Golden girl Jessica Ennis tops most desirable body poll above Kelly Brook and Kim Kardashian
Wednesday 17 October 2012
She was the poster girl for the London Olympics, but new research suggests Jessica Ennis is now admired for more than just her javelin skills.
A survey conducted by bootcamp company Lifestyle 247 has revealed the athlete as the most desired celebrity body, beating usual culprits Kelly Brook and Kim Kardashian to the top spot.
The triathlete also beat models Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Elle Macpherson, suggesting her healthy toned appearance is now more desirable than even “The Body” Elle.
And it seems the summer sport has sparked a trend, with 72% of women now saying they wished their figure was more athletic.
Interestingly a third of these also said they were now repulsed by super skinny celebrities and would much prefer Ennis’s figure.
Jessica Enis beat the like of Kelly Brook in the poll
The men seem to agree, with a whopping 81% of those polled revealing they’d rather date an athletic woman that a skinny one.
Founder of the bootcamps, Yasmin Mohammed said: “Not only have the Olympics and Paralympics shifted disability and gender perceptions - this has been the first Games in which women could compete in every sport and there were more women in Team GB than ever before - but they also seem to have given us a new generation of role models to aspire to, whose bodies are admired for their physical strength and ability and not solely on their visual appearance.”
We caught up with Jess last year to discuss her training programme and body hang ups.
“Being an athlete I probably look at my body in a different way to most girls,” admits Jess.
“Buy yes, there are things I want to change about my body but if I say what they are everyone will start looking at them!
“Around competition time I’ll lose a couple of pounds but I need to make sure I am light enough to make me quick around the track or for the high jump but still strong,” she explains.
Her day starts with a breakfast of toast or cereal with apple or orange juice.
She then does a morning training session, snacking on a cereal bar and sports drink or protein shake to help her muscles recover, then lunch is soup or a chicken sandwich before her afternoon training session.
In the evening she cooks a balanced meal of meat and carbs such as chicken and rice or spaghetti Bolognese followed by some chocolate, of course.
Read more on Jessica's training regime and diet here