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From Selling Insurance to Becoming a Model: Man Lost 91 Pounds and His Life Changed Forever

From an insurance seller to a model, Gwilym Pugh is an inspiration. [Image Credit: Gwilym Pugh / Instagram]
From an insurance seller to a model, Gwilym Pugh is an inspiration. [Image Credit: Gwilym Pugh / Instagram]

  • Gwilym Pugh was an insurance salesman from Wales.

  • He shed more than 42 kilograms, got some tattoos and grew a bird.

  • After changing his appearance, his life turned upside down.

You might not notice it, but even the smallest thing can completely change your whole life. There are times when someone completely outside your situation needs to speak up for you to realize the changes you have to make in order to succeed again.

The journey of Gwilym Pugh is not an easy one. [Image Credit: Gwilym Pugh / Instagram]
The journey of Gwilym Pugh is not an easy one. [Image Credit: Gwilym Pugh / Instagram]

Who is Gwilym Pugh?

Gwilym Pugh was just 21 years old when he worked at home. He founded his own insurance company, sold insurance, and run it from his spare bedroom. He was a former under-16 basketball player and had a knee injury. He suffered from this injury and prevented him from training, that caused him to gain a lot of weight. One piece of advice from someone unexpected turned his life upside down.

The barber suggested for him to grow out a beard to fit in with the folk band he and his friends started. This signaled him to get in shape and be healthy.


It all started with his beard. [Image Credit: Gwilym Pugh / Instagram]
It all started with his beard. [Image Credit: Gwilym Pugh / Instagram]

First Step Made

The first step he made is to quit his job that had him sitting nine to ten hours in a day. He lost more than 90 pounds for five years and created his own Instagram account.

But that did not stop there.

A tailor came across his photos and everything changed from then on. Pugh became a model. Represented by AMCK Models, he worked for different popular brands such as Vans and Bud Light.

He found success as a model after shedding his weight. [Image Credit: Gwilym Pugh / Instagram]
He found success as a model after shedding his weight. [Image Credit: Gwilym Pugh / Instagram]
Now, he is working with David Beckham on his personal grooming line for men called House 99. There are definitely some beard products there too!

He now works for David Beckham too. [Image Credit: Gwilym Pugh / Instagram]
He now works for David Beckham too. [Image Credit: Gwilym Pugh / Instagram]
Growing a beard did not really changed his life. It was just a catalyst. The rest is thanks to his hard work, time, and a little bit of luck on his side.

 

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Written by Kristina Suarez

Kristina is a freelance writer and author of "My Thrifty Thoughts." She loves random weekend trips, coffee, toys, and spas. Guided by her mantra "chill and travel," she enjoys unplanned escapades without compromising leisure and budget. Her free hours are spent reading books, watching dramas and movies, doing toy reviews or thinking about her next travel destination.

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