I realised in my late teens that I could use both my looks and my brains to make a living. I wasn't especially pretty but after entering a contest at holiday camp I realised that there was far more involved than appearance. I learned how to walk and stand correctly, how to smile and to make eye contact with the judges. I also learned that great hair, make up and a false tan were essential. I could become a model too and earn a decent living on the catwalk, relying on my intellect later on. I was fortunate to have a mum who supported and helped me, and I made friends within the "beauty" world.
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