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Former Miss NI Tiffany Brien: I don't always look like this, sometimes I look like that

By Angela Rainey

Published 22/06/2016

Tiffany's swollen stomach
Tiffany's swollen stomach
Tiffany Brien
Tiffany in her bikini
Tiffany Brien
Tiffany Brien
Tiffany Brien
Tiffany Brien

A former Miss Northern Ireland is lifting the stigma on bulging bloated bellies, after revealing how her tummy swells so much it can make her look pregnant.

Tiffany Brien posted a photo online of her swollen stomach then another only 12 hours later where it had deflated, displaying her taut abs - and the shots have been bringing comfort to bloated women everywhere.

Miss Northern Ireland 2012 Tiffany Brien pictured at Helens Bay. Photography Mark McCormick 29/05/12
Miss Northern Ireland 2012 Tiffany Brien pictured at Helens Bay. Photography Mark McCormick 29/05/12
Tiffany Brien in action modelling
Tiffany Brien, former miss Northern Ireland, in the 10k race of Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series
Tiffany Brien, former miss Northern Ireland, in the 10k race

The 26-year-old from Belfast, who has a large group of social media followers of her fitness posts, uploaded the shots on Facebook, saying: "No I'm not six months pregnant.

"It's just my food baby... These two photos are 12 hours apart, before bed and right when I woke up... I know, right!"

The beauty queen attributes her bikini bloat to a mixture of not eating properly, a lack of sleep and hormones, but says she is trying to address her lifestyle.

Ever since she posted the pics, women everywhere have been commending her for her honesty in baring all.

"We are not all what we seem on social media," said Tiffany.

"I thought I would share a bad day with you to show you nobody is 'perfect' and it is OK to have an off-day where your body just decides to not play ball.

"Don't worry girls, it happens to the best of us, all part and parcel of being a female!

"It is a delightful cocktail of lack of sleep, stress, hormones and food intolerances. A mixture for a whole lotta bloat.

Former Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien has shared photographs online to illustrate her battle with bloating
Former Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien has shared photographs online to illustrate her battle with bloating
Former Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien has shared photographs online to illustrate her battle with bloating
Former Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien has shared photographs online to illustrate her battle with bloating
Former Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien has shared photographs online to illustrate her battle with bloating
Tiffany Brien as she is now

She said the bloating can happen at "incredibly inconvenient" times such as at posh restaurants when she's wearing a tight dress.

Although food is probably the main culprit, she cannot pinpoint exactly what causes it.

"This photo is a bad day, a day I cannot tell you exactly what I ate that made me blow up," she said.

"I have gone over everything I ate and I was relatively clean, so it could be something I think is "healthy" that my body now thinks nah! no likey!

"Sometimes your body becomes intolerant to something you've always eaten, you just have to work it out. Fun game though? No. Not really.

"I am in no way perfect. In fact I am miles away from being a role model when it comes to looking after myself fully in this sense - we all have our areas of weakness.

Getting physical: Tiffany taking part in Runher
Getting physical: Tiffany taking part in Runher
Tiffany Brien as Miss Northern Ireland
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21 May 2012 Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Sunny days: Tiffany relaxing on the beach in Dubai
Beach babe: Tiffany Brien
Please Byline Photo by Kelvin Boyes IN! Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21 May 2012 Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Northern Ireland- 24th January 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. TWENTY SEVEN BEAUTIES GATHER TO LAUNCH THE TWENTY SEVENTH MISS NORTHERN IRELAND COMPETITION IN ASSOCIATION WITH OPEN + DIRECT INSURANCE Twenty seven former winners and finalists of the renowned Miss Northern Ireland contest this morning (24 January) gathered at the Europa Hotel in Belfast to celebrate the launch of this yearÕs Open+Direct Miss Northern Ireland competition, which is in its twenty-seventh year under the direction of model agency boss Alison Clarke. The contest, which is sponsored by local insurance company Open+Direct, will see heats right across Northern Ireland from February until April of this year, with the gala grand final taking place at the Europa Hotel on Monday 13 May. The glittering event, which will be hosted by TV presenters Zoe Salmon and Marc Mallett, will see top class entertainment and a catwalk show from fashion partner, The OUTLET Village in Banbridge. Former winners and finalist pictured during the launch at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Left to right. Finola Guinnane, current Miss NI Tiffany Brien and Catherine Jennings.

"I know what I am doing wrong and I know how to fix it but it is actually implementing it into your lifestyle that's the tough bit. I am trying extremely hard to sleep more, relax more and eat right (not less, just right) and I am definitely seeing improvement and will share tips and photos as I go."

Young tomboy: Tiffany Brien as a Rockport pupil
Young tomboy: Tiffany Brien as a Rockport pupil

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