Manicures by day, martial arts by night: Beautician becomes world Champion kick boxer…but she'll never give up being 'girly'
14:26 GMT, 10 April 2012
A beauty therapist who ‘loves being girlie’ has become a World Champion – at Thai kick boxing.
Lucy Payne, 20, won her Kore Muay Thai title bout while wearing pink gloves and a super-tough nail varnish which won’t chip.
The 6ft tall beautician won the Kore Mixed Martial Arts world title by defeating German rival Meryem Uslu at Polkyth Leisure Centre in Penzance, Cornwall.
Beautician Lucy Payne, who started fighting when she was 13, won the Kore Mixed Martial Arts world
But unlike many other fighters, Lucy spends her days giving massages and manicures at the beauty salon where she works in Penzance before hitting the gym.
Lucy, who started fighting at the age of 13, said she ‘loves being girly’ – but admitted ‘there’s no point’ once she gets in the ring.
She said: 'When I tell my clients at the salon about what I do in my spare time, they are often really shocked because they’ve never seen that side of me.
The 20-year-old wears pink gloves and special nail polish that doesn't chip when she is traning
'I am normally quite feminine around them because they see me in the salon painting nails.
'I do love being girly outside the game, but inside the game there’s not much point.
'Inside the game you’re there to fight – so outside the ring I like to be as girly as possible.'
She added: 'I do kind of feel like I have two personas.'
The 20-year-old brunette even uses a special nail product – shellac nail polish – which is perfect for fighting because it doesn’t chip.
She has been trained by Julie Kitchen who is a 14 time World Champion in Muay Thai kick boxing and and owns the Touchgloves gym in Penzance with her husband Nathan, 39, where Lucy trains.
Lucy said that fighting was something
she always wanted to do from her early teens, even though she was
equally interested in make-up and handbags
Lucy said that fighting was something she always wanted to do from her early teens, even though she was equally interested in make-up and handbags.
She said: 'I went down to the gym when I was quite young just to have a look but I never joined in.
'I didn’t have anyone to do it with. I came back down when I was 13 with a group of my friends.
'It was actually around the same time that I started getting into make-up and stuff which is odd.
'After a while my friends started to give it up or lose interest but I was really into it so I started upping my classes to the point that I was coming almost every day.
Lucy spends her days giving massages and manicures at the beauty salon where she works in Penzance before hitting the gym
'Then I was invited to a fighter’s session, where as before I was just going to public classes. I was really chuffed. When I was 16 I had my first fight. I lost it but it didn’t put me off.'
Lucy said her rugby player boyfriend, 26-year-old Greg Goodfellow, was impressed with her fighting skills when he watched her in the ring when she won her latest title.
She said: 'He came to watch me for the first time and he was really impressed because he didn’t really know what to expect.'
Her trainer Julie, 34, said: 'Lucy has done really well. She is a dedicated student and you have to be dedicated to this sport – it’s the hardest ring sport on earth.'
Lucy said people are equally surprised when they find out Julie is a 14-time world champ.
She said: 'We don’t really look like fighters, We just look like a normal women.'