WHEN 19-year-old Chanelle Hayes made her Big Brother debut in 2007, she was instantly dubbed “reality TV’s Posh Spice” thanks to her petite frame and super chic blonde bob.
Over the past 14 years, the mum-of-two, 33, has swapped her peroxide do for natural brunette locks and fluctuated between seventeen and seven stone.
Here Fabulous Digital takes a look back at Chanelle’s changing looks since finding fame on Big Brother.
Early Days of Fame
After leaving the Big Brother house, Chanelle – who was dating fellow contestant Ziggy Lichman at the time – was often pictured channelling her inner WAG with glamorous skintight frocks on the red carpet.
But in 2008, she took her love of Victoria Beckham to a whole new level when she dyed her hair brown to match the mum-of-four’s hairstyle exactly.
By 2010, Chanelle and Ziggy had split and the star began growing out her trademark bob before settling on honey-toned shoulder length hair.
She later admitted she’d been forced to have a hair transplant after her fluctuating weight caused her locks to thin and fall out.
What’s more, she also went under the knife in 2011 to boost her bra size from a 34B to a 34F.
Speaking to The Sun in 2020, Chanelle said that she looked like she’d “eaten her former self” after ballooning to 17 stone.
At her lowest weight, Chanelle shrunk down to seven stone before going back up to a size 16 in the space of two years.
During a 2017 appearance on This Morning, Chanelle said she felt like a “fat whale” while pregnant with her second son Frankie and wanted to be a size 10.
But the star said she hit rock bottom when she hit the 17 stone mark in lockdown – and would turn down jobs and hide from friends.
She said: “I didn’t speak to anyone for a year. I literally saw nobody, so I definitely didn’t have a love life. I didn’t even have a life.
“I just couldn’t bear to do anything. Every time I had an offer to work I would just turn it down, so it massively impacted me financially.
“Then lockdown happened and I kept eating because of the stress and I just ballooned and got bigger and bigger.”
Fresh start after surgery
Speaking exclusively to The Sun earlier this week, Chanelle revealed she has lost a staggering seven stone as a result of a gastric sleeve operation.
The emotional mum-of-two said: “The benefits to my life mentally and physically are just unreal, it makes me emotional how much I have gained from losing weight.
“It’s just had such a positive impact on everything. Surgery can be quite taboo as the only way out.
“But if you’re addicted to food, you can’t live without food, no human can live without food or drink, how can you break this addiction if you’re still eating this food every day?
“I wanted to come out and say I had weight loss surgery to normalise it and prove it’s not a bad thing that I needed external help to do this.
“Not everyone can do this on their own. Maybe some people might view it as weak and lazy, but the benefits so far outweigh all those connotations that come with it from people’s opinions.”
Now that she’s regained her confidence, Chanelle revealed she’s training to become a nurse and hopes to become a fully qualified medic by 2024.
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