Oh brilliant, another one. An Olympic gold medallist in swimming got so much bullying shit for having a non-pert nose that she got a nose job.
Have years of taunts, trolling and cruel quips taken their toll on Britain’s most successful swimmer?
Two-time Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington, 25, apparently underwent nose slimming surgery at a top Harley Street clinic this month, it has been reported.
The retired athlete, who also won two bronze medals at the London 2012 Olympics, has previously expressed her struggle to come to terms with her own body image.
Surprise surprise. Total strangers went out of their way to tell her they think she’s ugly. It had an effect. How astonishing!
Adlington went on to admit that she found the criticism about her appearance the most challenging aspect of taking part in the Olympics.
She said: “It was the hardest thing to get used to, I thought: ‘ Why do people judge me for the way I look?’ It’s not as if I was trying to be a model.
“I always had a bit of an insecurity about the way I looked growing up. I knew that I wasn’t the most attractive girl at school.
“Even when I’d been on a night out, no boys would want to talk to me. So those comments hurt.”
She also cited the inequalities of media scrutiny over the appearance of male athletes compared to female athletes.
“It’s hard for a woman. A woman has to deal with it – and that’s never easy.
“A guy doesn’t get comments on his weight or his looks.”
Ah well, it keeps the plastic surgeons employed.