Miss Yorkshire does Harrogate proud in Miss England final after battling back from mental health issues

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An inspirational young Harrogate woman has talked abut her joy in reaching the top five of Miss England and described how the success of the first-ever size 16 winner would “be empowering to women”.

Harrogate’s Chloe McEwen, 22, narrowly missed out on Miss England glory, coming an impressive fifth out of 40 contestants at the event won by Miss Newquay Milla Magee, 23, who became the first-ever size 16 Miss England.

Chloe, a former size 14 herself who lost weight after becoming a personal fitness instructor, praised the winner and said the result sent a powerful message about empowerment.

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She said: “Having been plus size myself in the past, I am delighted that you no longer need to have the stereotypical slim figure to win a beauty pageant.

Harrogate’s Chloe McEwen, 22, narrowly missed on Miss England glory, coming an impressive fifth at the event won by Miss Newquay Milla Magee, 23, who became the first ever size 16 Miss England. (Picture contributed)Harrogate’s Chloe McEwen, 22, narrowly missed on Miss England glory, coming an impressive fifth at the event won by Miss Newquay Milla Magee, 23, who became the first ever size 16 Miss England. (Picture contributed)
Harrogate’s Chloe McEwen, 22, narrowly missed on Miss England glory, coming an impressive fifth at the event won by Miss Newquay Milla Magee, 23, who became the first ever size 16 Miss England. (Picture contributed)

“I think this result will be empowering to women of all shapes and sizes and shows how Miss England has modernised over the last few years.”

Chloe suffered a breakdown while still at school aged 16 and was sectioned in psychiatric hospitals.

Fitness and mindfulness including meditation and a healthy lifestyle helped her turn her life around and, following her recovery, she has embarked on a successful career as a Level 3 personal trainer, as well as working as a volunteer for the charity Mind In Harrogate

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She said: “It was so important for me to share my mental health journey at the Miss England finals which were held in Mental Health Awareness Week.

Side by side pictured showing Harrogate woman Chloe McEwen's weight loss from being a teenager to being Miss Yorkshire.  (Picture contributed)Side by side pictured showing Harrogate woman Chloe McEwen's weight loss from being a teenager to being Miss Yorkshire.  (Picture contributed)
Side by side pictured showing Harrogate woman Chloe McEwen's weight loss from being a teenager to being Miss Yorkshire. (Picture contributed)

“I am passionate about inspiring and helping to lift people’s mental health, not only through fitness, of course, but through many other tools that have helped me find peace and happiness along the way.”

Chloe showcased a number of new looks at the finals which were held at the Grand Station in Wolverhampton.

For the eco round she wore a 1920s-style blue dress made of recycled silk with a fake fur shawl and vintage accessories, and she looked stunning in lilac and silver ball gowns.

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She also wore a black dress from the Prom Den in Brighouse run by mum-of-two and entrepreneur Donna Gadd, who Chloe has been modelling for since last year.

Miss Yorkshire Chloe McEwen from Harrogate in her 1920s eco dress made from recycled silk at the Miss England final. (Picture contributed)Miss Yorkshire Chloe McEwen from Harrogate in her 1920s eco dress made from recycled silk at the Miss England final. (Picture contributed)
Miss Yorkshire Chloe McEwen from Harrogate in her 1920s eco dress made from recycled silk at the Miss England final. (Picture contributed)

As part of her Miss England campaign, Chloe raised almost £4,000 for charity - £2,288 for Balls To Cancer and £1,702 for Mind In Harrogate.

Chloe is working on a new book giving tips based on her own experience on how to recover after being released from psychiatric hospitals aimed at anyone struggling with their mental health.

She is also planning to work with brands which make improving mental health a priority.

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Chloe said: “My advice to anyone going through a tough time is that life works in an equal balance of bad and good.

"Without rain, you cannot appreciate the sun.

"Through challenges come growth, strength and lessons.

"There is always light at the end of the tunnel.”

She has been supported in her Miss England campaign by Out As Humans, the live on-demand show created by entrepreneur Gerardo Segat which aims to humanize authentic leaders.

Chloe is working with Segat to create her own show to help people struggling with their mental health.

Segat said: “Chloe represents our values of authenticity and humanity and we would be delighted to create an Out As Humans show for her to inspire leaders around the world.”

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