Jillian Michaels, Former Fat Girl With a Unibrow

In eighth grade, I weighed 175 pounds and my nose was the size of a softball. Once, I was sitting at lunch and got surrounded by a bunch of kids who let me have it about how ugly I was-—my unibrow, the size of my nose, the fat rolling over my jeans. It was pure hell. My mom had to pull me out and put me in another school.

—Jillian Michaels, the lesbian Biggest Loser trainer and star of Losing It With Jillian Michaels, hinting at just what might have got her hooked on transforming her body [via]

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  • Phil

    Wait, what? So the ugly lesbian isn’t ugly anymore. Great. It’s not like there aren’t tons of people out there who are actively trying to improve their appearences. Okay, so she’s a lesbian. Does being a lesbian mean that her story has more significance to it because people expect her to be a bull dyke, ugly, fat and masculine? Horse shit. I’m tired of people and their preconceptions about homosexuals, and the fact that we -advertise- the fact that we’re “different” is not helping.

    I’m glad that she took iniative when she discovered that her beauty is important to her. If she had to get a nose job or recieve regular waxing to achieve the look she wants, then good on her. Some people have to realize that beauty is not reserved for the blessed few that were born with good looks; some of us have to work our way there and that does not cheapen it for the rest of you.

  • peteNsfo

    I clicked thru for the ‘before’ pic…


  • Queer Supremacist

    @Phil: I’m really torn about that. On one hand, obesity is unhealthy. Science has proved that. On the other hand, your outward appearance should not determine your self-worth. Any gay man with his eyes open knows that good looks can often hide an awful personality or general assholism. Even so, looks fade with time despite the best efforts of plastic surgeons to defy the laws of nature and gravity.

    Her before picture reminded me of a bad late 1980s afterschool special.

  • Ash

    Umm, well, I don’t think I’d call her a lesbian. She’s said she’s into girls and guys. I mean, that might be a cop out, but she’s not out as a lesbian…yet.

  • L.

    @Queer Supremacist: Your comment reminded me of an actress’s quip a few years back, going something like: “I don’t know why I get fewer calls now that I’m older. I mean, I have the same cheeks, neck, breasts and hips that I had before. Only a few inches lower.”

    (It did not remind me of said actress’s name, though.)

  • Phil

    @Queer Supremacist: I can understand that it’s unhealthy to be obese, but some people will slim down, have a rock hard body and then others will criticize them for their face. And then they’ll change their face and then they’ll be criticized for not being “authentic” about the genes they bring to the table. Honestly, it’s a catch twenty-two situation, and I’m TIRED of people bitching about people who work hard to look good.

    Naturally fat? Diet and workout: be called vapid and shallow. Don’t? FAT!

    Ugly? Plastic surgery: be called vapid and shallow. Don’t? Still ugly.

    Honestly, I don’t know why my first comment was thumbsdowned. If we paint ourselves as different and special then that’s how we’re going to be treated. That’s not something I want. I hope that’s not something you want.

  • Queer Supremacist

    @Phil: I didn’t vote your comment down, because you did make some good points. It’s just that some people don’t want to hear them. My philosophy is that you should take pride in your appearance, but accept that it is just that. An appearance.

    You do have a point about “people bitching about people who work hard to look good.” I would bet you money that those people you talked about probably do nothing for their appearances or their emotional states.

  • Mr. Enemabag Jones

    So I guess this story explains why she treats the fat people on her show like shit. The bullied becomes the bully.

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