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Woman Sheds Over 100 lbs To Become A Tribute Act To Her Favorite Pop Star

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Taunted over her size 24 figure, a woman whose relationship with food became toxic told how she lost over 100 lbs to look like her idol, Britney Spears – and now works as a tribute act to the star.

Talented singer Lauren Faye Moss, 30, of Mansfield, England – who now weighs 148 lbs and wears a size six – lost herself in music to escape from cruel bullies, who said she "waddled like a penguin".

Filled with self-loathing, weighing 273 lbs, Lauren started making herself sick and plummeted to a tiny size two, turning to counseling for support.

Lauren at her biggestPA Real Life/Collect

And when people commented on her likeness to Britney as she recovered she used her as a role model, saying, " She was my inspiration and helped me through a really tough period in my life.

"I am not a look-a-like, but an impersonator, because I also sound so much like her. She is an incredible woman who motivated me to change my life."

Overweight as a child, Lauren's mom, Deborah, shopped for her daughter's clothes in the adult sections of Marks and Spencer and plus-sized store Evans.

A diagnosis of slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE), a shift at the upper part of the thighbone or femur that results in a weakened hip joint, had caused Lauren's alarming weight gain.

She recalled: "Kids at school were so cruel, telling me I waddled like a penguin because of my size and hip condition.

"It took four years to be diagnosed with SCFE, and during that time my weight piled on because I could barely walk, let alone run or exercise properly."

She added: "I put on 14 lbs every year, so by the time I was 11 I was the biggest girl in my class, weighing 168 lbs."

And, as Lauren's weight continued to soar and bullies taunted her, she turned to song.

"I had always loved singing and acting, and with cruel bullies telling me how fat I was, it was my only release," she said.

Lauren dressed as Britney from the music video for WomanizerPA Real Life/Nigel Pitchfork

She added: "It was singing, acting, and imitating celebrities that kept me on track."

But it was seeing pop star Britney Spears performing "Hit Me Baby One More Time," her breakthrough hit, in 2000, that eventually helped Lauren, then just 12 years old, to realize her dream.

She smiled: "I saw Britney performing in the school outfit with such a perfect voice and thought, 'I want to be like her.' She was absolutely gorgeous and I was desperate to look like her."

Lauren at her biggestPA Real Life/Collect

But it took another eight years for Lauren to embark on a turbulent weight loss regime, in a bid to look like her idol.

During that time she also attended Stagecoach Performing Arts School in Sheffield and Chesterfield and had private singing lessons to nurture her impressive talent.

Despite showing promise, Lauren was plagued by insecurities triggered by her painful hips which needed to be surgically pinned when she was 11.

Lauren after her weight lossPA Real Life/Collect

Often in agony and dealing with impaired mobility, she found comfort in food – eating double portions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

By the time she was 19, Lauren weighed 273 lbs and was squeezing into size 20 clothes.

She said: "I don't know how I got myself to the weight I did and I really had no idea how large I had become."

Lauren at her biggestPA Real Life/Collect

Lauren continued: "It was only when I was knocked out of the BBC reality show "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" – auditioning for the role of Maria von Trapp in the Sound of Music – that I realized I needed to change.

"Despite getting down to the final 20, I knew they would never hire a fat Maria for the part."

Dejected and desperate to be a star, Lauren's mind returned to her beloved Britney.

Lauren dressed as Britney from the music video to CircusPA Real Life/Collect

"I'd followed her career, singing her hits 'Toxic,' 'Gimme More,' and 'I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman' in a lot of my auditions, as well as practicing at home," she said.

"I knew I needed to get healthy and saw Britney as my inspiration to sort my life out and slim down.

"So, determined to lose weight, I even secretly set Britney as my phone screensaver as a goal for myself."

Too intimidated to go to the gym, Lauren started power-walking at night, swapping unhealthy breakfasts of toast slathered with butter for porridge; eating salads for lunch and chicken with steamed vegetables for dinner.

But, as the weight began to drop off, she became obsessed with slimming and started to make herself sick.

She said: "I pushed my body to the limits. I would go all day, just drinking coffee and not eating anything. Then, at night, I would take two laxatives or make myself throw up."

Lauren nowPA Real Life/Collect

Lauren continued: "I was auditioning all the time, working in London and LA, writing and singing songs.

"I had a crazy schedule trying to 'make it' and didn't look after myself."

Plummeting to a tiny size two at 28 years old, Lauren's hips began to be painful again and she was told she would need a full hip replacement.

Lauren at her biggestPA Real Life/Collect

She said: "Too tiny and weak for surgery, I realized I needed to get properly healthy – to be a normal weight and size."

"After having counseling and eating and exercising sensibly, I reached the 140 lb mark and finally had the operation on my right hip at Sheffield's Claremont Hospital when I was 28. I still need to have the left one done at some point in the future."

Astonishingly, as she reached a size six, Lauren started attracting comments from people comparing her to her idol.

Lauren nowPA Real Life/Nigel Pitchfork

"As I became healthier, people would tell me I looked a bit like Britney, which was the biggest compliment I could ever have," she said.

"So, I started to model myself more and more on her look. With the long, blonde hair with curls in and gorgeous white teeth.

"I began receiving bookings to perform as her and now do two shows a month as her."

Lauren continued: "I also work as a tribute act to Madonna and Lady Gaga, and am also a female vocalist around the world.

"It's a great job to have. I'm extremely versatile and cover most female icons that I can sound like and look a little like, too."

Lauren was even asked to perform as Britney at the official Britney Spears after show party on August 17 , after the star's concert in Scarborough.

Lauren now PA Real Life/Nigel Pitchfork

Lauren, who also writes her own music and is looking to be signed by a record label, recalled: "It was on the same day as her performance, I was incredibly honored and simply couldn't resist.

"She inspired me to take my career forward. I've never met the woman herself, but if I did, I would tell he she has changed my life.

"In the words of Britney, I am now Stronger!"

A version of this article originally appeared on Press Association.

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Getting our kids to listen to us is not always the easiest of tasks. They're willful and stubborn, but we've got a mighty weapon they are rarely prepared for: reverse psychology. Getting them to convince themselves to want to do something against their own initial intentions takes some work and a whole lot of creativity, but a little sneaky manipulation goes a long way. Here are some clever parents' tricks that are definitely worth taking notes on.

Redditor u/LeanderD Asks:

Parents of reddit, what's your best example of reversed psychology on your kids that actually worked?

He Floated His Idea Through A Back Channel


Wanted to name my boat. Anything I would think of was dismissed as stupid by my 13 year old son. After deciding on a name, I confided to a male friend my son liked. Made my friend suggest the name as though it was his idea. My son thought the name was perfect. Done.


We Always Want What We Can't Have

One of my best friends through childhood used to be punished with no salad if she misbehaved. She cherishes salad now and would always try to eat as much as possible during school lunch. Coincidentally, her now husband used to be punished with no books, it had the same effect. I think it's hilarious that they'd be hitting the salad bar and library like some black market their narc parents couldn't reach hahaha.


A Deceit That's A Cut Above The Rest


Don't know if this counts, but, at my high school (private, boys only) in the 1960's, they made a big deal about how long your hair was, and would occasionally order a boy to go home and "get a haircut".

I thought it was stupid, until years later, a master confided to me at a reunion that the policy was deliberate. The school figured we'd spend so much energy rebelling about hair length, that we would ignore other aspects of teenage rebellion. (Not?) Surprisingly, they were mostly right.


Damn! That's smart. Wow.


Oh they don't like long hair?

I'll show them. I'll grow my hair out as lon- what?! No I don't want to go "party"? I gotta try out this horse shampoo.


The Forbidden Book

Hi I was a victim,

There was a forbidden book that I was not allow to read on the shelf. My parents said I could only read it if I behave myself.

It was summer holidays and I was playing games all day (after 6 hrs of summer homework). One day I was home alone and had the opportunity to grabbed it. I read like half of it in one go. It was 5000 years of Chinese history.

Safe to say I was bamboozled.


Flowers Of The Queen

My parents always told me my broccoli were the flowers of the queen and that I really shouldn't eat them, or else the queen would get very upset! I, of course, ate the whole broccoli in a few seconds.


I'm telling the queen and she's gonna be pissed


Sleeping Beauty


I taught my kids when they were toddlers that no amount of yelling, shaking or hitting can wake a sleeping adult. The only thing that works is a gentle hug and/or a nice kiss on the cheek.

Edit: Probably needed some more details for the reverse psychology aspect to be clear. It went something like this - Step one, tell the kids I'm going to sleep and nothing they do will wake me (head buried face down is the safest position). Step two, after the initial onslaught dies down pretend to awaken on your own. Tell them you got a bit of nap left in you and nothing can wake you, especially not hugs and kisses.


Holy sh*t...if my daughter woke me up like this I would buy her a pony.


I am saving this comment because this will save lives if I ever have kids, stg.


A Walk In Someone Else's Shoes.

Split custody with my ex. When my son was around 10, he visited two weekends a month. I was waiting tables and didn't have a huge amount to spend, but he was so needy from divorce (and I'm not blaming him, it was ugly), he begged constantly for MORE when he was with me. Whatever more was, it didn't matter... he'd be eating ice cream cone and begging for teriyaki.

I finally realized that he just felt empty, and getting MORE whatever from me wasn't filling him up. His next visit I handed him $100 in cash and told him it was our food/fun budget for 3 days and two nights, and he was in charge of it. I bought him his own wallet to carry. We figured out how many times we were going to eat and what we were going to do, and he paid. He got to keep whatever money he had left...thought he was rich...then realized just how much everything cost. Well. Shoe on other foot then. If we had no money for food, we ate leftovers - and I didn't contribute more to pot. After a few weekends of running short or not getting something he actually wanted because he was foolish with funds, he started to really think about how to spend that money. He budgeted and kept to his budget. And a few times he actually went home with a little cash for his private stash.

Many years later, he thanked me for this. It really changed the way he thought about money and love.


This Is Worth Giving A Shot

Took my 3 year old son to one of those doctor's visits where he was going to get a shot. He was worried about the shot on the whole drive over, almost to the point of tears. We get to the doctor's office and a nurse subtly lets me know that my son is not just scheduled for 1 shot, but 5 of them in the same visit.

I turn to my son with an exaggerated smile and tell him, "Good news! They figured out how to take that one big shot you were going to get and instead break it up into these 5 little tiny shots so it won't hurt nearly as much!"

You could see the relief wash over his face. He stopped squirming and relaxed completely. He took the first shot and even smiled and said "It's true! The small ones don't hurt!"

We actually made it through the third shot before the effect wore off and reality kicked in. Still... I counted it as a victory.


Put This To The Taste


My mom would tell me she only lets me eat soup after candy and she'd only buy me candy that i didn't like. After a few times, i stopped trying and begged her to let me eat soup first. She gave me a smirk and told me go ahead. This doesn't sound as evil as it was. But trust me i suffered.


So what was the candy?


Mint chocolate, raisins, stuff like that. I still hate them to this day. Who the f--- thought while eating chocolate "hmm id like some tooth paste with this."


This is Truckin' Awesome

Mum had sworn a bit around the house.

When 4, while out at the supermarket, I said F word really loudly.

Very quickly and intently, she asked if I had just said "Truck" and said that was a bad word and not to ever say Truck like that again.

I thought that was the bad word so used that when being naughty.


The "Silly Mom" Routine

The "Silly Mom" routine.

My kid, and a few other kids I've known, would balk at getting ready to go. I'd grab their clothes and say, "Well, if you won't put on your clothes, I guess I'll put on your clothes. Cute shirt, by the way! Does it go on my foot?"


"Does it go on my head?"


"Oh, that's right, thanks! So, it must go on your legs, right?"


"I just can't figure this out! Where does this adorable shirt go?"

[kid grabs shirt and puts it on] ON MY TUMMY! SILLY MOM!

"Oh, thank you so much! Now what about these pants? Shirts go on tummies, so...the pants go on the tummy, too, right?"


[continue until kids have dressed themselves]

I would also do things like hand the kid my keys and say, "Alright, you're driving, I'll sit in the booster seat in back," attempt to feed the kid by putting a spoon up to his ear or his belly button, and attempt to put away his toys in the refrigerator.


Some Foot For Thought.


My mum would always yell at us "if you don't do X, you have to go to bed without socks!"

I never wore socks anyway, and I'm ashamed to admit that this worked.


That would work really well on my son, or make him cry for a really long time... He's 3 and over the last few weeks has decided that he is fully unable to sleep without socks on.


Toddlers man. Completely unpredictable.


I'm Greens With Envy

My mum had a friend that would put vegetables on her own plate and not the kids.

When the kids asked she would be reluctant to share, "that's grown up food. But I suppose I can let you have a little."

Her kids grew up loving vegetables.

I sat at the dinner table for 3 hours staring at the yucky cauliflower I refused to eat.


This reminds me of an instance when my child convinced my wife and myself to change our plans for dinner. We were in a grocery store to pick up something quick and easy to eat that we wouldn't have to prepare. Our daughter, wanted none of that, she demanded that she wanted a salad from the salad bar. We started to argue back, but then realized: "Our child demands that we feed her vegetables for dinner instead of a microwaved meal, why are we saying 'No?'"

We had salad for dinner that night.


The Power Of Choice

I don't so much know if you would call it reverse psychology, but I didn't realize it until my dad told me this.

When there were chores that needed doing, he noticed if he asked me to mow the lawn, I would complain and procrastinate. But if he asked would I rather mow the lawn or wash the windows, I'd pick one and just get it done.

Shattered my brain when he told me when I was in my twenties. I use it when I'm coaching or baby sitting all the time and it almost never fails.


The Boy Who Cried 'Ouch'


I've done this one with tens of kids. Any time a kid gets "hurt" (falls down on grass, gets gently hit in the face with a ball, etc.) instead of stopping the activity to pick the kid up and see if they're ok you just scoot them off to the side and resume. Within 10 seconds of not getting all the attention and seeing the fun is resuming they pop right back up and are magically healed.

This of course is only for the "injuries" that aren't actually injuries.


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