Hooray for the 2009’s Master chef, winner Julie Goodwin for wasting no time in coming to her own defence this week, over claims made by high profile Sydney journalist that she needs to lose weight and be a better role model for her children.

Wow.  Talk about low blow.

Julie bravely bared herself in a one piece bikini on this week’s cover of New Idea along side other bikini clad Aussies Brynne Edelston, Cordelia Burridge and Jesinta Campbell.

If you have become unaware as it would seem this high profile Sydney journalist, that women and men come in all shapes and sizes then there is an issue in the lifestyle you are living that needs addressing because you’re no longer operating in the real world.

So for this bunch of women to be on a national magazine cover, as far as many of our magazines go, in what I often suspect is there ‘token real’ issues, New Idea has done pretty good this week.

And let me also state, that no matter what size you are in the range of dress sizes, if you are not a model, whipping your legs and bits out even in a tasteful bathing suit shoot, to share with the world, is a nerve-wracking and gutsy move.

I know as I did it myself once here in Adelaide with 70 other nervous but brave ladies.  Although we didn’t have the bikini, we had a small g-string and that was about it.

The point of the shoot was to prove to ourselves that we could let go of our body hang ups and accept what we knew to be true, that no one women will ever look exactly the same.  What we see in magazine every other day is nowhere even close to the real world.

But the thing was, that even though I spent a lot of time with 5 particular beautiful and amazing women in the lead up, each with their own body paranoia – post baby boob issues, a burns victim, a larger girl who has since had lap band surgery for her health and self esteem – even though there was me, all of size 10 and no scars or babies, I struggled enormously to shed myself down to my skin.

I had to hide my meltdown as who was I to be having a wobbly, no pun intended, when I’m the one doing the ‘ra, ra, love the skin you’re in’ and the like.

I surprised even myself by crying like a baby the day before and although I pulled it together at the last minute, it was way harder than I’d ever imagined.

So for this journo, who lives in an ivory tower, surrounded by images of celebrities, whilst she decides which glamorous shot to accompany with her latest ‘sting’ piece, to say that Julie Goodwin is a bad weight role model and needs to fix herself for the sake of her children, well I can only imagine how horrendous that might have felt for Julie to hear.

And I don’t t believe it was written to cause ‘healthy’ debate.  I believe that she is literally just not living in the real world enough to know that a woman that is a size 14 bottom and size 16 top who eats well and is educated in the area of food, is in no way an issue.  Or a debate.

Or was it a stab at a woman whose shown the sort of guts that goes with putting yourself out there as a ‘real woman’, because perhaps Julie represents qualities that the person is jealous of her self?

‘Who is she to be so daring and empowered when I couldn’t do the same myself?’

It’s an attitude and fear that flies against the face of what this New Idea shoot was about.

It was not based on facts that Julie doesn’t look after herself; it was based on nothing more than a woman that’s tabloid filter has meant that she is out of touch with what the average woman looks like.


  1. I really do admire Julie Goodwin for participating in this New Idea photo shoot. She is an inspiration for all woman out there – a very down to earth, gutsy lady and quite brave to model in her bathing costume for all our readers to see. No doubt she is proud & happy to show off her figure which represents today’s real woman. It’s not surprising that woman have hang ups about their body image and the magazines & media perpetuate the problem and per your comments Amber, are out of touch with what the average woman really looks like..

    • I think she’s fantastic as well. It’s just such a waste of time and people’s self asteem the way society constantly focuses on the ‘ideal’ perfect body size which is something that most of us will never ever achieve so why flag something that doesn’t make sense. It’s not a case of even losing weight. The average person can lose weight but they still won’t look anything like a model. Women on the whole though need to speak out when they feel someone is being unfair or damaging to women’s self asteem. Kim Wilson the editor of New Idea is a really great girl. Although I’m not always in agreeance with some of the weekly mags gossip stories, she at least had her heart in the right place, so thank god there’s at least one of those types of women in that weekly mag arena. Believe me many of the rest at the other mags, or their writers come from the same enironment as the bitchy journo that slagged off Julie. Seems odd to me as vicious writers shouldn’t be something that sells. To women. We all need to wise up to what we’re buying into. And spending our precious money on. Thanks for your comment Helen.x

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