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An alternative model known in her hometown as “the girl with the tattoos” has shared old photos of herself – and says she used to look lost.
Aimee Smith has more than 40 tatts and is sometimes stared at in the street.
But before the inklings she was totally unrecognisable.
The 23-year-old, from Oakham, East Mids, shared old photos with the Daily Star to highlight her transformation over the years.
And reflecting on them, she said: “The picture of me with blonde hair is one I’ve never posted on social media and when I found it I was like, 'wow, did I really look like that?'
“I remember taking it to send to my boss and I’ve never looked at it since. It has really taken me back, my god.
“That was a time in my life where I was very lost as a person. I wasn’t comfortable and I didn’t feel myself.
“Looking at it was a big reminder of how lost I was and that just wasn’t me. If you look at my recent pictures I can really notice the difference, I can really see I wasn’t comfortable in old ones.”
Thankfully for Aimee her tattoos are now a big part of her identity and she’s built up a large social media following because of it.
The mum-of-two got her first tattoo aged 13 and has been addicted ever since.
And although she is affectionately known as the “girl with the tattoos” in her hometown, strangers sometimes stare at her in the street.
She said: “I do get a lot of mixed responses but I do find that over time the responses have got better. It’s more accepted now than what it was when I was 19 even though that was only four years ago. Most people here don’t even bat an eyelid at me.
“In new places sometimes you can get the odd person who stares. Children stare a lot but I get that they are interested.
“With adults if you can tell they are looking at me in disgust then you just smile and wave. If they want to be that close minded that’s down to them.”
A lot of Aimee’s most meaningful tattoos are on her face – including a barbed wire design that represents the strength of her family.
She also has music lyrics on her eyelids epitomising how much her children mean to her.
As well as this, Aimee has a portrait tattoo from the 1991 film Drop Dead Fred on her leg.
Describing the significance, she said: “That was my whole childhood and I was absolutely fixated with that film.
“It's something that is still a big part of me and a big part of my family. Some people look at it as just a film but that tattoo is so meaningful to me.
“It is happy memories and there are so many lines in the film that my family still say to this day just in general conversation.
“There was one line in particular and it’s so important to me, he says ‘you be yourself don’t be like her’ and that’s always stuck with me.”
Aimee recently spoke to the Daily Star after getting her tattoos covered up in an extreme makeover – only to be left feeling vile.
She's not the only body art addict to show off dramatic transformations recently.
Tattoo model Amber Luke, from Australia, has covered 98% of her body in ink over the last decade.
Meanwhile, German tattooist Mara Inkperial has transformed herself with bold designs.
You can also read about a burns survivor who celebrates her scars with ink.
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