I'm 44 but so slim I wear 11-year-old's clothes – rude people ask if I've an eating disorder but I’d never call them fat
MUM-OF-TWO Nicki Rodriguez is used to people starting conversations with her by saying 'you're so attractive'.
The size 6-8, 44-year-old, from Brentwood, Essex, told how she was regularly mistaken for her daughter's SISTER – despite being 27 years her senior.
And she attributes her slim frame to her fast metabolism, adding people often ask her if she has an eating disorder.
But is annoys her, with Nicki saying she would NEVER ask someone why they were overweight.
She wonders if their behaviour comes from jealousy, explaining friends have said her slim frame – which she compares to Kylie Minogue's – could prompt annoyance in people.
Now she shares her story with Fabulous:
WHEN I was given a bright pink corseted dress for my birthday two weeks ago my boyfriend Ray, 47, banned me from wearing it out with him.
Not because he hated it but because he said I looked so young in it, people would think I was his daughter.
'Don't you dare wear it out with me,' he teased.
'People will think I'm a dad of four.'
For reference Ray's kids are 11, 10 and seven – but even so (and despite me just turning 44) I share clothes with them.
I'm a skinny size 6-8 and all my life I've experienced size envy.
I think I look 13 years younger than I actually am and often people think my 17-year-old daughter, who asked not to be named, is older than me.
'Is that your sister?' people ask when they see us out together.
They are completely stunned when I say she is my daughter – a lot of people don't believe me.
However, one thing that is difficult is when I buy booze. Almost every time I pop to the supermarket to get Prosecco I am IDed.
To be honest, it's really annoying.
My son, nine, has autism and certainly keeps me on my toes.
My nan lied about her age to her boyfriend, claiming she was 20 years younger than she was. She used to hide her pension books and he only found out her true age when she was in a coma days before her death.
I'm always running around after him.
Friends have said, 'Do you think he keeps you looking young and slim?'
But I don't – in my opinion it is genetics.
My mum, Linda, 69, and nan, Jean, who died aged 70, also looked really young too.
My nan lied about her age to her boyfriend, claiming she was 20 years younger than she was.
She used to hide her pension books and he only found out her true age when she was in a coma days before her death.
He spotted her date of birth on her hospital wristband and was mortified… but by then it was too late and he never had the opportunity to confront her. I've been told as well as looking young, I'm very pretty.
I do often get people saying, 'Aren't you attractive' when they meet me for the first time and I find it really embarrassing – I know looks are only skin deep.
I now joke, 'I've got a good surgeon' but truthfully I've never had surgery – just a bit of Botox and fillers.
Last year I went on a girls' holiday to Ayia Napa, Cyprus, with my mate who's 49 but also look way younger.
The place was crowded with people in their late teens and early 20s and we were double their age.
But, hilariously, they didn't realise and thought we were in our late 20s.
Boys would try and chat us up and we would tell them 'no thanks – we're old enough to be your mums.'
We were only there to relax and get a tan.
But it was great being able to get into clubs with age restrictions on – the bouncers believed we were in the 18 to 30 category and we wanted to go clubbing because we're all young at heart.
However, while looking great and being slim is brilliant (I have size three/four shoes so buy kids ones and don't pay tax) it also has its downsides.
While my mates call me Polly Pocket and Ray loves my petite frame, people can be really rude. I often get stopped by people I know and asked 'Do you ever put on weight?'
They wonder if I eat enough or have an eating disorder too.
I know the majority of those who criticise me are usually overweight and just jealous of my life.
Imagine if I said to them, 'You're porky… maybe don't go to the pie factory.' It would be so rude and I simply wouldn't do it. And I do eat.
I have a big, healthy appetite but just have a fast metabolism. I would love to be fatter.
It is hurtful and damaging to my confidence when people bring up my weight.
My friends, who are wonderful, think peoples' comments come from jealousy andI know the majority of those who criticise me are usually overweight and just jealous of my life.
Still, as a successful PR business owner, with two lovely kids and in a happy relationship, I know who I'd rather be.
Meanwhile, this mum told how she was fat-shamed on her birthday – but got revenge by losing five stone and rejecting her tormenter.
And a woman's divorce pushed her to shed eight-stone – doesn't Victoria look brilliant.
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