A Place In The Sun's Jasmine Harman on why she shared cellulite photo: 'That's reality'

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Jasmine Harman said she wanted to challenge "unrealistic" body expectations online. (Getty Images)

A Place In The Sun's Jasmine Harman has revealed why she felt it was important to be "real" about her "lumps" and "bumps" online.

The presenter, 47, posted a picture of her cellulite and varicose veins "in the name of keeping it real" to her Instagram Story last week.

Now, the mother-of-two has told Closer magazine that when she first saw what she "looked [like] from behind" she "almost deleted the picture".

She continued: "But then a voice inside my head said 'sod it!' I've got lumps, bumps and cellulite in places and that's reality."

Harman – who has a daughter Joy, nine, and six-year-old son Albion – said she didn't want to add to "unrealistic" body expectations online.

She explained: "I have a daughter who is nine, and it won't be long before she becomes conscious about herself and asks questions."

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The TV star noted that for a significant part of her adult life she had been "dissatisfied" with her body, and "obsessed" with numbers on the scale.

She continued: "But lately, I've started to care less about what others think and age has really helped me value myself rather than my looks or figure."

Harman added: "When I look back at photos of myself much younger, I think: 'Why was I so hung up on this or that – I looked great!'"

She admitted that while she was not as "confident" or "thin" as she wanted to be, she doesn't want to "give myself so hard a time as I used to".

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Instead, the presenter has been focusing on what she does like about her figure, including "that I'm tall, have long legs and slender arms".

She also revealed that she follows a plant-based diet and keeps fit with long walks in nature as well as the odd gym class like Zumba.

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