Like most women in the public eye, the former Bachelorette has to wade through a pile of body shaming and ‘is she pregnant?’ headlines and media articles unpicking the way her body looks every time she attends things like the Spring Racing Carnival.
When part of your job is to show up at events and have your photo taken, you’d think the pressure to look good would be all-consuming.
Speaking to Mamamia, the Ten presenter and Palmer’s ambassador said her worst Melbourne Cup experience was before we knew who she was, when the loudest voice commenting on her appearance was her own.
“I would’ve been 26, the year before The Bachelorette, and [the Melbourne Cup] was my first big outing after having my heart broken six months beforehand – it was a long term relationship that was very serious, I wasn’t in a good place for a while. When I finally started feeling better and like I could get out and face people, I wanted to look really good so I thought I’d do a juice cleanse before the event,” the 30-year-old said.
“I was living in Tasmania at the time, so going to the Melbourne Cup was a big deal… I’d spent heaps of money on a Manning Cartel dress. I was in a really bad head space and, all jokes aside, I genuinely felt like I needed to look really good so my ex would see photos of me and think he’d made a mistake.”
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