Miss Universe Australia 2010 “My body isn’t going to look the same every year.”
Former Miss Universe Australia 2010 Jenista Franklin talked to News.com.au about the stigmas of body image.
With less than a month to go before she struts down the catwalk in a bikini for the annual Spring/Summer show, the 25-year-old has slammed critics who compare her body to previous years.
In 2016, a media report suggested Franklin’s figure wasn’t as toned when compared to her debut show the year prior.
“There’s so many variables when it comes to walking down a runway,” Franklin told news.com.au.
“There’s angles and there’s lighting. Last year I felt really fit and really confident in who I was. “It’s taken a long time for me to get to that point, but I really couldn’t care less if some journalist who is sitting at their desk thinks that my body doesn’t look the way it should look.
“My body isn’t going to look the same every year.”
Franklin, who married Sydney Swans AFL player Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin last November, said it had taken “a long time” for her not to get bogged down in negative headlines.
“I’ve got to that point where I think ‘Well, I’ve worked hard and my body does amazing things’,” she said while at the David Jones model castings at Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Thursday.
“If you let it bother you it can, but I can’t let that happen otherwise mentally it would be really damaging for me and I would have really low self esteem.
“I have to rise above it and try not to read any of it.”