Dartford woman crowned Britain’s first black plus-size model

Picture by Tom Corbett/Cosmopolitan - Philomena Kwao

Picture by Tom Corbett/Cosmopolitan - Philomena Kwao

Philomena Kwao Picture by - STYLE 369, 0844 488 5050, www.style369.com.jpg

Philomena Kwao Picture by - STYLE 369, 0844 488 5050, www.style369.com.jpg

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A DARTFORD woman has beaten thousands of hopefuls to be crowned Britain’s first black plus-size model.

Philomena Kwao has already completed a photo shoot in Miami for Cosmopolitan Magazine, which appears across eight pages in the May issue.

Dubbed 'The body is back' Philomena features in beach and holiday wear and is introduced to the readers as "A sexy, statuesque beauty with the kind of killer curves we'd all, well, kill for".

Miss Kwao says it was "a complete surprise" to win the competition, run by curvy clothing brand Evans, Excel Models 1 and Style369.com.

After seeing her pictures in Cosmopolitan, she said: "I was actually really shocked and surprised at how I looked, I love the pictures and was very pleased with the outcome."

The 22-year-old, who was entered into the competition by a friend, graduated from Bristol University with a first class degree in economics and is currently undertaking a masters at Imperial College, London.

She told News Shopper: "Time management is extremely important as I have a lot of study at the moment.

"I am doing international health management and it is very time consuming but the agency have been very helpful in this respect."

She added: "I plan to make the most out of all the opportunities that this may bring and do the best in them."

Since winning the competition, Miss Kwao has met Nicolette Mason from US Marie Claire and has also done studio based shoots in London.

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3:42pm Fri 6 Apr 12

paulj says...

Beauty and brains.... you are knockout girly and I adore the summer hat... Well done you...

Paully xxx
Beauty and brains.... you are knockout girly and I adore the summer hat... Well done you... Paully xxx paulj
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6:18pm Fri 6 Apr 12

ELVIS83 says...

I think people need to go spec savers lol
I think people need to go spec savers lol ELVIS83
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6:29pm Fri 6 Apr 12

needsalife says...

Well done Philomena. You are beautiful and a credit to yourself and the bigger community.
Well done Philomena. You are beautiful and a credit to yourself and the bigger community. needsalife
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10:41pm Fri 6 Apr 12

C.Rodders.Jefferson says...

I'm in lurrrrrrrve Philomena. You are hot hot hot.

Clive xx ;)
I'm in lurrrrrrrve Philomena. You are hot hot hot. Clive xx ;) C.Rodders.Jefferson
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9:39am Sat 7 Apr 12

Brian Sewer3 says...

Looks like a geezer i only like blondes jealous har ha ha
Looks like a geezer i only like blondes jealous har ha ha Brian Sewer3
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9:57am Sat 7 Apr 12

Barra boy says...

seriously brian you are such a cad! ;)
seriously brian you are such a cad! ;) Barra boy
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11:27pm Tue 24 Apr 12

treesrgreen says...

Is there a competition for Britain’s first white plus-size model, I wonder? No of course not cos it would be deemed to be the dreaded R word. Hmmm.
Is there a competition for Britain’s first white plus-size model, I wonder? No of course not cos it would be deemed to be the dreaded R word. Hmmm. treesrgreen
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