It seems Tziporah Malkah, formerly Kate Fischer, just can’t get it right.
It’s been almost a decade since the 1990s super model and ex-fiancee of James Packer left the limelight — and when you consider the kind of criticism she now cops for doing something as simple as collecting her mail it’s not hard to see why.
The 42-year-old, who currently works in aged care in Melbourne, has made few public appearances in recent years, but broke her media ban to appear in a body-positive photo shoot for New Idea this month, gracing the popular magazine’s cover in her lingerie.
“At the moment I’m fat. Get over it!” she told the magazine after repeatedly being bullied by the media for her fuller figure.
But apparently that still wasn’t good enough and she was then slammed for a lack of “credibility” for appearing under her old name, rather than her new one.
“Sorry to wank on too much about myself but I’ve received criticism that my old name was used on the cover of New Idea magazine instead of my new legal name Tziporah,” she wrote on Facebook late last night.
“Apparently I’d have had ‘more credibility’ if my new name was on the cover.”
After reconnecting with Judaism recently, the former stalwart member of Sydney’s social set became legally known as Tziporah Atarah Malkah.
The change did not go unnoticed by the media and she was suddenly once again the subject of cruel tabloid taunts accompanied by invasive paparazzi photos.
Last month Tziporah launched a public Facebook page to respond to the “many lies and one-sided nasty things written about me.”
“While I have become immune to most of it, it bothers me when it bothers the people that I am close to or violates the privacy of my family in any way,” she wrote at the time.
Kate appeared alongside Portia de Rossi and Elle MacPherson in Australian film Sirens. Source: Getty
In that vein, the New Idea photo shoot and interview could be viewed as an attempt to reclaim ownership of her image.
Or, more cynically, perhaps she just needed the money.
Regardless it's no one's business but her own and the use of her former, much more recognisable name is a completely understandable editorial decision for a magazine trying to connect with their readership.
Indeed, as Tziporah explained: "I didn't know my little story would get a front cover mention.
"For years I was Kate. Suddenly a decade later there's a name change. And not a minor one, it's not like I'm Tziporah Fischer or Kate Malkah. I'm Tziporah Malkah. It's very different and not everybody follows the media..."
She called on people to have patience during the "transition" period and apologised to anyone who was offended.
"Those of you who feel that passionate about it please feel free to contact New Idea magazine and express your concerns directly to them, before accusing me of 'selling out'," she wrote.
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