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A woman who lost her hair and was bullied at school is hoping to be crowned Miss GB.
Growing up, Chloe Ashford-Smith was tormented because of her hair loss and even humiliated by a teacher in assembly.
The 27-year-old lost 90% of hair after being diagnosed with alopecia when she was a teenager.
Alopecia is a physical health condition which causes the hair to fall out, it is often associated with stress and anxiety.
Now over the last five years, Chloe has splashed more than £10,000 on wigs and extensions to cover up the bald patches.
The restaurant manager said every two years all of her hair would fall out and grow in patches.
Classmates would mock her and call her names like "baldy", "egg head" and "Humpty Dumpty".
Now Chloe is shaking off the mean comments and hoping to secure the title of Miss Great Britain 2021.
She said: "It was difficult, I was a teenager trying to figure out who I wanted to be but I was losing hair which was part of my identity.
"I was bullied. It's hard to forget these things, they stay with you forever.
"I found ways to hide it with extensions, and wigs and I got called vain and Barbie. So, either way I was getting bullied."
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She recalled one moment where the teacher shouted across the assembly hall asking why she was wearing a hat.
Chloe added: "I was so humiliated and another teacher had to tell them that I could keep it on, it's something I'll never forget'."
The beauty pageant contestant entered the competition in a bid to boost her confidence.
She saw an advert on Facebook in 2017 and claims it has been something on her bucket list since she was a little girl.
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Her mum Sarah Bilenkyj was against it at first but after seeing how happy it made her, she was very supportive.
Chloe explained: "When she came to watch me she saw how happy it made me.
"It was so good for my confidence. And I loved it so I decided to look at more pageants."
"My alopecia made me who am I today, and it's made me such a strong person. I feel like I can get through anything.
"People need to know it's not how you look but how you treat people."
She concluded: "I think having alopecia doesn't mean you can't be beautiful. I know my alopecia makes me unique.
"I want everyone to know they are good enough.
"If you have scars, medical or health conditions, or anything that makes you different it doesn't define you."
Chloe was crowned Miss Lincolnshire in April and is hoping to become Miss Great Britain with the winners announced in September.
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