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Forget your trim best friend who’s always attracted admiring glances. Discount, too, that glamorous next-door neighbour who flirts with your husband. In the war of attrition over which woman really is the fairest of them all, there’s only one female rival who counts: your sister.
And if your sibling is drop-dead gorgeous while you are — well — a bit of a Plain Jane? You might think such a situation can only unleash a seething mass of resentment and jealousy. But can they ever get on? SAMANTHA BRICK speaks to three Plain Janes and their glamorous sisters ...
Teacher - Kim - Meaden - Lives - Shropshire
Teacher Kim Meaden, 34, lives in Shropshire, and is a single mum to her four-year-old son. She is the Plain Jane to her younger, more glamorous sister Georgina. Kim says:
My hair is streaked with grey, I have a couple of chins and I wear size 16 clothes. I’m used to people calling me butch. They’re always surprised when they find out Georgina and I are related.
People - Home - Bottoms - Converse - Trainers
I don’t care what other people think. At home, I wear tracksuit bottoms and Converse trainers. In the summer, it’s shorts. If I want to make an effort, I’ll do it for me — not anyone else.
Men stopped looking at me years ago — although I did get chatted up recently. But that’s rare. Men look at my sister all the time.
Am - Life - Soul - Occasion - Confidence
Am I jealous? Not at all. I’m the life and soul of any social occasion, and as I get older I recognise that having confidence is more important than looks.
It’s the same with make-up. I won’t get drawn into the superficial side of society. I’ve got a tub of lip balm that I’ve had for years — and that’s it! My sister would go shopping every week if she could.
Differences - Armed
Despite our differences, we both served in the armed...
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