miss England.”
Chloe expressed thanks to her family and friends for helping her reach this stage of the competition and said she’d never imagine transforming her life in such a positive way by entering.
She added: “I’ve put all my energy into promoting the Miss England beauty pageant in the best way possible.
“Raising funds for charity and raising awareness for mental health have been two key elements on my journey so far.
“My family and friends are so proud and they know how much I wanted to be in the finals.
“They’ve watched all of the hard work I’ve put into it and when I got a place in the final my phone and social media went crazy.
“I’ve picked myself up from a very dark place in my life to now be in the Miss England finals – it’s just amazing.”