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Becky’s bravest battle back to overcome mental health issues – Stalybridge stylist looking to compete in Miss Swimsuit UK 2019 final
Friday 1st March 2019 @ 13:50 by Lee Wild
Hyde News Stalybridge

A luxury hair stylist from Stalybridge who suffered with mental health issues is back on the catwalk in 2019 as she looks to make the Miss Swimsuit UK final.

Becky Derwent, owner at Rock in Rollers Luxury Hair strutted her stuff in a Miss Swimsuit UK regional in Leeds recently, five years after she last competed. 

She was named ‘Miss Congeniality’ on the night but narrowly missed out on a place in the finals.

Becky at last months competition

The 28-year-old said she wanted to “share with everybody that you can still do it after having a child, overcoming mental health and being a single working mother.”

Becky last modelled in 2013, but took a break after mental health issues and the birth of her son. 

She explained: “My history was that I got really bullied through school. 

“I was a lot bigger and when I left I started developing an eating disorder – making myself be sick which then became uncontrollable.

“In 2011 I still didn’t realise how slim I was, I was about six and a half stone at that point. 

“I pushed myself into it to try and give myself confidence, to try and do something that I was scared of doing. 

“Taking my clothes off and walking down a catwalk in a bikini – because I’ve always worn more clothes to try and hide my weight because I couldn’t accept it to myself.

“I did that in 2011, I came top 10 but not top three. I punished myself because of this and ended up in hospital because I was down to five and a half stone. 

“I was really quite poorly, my family used to beg me not to kill myself but at the time you don’t listen to anyone around you.”

Miss Manchester 2012 when Becky was suffering from her eating disorder

Becky only overcame her issues after seeing a hypnotherapist in London. 

She travelled to the capital on the suggestion of her mother and said it changed her mindset. 

“I started seeing how I was through a mirror,” she said. “I pushed myself into Miss Manchester 2013. I’d put on over a stone.”

That was her last competition as she had her baby boy a short time later. 

However, she’s now back stronger than ever and is looking to take on the rest of the country in the swimsuit competition – and she had words of inspiration for anyone that is currently struggling with their own mental health. 

“It’s always with you – anyone that suffers from an eating disorder or mental health will know,” said Becky. 

“It’s always there but you’ve just got to push past it, do something you’re scared of and really push yourself out there because it makes you a better person and a stronger person in the long run.”

The hard work starts now for the Stalybridge businesswoman, as she looks to take on the best the country has to offer – some of whom are 10 years her junior. “It involves a lot of commitment, especially with keeping healthy, keeping fit. Also trying to keep up to date with social media – that’s the hardest thing I’m finding time for at the moment, especially with the salon” she said.

“Social media is massive because it’s your advertising, you’re promoting yourself – which I am struggling doing. With support around me hopefully that will get a little better in time.”

Becky now needs the public’s support to make it to the Miss Swimsuit UK finals 2019, which will be held in London. She needs to receive the most likes on her post on the ‘@MissSwimsuitUK’ Instagram page to make it to the final as a ‘wildcard’.

To vote for Becky head to the page and like her image by Wednesday, March 6, which will help her on her way to representing Stalybridge in the final of Miss Swimsuit UK 2019.