Jodie Marsh: More Than a 32G
Has Jodie Marsh finally proved herself to be more than just a glamour model with 32G-sized breasts? This week, she featured in two revealing documentaries that profiled the real Jodie: a staunch vegetarian and A-grade student whose life changed after she was bullied at school.
We all saw the pictures of Jodie placing an impressive fifth in the Natural Physique Association Bodybuilding Championships earlier this year. DMAX’s documentary Jodie Marsh: Bodybuilder showed the hard work that went into getting an award-worthy physique in just 55 days. Jodie had to tear every muscle fibre in her body through an intensive weights programme in order for the fibres to grow back bigger and stronger. More than the gruelling gym sessions, what seemed hardest to stomach (literally!) was the extreme diet. To feed her muscles adequately, Jodie had to eat up to seven meals a day. Although full of nutrients and protein for muscle building, the meals certainly did not look appetising. After a week of training, her personal trainer didn’t feel she was putting on enough muscle and put her on an emergency carbohydrate diet. Without complaining and with no signs of tantrums or diva behaviour, Jodie compliantly spent a whole day eating a carb meal every TWO HOURS until 2am. After a further two weeks, she still hadn’t put on enough muscle. Putting this down to her vegetarian diet, her trainer instructed her to start eating fish. Poor Jodie – a vegetarian since the age of seven – then had to cook and eat fish. She sure is one determined lady! The sacrifices paid off when she came fifth in her very first bodybuilding competition. However you felt about Jodie in the past, seeing how tough she was in training and how much she tolerated without complaining, you are bound to rethink your opinion after watching this documentary.
A day after being impressed by the glamour model’s gutsy determination, I then watched Channel 5’s Jodie Marsh – Bullied: My Secret Past. Jodie has always been a keen supporter of anti-bullying charities, but it’s only after watching this documentary that I fully understood the extent to which she suffered in school. As a teenager, Jodie was an A-grade student who had dreams of becoming a vet. After breaking her nose in a hockey game, bullies at her school began to verbally taunt her about her appearance and spit at her. Things got so bad her parents paid for her to have a nose job and removed her from school at 17. By this time, she was depressed and suicidal. The documentary goes on to show an empathetic and deeply supportive Jodie meeting students who are now dealing with the issues she dealt with 15 years ago.
It is clear that this Essex girl has grown up a lot over the last 10 years. She is not the same girl who courted controversy by marrying on MTV and wearing belts over her fake boobs at publicity events. She came across as down-to-earth and surprisingly self-aware. These days, rather than making tabloid headlines, Jodie prefers to be at home with her dogs, enjoying a spot of gardening.