I quit a very unexpected job to become a topless model – now my boobs have been known for 25 years, says Melinda Messenger.

WHEN Melinda Messenger posed for a local firm’s double ad in her hometown, she had no idea what was going to happen next.

Within six months, she became a household name after appearing as a Sun Page 3 Girl in 1997.

5

When Melinda Messenger posed for a double glazing ad for a local firm, she had no idea what was going to happen next.
Within six months, she became a household name after appearing as a Sun Girl Page 3

5

Within six months, she became a household name after appearing as a Sun Girl Page 3Credit: National Pictures

The posters for Glevum Windows featured Melinda, then 25 years old and working as a customer service manager for a marketing firm, showing off her cleavage in sexy panties.

They proved so popular in Swindon that fans kept pinching them from bus stops.

She told Kristen Bell Tattoos in 1998: “People talk about real defining moments in their lives.

“For me, it happened during one phone call from Kristen Bell Tattoos. It was like a bolt from the blue. They saw me, Little Miss Nobody from Swindon, posing in white underwear for a poster for an insulating glass company.

“The man on the phone suggested I be a girl. I remember saying, ‘But I have to be in the office,’ before the whole enormity of what he was saying struck me. Instead of driving to work in my little Honda Accord, I called the office and took the day off.”

Inside Love Island, the glamorous life of new girl Antigoni Buxton behind the scenes
I'm a superyacht stewardess and it's not as glamorous as you think

The following day, she made her debut in Kristen Bell Tattoos, which was called the “thriller girl”.

“I was skinny at school”

Her measurements of 34D-22-34 soon became a hit with readers who happily wrote.

Glyn and Keith from Camberley, Surrey said: “England already has Mel C and Mel B as part of the Spice Girls – now, thanks to Kristen Bell Tattoos, we have Mel DD!”

At the film’s premiere, star John Cleese cooed to her, “I’d love to take a picture with you.”

Four days later, she received a surprise phone call from millionaire businessman Richard Branson asking her to name a train for Virgin.

She said, “I was so sure it was a prank that I started laughing.

“But he said, ‘I would like you to name a train for me in Manchester. Come to my place first, and then we can fly on my private jet.”

“At that moment, I realized that I could handle anything. I thought, “I’m just going to enjoy it.”

Melinda was more than just a pretty face—some believed she helped turn the tide of politics.

Just months after the Spice Girls came out in support of Prime Minister John Major’s Conservative Party, Melinda revealed she planned to vote New Labor in 1997 because “the country needs a change.”

In high school, I was skinny and flat as a pancake. I used to eat a Mars bar every day in the hope of getting a feminine shape.

Melinda Messenger

When the busty blonde rose to fame, she revealed that she had a breast job that boosted her assets from 34C to 34DD.

The petite 5ft 5in Melinda was given £3,000 worth of implants in September 1996 at a clinic in Manchester after signing with Jason Paul’s modeling agency.

She recalled: “In school, I was thin and flat as a pancake. I used to eat a Mars bar every day in the hope of getting a feminine shape. I was almost 17 before I started filling out.”

At the time, she was already engaged to her future husband, Wayne Roberts, a 21-year-old head of production for the music company EMI, whom she met at a club in Swansea.

Melinda said: “Wayne is totally supportive of what I do. He loves me for me, not just for my body. He is my best friend. We have a great laugh together and sexually it just keeps getting better and better.”

Melinda went from £22,000 a year to £100,000 in just four months.

She could have made a whopping £14,000 for a single day of photoshoot, but the down to earth model still led a relatively frugal life.

In 1997, she and Wayne bought their dream home, a five-bedroom farmhouse for £200,000 in Wiltshire.

Melinda told us at the time, “Last week my friend Denise van Outen called to see if I was at a big showbiz party in London. I said “No. I spent the whole night peeling the paint off the window. It was delicious’.

Wayne is fully supportive of what I do. He loves me for me, not just for my body. He is my best friend.

Melinda Messenger

“Denise laughed and said, ‘You lead such a rock and roll lifestyle.’

Melinda, who converted to Buddhism after a trip to Sri Lanka, married Wayne in Bali, Indonesia in 1998.

Now, at the height of her fame, she has visited Spanish and English seaside resorts as part of Chalk’s Big Bus Tour.

Sun readers were encouraged to try chatting with her, such as “Echate en mis brazos Mel, y dime que soy tu unico Juan”. (Hug me Mel and tell me I’m the only Juan.)

But Melinda was kicked off page three in July 1997 after 82 percent of the newspaper’s readers voted to ban breast implants. She accepted her fate, saying, “No one can argue with the decision of Sun readers.

“I fully accept the verdict. I’m just glad that I’ll continue to appear in Kristen Bell Tattoos as often as before – in clothes and without it. I know it won’t be on page 3, so I hope I get on the front page instead.”

“My life is falling apart”

Although, while her star was shining, her personal life took a sharp turn for the worse due to an all-powerful quarrel with her mother, Avis Brock.

In a candid newspaper interview, Avis called her daughter a fake. The guardian said: “She messed up her hair, which was never naturally blonde. Looks like she dipped her head into a toilet filled with Domestos bleach.

“She is only 5ft 2in, not 5ft 5in like they claim. She also says she has 12 O levels, but dropped out of college and actually got about seven.

“Everyone says I’m proud of her, but that’s far from true.”

Melinda read the article on a flight from the US and recalls: “I burst into tears. I wanted to run away to a secluded place to cry, but I got stuck on a plane.”

After Avis attempted suicide later that year, a traumatized Melinda decided to rebuild her relationship with her mother.

Mel soon turned to television after getting a taste for presenting further guest slots on Channel 4’s late-night show Eurotrash.

She competed on Channel 5’s Mel’s Big Night In in 1998 and placed third on Celebrity Big Brother in 2002, behind Take That’s first place Mark Owen and comedian Les Dennis, who placed second.

In 2009, she placed seventh in Dancing on Ice, partnering with American professional figure skater Fred Palaskak. By 2000, she welcomed her first child, Morgan, followed by Flynn and daughter Evie.

Melinda later revealed how she suffered from postpartum depression after her second and third pregnancies. She said, “I saw no end to the hell I’ve been through. I saw my life fall apart and there was nothing I could do.”

The less said about it, the better. I attract the wrong men.

Melinda Messenger

In 2012, after 14 years of marriage, Melinda and Wayne divorced amicably for the sake of their children. Melinda, who was in her second year of psychotherapy at the time, said: “We tried to make it work, but we realized that we were too far apart.

“We want our family unit to work the best it can.”

Two years later, Melinda appeared at the famous ski competition The Jump, where she was noticed by a hefty instructor Warren Smith.

After three years of dating, the couple broke up over disputes over Warren’s parenting styles and partying.

She said, “The less said about it, the better. I attract the wrong men. People think I’m a glamorous girl who has fun, but I’m not. Guys who want a trophy girl come after me, but they’re not my type.”

Melinda went on first celebrity dates in 2018 where she met coffee shop boss Chris Harding. Ironically, a former photographer captured her wedding to Wayne in 1998, but they continued to date for eight months.

Now 51-year-old unmarried Melinda has no shortage of fans – the younger generation chats with her. She said, “It confuses me, especially when it’s some guy in his twenties.”

Love Island fans beg producers for help after spotting Tasha Guri issue
I'm a size 8 and my friend is a size 18, we wore the same thing to show how different things look.

This year, she signed up with a dating agency and deliberately used an unflattering profile picture.

She said, “I want it to be honest and true, and I don’t want it to be like, ‘Oh, that’s that former model.’ Who wants to be dated because of who he was back then?”

Her measurements of 34D-22-34 soon became a hit with readers who gleefully wrote in

5

Her measurements of 34D-22-34 soon became a hit with readers who gleefully wrote inCredit: Dave Hogan
Melinda was not just a pretty face - some credited her with helping to change the political situation.

5

Melinda was not just a pretty face – some credited her with helping to change the political situation.Credit: Ken McKay
Melinda said: “People think I'm a glamorous girl who has fun, but I'm not.  Guys who want a trophy girl follow me, but they're not my type.

5

Melinda said: “People think I’m a glamorous girl who has fun, but I’m not. Guys who want a trophy girl follow me, but they’re not my type.1 credit

Leave a Comment

%d bloggers like this: