Womans glow-up after 50 tattoos and forehead surgery opens up on addiction

A woman has gone through a major glow up after covering her body with more than 50 tattoos.

Essie Bone, from Los Angeles, US, got her first tattoo at the age of 17 and has added more on her arms and chest ever since.

She now has a full tattoo sleeve, as well as inkings on her abs and underboob.

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But the 23-year-old told Daily Star that the drastic difference was due to sobriety.

Recently, Essie had people asking: "You look so different…I didn't even recognise you. What happened?"

The blonde beau dressed up in a black laced-up corset and black shorts, showcasing her artwork on her body.

She then shared a picture of her before she started her tattoo journey.

The younger Essie had red hair and did not appear to have any makeup on. She barely had any tattoos on her – except the one visible below her collarbone and one on her right arm.

"She was a part of my journey," she added.

In an exclusive interview with Daily Star, Essie said: "My glow up transformation was mostly before and after I was sober. I didn’t take very good care of my body in the past and I was struggling with addiction and alcoholism.

"After a few tries, I’m now one year sober and very active in AA.

"I want to help others feel seen and not alone in their struggle, so I’m very open about my past and my involvement in the programme."

She also revealed that she had her forehead size reduced post-sobriety.

In her other TikTok videos, she's always been aware of her "huge" forehead and had chin filler to try to balance her face proportion.

"It was a relatively inexpensive procedure considering the cost of other cosmetic surgeries — It was around $5,000 (£4,017) including the flight (to Turkey)," Essie told us.

Despite knowing that the surgery has been something she has always wanted, she did her research to access all risks and planned it herself.

She added: "We all look in the mirror everyday and focus on our 'flaws'. I just happened to have the opportunity and ability to fix one of my biggest insecurities, and I am so grateful."


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