A TEACHING assistant from Smithies who went from a size 16 to a size eight has developed so much confidence that she is now a lingerie model.

Becci Skelley, 21, went on a 'fruit and soup' diet and six months later has halved her dress size.

"I decided enough was enough. Before going out I used to stand in front of the mirror and cry - it could take me four hours to get ready,'' said Becci.

"I really enjoy the modelling, and it's leading to other things such as modelling for bridal shows,'' she added.