A glamorous photo shoot was just the thing to lift the confidence of a Clipstone mum who has been cruelly called a man because of her toned physique.
Natalie Leech became a gym bunny when a man she knew “made her feel like crap” joining Oak Tree Leisure Centre, Mansfield.
The 33-year-old who lives on Clay Cross Drive with her two sons Harrison, 11, named after Harrison Ford and Harley, seven, took part in a competition to become a calendar girl.
Natalie who works at an aerospace company as a quality engineer was scouted online for the UK Calendar Girls calendar, which raises money for prostate cancer.
She was treated to a professional photoshoot at Pryzm nightclub in Nottingham.
She said: “A man I knew told me I was a fat, old mess before I left him and I went to the gym and that stuck with me.
“I have been told I have a man back because of my muscles, so the photoshoot did help with my confidence, giving it a nice boost.
“It helped me realised that muscles can be beautiful and not just manly.”
After the shoot, Natalie was sent over a thousand photos to pick three to go towards her campaign to be in the calendar.
She said: “It was good but I hadn’t done this kind of thing before.
“I wanted to pick sexy photos but at the same time I was thinking, 'My dad is going to see these!”
Natalie has made it through the first cut of the competition, where 249 girls were selected from 1081.
She said: “I didn’t expect to make it through and I didn’t anticipate the pictures coming out as well as they did.
“Also the money made from the calendar goes towards a cancer charity, I recently lost my sister-in-law's mother to cancer. We had her funeral a month before the photoshoot.
“I know the money raised goes towards a specialised form of cancer, but it goes towards cancer all the same, that’s why I did it.”
n To vote for Natalie to get her place in the calendar you can text UKCG 219 to 82727 texts cost £1 plus your standard rate.