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Four mums dare to wear Amanda Holden’s super-tight, red catsuit — and love it – The Sun

BRITAIN’S Got Talent judge Amanda Holden rear-ly knows how to make an impact.

The 48-year-old mum of two pulled on a shiny red jumpsuit to promote her upcoming charity skydive.

And Amanda, the reigning Rear Of The Year, looked sensational.

But could other mums pull off the bold look? These four women jumped at the chance to try on a similar catsuit and they tell Kate Jackson how it made them feel.

‘This makes me feel sexy’

Tracey, 41, Essex

Tracey Sheppard, a cleaner and student, lives in Chelmsford, Essex, with her husband Steve, 35, a welder and taxi driver, and children, Thomas, eight, and Kayleigh, six.

She said: "This time last year, I would never have dared to wear a catsuit. I was really unhappy with my size 14-16 body. Before having kids, I was always a size eight.

"Last year a friend and I went to see the Dreamboys strip show. They often pull women out of the audience to be on stage with them, but my friend and I agreed we would hate to go up there next to skinny young girls.

"So we made a pact to lose weight and we have booked to see them again next month. If they invite us up on stage, we’re going!

"I’ve lost nearly 2st and dropped down to a size 12. With the kids at school and working part-time hours, I have started going on long walks, cycling and doing aqua aerobics.

"I’m sure Amanda Holden probably has a much tougher diet and exercise regime, but I couldn’t do that.

"I’m the sort of mum who wants to have a kickaround or go down the slide at the park with them, and I’ve noticed I am much fitter now. But I also don’t want to deprive myself of an ice cream when we go to the seaside, or the odd doughnut on a day out.

"I’m feeling really good about my body now. I’ve bought a load of new clothes in a smaller size, my husband tells me I’m beautiful and my son has pointed out that my “jelly belly” is shrinking.

"I do feel very feminine in this and the material is really smooth against my skin. I’m quite surprised at how sexy it makes me feel. But it’s the kind of thing I’d wear in the bedroom, rather than on a night out.

"I don’t really think it’s an appropriate outfit for a mum in her forties, though. If I was in my 20s, then maybe."

‘Most women couldn’t wear it’

Bethany, 38, Nottingham

Bethany Hollins, a sociology teacher, lives in Nottingham with her husband Nick, 38, a project manager, their daughter Tahmina, five, and two-year-old son Asher.

She said: "I did actually used to wear catsuits in the early 2000s, long before having kids.

"I had a black long-sleeved one with flared trousers and a stretchy sleeveless denim one. It was about the time Jennifer Lopez launched a clothing range, and I bought them from that.

"I imagine people would think they were horrendous now. I’ve put on a few pounds since those days and parts of my body are not as pert as they used to be. But I’m pretty happy with it.

"Nowadays I’m more likely to wear a comfy jumpsuit that doesn’t hug the skin. If I’m going out, I won’t wear anything too low-cut or too short, and I’d never pair them up. I try to choose outfits that are a bit more classy.

"I’m not a gym person, I never have been. Even if I didn’t have children, I wouldn’t go to the gym. I don’t really pay much attention to my diet, either. I eat what I like, and probably more than I should.

"I’m just comfortable in myself and thought this shoot would be a bit of a giggle. It’s like I’ve got a Halloween costume on – like I should be wearing devil horns with it or something.

"It’s not the kind of outfit I would ever wear as it’s too shiny for me. I like outfits that are a bit more classy.

"Amanda can get away with it because she’s on telly so she needs something that’s headline grabbing, but most ordinary women wouldn’t get away with it."

‘I look like something out of Star Wars’

Ila, 42, SE London

Ila Beaumont, from Beckenham, South East London, is a part-time model and mum to Blake Phoenix, eight, and 18-month-old Kaine Blu.

She said: "I’m not really sure what dress size I am now, somewhere between an eight and a ten. Definitely not as small as I used to be, anyway. My body has changed much more after having my second child than it did after my first.

"It’s harder to lose weight. Maybe that’s an age thing too. I do go to the gym – probably not as much as Amanda Holden – but about four times a week.

"I drop my eldest off at school then put the baby in the creche at the gym for a couple of hours while I go to exercise classes. I’m lucky to be able to do that.

"My diet isn’t as good as it probably should be, but if I work out then that means I can have the odd ice cream on a day out with the boys. I don’t want to be that mum who turns up with a Tupperware box full of salad.

"I’ve never worn a catsuit, although I’m happy in tight jeans. I’m no frumpy mum anyway. Unlike Amanda, I’m not an adrenalin junkie.

"I went parasailing on holiday recently and absolutely hated it. I screamed the whole way through, which ruined it for my mum and eldest son who were up there with me.

"The catsuit is comfortable but it’s definitely not something I would choose to wear as it’s too bright and shiny. I look like something out of Star Wars.

"I wear dresses and skirts normally and would wear a catsuit but one that’s a bit more conservative and a darker colour. If I went out looking like this my friends would laugh at me."

‘Colour and fit are really flattering’

Kelly, 28, Lincoln

Kelly McCluskey is a beauty specialist and packer, and mum to Lorena-Jean, nine, and Ella, four. She lives in Lincoln with her partner Marc Garfoot, 32, a BT engineer.

She said: "I’m quite petite so sometimes people say to me, ‘You don’t look like a woman who has two kids’. I find that so rude and insulting. What is a mum-of-two supposed to look like?

"There is far too much body shaming and mum shaming about. We should all celebrate our bodies, whatever size and shape we are.

"I put on a lot of weight after my second child and I didn’t feel like myself at all. It’s hard to find time and the energy to look after yourself as a mum.

"I used to have a 32DD chest then my boobs just disappeared after Ella was born and I felt really unfeminine. So, three years ago, I treated myself to a boob job.

"Marc told me I didn’t need to have it done but I wanted to, for myself. I went up to a 32FF and I absolutely love them. As parents, we do everything for our children, it was just nice to be able to do something for myself.

"Last year I started getting back into shape, too. I went to the gym three times a week and hired a personal trainer, and that was the best thing I’ve ever done.

"Now I feel really confident. It would be nice to lose another couple of pounds for my holiday but I’m pretty happy with my body.

"I wouldn’t normally wear something like this but I feel really sexy in it – it makes my boobs look huge. The colour and fit are really flattering. I’d definitely wear this out, maybe to a club or party.

"My other half can’t wait to see the photos. I’m sure he’ll be pleased."

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