Jessica Ennis might have been the Olympics 2012 poster girl, but even she has body hang ups

Yahoo Lifestyle
9 November 2012

Jessica Ennis’ toned abs made her the pin-up girl for the Olympics 2012.

But the gold medal-winning heptathlete has revealed even she has body hang-ups, despite having a figure millions of women aspire to.

Writing in her new autobiography, Unbelievable: From My Childhood Dreams to Winning Olympic Gold, Jess admitted she fears her muscular arms make her look 'butch.'

[Related: Jessica Ennis dazzles at Cosmopolitan Women of the Year Awards]

In fact, the 26-year-old often covers them up as she they make her feel self-conscious.

"As a teenage girl I was more self-conscious," she writes. "I would not wear certain things and to some extent I am the same now and will usually cover my arms.

"I look at myself in the mirror and think I am a bit butch, but you get to a point where you finally understand that looks do not matter so much."

[Related: Bigger models in magazines do improve our self esteem]

The Sheffield-born athlete also said that like most women, she is self-critical when she looks in the mirror.

She explained: “I don’t look in the mirror and think, 'oh God, yeah.' I don’t think I'm anything special."

[Related: Jessica Ennis steals the show in dazzling Alexander McQueen dress]

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