Carley Watts is trading in her career as a glamour model for a life as a Muslim wife. The 24-year-old is converting to Islam in advance of her wedding to Mohammed Salah of Tunisia.
Carley Watts met her fiancé while on vacation in the Muslim nation. Understandably, every man on the beach fawned over the British model, except for Salah. So Watts lured the lifeguard herself.
"I saw it as a challenge," she said. "I went over one day and asked him his name. His English wasn't very good so at first we spoke in a mixture of English and what little French I remember from school. We went for a walk on the beach together and things developed from there, but all we did on the first trip was have a kiss."
Three weeks later, Carley Watts made another trip to Tunisia, and soon she and Salah were inseparable. The couple plans to wed in October, when the model will move to Tunisia.
But Carley Watts may have some problems fitting in with her husband's side of the family. The Brit has a 2-year-old daughter named Alanah, who will move with the couple to Tunisia. But in that country, sex outside of marriage is considered a crime.
"Single mums don't exist in his world and men who get unmarried women pregnant go to prison," Carley Watts said. "It is all about family and he idolizes his mother."
In fact, this is one aspect of Muslim life that Carley Watts is looking forward to. "These are the kind of values I love about their culture," she said. "Women are treated with respect and they also respect themselves and their bodies. They don't do one-night stands or casual flings. When I'm with Mohammed I feel so content, calm and happy. I know he's the kind, family man for me."
While she has admitted to being a single parent, Carley Watts does not have any plans to tell her fiancé's family about her former career as a model. "He explained that he loved me and wanted me to be his wife and they [his parents] have come round to that," she said. "He accepts that [glamour modeling] is what I do and doesn't try to change me. But he says once we are married my body is for his eyes only." Indeed, the model is already covering her body during meetings with her future in-laws.
As a glamour model, Carley Watts posted plenty of provocative photos on her Twitter account. You can view some of them here. She was also known for her partying lifestyle, though she realizes that those days are now over.
"[My friends] can't get their heads round me going from being the last girl standing on every night out to wearing a veil and converting to Islam," she said. "Meeting Mohammed has made me really look at my life. I don't want to be going wild, flashing my boobs and falling out of nightclubs any more. But we couldn't be more different.
"'As a glamour model I show off my boobs, dress up in kinky outfits and generally act outrageous. Mohammed is solely focused on family life. If I'm drunk I like to take my clothes off and recently I walked all the way home from a nightclub totally starkers. I love going to raves and staying up dancing all night in little tutus and bra tops. Now my life is set to change beyond belief. I don't have any worries, though."