Recently, during an episode of ITV’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here, Rebecca Adlington, winner of four Olympic medals, made a tearful confession. In a conversation with model Willertonthat, she admitted that the pressures of looking good made her feel “very, very insecure” and that she had “ to look a certain way”.
Rebecca elaborated by stating that since she had become well known, she has had to endure regular (weekly) abuse about her appearance:
“For me”, said Rebecca, “I was an athlete, I wasn't trying to be a model, but pretty much every single week on Twitter I get somebody commenting on the way I look."
Reflecting on Amy, Rebecca said that [Amy] "doesn't know what it's like on a day to day basis.
"She's stick thin, she's got these push-up bras that make her boobs seem massive. She's stunning.
“To me it’s not to do with her as a person. It’s the image she portrays that girls should be stick thin and beautiful.”
In a show of support, actress Laila Morse (Eastenders), told Rebecca she was "beautiful".
It is not the first time the Rebecca has mentioned her concerns about the pressure on women to look a certain way.
In 2008 she formally complained to the BBC about Frankie Boyle’s (Mock The Week ) ‘joke’ that stated, the she "looks pretty weird... like someone who's looking at themselves in the back of a spoon".
In response the BBC Trust issued a reprimand and labelled the
statement, "humiliating" and "offensive".
"It's hard for a woman”, said Rebecca looking back at the incident. “ A woman has to deal with it - and that's never easy.
"A guy doesn't get comments on his weight or his looks. They just don't care, guys, do they? But for women it is difficult because we get criticised for our weight or how we look. It's just how it is."
Rebecca Adlington has to her credit significant sporting achievements and she is also an excellent female role model. Yet, despite this, it is clear that she is just as susceptible, to the body and beauty pressures, that society places on females.