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Gemma Atkinson brushes off the body shamers with naked photoshoot

 

Former Hollyoaks babe Gemma Atkinson has stripped completely NAKED in a response to body-shaming trolls.

The actress, who rose to fame playing Lisa Hunter in the popular Channel 4 soap, stripped off for a photoshoot in Women’s Health magazine.

Earlier this month, Gemma – who now plays Carly Hope in Emmerdale – spoke out about how she had been body shamed by internet trolls for her musuclar physique.

Picture posted on Instagram by Gemma Atkinson
Picture posted on Instagram by Gemma Atkinson

In a tell-all chat with This Morning’s Holly and Phil, the 33-year-old revealed she is regularly told “women should have curves not muscles”.

Gemma said: “People say to me ‘Real women have curves’. Well I don’t – I am straight up and down. It’s mostly men actually, they say women shouldn’t have muscles.

“But that’s like me saying to a man that unless they look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, they’re not a man, which isn’t right. I just ignore all the trolls.”

Miss Atkinson, who once dated Cristiano Ronaldo, shared an unedited photo of herself at the shoot with her 160,000 Instagram followers.

Women's Health, September 2016 issue (pic: Women’s Health / John Wright)
Women’s Health, September 2016 issue (pic: Women’s Health / John Wright)

Underneath the picture, she shared an inspiring message she hopes will “inspire other women to love themselves and their bodies”.

It reads: “So here it is! A behind the scenes of my @ukwomenshealth #nakedissue. (Taken by me on my phone off the computer screen on the day so NO PHOTOSHOP).

“When I was first asked to take part in this shoot my answer was no.

“In fact it was a ‘Naked? Are you kidding?!’ But after a lot of thought and reading past issues and discovering why the Naked issue is out every year I jumped on board.

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“This issue is about woman being comfortable in their own skin.”

She added: “I’m in it along with 10 beautiful woman all of us different in physique, height, weight, you name it.

“The one thing we have in common is our mutual support for females. To stand up and say, this is ME. This is MY shape. This is MY body. And I am PROUD OF IT!”

Well in, Gemma!

Her full interview will appear in the September 2016 issue of Women’s Health, on sale now.




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