There has always been a lot of pressure on women in the entertainment industry to always look slim and slender and, despite the fact that plus size models are becoming more accepted and popular, there is still a lot of pressure on women in the business to lose weight. Music superstar Alexandra Burke has been working in the business for many years now, since winning the hit television series The X Factor, and she has been talking about her weight. Alexandra says she managed to pile on the pounds in a rather short space of time, which gave her the push to get herself back into shape and looking her best.
Burke was chatting to Women's Health magazine, when she told them, "By the summer of 2015, I'd piled on three dress sizes over two years, going from a size eight to a 14. My hectic tour schedule meant that I'd often skip the gym, miss meals and then gorge on takeaways late at night. I wasn't overly troubled by how I looked - I was in a happy relationship with my boyfriend Josh Ginnelly and my career since 'The X Factor' was going brilliantly well. The evening my dress ripped while I was on stage performing the lead in 'The Bodyguard' musical, I knew something had to change."
She added, "My mum has type two diabetes, which is associated with obesity, and had been unwell, so I knew that it was time for me to get healthy. I knew if I didn't, I'd risk developing diabetes like my mum. I started eating six small meals-a-day: porridge for breakfast, soup for lunch, a dinner of chicken or fish, with salad, and fruit and nut snack in between. I suddenly had so much energy from eating regularly - essential when I was performing on stage at night. Healthy eating encouraged me to kick-start my gym routine. I now work out five or six times a week and my training schedule never changes, not even when I'm on holiday. Two years later, I'm three dress sizes smaller and two stone lighter, and I've built up muscle."
Well we think you have always looked great, Alexandra and we would love you no matter what you looked like.