This size 24 woman drastically shed nine stone to become a Britney Spears tribute act

This size 24 woman drastically shed nine stone to become a Britney Spears tribute act

It's amazing how having an idol can inspire some people to greater heights.

Yes, it's a fact that having someone famous to respect and look up to is a great motivator when it comes to self-improvement, and human begins tend to function better if they have somebody out there to emulate. However, a formerly-obese woman has recently opened up about how her resemblance to Britney Spears motivated her to lose nine stone in weight, and now she's so thin that she's managed to go one step further by becoming a celebrity impersonator and Britney tribute act.

An image of Lauren Faye Moss. Credit: Press Association

Lauren Faye Moss struggled with her weight throughout most of her life, and at her heaviest, she weighed around 19 stone. It all began when Lauren was 11-years-old and was diagnosed with a case of a slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE), a shift at the upper part of the thighbone or femur which resulted in a weakened hip joint, and caused Lauren's alarming weight gain. Depressed and suffering from low self-esteem thanks to the taunts of school bullies, Lauren soon developed an eating disorder in early adulthood, which led her to starve herself and purge to lose weight.

Lauren was only convinced to turn her life around and make a fresh start after she noticed that her looks were often compared to Britney Spears by other people, and since Britney was an idol to Lauren, she was inspired to try and look as Britneyesque as possible. To that end, she began eating healthily and exercising regularly, and also attended Stagecoach Performing Arts School in Sheffield and Chesterfield and had private singing lessons, to nurture her own talents.

An image of Lauren Faye Moss. Credit: Press Association

Commenting on her weight loss and transformation, Lauren stated:

"It was singing, acting, and imitating celebrities that kept me on track. 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. 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 practising at home."

She added:

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

An image of Lauren Faye Moss. Credit: Press Association

Personally, I think it's great that Lauren has been able to follow her dreams and become as cool and talented as the real thing. It just goes to show how important real heroes are.