Gemma Atkinson: Navigating Body-Shaming and Embracing a Fitness Journey with Resilience

Gemma Atkinson: Navigating Body-Shaming and Embracing a Fitness Journey with Resilience


Gemma Atkinson –  Gemma Atkinson, a former Hollyoaks actress and a fitness enthusiast, has recently faced criticism on social media for her physical appearance. Known for her dedication to fitness and healthy living, Atkinson has been a vocal advocate for body positivity and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. However, after posting a bikini photo that showcased her toned physique, she received negative comments from some followers who accused her of looking “too manly” and suggested that she had taken her fitness regime “too far.”


Atkinson, who is also a mother of two and engaged to Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez, has been transparent about the changes in her fitness routine since becoming a parent. Despite having to moderate her previously rigorous exercise schedule, she continues to share her fitness journey, including gym and weight-lifting routines, with her social media audience.


The photo in question turned out to be a throwback from before she had her children, Mia and Thiago, and before she had a tattoo removed. In response to the body-shaming comments, Atkinson reposted the original photo to her stories, addressing the negative feedback head-on and clarifying the timeline of the image.

Atkinson’s experience with body-shaming is not isolated. Previously, she faced criticism for exercising while pregnant, with some of her followers expressing concern over her unborn child’s well-being. Despite the backlash, Atkinson has continued to share her fitness progress and advocate for the importance of strength and health over appearance.


The article will delve into the broader issues of body-shaming, societal expectations of women’s bodies, and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for one’s own well-being rather than conforming to external standards. It will also highlight Atkinson’s resilience in the face of criticism and her role in challenging the stigma around women’s fitness and body image.

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