Jackie O just surprised us all. By saying something that really shouldn’t be surprising.
How many women have you heard discussing their exact weight?
We’re guessing that you can count the answer on one hand, and that most of those women are sisters or close friends.
That’s because while it’s no big deal for men to reveal the exact number of kilograms they weigh, for whatever reason, it remains deeply taboo for women to do the same. Regardless of whether the answer is 45kg or 200kg, revelations about a woman’s weight all too often lead to body-shaming or accusations of “humblebragging”.
As a result, many women just don’t go there… at all.
That’s why it was so refreshing to hear Jackie O’Henderson, aka Jackie O, reveal her exact weight on national radio this morning.
Speaking on the KISSFM show she co-hosts with Kyle Sandilands, 40-year-old Jackie O revealed she weighs 65 kilograms.
While that figure places the 168cm star squarely in the ‘healthy’ BMI range, Jackie admitted she lacked body confidence and often covered up with bulky outerwear.
“Long coats, that’s my thing,” the mother-of-one explained.
This morning’s confession did not mark the first time Jackie has opened up about her body image.
In October, the radio star confessed she became so self-conscious on a holiday in Fiji that she kept her dress on to wade into the resort pool.
“We went to Fiji for a week and I was not bikini ready at all,” she recalled of the incident.