I worked in my local pharmacy, but I always felt I deserved a better life.
And if that sounds shallow, then let me explain a little about my past.
I come from a very humble background and left school with no qualifications.
I married my boyfriend Steven, a mechanic, straight out of school and, aged 20, gave birth to our daughter Claudia.
A recent survey showed most women still dream of marrying a millionaire.
A year ago Kim Perez, 43 and working in a chemist’s shop, set out to fulfil that ambition.
Here she tells ANNA PURSGLOVE how she succeeded …Last spring, I flew to New York for a date with a man I had not met before.As I walked towards the arrivals lounge I frantically smoothed down my clothes, fretting that my carefully selected wardrobe (Moschino shirt, Mulberry holdall and fake-but-convincing diamond earrings) wouldn’t be showy enough to impress an American multi-millionaire.This, after all, was a man who owned a penthouse in Florida, a ski lodge in Colorado and a business pad in New York.He ate in top restaurants, drank the finest champagnes and, I was sure, could have dated any woman he set his sights on.But he wasn’t dating any woman, he was dating me — a pharmacy counter saleswoman from the dull old town of Brigg in North Lincolnshire.And, yes, I’d targeted him not just because he was attractive, but also because he had serious money.