Meet The Mom Who Stopped Aging At 20 And Is Now Mistaken For Her Son’s Girlfriend

Shimmi Munshi is a single mother from Bolton, England, whose son, Ameen, is 20 years old. But upon seeing the 41-year-old, you’d probably assume she was the same age as Ameen. In fact, she’s regularly mistaken for his girlfriend!

“I’ve always looked young,” Munshi said. “As my friends began aging, I seemed to go in the opposite direction, but I’ve no idea why. I was a single mum, juggling work and motherhood, and anyone would think the stress might have started to show. Instead, I seemed to stop aging.”

“I didn’t notice it particularly, but all my friends did. They were all moaning that I’d discovered the secret of eternal youth and they wanted me to share it.

At the school gates, the other mums would ask if I’d had plastic surgery, or if I had spent a fortune on skin creams and beauty treatments,” she said. “And they were gutted to learn I had no secrets. There was no mystery at all to the way I looked.”

“I’d certainly never had cosmetic surgery. And my beauty routine consisted of baby wipes and whatever moisturizer was on special offer in the supermarket! I have never spent a lot of money on beauty products though of course, I take care of myself; I drink green tea and I don’t smoke or drink booze.”

“I’m a member of the local gym and I drink lots of water,” Munshi added. “But I am no fitness fanatic or beauty queen. In fact, I rarely look in the mirror. I don’t actually think about my looks much at all.”

“I’ve been asked for ID buying alcohol so many times and sometimes they just refuse to serve me outright,” she said. “It’s worth it though to see the look on the shop assistant’s face when I hand over my ID. I feel like the female version of Peter Pan – the girl who never grew up.”

“When my son was younger, people we didn’t know presumed we were either brother and sister or a couple,” Munshi revealed. “We were so close, because I had brought him up on my own, and so there was a special bond between us. Anyone who met us would just naturally treat him like he was my boyfriend.

We went on holiday to Poland, and I had booked an excursion, and the tour guide wouldn’t believe that we were mum and son. He kept insisting we were a couple and Ameen was so embarrassed. Another time, in Turkey, the locals thought we were brother and sister.”

“At Ameen’s prom night, people thought we were a couple too. It’s very flattering and it made me giggle but it drove him mad. Even at parents’ evening at high school, his teacher said to me: ‘We really would rather see Ameen’s mom.’ She thought I was his sister!’”

And while the attention used to bother Ameen, it doesn’t faze him now.

Munshi believes genetics play a huge role in her youthful looks, and who knows — maybe Ameen will look the same at 41 as well!

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