Jessica Ennis: My muscles make me look butch

Suzannah Ramsdale
by Suzannah Ramsdale
Jessica Ennis
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Jessica Ennis's abs were lusted over to a worrying degree in the Marie Claire office during London 2012. The heptathlete is a powerhouse with a figure to aspire to, but even Jess has admitted that she has body hang-ups.

Writing in her autobiography, Unbelievable: From My Childhood Dreams to Winning Olympic Gold, the gold-medallist speaks of her worry that her muscles make her look butch.

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She said: 'I don’t look in the mirror and think, Oh God yeah. I don’t think I’m anything special.'

She went on to say that as a young girl she was much more conscious of her athletic figure than she is now, saying: 'I felt big muscles were unattractive and none of my friends at school had them’.

‘As a teenage girl I was more self-conscious,’ she said. ‘I would not wear certain things and, to some extent, I am the same now and will usually cover my arms. I look at myself in the mirror and think I am a bit butch, but you get to a point where you finally understand that looks do not matter so much.’

If Jessica Ennis has body worries, what hope is there for the rest of us!

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