Megan Byrne feared her modelling days were over when she fell pregnant – but she’s learned to embrace her stunning curves by becoming a successful plus size pageant star
A mum got one-up on fat-shaming trolls by becoming a curvy model.
Megan Byrne got into modelling as a teenager – but feared her catwalk career would be over when she fell pregnant with her son Frankie.
The 22-year-old’s size 0 body dramatically changed as she put on nine stone.
In two years, she was 14 stone and started wearing size 16 clothes.
Megan thought she’d given up her time in front of the camera when she decided to train as a hairdresser.
But her life changed again when she was persuaded to take part in a plus-sized beauty pageant by a friend.
Megan, from Wrexham, said: “I struggled for a long time in high school with my weight.
“I was in and out of hospital because I was always trying to be skinnier and I was starving myself and I really wasn’t in a good way.
“I wasn’t eating, I wasn’t really looking after myself – I was just trying to be skinny.
“Looking back now, I’m like ‘what the hell were you thinking?'”
It was a big adjustment for the young woman when her body changed during pregnancy.
She continued: “When I was pregnant, I thought it would be alright and I would drop the baby weight once I’ve given birth but it doesn’t work like that.
“I was in quite a dark place to be honest after I had the baby. I started losing weight and then I’d put it back on.
“I would try fad diets and nothing was working because I was so unhappy with my shape.
“When I was skinny and I still wanted to be skinnier, so when I put more weight on it was a bit of a kick.
“I didn’t accept it but I was like ‘right’ this is what I’m going to be now, I look ugly, no one is going to love me, I’m disgusting because I look this way.
“I had it in my head ‘you’re this size, you’re not pretty, no one wants you.”
Megan overcame these insecurities when she entered Miss Miss Voluptuous Wales earlier this month – and she was crowned the winner!
She is now competing for a chance to win the Miss World category, which has given her bags of confidence.
The pageant queen said: “As I’ve been trying to break into. Brinkwire presents summary news.