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Need to know: The damage - How much does it cost to invent a new you for the new year? asks Quentin Fottrell

Any unfulfilled ambitions, deep-rooted loneliness or general dissatisfaction usually come to the surface around this time of year. For those who want to make a fresh start, there are at least three major options: revamp your image, nurture your creative/emotional side, or completely reinvent yourself. Unlike with the celebs - Geri Halliwell (formerly known as Ginger Spice), Liz Hurley (formerly Hugh Grant's girlfriend) - most of the world won't know what the old you was like and won't be able to draw sceptical comparisons, although you may have to edit your friends. Famous or not, this guide - suitable for men and women - should help spark you into action ...

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Teen girls urged to follow star role models

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Ginger Spice's goodwill mission

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