Shy Salesman’s Life Does a Complete 180 After Taking Barber’s Golden Piece of Advice

March 2, 2019 Updated: March 16, 2019

Sometimes, the smallest advice from someone can help change things for the moment, but in the case of this one man, it changed his life forever. Transforming from a shy insurance salesman to a top model is incredible though not impossible. But the manner in which he did it will leave you stunned.

Gwilym Pugh, 33, founded his own insurance company in 2006, from his spare bedroom, and the business was doing well. However, the job demanded long working hours, which meant that he was stuck to his chair for more than 10 hours a day.

As the revenues and profits of his business grew, so did his weight. The alarm bells began to ring when he realized that he had gained 280 pounds (approx. 127 kg).

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“At that time I was pretty overweight, working 12 hours a day, plagued with injuries which meant I couldn’t train at all,” he told Wales Online.

He added, “The business was doing okay, but I decided I needed to get my life in order and wanted to get healthy again.”

Pugh had a passion for music, and he had formed a folk band along with his friends. When his barber learned that he was part of a band, he told him to grow a beard to look the part. Believe it or not, it was this little piece of advice that transformed his life.

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As he grew his beard, the change in look led to a change in perspective. He made modifications to his diet as he wanted to shed off some weight to keep in line with his new look.

“There was a pivotal moment when I thought that if I didn’t change my habits, my quality of life would keep deteriorating and I couldn’t accept that,” Pugh told INSIDER.

However, the biggest change came about when he quit his desk job. He said, “It was the best thing for my health as I stopped sitting for 9–10 hours a day.”

Pugh lost 90 pounds (approx. 41 kg) over five years.

The healthier and happier Pugh then set up an Instagram account to show off his new look, but little did he know that this would pay off dividends.

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He said: “It was there I was spotted and shortly after chosen to be the face of Nathan Palmer’s 2015 collection—which gave me a massive boost in confidence. Before that I was pretty shy.”

He then also signed up with London agency AMCK Models.

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The ginger beard man found himself two gigs that really propelled his modeling career. He ended up being photographed for a coffee table book, 100 Beards, and was part of the Red Hot Photography project too.

Since then, Pugh has been very busy, having worked on campaigns with Vans, Diesel, and Bud Light. To top it all, he is currently the ambassador for David Beckham’s male grooming brand, House 99!

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Despite his newfound fame, Pugh is not letting the success get to his head.

He adds: “I think I’m lucky I got into this profession at the age that I did. I try not to get caught up in it all and my girlfriend helps a great deal wit [sic] that.”

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Pugh is surely loving his new career as a model.

“The highlights have been the travel and interesting creative people I’ve had the chance to work with,” he said.

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Ready to stamp his own mark on the world, Pugh, who was once a shy salesman, feels more confident than ever. And we are still digesting the fact that it all began with a beard!

Watch the video below:

The Welsh insurance salesman turned international model

Gwilym Pugh, the insurance businessman who lost seven stone and became an international model tells Good Morning Britain what the reaction has been like since the world saw his 'before' photographs. And, also what it's like to hang out with David Beckham…📸Read more about Gwilym's incredible transformation: http://bit.ly/2okTqWS

ITV Wales 发布于 2018年2月19日周一

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