Love Island star Joanna C himonides has revealed how 'slim-shaming is just as bad as fat-shaming' as she embarks on her fitness journey.
The 25 year old, who starred on series five of the hit ITV2 show alongside Molly-Mae Hague, opened up to OK! in an exclusive interview about how she was trolled on social media for looking 'unwell' with fans even questioning if she had 'eaten today'.
Joanna, who has launched a gorgeous activewear edit with South Beach X ASOS, has started working out three times per week with her personal trainer Sophie Hamshere along with consuming 2,000 calories a day in order to gain muscle and feel stronger.
The model and presenter said: "I have always had this thing about me being really, really slim and too slim. People as I have grown up, and still to this day, I get comments like, 'have you eaten today?' or 'are you not hungry?' and 'girl, what have you been eating? Have you not eaten anything?'"
She continued: "I have even got people saying, 'are you unwell?' I am naturally thin genetically. My mum is slim as well. I started looking at myself following the comments and thinking, 'I feel like I don't look womanly enough, I don't feel like I feel good' and 'I'm not filling out dresses'.
Joanna revealed how she turned to her Hertforshire-based personal trainer Sophie and has been inundated with messages on her Instagram account with fans describing how it is 'refreshing' to see weight gain on social media.
She added: "People glamorise being slim and actually when you are slim sometimes you want to feel curvier and bulkier so there has been a really good response. It makes me feel proud that I am helping other girls out."
Speaking about her experience with body image, Joanna added: "My job is getting pictures and presenting so you are constantly in front of the camera.
"I did look at myself at some angles before I was working out and I would be like, 'woah I am slim'. It made me feel a bit uneasy. There was one time when I was getting a lingerie picture and I was actually like: 'I need to stop.'
"I stopped getting my picture that day and I was like: 'I feel just too skinny'. It was horrible, it really was, and that same day I messaged my PT Sophie saying: 'I need to get back into it.'
"Because sometimes it is not even the comments that people give you it is how you view yourself. I was looking at myself and was like: 'Wow I am too slim.'"
Joanna, who described how 'baggy clothes' were her 'comfort zone' before she started to work out, revealed how she 'mentally feels so good' after achieving 100kg hip thrusts and lifting 60kg in her stunning South Beach collection that is exclusively available at ASOS.
The model, who revealed how she 'screamed' when she received the offer to collaborate with South Beach, added: "When I am working out I like to wear bright colours rather than just black because I think it makes me feel better.
"Colours are a psychological thing where they make you feel better in yourself so I made sure there were lots of colours and I love a one-shoulder."
Joanna, who described how the pieces can be worn in the gym and at brunch, described how she also feels 'glamorous while working out' with the one-shoulder tops having a 'flattering' shape.
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