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.
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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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