Size 16 teenage beauty queen Chloe Marshall today met her contenders for the annual Miss England competition.
Chloe said reaction has been mainly positive, but she admitted in an interview with Hello magazine, that there had been some snide remarks with one writer accusing her of "promoting obesity".
Chloe told Hello: "I'm a size 16, I eat well, I exercise regularly – I jog, swim, and work out with weights.
"What I am promoting is a healthy girl who looks after herself and doesn't try to force her body to be something its not."
The teenager, who has been signed up by the Models Plus agency, added: "Everybody thinks you have to be a tall, slim blonde and I'm a curvy brunette.
"I want to show it is possible to be beautiful and not a standard size zero."
"The reaction I've had is great. Other girls have told me I have really boosted their confidence, which is terrific."
"I wanted to make a bit of a statement. When I studied the other entrants for the Miss Surrey competition I concluded that pretty as the contestants were, they were equally all uniformly blonde and Barbie doll like.
"My mum is really happy and proud of me that I am doing something not just for myself but other people as well and my friends are really supportive, they can't stop going on about it."