THE winner of the Bury Bridal modelling competition said she ‘felt like a princess’ at the bridal fashion show on Sunday after battling for years with low self-confidence.
Andrea Bruns, 27, from Bury St Edmunds, had a very unhappy childhood which left her incredibly shy and lacking in self-esteem.
She left her family home three years ago after meeting husband Richard, who she later married on San Diego beach in California in August 2010.
Andrea said she had been in weekly counselling to help her regain her self-worth since leaving her home in Norfolk but was eventually discharged last January.
Now a nurse at BMI hospital in Bury, Andrea said the fashion show had given her a huge boost.
Andrea said she had always wanted to try her hand at modelling but had always been too shy to give it a go.
She said: “Everything came together at the fashion show and this is where I want to be – I am happy in every aspect of life. It was wonderful – I felt like a princess.
“I had my hair done, my make up done and lots of my work friends came to support me.
“I was nervous before it started but that quickly floated away.
“I got a lot of positive feedback from my friends who knew the history of my life.”