Cover star

Hayley Wilkinson has been chosen to go on the front cover of the Weight Watchers magazine.

Hayley Wilkinson has been chosen to go on the front cover of the Weight Watchers magazine.

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Hayley Jenkinson never expected to become a cover girl.

But the 22-year-old has just featured on the front of the latest Weight Watchers magazine after shedding 3st 6.5lbs.

She won a competition run by the slimming club, to have a photoshoot and be pictured on the cover – feeling and looking fabulous.

Hayley, who shed the pounds by attending local Weight Watchers meetings in Forest Gate, Blackpool, says her new size 10 figure – down from a size 16-18 – has done wonders for her confidence.

She said: “I couldn’t believe it when I was picked to be on the cover.

“It was the group leader, Lesley – who is also my next-door neighbour – who put me forward for it.

“I had a photoshoot in London. It was really nice.

“I’ve always been big, I’ve been a size 16 since I was about 18.

“I went to university and lived in catered halls and it wasn’t a major factor, but it certainly didn’t help.

“Losing the weight has been a really big change and made such a difference for me.

“I have a lot more confidence and there is so much more choice when it comes to clothes. It opened up a whole new wardrobe for me.

“I’ve always been shy and still am a bit, but losing weight has really helped boost my confidence.

“I didn’t really do any exercise before, but I did the Trinity Hospice Beaverbrooks bike ride in June, and really enjoyed it.”

Hayley, who tipped the scales at 13st 9.5lbs, decided to lose weight after talking to her next door neighbour Lesley Hogarth, who had been successful when on the Weight Watchers programme.

Hayley, who lives in Inskip and works as a payments technician in Preston, started on the programme when she was still at university in Chester and then continued going to the Blackpool group, now run by Lesley.

She said: “I found the programme easy to follow, it’s not a diet, it’s a healthy lifestyle.

“It’s about everything in moderation. I’m really glad I signed up.”