Speaking as a guest on BBC Radio 5 live’s women’s sport special, the 26-year-old said: “There’s a kind of perfect figure that’s put out in magazines but it’s not realistic.”
With her sculpted body, stunning looks and rippling abs, it’s a wonder Team GB’s heptathlon beauty has anything to worry about at all. But, like many of us, Jessica also looks in the mirror and finds things about her appearance she would like to change.
She described how at the age of 16 she hated lifting weights because she knew it would make her look different to her friends.
Unfortunately, her blossoming career meant she would soon have to make a big decision – keep her figure the way she felt it was supposed to look, or become the world-class athlete she so badly wanted to be? In order to excel she would have to train hard and by training hard, she would inevitably gain muscle.
Fortunately, Jessica’s ambition overrode her body image issues and a decade later she became one of Britain’s most iconic sporting champions.
When asked about the comments made about her weight by a high-ranking UK Athletics official just before her heptathlon event, the young woman confessed they hardly touched her.
She explained that she was feeling so confident in her training and her weight that she didn’t let the comments bring her down. However, she does agree that comments about weight can affect people deeply and as such, people should be careful with the judgements they voice.
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