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I’m A Celebrity’s Tegan Martin: “I Was Too Fat To Be A Model”

Tegan Martin and body image

Former Miss Universe Australia Tegan Martin has revealed her heartbreaking body image struggles during the most recent episode of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

Tegan, 24, admitted to her fellow campmates that she was once branded “too fat” to compete in Australia’s Next Top Model.

If she wanted to advance her modelling career, Tegan said that left her no choice but to enter the beauty pageant race.

“The only thing you can do [to launch a modelling career in Australia] is Next Top Model or Miss Universe,” she told the other stunned celebrities.

“I was too fat for Next Top Model. They just said, like, they made out like I was ‘too commercial’.”

Tegan had earlier told the Daily Mail that she was considered too skinny for the Miss Universe title when she first tried out.

The Newcastle beauty said she was told by judges in 2013 that she looked “under nourished” and “unhealthy” up on stage, which began her journey for a healthier body image.

Tegan admits she had always been a “curvy” girl, and it once led to her suffering issues with her diet.

“I have always had curves like boobs and a bum … and that’s why when I lived in Paris I had to, like, starve myself to work,” she revealed on I’m A Celebrity.

“It is disgraceful but lucky I am out of that patch now.”

The stunning model, who originally hails from Newcastle, was crowned Miss Universe Australia in 2014, and represented her country at the Miss Universe pageant in Miami that same year.

Her revelations about her weight struggles left the other celebrities visibly shocked.

“For an adult, who should know better, to tell a young girl that, I think that is really irresponsible actually,” said former Olympian Lisa Curry.

“I have had body issues; I think every woman I know has had body issues. I think at the end of the day you just have to be satisfied with yourself and treat your body with love and respect, who cares,” Natalie Bassingthwaite added.

Written by James Graham

With over 20 years as a journalist and TV producer, The Carousel Editor James Graham has a wealth of experience covering the full media spectrum.

James has a formidable reputation as a talented media veteran and worked as a reporter, script writer and as the producer of the TV documentary The Road To Athens.

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