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30-year-old Sarah Rout from Lincolnshire couldn’t be prouder of her status as a Big Beautiful Woman.

‘I’ve been modeling for 7 years now. I’m confident of my curves, I’m proud of my curves. Pretty much confident in everything I do.’

But Sarah wasn’t always as curvaceous as her current 28 stone, size 30 frame.

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‘I started gaining weight after my first pregnancy with my first child and then I had a bit of a difficult relationship. I was really depressed and I then started eating a lot from there.’

Sadly, despite her confidence, Sarah’s huge weight gain could have serious implications on her health – and even prove fatal.

‘I worry about my weight a lot, I’ve been to the doctors and they said that I’m probably at risk of a heart attack and diabetes. I’m suffering with sleep apnoea at the moment so I’ve gotta to go the hospital to sort my sleep monitoring out. I’ll probably have to sleep with a machine to help me breathe.’

Her husband Tony is honest about his concerns for Sarah’s health too – admitting caring for her can put a strain on their relationship.

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‘I’ve had to take on the role of a bit of a career. Drying yourself after a shower and getting to certain areas is quite difficult at times. It has a massive impact on day to day life.’

As a result of the doctors worrying prognosis, Sarah has joined a local slimming group and managed to lose an impressive 2 stone so far. But she fears that losing any more weight could have a negative effect on her glamour-modeling career.

‘If I was about 18 stone I’d be happy so I’d still model. Recently I’ve been looking at web cam modelling. Generally I’d be quite happy to do anything on it. I enjoy showing my curves, I think it’s great fun and me and my husband absolutely love it and get a lot of excitement from it. It’s just great fun.’

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Inspired by the positive response to her photos – the couple also run a thriving modelling agency just for Big Beautiful Women (BBW).

Tony explains, ‘The idea of BBW Angels came about 3 and a half years ago. Sarah wanted to connect with other bigger ladies who were involved in modeling via Facebook and so BBW Angels Facebook group got set up, and then after a year we decided to branch out into a website.’

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Sarah is proud of her career, and therefore very open with her kids, aged 12, 10 and 8, about her work.

‘My daughter has seen a lot of my photos. Never anything explicit where I’ve done naked photoshoots – I’d never show them anything like that. And she thinks they’re absolutely great. I would be absolutely proud of her if she followed in my footsteps other than I’ve always said to them not to get as big as I am.’

Body confident Sarah also hopes that her modeling career could help to put a stop to body shaming for good.

‘I used to feel really anxious about people saying horrible things about my size but now I’m a lot better. I don’t really care what people say.’

‘Shout out to the world that it doesn’t matter what you look like.’

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