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300lb woman shows off her body in crop tops and bikinis

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A plus-size woman who spent years starving herself in an attempt to lose weight has revealed how she finally found the confidence to show off her natural figure on social media – despite facing daily criticism from trolls who label her a ‘whale’.    

Teacher Megan Fisher, 29, who is originally from Pennsylvania, never felt confident in her body growing up and didn’t have the confidence to approach boys due to her low self-esteem.

After school Megan, who weighs 300lbs, found herself in an unhappy relationship where she was living with her boyfriend at the time and was in a job as a bank cashier that she didn’t enjoy.

Proud: A 300lb woman has revealed how she learned to love her body after starving herself for years in an attempt to slim down

Proud: A 300lb woman has revealed how she learned to love her body after starving herself for years in an attempt to slim down 

Flaunting her curves: Megan Fisher, 29, who lives in New York, says she spent much of her life feeling unhappy about her appearance - however she has now learned to love her natural body

Flaunting her curves: Megan Fisher, 29, who lives in New York, says she spent much of her life feeling unhappy about her appearance - however she has now learned to love her natural body

Flaunting her curves: Megan Fisher, 29, who lives in New York, says she spent much of her life feeling unhappy about her appearance – however she has now learned to love her natural body

Changes: The teacher, who is originally from Pennsylvania, had booked to undergo a gastric bypass in a last ditch attempt to lose weight

Changes: The teacher, who is originally from Pennsylvania, had booked to undergo a gastric bypass in a last ditch attempt to lose weight

Ever since her teens, Megan thought that the key to happiness was losing weight and tried countless fad diets over the course of her teenage years and early twenties, including Atkins, keto, paleo, and Isagenix.

She even tried to starve herself, thinking that it would help her to shed weight.  

In January 2014 Megan was going through pre-op preparation for a gastric bypass which was scheduled for the following month when she discovered Tess Holliday and the body positive movement.

Inspiration: It was at that point that she came across plus-size model Tess Holliday (pictured) and the body-positive movement, and that gave her the confidence to embrace her own curves

Inspiration: It was at that point that she came across plus-size model Tess Holliday (pictured) and the body-positive movement, and that gave her the confidence to embrace her own curves  

She realized that she too could be happy and confident in her size 22 and 300lb body and didn’t need to lose weight. Instead of trying another diet and falling off the wagon, Megan decided to leave her boyfriend and job and moved to New York City soon after.

Despite it being the scariest thing she has ever done, the move changed Megan’s life as she learnt how to be independent – and this means not settling for any man. 

Megan feels her most confident when she’s wearing one of her 50 bikinis, crop tops and short shorts that show off her incredible curves and shares her body positive pictures on Instagram to encourage other women to ditch their body insecurities and love themselves.

Whilst she has received an outpouring of support saying she has inspired other women, cruel trolls have labelled her a ‘whale’, ‘cow’, and told her that she’s going to die early but Megan will not be deterred and unapologetically continues to post snaps of her living her best life.

‘My life before I moved to New York City could be described as dull. I was unmotivated to make any changes in my life, mostly due to fear, and therefore very unhappy,’ said Megan.

‘I was in a miserable job as a bank cashier making low wages. I was living with a boyfriend in a relationship that was not right for me. I was unhappy with my body because I did not know what happiness even was.

‘I would never have worn a bikini until I moved to New York and found my new mindset of self-love. In high school, I was so self-conscious of my body and truly believed I would never be able to have a boyfriend until I lost weight.

Criticism: Megan now shows off her curves online in a host of bikinis and crop tops, and she says she feels more confident than ever, despite facing cruel jibes from trolls

Criticism: Megan now shows off her curves online in a host of bikinis and crop tops, and she says she feels more confident than ever, despite facing cruel jibes from trolls

Criticism: Megan now shows off her curves online in a host of bikinis and crop tops, and she says she feels more confident than ever, despite facing cruel jibes from trolls

'Whale': She has been called all kinds of horrible names, including a 'whale' and a 'cow'

‘Whale’: She has been called all kinds of horrible names, including a ‘whale’ and a ‘cow’ 

Harsh: Others have accused her of 'promoting obesity' and have told her that she is going to 'die' early because of her weight

Harsh: Others have accused her of ‘promoting obesity’ and have told her that she is going to ‘die’ early because of her weight 

‘I was too afraid to talk to guys in high school because of how I felt about my body at that time.

‘Now, I think some men believe they can message fat girls and that we are obligated to talk to them just because they’re giving us attention, but they are so wrong.

‘Fat women do not have to settle for any man, we have plenty of amazing options.

‘I had been on at least one fad diet per year since I was in eighth grade. I’ve tried Atkins, keto, starvation, Isagenix, paleo and more. I even was two weeks out from having gastric bypass surgery at one point but thankfully found the body positivity movement during my pre-op work which gave me the courage to cancel the surgery.

‘I first went to the beach in my bikini with my family on a small lake so it was kind of a stepping stone to being at a large public beach. 

‘The first time I did that, it felt freeing. I got some stares, but I was so happy that I didn’t care why they were staring at me.’

Megan has just over 11,000 followers on Instagram and dedicates her time to showing society that fat women can do anything anyone else can. She’s regularly inundated with messages of support from people who say they have been inspired to slip into a bikini after seeing her posts.

Trolls have targeted Megan after seeing her posts and have called her cruel names as well as men messaging her expecting her to be grateful for their attention because she is a bigger woman, she deals with these people by blocking them.

‘I think one of the hardest things has been trolls on the internet who will find certain pictures of me and comment hateful things calling me a whale, a cow, telling me I’m going to die, or that I’m promoting obesity,’ she said.

‘At this point, it’s so played out and my health is between my doctor and I. I block all trolls, but I had a post go viral from the movement @i_weigh where I was not in charge of moderating the comments and it was tough to see how far we as a society have to go with our mindset of fat people just enjoying their lives.

Sharing: Megan wants to be a role model for other curvy women, particularly young girls

Sharing: Megan wants to be a role model for other curvy women, particularly young girls

Important: 'I never had someone who was plus size who was so successful saying, "Your current body is not only fine, you can celebrate it. Celebrate you,"' she said

Important: 'I never had someone who was plus size who was so successful saying, "Your current body is not only fine, you can celebrate it. Celebrate you,"' she said

Important: ‘I never had someone who was plus size who was so successful saying, “Your current body is not only fine, you can celebrate it. Celebrate you,”‘ she said

Speaking out: Megan urges people to ignore the criticism of others and to wear whatever they feel happiest in

Speaking out: Megan urges people to ignore the criticism of others and to wear whatever they feel happiest in 

‘I never had plus size role models in my life growing up. Sure, I had plus sized people in my life who I loved but they were constantly trying to lose weight themselves. 

‘I never had someone who was plus size who was so successful saying, “Your current body is not only fine, you can celebrate it. Celebrate you.” And Tess did that for me.

‘Knowing how much Tess has helped me with my journey made me realize that if I post pictures of myself normalizing things society says fat girls can’t do like wearing a bikini, crop tops, traveling, dating attractive men, hiking, being fashionable, being happy and eating food in public, that I could help others as well. 

‘My goal is to be the role model I needed when I was younger.

‘Currently, I’m living my best life and posting it online for all to see. I try to travel at least five times a year and I post about my experiences as a plus size girl, whether it be about my airplane experiences, traveling solo, or the best food to eat abroad.

‘I also post my outfits I wear and tag each piece so my followers can see fashionable pieces that are available in their sizes. The plus size community on Instagram has done an amazing job at helping each other find more and more trendy stores so that we all don’t have to wear the same plus size clothing and styles.’

Finally, Megan shared her words of advice to others.

‘I am truly my most confident in short jean shorts with a crop top or in a bikini. I love showing off my skin now. If you don’t like it, you can look away,’ she said.

‘If I can inspire any woman to try on a bikini, or wear a crop top, or try anything that scares them a bit, then I believe my work is worth it.

‘I think some of the best advice I could give others is first of all, if someone isn’t paying your bills, then they get no say over what you do with your life.

‘If it makes you happy, then go for it. You truly cannot make everyone happy, even if you’re wearing a large paper bag hiding all of your curves, so why not wear something that makes you feel amazing?’

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Boris Johnson’s son Wilfred was christened a catholic, Westminster Cathedral confirms

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Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds had their son Wilfred christened a Catholic, the largest Catholic cathedral in England and Wales has confirmed.

Westminster Cathedral said the couple had their four-month-old son baptised there in a ceremony on September 12 by Father Daniel Humphreys.

It is understood the christening was a small ceremony held in the cathedral’s Lady Chapel, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds, who has previously talked about her Catholic faith on social media, were reportedly holding Wilfred as he was baptised.

Crucially, it gives Mr Johnson an airtight alibi after he was accused of flying into Italy that weekend for a jaunt despite the twin crises of Brexit and coronavirus.

A spokesman for Westminster Cathedral told the newspaper: ‘I can confirm that he was baptised at Westminster Cathedral on September 12. It was a private event.’

The Prime Minister had been accused of leaving the UK for Italy after newspaper La Repubblica published an article carrying a statement from Perugia Airport which claimed that Mr Johnson had passed through ‘in the last few days’. 

Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds had their baby son Wilfred christened a Catholic, the largest Catholic cathedral in England and Wales has confirmed

Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds had their baby son Wilfred christened a Catholic, the largest Catholic cathedral in England and Wales has confirmed 

Westminster Cathedral said the couple had their four-month-old son baptised there in a ceremony on September 12 by Father Daniel Humphreys. It is understood the christening was a small ceremony held in the Henry VII Lady Chapel, a 16th-century building which is the burial place of 15 monarchs including Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots and James I

Westminster Cathedral said the couple had their four-month-old son baptised there in a ceremony on September 12 by Father Daniel Humphreys. It is understood the christening was a small ceremony held in the Henry VII Lady Chapel, a 16th-century building which is the burial place of 15 monarchs including Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots and James I

It was accompanied by a quote from an airport source, saying that he landed on Friday, September 11 at around 2pm.

The airport was forced to retract its claim when No10 said the allegations were ‘completely untrue’ – and revealed that staff had him muddled with Tony Blair.  

An airport worker mistook a ‘private citizen’ arriving from Farnborough in Hampshire as the Prime Minister, the president of the airport said yesterday.

However after checking their registry and liaising with police, the airport found that the one passenger who had landed at the airport on September 12  was ‘a private citizen and not Boris Johnson’. 

Perugia Airport’s president has now told the Daily Telegraph that Mr Johnson was ‘definitely’ not at the airport and staff mistook him for ex-Labour PM Mr Blair. 

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a service to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at Westminster Abbey on Sunday

Perugia Airport has retracted its claim Boris Johnson flew into Italy earlier this month – and said staff had him muddled with Tony Blair 

The president of the airport (pictured) set the record straight this afternoon hours after Downing Street first issued a robust denial of the story.

The president of the airport (pictured) set the record straight this afternoon hours after Downing Street first issued a robust denial of the story.

The withdrawal draws a line under a mystery that had Westminster puzzled.  

On the Friday he was claimed to be in Italy, Mr Johnson was faced with MPs preparing to rebel on his international law-breaking Brexit legislation and rising numbers of coronavirus infections across the UK.  

Mr Johnson has reportedly travelled to the airport before to visit his friend Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the Evening Standard, at his medieval castle.

Russian-born Mr Lebedev, whose father is a former KGB operative, is known for hosting lavish parties for celebrity guests at the Castello di Santa Eurasia. 

According to one report Mr Johnson worked from Downing Street on the day in question and took part in a Zoom call with 256 Tory MPs on Brexit.

Mr Johnson had tried to give a patriotic rallying cry to encourage his colleagues to back his controversial plans for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

One source said that Mr Johnson’s connection had cut out during the call and when he came back on he joked that he should probably invest in super-fast internet, Politics Home reported.

Lebedev, 41, who owns the Evening Standard newspaper and is frequently seen mixing in the upper echelons of the celebrity social scene, owns the breathtaking Castello di Santa Eurasia

Lebedev, 41, who owns the Evening Standard newspaper and is frequently seen mixing in the upper echelons of the celebrity social scene, owns the breathtaking Castello di Santa Eurasia

Russian-born Mr Lebedev, whose father is a former KGB operative, is known for hosting lavish parties for his celebrity friends at the Castello di Santa Eurasia

Russian-born Mr Lebedev, whose father is a former KGB operative, is known for hosting lavish parties for his celebrity friends at the Castello di Santa Eurasia 

Last year it was reported that Mr Johnson, during his time as Foreign Secretary, had been spotted at Perugia’s airport looking dishevelled ‘in last night’s clothes.’

A fellow passenger told The Guardian that Mr Johnson appeared to be stumbling around and at one point looked as if he might vomit.

There was silence from Mr Johnson’s communications staff when those reports emerged last year.

Last month, Mr Johnson nominated Mr Lebedev for a life peerage for his services to the media industry and his philanthropic work.

A Downing Street spokesman had said: ‘This story is completely untrue. The Prime Minister has not travelled to Italy in recent months. Anyone who publishes these claims is repeating a falsehood.’  

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To order a print of this Paul Thomas cartoon or one by Pugh, visit Mailpictures.newsprints.co.uk or call 0191 6030 178.  

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Wilko and Walkers staff make a clean sweep and join great British litter-pick

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Walkers and Wilko have thrown their weight behind the Great British September Clean with hundreds of staff helping out.

The crisp giant and household goods company are official partners of the campaign organised by Keep Britain Tidy and backed by the Daily Mail.

Both organised litter picks at the weekend, with Wilko staff taking part in a clean-up outside their base in Gravesend, Kent, while employees from Walkers arranged their own individual clean-ups.

Walkers brand manager Nick Day got his family to take part in a pick near his home in Tring, Hertfordshire.

Wilko have thrown their weight behind the Great British September Clean with staff taking part in a clean-up outside their base in Gravesend, Kent

Wilko have thrown their weight behind the Great British September Clean with staff taking part in a clean-up outside their base in Gravesend, Kent

Last year the firm set up litter picks at its Leicester factory and offices in Reading and Belfast, with 100 people taking part.

This year more than 200 employees have organised individual clean-ups.

Walkers, promoted by Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, also has a ‘Planet Team’ to co-ordinate picks in communities throughout the year. 

The firm said it was made up of people who are passionate about the environment.

The Walkers factory does not send any waste to landfill. Potato peelings are turned into electricity and provide a quarter of the company’s power every year.

Mr Day said: ‘It’s fantastic to be supporting the Great British September Clean. It’s a great opportunity for us to give something back and have a positive impact on our planet.

‘We usually do our litter picks as a team, close to our factory and offices, but things are obviously a bit different this year.

‘What it means is the Walkers team are now out and about, across the UK, with hundreds of people collecting litter with their families.’

Meanwhile, a team from Wilko took part in a litter pick outside its Gravesend base.

The company has worked with Keep Britain Tidy for three years and says it is proud to be supporting the campaign.

Walkers brand manager Nick Day got his partner Sarah and their dogs, Springer spaniel Rolo and Labradour Tess, (above) to take part in a litter pick near his home in Tring, Hertfordshire

Walkers brand manager Nick Day got his partner Sarah and their dogs, Springer spaniel Rolo and Labradour Tess, (above) to take part in a litter pick near his home in Tring, Hertfordshire

It is stocking stores with affordable litter-collecting equipment including pickers and bin bags.

More than 600 staff took part last year and this year the company is encouraging team members to host their own litter picks. 

Neil Feakins, of Wilko, said: ‘At Wilko, we’ve been doing our bit to support our local communities for over 90 years.

‘We love to get stuck in and we’re all about the little wins. That’s why we’re encouraging all our team members from stores to support centres and logistics to pull together, alongside our customers, to take part in the Great British September Clean.

‘We know it’s been tough these past few months but it’s never been more important to show the power of what little actions can have. Making sure our high streets and places we shop are clean and tidy means we can begin to safely enjoy them and appreciate them a little bit more.’

The Great British September Clean runs until Sunday. For more information, or to pledge to take part, visit keepbritaintidy.org/gbseptemberclean.

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