Now my smiles are real’

I struggled with my weight from a young age. At school I was the curvy girl who tried to cover her insecurities by being bubbly and loud. At the age of 14, I won a scholarship to a performing arts school in London. I was ecstatic, but that’s when my weight really started to affect me.

I remember one occasion where a teacher took me outside of the classroom and said: ‘You’re a good dancer, Sophie. But you’ll never make it in this industry if you don’t lose weight.’ After that, I tried to carry on, but my confidence was badly dented. One day I told my mum: ‘I can’t do this any more. I want to quit.’

Back in Nottingham, I gave up dancing and spent each evening alone in my bedroom. I turned to chocolate and rounds of bread and butter for comfort, and my shape changed quickly. In less than a year, I went up two dress sizes.

I went back to college to study make-up artistry and, when I left, found a job working on a high-street cosmetics counter. PRESS HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE

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