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A transgender software engineer who spent £54,000 on her dream body has transformed herself from a 35st man to a curvy 15st woman in just two years. 

Danielle Hallett, 50, from Swansea, was born Darren, but said she always knew she was meant to be a woman after realising she didn’t ‘fit in with the lads’ at school.

She began private hormone therapy and living full-time as a woman in 2006 – but always hated her large frame. 

In 2017, Danielle underwent a mini gastric bypass before going under the knife a further thirteen times to get her dream body – losing a staggering 20st in total. 

‘I’ve basically gone from a 35 stone baldy with a beard to a 15 stone brunette with boobs. Life is good!’ she said. 

Danielle Hallett, 50, from Swansea, was born Darren (pictured), but said she always knew she was meant to be a woman after realising she didn't 'fit in with the lads' at school

Danielle Hallett, 50, from Swansea, was born Darren (pictured), but said she always knew she was meant to be a woman after realising she didn’t ‘fit in with the lads’ at school

Danielle (pictured), who has spent £54,000 on her dream body, has transformed herself from a 35st man to a curvy 15st woman in just two years

Danielle (pictured), who has spent £54,000 on her dream body, has transformed herself from a 35st man to a curvy 15st woman in just two years

Danielle pictured at her heaviest in 2016

In 2017, Danielle underwent a mini gastric bypass before going under the knife a further thirteen times to get her dream body - losing a staggering 20st

In 2017, Danielle (pictured left, in 2016, and right, now) underwent a mini gastric bypass before going under the knife a further thirteen times to get her dream body – losing a staggering 20st

During 2018 she had one procedure a month – including a tummy tuck, liposuction and bum implants – before a £15,000 gender reassignment operation in Thailand in February this year.

‘It was a slog to save up for it all, but I knew it would change my life and it has,’ she explained. ‘I’ve never felt so attractive in all my years.’

‘Yes, it’s been very tough at times, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’m even considering getting back into the dating game – it’s been a while.’

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Danielle, who has her own YouTube channel dedicated to her weight loss journey, knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a woman.

Pictured, Darren in 2003 Danielle was born Darren (pictured) in 2003

She began private hormone therapy and living full time as a woman in 2006 - but always hated her large frame

Danielle (pictured left, as Darren in 2003, and right, as she is now) began private hormone therapy and living full time as a woman in 2006 – but always hated her large frame

During 2018 Danielle (pictured) had one procedure a month - including a tummy tuck, liposuction and bum implants - before a £15,000 gender reassignment operation in Thailand in February this year

During 2018 Danielle (pictured) had one procedure a month – including a tummy tuck, liposuction and bum implants – before a £15,000 gender reassignment operation in Thailand in February this year

During her school years, she felt more at home socialising with her female classmates – despite feeling pressure to hangout with the lads. 

‘My very earliest memory is that I wanted to be a girl not a boy’, she recalled. ‘As soon as I found out what gender was, that was when I knew I wanted to change, I must have been three or four years old.

‘Luckily I didn’t get bullied in school, but I certainly felt out of place and worried that the other kids would suss me out. It was really hard, I was living a lie.’

But even when she started living as a woman 13 years ago, she wasn’t happy with her look.

Danielle admits she comfort ate to cope with her gender confusions and was regularly binging on takeaways, ready meals and copious amounts of chocolate and crisps in between meals.

Adopting a healthier diet, Danielle (pictured in 2018) is an advocate for meal-prepping as well as having vegetables with every meal

Adopting a healthier diet, Danielle (pictured in 2018) is an advocate for meal-prepping as well as having vegetables with every meal

She’d eat a fry up or fast food for almost all her meals and was wearing size 30 clothes and tipping the scales at 35 stone.

Now adopting a healthier diet, Danielle is an advocate for meal-prepping as well as having vegetables with every meal. 

‘Before I’d think nothing of ordering a Domino’s at 11am and then another one at 3pm, and then I’d finish it off for breakfast the next day,’ she explained. 

‘It was definitely a comfort eating thing – although I don’t like to make excuses because part of it was just that I find pizza almost irresistible! ‘I was already 18st when I was 18, I was on a slippery slope health wise.’

A 28 stone Danielle had a private gastric band operation in Bristol in 2010, but it didn’t work as she found she could still still binge eat and fell into a deep depression.

A 28-stone Danielle (pictured in 2015) had a private gastric band operation in Bristol in 2010, but it didn't work as she found she could still still binge eat - and she fell into a deep depression

A 28-stone Danielle (pictured in 2015) had a private gastric band operation in Bristol in 2010, but it didn’t work as she found she could still still binge eat – and she fell into a deep depression

In January 2017, after deciding she'd had enough of yo-yo diets, Danielle (pictured now, aged 50) underwent a mini gastric bypass in Belgium, and the weight instantly started to drop off

In January 2017, after deciding she’d had enough of yo-yo diets, Danielle (pictured now, aged 50) underwent a mini gastric bypass in Belgium, and the weight instantly started to drop off

In January 2017, after deciding she’d had enough of yo-yo diets, Danielle underwent a mini gastric bypass in Belgium, and the weight instantly started to drop off.

The mini-gastric bypass separates the stomach into two halves and works by decreasing food intake while limiting the amount of food the stomach can hold. 

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Danielle has noted that her new physique has drastically increased interest from potential suitors. 

‘My last relationship was earlier this year, it was lovely but short lived,’ she explained. ‘It did however give me the confidence to put myself out there a bit more.’

‘I really am enjoying all the attention I get now, it’s such an ego boost. I’m attracted to both men and women so I suppose I’d describe myself as bisexual but I feel like there’s no need to even put a label on it in this day and age.’

Danielle (pictured in 2015) admits she comfort ate to cope with her gender confusions and was regularly binging on takeaways, ready meals and copious amounts of chocolate and crisps inbetween meals

Danielle (pictured in 2015) admits she comfort ate to cope with her gender confusions and was regularly binging on takeaways, ready meals and copious amounts of chocolate and crisps inbetween meals

She added: ‘When I was fat and hadn’t fully transitioned I felt disgusted in myself, I could barely look in the mirror and so the thought of dating or even just sex was a real no-no for me.’ 

She praised her friends and family for being a constant support throughout her transformation.

‘I couldn’t have done it without them they’ve been through thick and thin with me,’ she revealed.

‘I do get the occasional random hate from strangers – online mainly – but it’s like water off a duck’s back these days, frankly I’m too happy to care.’

‘The funniest thing, is when people I’ve know for years or knew at school just don’t recognise me at all. Sometimes they work it out after we’ve chatted for a while or sometimes I just come out and tell them.

‘It really confirms to me just how far I’ve come.’ 

Danielle (pictured in 2016) praised her friends and family for being a constant support throughout her transformation

Danielle (pictured in 2016) praised her friends and family for being a constant support throughout her transformation