‘I was a "Karen" but now look like Megan Fox – I love my divorce glow up’
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    A mum ditched her "Karen" look to have a post-divorce glow up, which saw her have eleven tattoos and seven piercings.

    Marissa Pool, 29, said she thought she "lost herself" when she became convinced she had to look a certain way to be a good wife and mum.

    Since getting divorced people think she's transformed from a "Karen" into a sexy "Megan Fox".

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    But following the mutual decision to split, Marissa ended up divorcing her husband, and she decided to be more true to herself when they went their separate ways.

    After her marriage ended she decided she wanted to embrace a different style of clothes, hair and make up that she always admired but never dared to try herself.

    She swapped her "Karen cut" for long, dark locks, and ditched her frumpy cover-ups for grungy black figure-hugging get-ups.

    The mum-of-two, who has been told she looks like Megan Fox, then started to get inked and now has nine tattoos – including the logo of her favourite band Bring Me The Horizon on her chest.

    She also now has her septum, upper-lip, nostril, tongue and belly button pierced and the transformation has knocked years off her.

    The patient care technician from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA, said: "My mental health was at an all time low.

    "I got wrapped up playing a role of what was expected of me as a wife and mother, and wasn't prioritising how I looked or any aspect of my life.

    "I met my ex when I was just 17.

    "When you get older you change into a different person, and your values and beliefs change. I lost myself for a while like a lot of women do.

    "Now I feel like I can be myself – I'm so much happier and more confident.

    "People tell me I look like Megan Fox all the time, and it's honestly so flattering."

    The mum admits she's not sure she can see the resemblance herself, but she says she's a fan of the actress, and admits the compliments are "humbling".

    Marissa and her ex-husband officially split in January 2022 after marrying in March 2016.

    They share two children together, who are aged two and six, but she said they both felt it was time to go their separate ways.

    She said they are two very different people, and she knew her children "deserved better".

    They knew they would live a happier life apart, so they agreed to separate.

    Marissa then started her transformation journey, and she said she has "changed from the inside out".

    She said: "I was finally able to be myself. I decided if I can feel good about the outside I can feel good on the inside too, because I can be real and honest with people, and not hide myself out of fear.

    "It was definitely a process – it didn't happen overnight.

    "First I changed my wardrobe as I had always liked the alternative music scene since I was 12. I just thought I couldn't dress like that after becoming a wife and mother.

    "I was constantly bleaching and dying my hair so, eventually, it all broke off.

    "In 2017 I had the choice between shaving it all off or getting a Karen cut. The grow out journey took years. I couldn't leave my hair alone.

    "I'm really happy with my hair now. It's now down to my shoulders, and I have extensions and have died it black."

    Marissa is happier than ever, and advises other mums to take at least ten minutes to themselves every day to do something that makes them feel good.

    "I now spend half an hour every day getting ready and doing my make up," she added.

    "When you feel good about yourself, only then can you be the best version of yourself.

    "I feel like a completely different person – I'm confident, I feel good and I feel like me."


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