One MUM, who said people used to avoid her because of the horrible tattoos on her face, said she felt ‘lowly’ after she covered them up.
Aimee Smith, who has been ripped since she was 13, recently agreed to cover up her wide tattoos as part of a test on the TV show Hooked on the Look.
But Aimee is not a fan.
The mother, 23, from Oakham, East Midlands told The Daily Star: “I tried so hard not to cry.
“I know it’s a strong word but I feel so low and horrible about myself. I feel very uncomfortable and it’s like looking at someone I don’t know.”
While Aimee was unimpressed with her transformation, her mother was moved to tears by her dramatic new look.
Aimee added: “I was shocked to hear her say how good I look but at the same time because I’ve had facial tattoos for so long and they’re such an important part of my life, she was like, ‘that’s not my daughter’.. ”
Aimee’s stepmother, Miles, agrees, adding: “I like her to have tattoos, just because it’s Aimee.”
Speaking at the end of her make-up, Aimee added: “Today made me realize that I’m really happy with my choice of getting a lot of tattoos despite being told I shouldn’t.”
Aimee has always had the support of her parents, who gave her her first tattoo gun at the age of 13.
However, the public is getting less informed.
The surrogate model is a mother of two boys, Elijah, 6, and Remy, 1, but she says other moms and dads judge her for her tattooed skin.
Amy claims security guards followed her in stores, and other parents crossed the street to keep her away from their children.
She says she feels more pressure from people who believe that women should look stereotypically feminine, especially as a mother.
She said she was even told she “shouldn’t look like that”.
Her eldest son, Elijah, is especially protective of his mother and notices when strangers’ comments upset her.
The six-year-old even drew his own tattoo design for his mother to cheer her up.
“I have two children now, Elijah and Remy, and my tattoos attract a lot of attention,” she said.
“Parents my age can be very judgmental – some parents cross the street to kick their kids away from me, and I tend to be followed by security in stores that don’t know me. .
“My kids have seen negative comments and they see how it makes me feel – I feel like my kids are more accepting than most people because of it.
“However, it can also be really heartwarming. I get to talk a lot on the track or at school events, and parents have even turned to me and told me they’d love to be able to have pictures. tattoo like me.
“I know that as a parent, I shouldn’t be afraid to be who I want to be.”
Amy hopes to continue using her experience to show her children – and other parents – the importance of self and let others do the same.
She said: ‘Sometimes people tell me, ‘you’re a parent’ or ‘you’re a woman’, so I ‘shouldn’t look like this’ – I gave my fair share of the reaction violently.
“However, some of the feedback I’ve received has made me feel really great – I’ve had Instagram messages with people telling me I’ve inspired them to get a tattoo they want.
I’m really satisfied with my tattoo choice
“I don’t regret one thing – my tattoos changed my life. It gives so many opportunities to do some really great things.
“I’m comfortable with who I am and I want to encourage my children to feel the same way.”
And the people who really know Amy are incredibly supportive.
She says her tattoos are a conversation starter on the way to school, and some parents have chatted with her, even consulting about getting their own tattoos. .
Now, Amy wants to use her platform to show that tattoos can be a great art form and has opened many doors for her, including her modeling career.
She hopes to raise her sons to be open and accepting of others – no matter how they look or dress.
Amy said: “I’ve always been interested in tattoos.
“I remember watching Miami Ink when I was about ten years old, and since then my heart has been focused on getting tattoos and learning how to do them.
“I got my first tattoo when I was 13 – a stick and poke tattoo, but I was so passionate about learning how to tattoo that I bought a tattoo machine for my 14th birthday.
“That really helped me get the practice I needed to get into the industry.
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