Woman ‘too fat’ for ex gets last laugh
A woman got the ultimate revenge on her fiance after he dumped her for being "too fat".
Jen Atkin, 26, from Grimsby in the UK, weighed around 112kg, but she shed nearly half her body weight after her devastating ordeal.
She's since gone on to bag the title of Miss Great Britain, also known as Britain's most beautiful woman, on Friday, The Sun reports.
Jen, who recently got married, now feels happier than ever in her trim 57kg figure.
"I'm still in shock at winning. I'm so happy I can't even put it into words - I honestly can't believe it," she said.
"When I started doing this it was just for a bit of fun. I never imagined how far I would come.
"Winning Miss Great Britain marks the end of a long and difficult, but also amazing, journey."
When Jen met her ex in March 2011 she weighed 92kg, saying she had become "a weekend recluse" dining on takeaway meals.
"In the week, I would eat huge portions of pasta or pizza then a family-size chocolate bar," she said.
"At weekends, we'd turn into virtual recluses sitting on the sofa in our pyjamas eating takeaways - spending £20 ($A40) each time."
The couple planned to marry in the years that followed, but because Jen reached 112kg, her ex-fiance decided to end their relationship.
"The day he left I thought my world had ended. I cried for weeks and used food as my comfort," she said.
Despite this, Jen claimed that being dumped spurred her to slim down from a size 22 to a size 10.
"I was devastated but it ended up being the best thing that's happened to me."
Jen signed up to her local gym and never looked back.
She realised how far she had come after being selected as one of the 10 finalists in her first pageant, Miss Genting Sheffield in 2017.
And just last week on Friday, Jen won the longest-running pageant in the UK at a national final.
"It was such a shock. Three years ago I would never ever (have) expected to be winning Miss GB," she said after being named the 75th Miss Great Britain.
She had retired from pageants after getting married last year but she decided to give it one more shot after having her name put forward to represent Great Britain this year.
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"Although my body has changed so much I think don't think my personality has and I think that's really helped me," Jen said.
"The judges were able to see what kind of person I really am."
Jen is also a keen angler and country singer, releasing her first single in 2018 through the record label MHMG, reaching number two in the local charts.
Her twin brother, Sam Atkin, is an international athlete who competed for Great Britain at last year's European Indoor Championships over the 3000m distance.
"I'm so incredibly honoured to be the 75th Miss Great Britain, representing our country alongside my twin brother who runs for Team GB.
"There were 45 Miss Great Britain finalists and I was lucky to not only win the personality award but take home the crown and title of Miss Great Britain 2020.
"It felt absolutely incredible, I'm over the moon."
And on her plans for the year ahead, she said: "I have so much in the pipeline for my reign, including the release of my next country single this spring."
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission