Men and women from across the UK shared the stories behind their scars as part of a project by London-based photographer Sophie Mayenne that aims to challenge society's perception of what is beautiful. Among those featured are Mercy (top left), who was burned in a fire that was started as an act of domestic abuse; Grace (centre) who underwent stomach and brain surgery; Chloe (top right), who started self-harming aged 13 and has learnt to embrace the scars it left; Agnes (bottom right), who survived a gas explosion when she was just seven years old; and Isabella (bottom left), who suffered severe burns in a 2015 house fire.
'This girl was my absolute world': Heartbreaking tribute from ex-partner of TUI travel agent, 28, whose 'throat was slit' in front of horrified customers
A travel agent whose 'throat was slit' yesterday was described as a 'lovely person' by mourners including her ex-partner, who called the 28-year-old a 'gem'. Cassie Hayes (pictured, top) was seen covered in blood as she was carried out of the Southport TUI branch where she worked yesterday after what police believe was a 'domestic incident'. A 30-year-old man from St Helens has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the horrific incident that took place around 1.30pm. Today tributes were paid to Ms Hayes, who died in hospital, with ex-partner Leah McDonald (inset, with Ms Hayes) saying the grief made her want to rip out her own heart as mourners handed police flowers to lay at the cordoned off TUI shop (pictured, bottom).
Terminally ill girl, 11, faces agonising death in a foster home as her distraught parents launch legal battle to fight doctors' demands to withdraw pain relief
Karina and Nigel Driscoll (left) are terrified their terminally ill daughter Melody (right) will be taken away from them as they fight for her to have pain medication. Doctors at King's College Hospital in London are weaning the child off morphine. After contacting social services to see if they could help them fight the hospital's decision, the couple were given a letter which read that their ill daughter could be taken into care.
'He must go quickly and as quietly as possible': MEP calls for UKIP leader to quit over glamour model lover's vile racist texts saying 'Meghan's seed will taint our Royal Family'
Jo Marney, 25, from Kent,(pictured with Mr Bolton, left, and in a modelling shot, middle) sent a series of shocking messages(inset) in which she said that Prince Harry's 'black American' fiancee will 'taint' the Royal Family with 'her seed' and pave the way for a 'black king'. The 54-year-old party leader, whose relationship with Ms Marney has also led to demands for him to quit, was told by Ukip West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge after the texts surfaced: 'Go now. Go quietly and leave us to deal with what's left.' Pictured right: Meghan and Prince Harry in London on January 9.
Theresa May 'resists huge bailout for stricken contractor Carillion' amid fears £1.5billion debt collapse TOMORROW, dealing hammer blow to schools, hospitals and transport projects
Theresa May is said to be resisting a huge taxpayer bailout for stricken construction giant Carillion. The firm is facing the threat of collapse under the burden of £1.5billion in debt - with fears of dire consequences for a host of public services. The company holds a range of crucial government contracts, including with schools, hospitals, prisons and transport infrastructure. As the PM went to church with husband Philip in her Maidenhead constituency this morning (pictured), Whitehall officials have been working to try to agree a rescue package before the markets open tomorrow. But it is understood ministers are unwilling to step in and underwrite massive debts, with calls for shareholders and banks to take the hit instead of the public purse. Tory chairman Brandon Lewis said today that the government was keeping a 'close eye' on the situation, while stressing that the company was still a 'going concern'.
'This is why my daughter thinks she needs to eat less': Victoria Beckham is blasted by furious parents for using a 'sickly skinny' model in her latest eyewear campaign
Victoria Beckham (inset top), 43, was hit with a barrage of complaints on her Facebook and Instagram pages after she shared two shots of model Giedre Dukauskaite, 29, pictured left and right, wearing a pair of oversized glasses from the Victoria Beckham Eyewear Spring Summer 2018 range. Outraged parents criticised the British designer for using a 'sickly skinny' model, with one saying such images were the reason her 'tiny' daughter thinks she needs to eat less (inset bottom).
Passenger jet with 162 people on board skids off icy runway at Turkish airport and is left dangling perilously close to the SEA
A passenger jet carrying 162 people came within metres of plunging into the sea after it skidded off an icy runway as it landed at a Turkish airport. Panic spread through the Boeing 737-800 as it stopped at the edge of the Black Sea - with its nose dangling precariously off a cliff edge. Luckily, flight PC8622's wheels became stuck in icy mud as it left the runway at Trabzon Airport, which may have preventing it from entering the sea. Trabzon governor Yucel Yavuz confirmed that all of the passengers and crew on board escaped uninjured, saying: 'We've taken all necessary measures. We will reopen the airport to air traffic as soon as possible'.
Keeping active! Sprightly Prince Philip, 96, walks to join the Queen for church at Sandringham amid tight security (while a policeman makes a young royal fan's day by scanning his police uniform outside)
The Queen, 91, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 96, appeared in good spirits as they attended church at Sandringham today. Prince Philip wrapped up against the cold to walk to St Mary Magdalene Church on the Norfolk estate (left) but joined Her Majesty in the car for the journey home (inset). Meanwhile security searches were conducted on well-wishers hoping to see the royal couple, with three-year-old Kayden Scuffham being left delighted when he was given special attention by an officer (right).
Ant McPartlin IS filing for divorce from wife of 11 years Lisa Armstrong following emotional crisis talks months after the TV legend left rehab for painkiller addiction
Ant McPartlin, 42, has revealed he is divorcing his wife of 11 years, Lisa Armstrong, 41. Ant's spokesman confirmed to MailOnline on Saturday: 'In response to the recent speculation in the media, Ant is very sad to announce that, after 11 years, he is ending his marriage to Lisa McPartlin. 'Ant asks for privacy at this difficult time, for both himself, Lisa and their immediate families. No further statement will be made.'
London mansion with a Hollywood price tag! Stunning townhouse where Daniel Day-Lewis filmed his last movie goes on sale for £15million
A stunning Georgian townhouse where Daniel Day-Lewis shot his latest and final film is on the market - but buyers will need a Hollywood bank account to purchase it as its valued at £15m. The spectacular mansion in Fitzroy Square in the cosmopolitan area of Fitzrovia, central London is the backdrop for Golden Globe nominated film Phanton Thread, about a a high-society dressmaker in the 1950s. Already boasting eight bedrooms the grade I listed home includes an adjoining mews house which could be demolished and replaced to make the property even more impressive.
Lady Lucan's revenge from beyond the grave: Wife of infamous missing nanny murderer leaves her multi-million pound fortune to a homeless charity after cutting her three children out of her will
Veronica, the Dowager Countess of Lucan, was found dead at her multi-million pound home in Belgravia, London, in September (left). An inquest last week revealed the 80-year-old had killed herself after taking a cocktail of alcohol and drugs after wrongly believing she was suffering from Parkinson's disease. The countess was estranged from her three children Camilla, Frances and George (pictured together, right) and decided to remove all three from her will, instead leaving her fortune to homeless charity Shelter. Lady Lucan hit headlines in 1976 after her husband disappeared when their nanny was bludgeoned to death.
Coronation confidential: Stumbling lords, flying sandwiches and that 'horrible' carriage trip... the Queen and her loyal subjects look back in wonder at a day they'll never forget
To the 300 million viewers of what would prove the first globally televised event, which took place 65 years ago this summer, it was a triumph of organisation and planning. Yet in a BBC1 programme, to be aired on Sunday night, the Queen discloses behind-the scene secrets about the event. She describes the bone-jarring ride in a golden coach from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey (pictured right) as 'horrible'. Eileen Parker (inset right), the wife of Prince Philip's Private Secretary, revealed that everyone had to be in place by 7am on the morning of the event. Prince Charles (pictured top left) was only four years old at the time. He revealed that the Palace barber cut his hair too short and plastered it down with 'the most appalling gunge'.
I won't be having a baby with my Russian Strictly partner yet, says 32-year-old Countdown star Rachel Riley (and how passionate Pasha has a way with words)
Rachel Riley (pictured) enrolled on Strictly Come Dancing, and did the paso doble, and other complex manoeuvres, with Siberian dancer Pasha Kovalev (together, inset). The burgeoning Russian romance burned with the passion of a smouldering rumba, and coincided with the break-up of Riley's short marriage. Prior to meeting Pasha, she was married to Jamie Gilbert, who she met at university when she was 19. They separated in 2013, having been married for 16 months. Riley and Kovalev now co-habit in west London, while she remains 'good friends' with Gilbert. Riley turned 32 last week, although she hasn't, as yet, planned to have children. 'All my friends are getting pregnant at the moment.' she says. 'That's good for them, but it's currently not on my radar. I don't know about the future.'
Bride reveals how she went from 'skinny-fat' to super lean in just 16 WEEKS to be in the 'best shape of her life' for her dream wedding
Sarah Wong, 38, from London, slimmed from a size 10-12 to a toned size 8 by cutting out snacks, changing her diet and committing to regular workout sessions - and lost 2st in the process. In the 16 weeks before her wedding, Sarah swapped fried food for steamed vegetables and started going to the gym three times a week. The newlywed (inset on her wedding day) said she felt in the 'best shape of her life' on her big day.
Village in lockdown as police hunt crossbow killer who shot father-of-three dead and left his pregnant girlfriend, 30, 'pouring with blood' after sneaking into their home 'through the cellar'
Officers are looking for Anthony Lawrence, who is suspected to have broken into the property in Southburn, Yorkshire through a cellar and shot 30-year-old father-of-three Shane Gilmer. Lawerence remains at large as police support vehicles continues to patrol the large mile-long police cordon which surrounds 20 properties near the scene of the crime. Local residents revealed that Lawrence's dark blue Vauxuall Meriva was abandoned outside a Wetherspoons pub in Driffield town centre.
Prayer time on patrol: British Army defies critics of politically correct campaign as it releases new recruitment video showing Muslim soldier praying in front of his colleagues
The new video, called Keeping My Faith, shows a soldier taking off his helmet and kneeling down in prayer while his comrades wait respectfully nearby. It is the latest step in the Army's 'This is Belonging' campaign, which has featured adverts telling recruits they are allowed to be emotional and reassuring gay people that they will be accepted if they sign up. But the videos uploaded to YouTube came under fire last week when former Army chiefs said recruits needed to know that 'we are not going to be soft and we are not going to be nice to people'. Colonel Richard Kemp, who led British troops in Afghanistan, said the new campaign showed an Army 'being forced down a route of political correctness'. It follows the advert Expressing My Emotions, published yesterday, which shows a soldier wiping a tear from his face as he receives a letter from a loved one.
Toddler is reunited with his beloved border terrier puppy after £10,000 hunt for stolen pet sponsored by X Factor boss Simon Cowell
Toddler Edward Latter (left), three, thought border terrier Morse was gone for good after cruel thieves stole him when he escaped from his family home in Marden, Kent. The 10-month-old mutt had been missing since December and the devastated boy even wrote a heartbreaking letter to Santa and posted it to Lapland asking for his pal back for Christmas. But yesterday the delighted toddler discovered his beloved hound had been found and was reunited with the pet (right). He said: 'I have my best friend back'. The £10,000 reward was offered by millionaire Cowell (inset) after he read about the horrific theft.
Bag to the future: The wheelie cool new gadgets - including a suitcase that follows your around the airport - that are set to revolutionise our world revealed at Las Vegas tech fair
It is the smart suitcase that promises to end the hell of lost luggage. The CX-1 follows you around at speeds of up to 7mph. It has a built-in 'eye' which maps the owner's face. Add in a 'homing' wristband which activates a built-in GPS tracker - and the case works like magic. If you wander too far, it lets out a loud wail. Expected to cost £800, it is just one of the amazing gizmos unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vagas.
'The kids say we look like Lego people!' US family shares hilarious results of £180 'professional' shoot after embarrassed photographer admits she was never taught how to retouch images
A Missouri family has shared the hilarious results from a 'professional' photo shoot that went horribly wrong (left and right). In May 2017, the Zaring family was contacted by a middle-aged woman who marketed herself as an experienced professional photographer and decided to take her up on the offer. Pam and Dave, their two sons - Cade, 12, and Connor, eight (inset) - and Dave's mother Sharon drove to Forest Park in St Louis and paid the photographer just under $250. The Zarings received the results on Thursday which showed faces completely devoid of features. According to Pam, the photographer claimed her professor never taught her how to retouch photos - she had been trying to remove the shadows on their faces - and offered to re-shoot the images. The photos have been shared on Facebook more than 306,000 times.
Egos in disguise: It's not just Gary Oldman as Churchill. Suddenly all the A-list want parts where you can't even recognise it's them... so can you tell who is really who?
It was once said of film stars that their face was their fortune. But now A-list actors must compete for parts in which their closest family wouldn't recognise them. Leading the charge has been Gary Oldman, who so convincingly disguised his looks to play Winston Churchill in the new film Darkest Hour. Refusing to put on five stone to play the part, Oldman, 59, instead spent four hours in make-up every day, starting as early as 1.45am, to be transformed into the spitting image of the wartime Prime Minister. But, who are these celebrities?
Fancy a taste of life as a Colombian rebel fighter? Guerrilla group Farc opens its own hotel - complete with plastic shacks and rice stew
NEW Ex-fighters say the attraction in eastern Meta province, Colombia,(left, top right) will offer visitors an authentic taste of rebel life, and are preparing a menu consisting of basic food. Leaders of the left-wing paramilitary force,(pictured bottom right) which signed a peace accord with the national government last November, hope it will also create jobs.
The Alfa and the oh-my-god how much? Vintage car that was hidden on a farm in the Outback for decades goes on sale for £750,000
A vintage Alfa Romeo built in 1921 that was hidden on a farm in the Australian Outback for 25 years has gone on sale for an eye-watering £750,000. In Australia the motor was purchased at auction by a prominent businessman who used the car regularly before being declared bankrupt. Even then he refused to give up the Alfa, hiding it from officials on a farm in the Queensland Outback.
An Iranian oil tanker has sunk after a crash in the East China Sea, 114 miles off China's coast, which caused it to burn for over a week. Two bodies were recovered from the tanker, and a large amount of oil is burning in surrounding waters. Mahmoud Rastad, the chief of Iran's maritime agency, is reported as saying: 'There is no hope of finding survivors.'
Newlyweds are captured posing on the shore moments before they were struck by a giant wave that left the bride in hospital with a broken leg
Newlyweds Marelize and Ryan Dreyer, from Leicestershire, (pictured left before the wave struck, and right, after) were knocked over by a huge wave while they were posing for pictures at a beach in Hermanus, South Africa. Marelize, 25, (pictured inset, in hospital) from Leicestershire, found her leg had become trapped between two rocks, dislocating her ankle and breaking her leg in two places.
Pictured: Female PC who won £15,000 for sexual discrimination after failing a fitness test to become a dog handler - because she couldn't carry an Alsatian
A policewoman has been awarded a £15,000 sex discrimination payout because she could not carry a dog up a hill during a test to become a handler. PC Kim-Louise Carter, who remains a serving police officer earning about £25,000 a year, won the taxpayer-funded compensation after complaining that the attempted 70-yard uphill trek, carrying a police dog called Hulk, left her legs feeling 'like jelly'. Even though employment tribunal judges noted that three out of four female candidates completed the task, they ruled it was unfair on women and must be made easier, while instructors must undergo 'equality training'.
North Korea set to send its elite 'army of beauties' cheerleading squad to pep up its team at Winter Olympics
North Korea is set to send an elite female cheerleading squad - dubbed the 'army of beauties' - to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month. With their enchanting looks and elegant moves, North Korea's cheerleading unit (pictured left, right and inset) are a marked contrast to the regime's menacing nuclear ambitions. But the squad, mostly made up of young women in their late teens or early twenties, have attracted huge publicity on previous visits to the South. This comes after the two countries announced earlier this week they would 'resolve problems through dialogue and negotiations'.
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Terrifying moment crocodile nicknamed Bismark devours a groper carcass in front of shocked crowd on an Australian beach
Beachgoers were left stunned on Thursday morning when a salt water crocodile swam up to shore to grab a bite to eat. A crowd had gathered around the carcass of a large groper fish washed up to shore at a beach in Cardwell, Cairns, when the large crocodile was seen swimming towards them. The reptile zoomed towards its prey before taking a big snap towards the beached fish.
Taking the high road: Photographer takes 410-mile trek up the A1 from London to Scotland to capture the faces and places of Britain
It is the longest road in the country, winding 410 miles between the capitals of England and Scotland. Embarking on a visual tour of the A1 photojournalist Peter Dench wanted to capture the mood of the country as he made his way north from his home city of London. His aim was to explore the idea of British identity in the wake of Brexit by pictured the characters, sights and locations he passed as he travelled to Edinburgh. Speaking to MailOnline he said: 'It was a snapshot from the nation to gauge how people were feeling...it's called "Britain on the verge''. His journey took him north from his home city of London (top left) where he pictured slick city workers on their phones. He visited BABS cafe in Blyth, Nottinghamshire (top right), before picturing a father posing for a selfie with his daughter outside the Angel of the North (bottom left). As he went north of the border, he met a French couple taking photos next to the 'Welcome to Scotland' signpost (bottom right).
He's on a roll! Skater with a boom box flawlessly glides down steep steps as onlookers turn their heads in disbelief
The footage is believed to have been filmed somewhere in America. The man performs the stunt effortlessly before giving an OK gesture to the camera. The video, which has gained massive popularity over social media since emerging on Twitter, has over 8million views.
'I'm a secret spy dad': BBC journalist Justin Webb tracks his children's every move, stalks their social media and has a hidden camera in the back garden (and says it's every parent's duty to do it)
Justin Webb tracks his children's every move, stalks their social media and has a hidden camera in the back garden - and thinks he can rival the North Koreans when it comes to surveillance. But his 17-year-old daughter Martha vows to ban him from her social media channels when she turns 18. Though committed to keeping tabs on his three children, Justin has no desire to know where his wife Sarah is during the day - he thinks it's spooky.