An inspirational woman from Heckmondwike has become a beauty pageant queen after losing weight and gaining confidence.
Clare Louise Hurst, 30, always had dreams of participating in beauty pageants but didn’t have the confidence to try it.
She said: “People thought I was pregnant, which I wasn’t at all, but that knocked me down as I already had no self esteem, always thought I wasn’t good enough and always kept myself to myself.”
One day last year Clare’s mum mentioned about maybe giving Weightwatchers ago and that’s when things began to change.
She said: “At first I was so nervous about going I didn’t know what everyone was going to be like but they were all lovely.
“Jill, the leader, was great, she talked about what foods to eat, to do plenty of exercise and to always keep track of what you are doing.
“I thought ‘this isn’t going to be easy for me’ but knew with my mum’s help I could do this.”
After eating healthier and exercising Clare shed an amazing 38lbs and achieved her goal of 10 stone which massively lifted her confidence.
She said: “I started modelling, I did a few photo shoots and they were impressed at how confident and talented I was and told me to try new things, so I looked at beauty pageants.”
Clare has only been doing pageants for a short time but has already won a number of titles, her most recent Royal Majestic Charity 2016, which she was extremely pleased to win.
Clare said: “It just goes to show you can do anything you set your heart to.”
“I couldn’t have done this without the support of my mum and family.”