ELLA Vine, a 31 year old mum from Thurrock has got through to the final of a curvy model competition for a fashion company Scarlett & Jo, who is seeking new models for its new fashion range.
The company have stockists in a number of outlets, like House of Fraser and Evans in Lakeside.
Ella, a former Polish junior chess champion and past Labour council candidate said: ” It came as a surprise, as I have never done anything like that before and have been in the middle of struggling with a chronic health condition with fibromyalgia and M.E. symptoms.
"Regardless of the result the message is that all women, of all shapes, sizes and walks of life are beautiful, both inside and outside.
"I want to inspire all women in Thurrock to celebrate their inner beauty, uniqueness and internal strength and to encourage men to appreciate the women around them”.