Shortest ever Miss England star beat leggy models at 5ft – and reached finals

Britain's shortest beauty queen is living proof that size doesn't matter.

Emily Harrison showed you don't need to be a leggy model to reach the Miss England finals.

The 26-year-old, from Longbridge in Birmingham, is 5ft tall and entered the pageant to break stereotypes and build her confidence.

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She immediately caught the attention of the judges, who announced her as one of the grand finalists.

The university student was the shortest contestant in Miss England's 93 year history and battled it out against 29 other women in October.

Emily finished in third on the talent round and hopes to enter more contests in the near future.

Emily, who is also a part-time busker, hopes to inspire other petite women to aim high.

She said: "Throughout Miss England you could see in photos how small I was compared to other models, but it didn't matter to me.

"I am not your typical contestant and I used that to my advantage.

"It became my niche when I was competing, you could say I'm the 'five-foot Brummie' and I embraced my size.

"I think there is a certain reputation hanging over shorter girls which makes them seem young or that they can't be successful, but I don't think this is the case.

"I feel that by competing I was able to show girls that you can achieve whatever you want to regardless of your height.

"Being short doesn't define me, I put on a pair of heels and feel in my element, especially when I walk the catwalk.

"I want to, and I am, pushing to empower shorter women and I think there should be a variety in model sizes and I'm here representing for the small petite girls.

"I may be 'petite' but it doesn't stop me following my dreams, I can accentuate my height in various ways and I think if someone has the right attitude, passion and drive together they can be successful.

"There is always an opportunity for a petite girl and I was so pleased Miss England didn't have height restrictions.

"I know I'm not the usual stereotypical tall contestant/supermodel in the industry but Miss England gave me the opportunity to show petite girls can do it to"A girl should be two things, who and what she wants, and height doesn't define that."

Emily is now preparing to be the first British entry to compete in an international contest for petite models in the USA this summer.

She is flying out to Tampa in Florida, USA, to battle it out on board a cruise ship.

The Computer Science student added: "I can't wait to take part and make the shorter women of society proud.

"We will be on a cruise ship but will go on days for photoshoots. I am looking forward to the swimsuit shoot the most.

"I want to promote that pageants are not just about beauty but so much more."


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