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.