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Mum ditches 'Karen haircut' and has massive 'glow up' after divorcing husband

Tom Wood

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Mum ditches 'Karen haircut' and has massive 'glow up' after divorcing husband

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A woman says she has undergone a huge ‘glow-up’ after getting eleven tattoos and seven piercings to go from ‘Karen’ to ‘Megan Fox’ following her divorce. You can see her transformation in the video below.

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29-year-old Marissa Pool said that she was deeply unhappy and ‘lost herself’ by thinking that she had to look and dress in a certain style in order to be a good mum.

That is – of course – absolute nonsense.

Once she and her husband came to the mutual decision to go their separate ways, she decided that she would push ahead with how she actually wanted to look.

So, she started to dress and style herself more on her love of rock music, getting rid of her ‘Karen cut’ hairstyle and trying on hair and make-up that she’d never entertained beforehand.

What’s more, she went out and got nine tattoos, including one of her favourite band’s logo – Bring Me The Horizon – on her chest.

Marissa now has nine tattoos and several piercings. Credit: SWNS
Marissa now has nine tattoos and several piercings. Credit: SWNS

She also now has piercings in her septum, upper lip, tongue, nostril, and belly button, and claims that the transformation has taken years off her.

The mum of two 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.

Here's what she looked like before. Credit: SWNS
Here's what she looked like before. Credit: SWNS

"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.

"I’m not sure I see it myself but I’ve always admired her and it’s very humbling!"

Marissa and her husband were married in 2016 and have two children aged two and six.

They decided to split up amicably in early 2022 for the good of their children, leaving Marissa to make the changes she has.

"It was mutual. We were two different people and our children deserved better. We couldn't be together,” she said.

Now, she’s ‘changed from the inside out’ and is much happier.

The mum, from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 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."

She was worried about how she should look as a mother. Credit: SWNS
She was worried about how she should look as a mother. Credit: SWNS

"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 natural down to my shoulders and I have extensions and have died it black."

She also wants to send a message to other mums to take a bit of time each day to do something for themselves.

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

"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."

Topics: Life, Real Life

Tom Wood
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