A GOSBERTON woman shed 11 stone in just 16 months after a stranger told her she bore an uncanny resemblance to Hollywood beauty Angelina Jolie.
Mother-of-three Christina Staggs, 26, tipped the scales at 22 stone after gorging on sweets, chocolate bars and ice cream following the birth of her second son.
She joined Slimming World in April 2010 and by August this year she had gone from a size 24 to a trim size eight.
Christina, who has three sons Dimitris, eight, Andreas, six and two-year-old Theo, now weighs 10 stone 9lbs and is regularly stopped in the street by people who mistake her for Brad Pitt's other half.
She said: "I must admit I never really saw the resemblance myself when I was bigger but one day I was chatting to a woman who said I looked like Angelina Jolie.
"She said we had the same lips which was quite a compliment because Angelina is famous for her big sexy pout.
"I thought I looked more Angelina Jelly than Jolie but the comment stuck with me and I had always tried, and failed to lose weight but I suddenly thought I had a goal to aim for.
"I've always had a really sweet tooth and love sugary snacks.
'I'd go to the supermarket and I'd get a couple of packs of brownies, a family size dairy milk bar, a family bar of white chocolate and I'd get some desserts. I'd eat all that in one day. I'd eat loads.
"Now I've lost all the weight people say I am the spitting image of Angelina which I'm quite chuffed about and my boyfriend doesn't complain either."
Christina was also motivated to lose weight after she failed to buy any clothes which fit her.
She said: "I was too shy to go to a gym at first so I had a cross-trainer and treadmill in my house and went on them for five minutes each every morning.
"And I took our dog Ben for a three-and-a-half mile walk every evening religiously.
"When I started losing weight I got a bit more confident and started swimming. And when I lost six stone I got a gym membership.
"For the first couple of months I went every day but now I only go once or twice a week."