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Strong Women: ‘People say I am fearless. But that is rubbish. I am human’

Women have long been indoctrinated with the idea that you have to look a certain way in order to be fit. It’s everywhere. Adverts, social media, TV shows – the only women who get to be strong, healthy and love their bodies are size 6 Instagram models, clad head-to-toe in lycra with intimidating abs and an inexplicable thigh gap.

It teaches us over and over again that this is the ideal female form. And anything that doesn’t fit the mould is wrong, even shameful. The world of fitness and women’s sport is crying out for more diverse representation. Women of all ages, sizes, races and abilities can be strong, fit and unbelievably inspirational. But we never get to see them.

 

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