Mama June lost 300lbs and now poses in lingerie
Five years ago, our television screens were graced with perhaps the most tragi-comic reality show of all time: Toddlers in Tiaras. As part of a look-in on child beauty pageants, the show featured various families whose children took part in the highly controversial contests - one of whom was the Thompsons; but you might know them better as the family of Honey Boo Boo.
Following their stint on Toddlers in Tiaras, Honey Boo Boo and co were given their own spin-off show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Much like its parent show, the reality series received mixed reviews. Ultimately, it came to an end after Honey Boo Boo's mom, 'Mama June' Shannon, was accused of being romantically involved with a registered sex offender.
Four years after the show's cancellation, however, Mama June has made a new image for herself. Not only has she moved on from the nefarious accusations, she's also drastically changed her figure.
The reality star, who once weighed 460 pounds, has very publicly documented her weight loss achievements in the past. She even has her own reality series that is completely separate from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo - a spin-off of a spin-off, I guess - which is called Mama June: From Not To Hot.
When she first started filming the series, she had already shed a great deal of weight. However, at 352 pounds, she still had a long journey ahead of her. In order to help her along the way, she had a sleeve gastrectomy: a procedure which shrinks the stomach to 15 per cent of its original size, and therefore makes a person feel full after eating only a fraction of their usual amount.
Mama June also underwent a breast augmentation and skin removal surgery in order to aid her in her quest to look 'hot' - but she says that even that didn't help her all the way:
"It's a daily struggle. I've had the gastric sleeve. I've had the skin removal surgery. But who would think, 'Oh, that's just a fix,' you know what I'm saying?
"Trust me, it's work. You have to work put the work into it, because if you don't, there's no sense in spending the money and having the stuff done."
Well, the work paid off.
Now, Mama June is looking to follow in her daughter's footsteps and join the pageant world for herself.
“If you love me, you’ll do this pageant,” Honey Boo Boo said to her mom. “You thought coach Mama June was rough? Wait until you meet coach Alana.”
But Mama June is still slightly apprehensive. “I’ve been always on the other side of the pageant world. I don’t have any talent," she confessed.
However, that has not held her back from flashing her new figure and doing photo shoots in nothing but lingerie.
The new look is due to be shown in the second season of Not to Hot, which airs at the beginning of next year. So if you think you've seen the last of Honey Boo Boo, you're very wrong.