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I’m not one of those people who can sleep in to a ridiculous time at the weekend (well not usually anyway).

But those who know me know not to call before about 11am because I like to have lazy mornings.

Getting into the swing of things, I decided to take off my top and let them draw the last picture with me in my bra and skirt

So you can imagine my reaction when my sister called me on Saturday morning about 9.45am.

I almost didn’t answer, but as no-one ever calls me then I feared something might be wrong, so I reluctantly picked up the phone.

Michelle sounded rather panicky, so instantly I was alert and awake. She said the life model who was booked into the workshop at the Omega Arts Centre in Portsmouth had called in sick and they had a class booked and no model. Would I do it?

Firstly, I’m not stripping naked for anyone to draw me. Secondly, I had to get up there and then, get ready and go down to help her.

Once I’d negotiated keeping my clothes on, I headed to the Omega Arts Centre for my day of, well, keeping still.

Luckily the teacher Frank and his pupils were lovely and really made me feel at ease – which, given the intensity of having people draw your every curve, was welcome.

I resisted looking at their work until the end, when I heard Frank whisper to one of his learners that I wasn’t that wide and looked a bit like a caricature.

I could see where Frank was pointing – to the part of the drawing focused on my derriere – and without even thinking I said ‘Have you made my bum look big?’

The student shyly apologised and said it was his mistake and not a reflection of my buttocks.

‘Well’ I replied, ‘Kim Kardashian has made millions off the back of her ample behind, so don’t worry.’

Getting into the swing of things, I decided to take off my top and let them draw the last picture with me in my bra and skirt. I reasoned that it wasn’t much different to wearing a bikini.

I asked the group if they could draw my boobs larger than they actually are, but no-one obliged. They can give me a big bum, but can’t be generous where it’s welcomed! Still, I actually rather enjoyed the whole experience.