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The loneliness antidote

We celebrate three women who found creative solutions to stop them feeling alone and disconnected

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”When I learned how to love and accept myself, the loneliness stopped”

GINA SWIRE 32, SELF-LOVE COACH

Although I started modelling at the age of 17, at school I had been quiet, shy and not especially confident, so it wasn’t something that I particularly wanted to do. Modelling scouts kept approaching me, and my friends thought I should do it so, eventually, I went to a casting. When I got there, they said, ‘Good look, great hair but you’re overweight – you need to lose a stone in two weeks.’ I’m 5ft 9in and, at that time, I was a size 12. I didn’t get that job, but the agency kept coming back to me.

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