A single mother-of-two has been crowned UK Glamour Model of the Year after shedding more than half her body weight.
Bonnie Staimer, 35, from Devon, tipped the scales at 16st 5lbs just four years ago and admitted she would eat whatever she wanted.
Struggling with confidence, she considered giving up her DJ career – but managed to turn her life around by exercising six days a week and eating healthily – and has shed a total of 8.5 stone.
After losing half her body weight, she slimmed down to 8st, before putting on a stone of muscle through exercise.
To show off her new physique, Bonnie set up an Instagram page, which she initially hoped would boost her DJ bookings.
But she found herself receiving offers to pose for magazines and catalogues, and last week, she was crowned UK Glamour Model of the Year.
Bonnie Stainer, 35, from Devon, almost quit her job as a DJ after she lost confidence due to her weight, but has managed to shed a total of 8st
Bonnie admitted she struggled to lose weight after she fell pregnant, pictured in July 2015 during her second pregnancy
Bonnie, who is 5ft 7′, has seen her waist shrink by an incredible 30 inches from 56 to 26 inches, and now weighs a trim 9st.
She had been considering quitting her DJ career after losing the confidence to get up on stage when she was overweight, but is now getting more work than ever alongside her job as a model.
This week she was asked to DJ at the UK Glamour Awards ceremony, and was also a nominee in its model of the year category – but had not told anyone as she didn’t believe she would ever come close to winning.
But she was shocked to be crowned the winner and revealed she was planning to tuck into a Burger King for the first time in six months, followed by an ice-cream, to celebrate.
The mother-of-two has since lost 8 and a half stone and shrank to a tiny 9st. She credited her weight loss with transforming her confidence
She said: ‘I hadn’t been overweight until I fell pregnant with my first child. I just ate literally whatever I was not meant to, which I enjoyed at the time, but I pilled on the pounds. The last time I weighed myself I was 16st 5lbs.’
‘After I gave birth I tried to lose the weight and feel like me again, but within six months I was pregnant with my second daughter and it happened all over again.’
She explained: ‘I have been a DJ for a few years but lost all my confidence and was so close to jacking it in and working in supermarket.
‘I need an incentive to get myself into the right state of mind so I decided to raise money for Cancer Research by signing up for the London Marathon in 2017.
Bonnie revealed she had never been over weight before falling pregnant for the first time, and ate ‘literally whatever I was not meant to’ (pictured in December 2015)
‘I was down to about 12st when I did it and just kept going with exercising and eating healthy.’
Bonnie revealed she started modelling after her weight loss, saying: ‘There was an advertisement locally for a company looking to model wedding gowns. They wanted to do a photoshoot and filming.
‘I applied for it and got it and that was my first paid modelling job.
‘After that I was approached by several different photographers and appeared in a magazine for tattooed models and others for my Instagram page.
She struggled with her confidence, and thought about giving up her career in DJing before she began her weight loss journey
‘I was Miss Devon last year and got to the final of Top Model although I didn’t win that one.
‘Since then I have done so much other stuff with brand collaborations on Instagram and promoting clothing brands.
‘Gym god and Davinci London are a couple of companies I have worked with. I have also done promotional work with Empire Vodka and Heart FM, as well as Protein World to promote their protein supplements.’
And as her modelling success grew, someone nominated her for the Glamour Model of the Year award.
Bonnie began losing weight after signing up for a charity run fun, and became determined to get in shape (pictured half way through her weight loss journey)
She explained: ‘It was then put through public voting and the final decision went to the judges.
‘On the night they whittled it down to the final three which we were put up on the screen and then the winner was announced.
She added: ‘I had no idea I was even in the final three. I submitted a portfolio that showed all the different stuff I had done and all the different clothing brands and products.’
Bonnie, who is single and admits to having no luck finding a man, has revealed the secret behind her success isn’t that much of secret after all.
The mother-of-two has transformed her body, and says her new look has given her a new confidence she never had before
She said: ‘The key is being in the right frame of mind, along with routine, exercise, eating well and drinking water.
‘I workout six days a week and try to rest one day a week but I’m still active running around after the kids.’
She added: ‘Sometimes I get up at 6am and do 30 minutes on the cross trainer wearing 27 kilos of weights.
‘People think that sounds a lot but I was carrying a lot more than that when I was overweight.’
Bonnie revealed her incredible transformation, admitting she had found a new confidence in modelling and DJing
She explained: ‘I also go to the gym, run and I have two horses so I enjoy horse riding. Sometimes I do look at my cross trainer and think I can’t be bothered, then all I do is just think about what I’m trying to achieve and after I’ve done it I feel so much better.
‘My goals have changed along the way but what I want now is to keep my DJ career going and the modelling. Luckily both go hand in hand, and I just want to be happy and healthy.’
Since losing weight and her career taking off more, Bonnie says she has seen her Instagram followers grow to more than 20,000 in just over two tears.
The mother-of-two said she was astonished to be named UK Glamour Model of the Year, and said she had fallen back in love with DJing again
‘It’s crazy,’ admitted Bonnie. ‘I’ve now gone 360 degrees and am loving DJing again. My family and friends are just so pleased to see me back where I belong and doing so well.
‘I never thought I stood a chance to become UK Glamour Awards Model of the Year, which again was probably a confidence thing.’
She added: ‘People may assume I’m big headed because of my success recently, but I’m the most down to earth person and no one is more shocked than me how well things are going.’