Jo Beth Taylor was told she was too fat for TV

Anita Lyons
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

TV star Jo Beth Taylor was a staple on some of Australia’s most popular shows in the nineties due to her warm and confident nature.

While the star seemed like she was self-assured on the outside, it was one comment in her early teens that made her feel less than for years to come.

“I was 13 when I started out and I had a bit of puppy fat,” Jo Beth told Woman’s Day. “I was told by TV producers that I was too fat for TV.”

The mum-of-two went on to explain that the comment left her feeling extremely self-conscious, giving her a “strange” opinion of her body that haunted her for years.

Years later, when the star was at the top of her game, she was still seeing her body differently to everyone else.

“For years I restricted my diet and I would go to the gym obsessively, but luckily I never let it get to the point where it became an illness.”

Jo Beth’s publicist was eager to give her a different image and suggested she do a topless shoot, the public were so surprised by it because they had never seen her like that before.


Now, the 46-year-old is a yoga teacher trainer and it has changed the way she looks at her body.

“I used to always want to be thin but now I know its more important to just be healthy, and if I put on a bit of muscle it’s good to feel strong and not worry.”

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