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Plus Size ~ Philomena Kwao

Philomena Kwao is a gorgeous a 22 year old economics graduate of Ghanaian heritage. She is currently doing an MSc in International Health Management and she is Britain’s first black plus size model!

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Philomena surpassed thousands of hopefuls in a nationwide competition by curvy clothing label Evans in collaboration with Models 1 and Style369.com. She was one of the 5 finalists in the competition and is now signed to Models 1‘s new division Models 1+ representing curvier women.

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She is such an inspiration. Juggling univeristy with a modelling career as well as promoting a healthy message about shape and beauty.

When I was younger (late primary school years and early teens), I struggled with my weight. At first I wasn’t too fussed about my weight. I accepted that I was chubby, but others took it as me being fat. This made me uncomfortable and frustrated. I had mixed emotions and didn’t know how to deal with it. One day I literally woke up, decided I needed to change, altered my diet, changed my daily routines and lost weight. Although those days are past and gone, I wish I had a role model like Philomena to look up to back then. Her journey would have (and has) inspired me to be more accepting of myself and my body.

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I want to show them that you can really do it all if you try; that is to pursue your dreams, whatever they maybe and get an education. Your education doesn’t have to suffer! I also want to help spread the message that there is beauty in everything: every shape, colour, size, and height … whatever. We are all beautiful.

– Philomena Kwao

 

How can you not be inspired by that statement?

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