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Teen Body Builder Is My New Body Image Idol

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Teen Body Builder Is My New Body Image Idol teen body builder pngWhen I was 19, I spent day in and day out being a typical liberal arts school kid; I ate whatever I wanted and drank beer straight out of the growler, chances are you can relate to that. Nineteen year old Georgina McConnell is not like us.

According to The Daily Mail, the UK teen works out five times a week and eats six nutrient packed meals a day. She can’t go out to eat with friends or family. She can’t be a normal teen. The wildly impressive McConnell took home the gold medal in the  the UKBFF (UK Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation) North East Championships.

Bodybuilding may not be a typical activity, but she loves it and is devoted. At 17, when McConnell began seriously training she recognized that by pursuing bodybuilding she would be bucking traditional gender roles and beauty ideals:

 “It was an unusual thing for a girl my age to want to do–most girls want to be thin and dainty” 

She’s used to mixed reactions to her appearance:

“My parents and friends are really proud of me and think I look great, but my brother is the total opposite – he doesn’t get the whole bodybuilding thing at all.”

She dresses modestly in everyday life, despite the killer self esteem:

“If I don’t [cover up], people stare at me – especially at my arms and shoulders. I get a lot of compliments for my physique, but I get a lot of insults too – quite a few people have said nasty things about me in the past.”

And she seems wildly self possessed and comfortable with other people’s judgments:

“I don’t have a boyfriend at the moment, but I don’t think my unusual hobby will put all boys off. Yes, some are a bit intimidated by my muscles, but others like them – I think  it’s an acquired taste.”

Ugh, I want to be just like her. McConnell seems like a particularly determined and cool young woman. Despite the sacrifices she has to make, she has dreams of being a professional body builder, enjoys going on stage even though it makes her nervous and still wants to go to University.

Story via Daily Mail//Image via Twitter