17 September 2010 A student becomes Miss England's first amputee contestant
Chloe Jones, a student at Nottingham Trent University has become the first ever amputee shortlisted for the Miss England competition. Whatever my own feelings on beauty pageants, I think that being involved in a mainstream pageant is to be celebrated. There will be lots of cynicism around, but any move to celebrate beauty and disability is much welcome by me!
Chloe Jones told the Daily Mail:
When I was in hospital I was watching Heather Mills on Dancing On Ice and I realised just how few role models for disabled people there are out there.You never see models or people in the media with disabilities or amputations, and watching her made me realise that yes, I can still do these things.
In the future, maybe it will be unremarkable and won't make the headlines, but until then I feel that disabled people dont 'need' disabled role models- there are plenty of non disabled role models- but celebrating successful disabled people in whatever capacity should be applauded and could inspire others!
Find out more in the Daily Mail article
I would love to hear your views on the subject.
David Gale replied on 17 Sep 2010 at 14:58Report abuse
Well done Chloe!!
Its great to see more disabled people are getting in the spotlight, theres hope for me to go on the cat walk (only kidding lol).
But joking aside its great that we now have disabled girls becoming models or beauty pagent contests!! Gok Wan has done a lot to help disability and beauty go hand in hand with his programme (I only watch it to see Kelly Knox lol). I just wonder is there any male models out there who are disabled?!??!
Tanvi Vyas replied on 27 Sep 2010 at 10:07Report abuse
Did you see the blog about the disabled and sexy fashion show- Sophie Morgan is attending, but yes there are male disabled models involved. I think that we should see more in the everyday media though.... follow the links to find out more! :)