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ASHLEY JAMES

Cellulite, stretch marks and yes, boobs that sag… why the gorgeous but REAL I’m A Celeb women are my heroes

FORMER reality star Ashley James can’t get enough of I’m A Celebrity’s jungle shower - but it’s not the men she’s been ogling.

The DJ and presenter loves the female stars’ bodies in this year’s camp. The reason? "Finally, we get to see what REAL beauty looks like," she says.

 Ex-Made in Chelsea star Ashley often shows off her natural figure on Instagram
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Ex-Made in Chelsea star Ashley often shows off her natural figure on InstagramCredit: ashleylouisejames/Instagram
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Here ex-Made in Chelsea star Ashley, 32, champions the lumps, bumps and so-called ‘flaws’ that prove the jungle babes are just like us...

'They all look amazing'

Ashley says: "Thank God for I’m A Celebrity 2019. For the first time in years, the show has shown us a variety of beautiful women of all shapes and sizes; some with cellulite, some with thicker thighs and some with natural boobs.

This year you have young mum Jacqueline Jossa, then there's Nadine Coyle showing viewers you don't need an eye-popping cleavage to be sexy, and Kate Garraway… well, I can only wish I look as amazing as her in my 50s.

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 Bikini-clad I'm A Celeb star Nadine Coyle takes a jungle shower
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Bikini-clad I'm A Celeb star Nadine Coyle takes a jungle showerCredit: Rex Features

And each and every one of these gorgeous women has ‘flaws’.

Nadine shows small perky boobs and (God forbid!) a tiny bit of cellulite are no bar to being drop dead gorgeous.

Jacqueline has curves and natural boobs - no fake bullets here - and Kate has the kind of knockout natural cleavage only Liz Hurley can rival.

And all their body shapes are different - it’s so important to see that represented.

'I hated my 30GG boobs as a teen'

I don't know who decided that cellulite is ugly - we all have it.

And I hate it when I see celebrities airbrushed to death on Instagram - I have 27ok followers and refuse to retouch any of my pics.

I also despise how girls work so hard to look identical to the young stars they idolise: perky-boobed, plump-limped and ‘perfect’ - it's just not realistic.

I feel like everywhere we turn - TV, social media, and of course porn - women are shown a fake ideal of beauty they feel pressure to match up to.

 Beautifully natural Nadine in the shower
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Beautifully natural Nadine in the showerCredit: Rex Features
 Kate, pictured in the camp, has a knockout natural cleavage
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Kate, pictured in the camp, has a knockout natural cleavageCredit: Rex Features
 Nadine, Caitlyn Jenner and Kate chat in the shower
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Nadine, Caitlyn Jenner and Kate chat in the showerCredit: Rex Features
 Nicola McLean - who had an £18k mummy makeover -shows off her figure in the Jungle in 2008
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Nicola McLean - who had an £18k mummy makeover -shows off her figure in the Jungle in 2008Credit: Rex Features

I wasn’t always that brave about my looks.

When I was a teenager, I had my own body issues.

A 30GG by the age of 14, I hated how my big boobs brought me sexual attention before I was ready for it.

I felt so ashamed of my body I considered having a breast reduction at 15.

I worried that boys just saw me as a bimbo, I never knew what clothes to wear, I felt bigger than I was.

And it was only when I got to 26 or 27 that I began to love the skin I was in.

 Adele Roberts, Jacqueline Jossa and Nadine hit the showers together
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Adele Roberts, Jacqueline Jossa and Nadine hit the showers togetherCredit: Rex Features
 Nadine looks stunning in her bikini, showing off her natural figure
Nadine looks stunning in her bikini, showing off her natural figure
 Ashley, pictured at her graduation, had her own body issues as a teen
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Ashley, pictured at her graduation, had her own body issues as a teenCredit: ashleylouisejames/Instagram
 Ashley poses in front of a herd of elephants during a recent trip abroad
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Ashley poses in front of a herd of elephants during a recent trip abroadCredit: ashleylouisejames/Instagram

I’m A Celeb reminds me that variety is both natural and beautiful.

But TV favourites like Love Island only show us one kind of beauty.

 Maura has been open about having lip fillers
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Maura has been open about having lip fillersCredit: Lipstick Syndication
 Megan suffered from anxiety after being bullied for her work as a stripper
Megan suffered from anxiety after being bullied for her work as a stripper

Cosmetic surgery danger

There’s a danger in cosmetic surgery being linked too closely to reality TV and stars endorsing surgery on their social media.

Some reality stars post photos from clinics while getting boob jobs or bum jobs, usually because that means they’ll get ops for free.

That makes cosmetic surgery look like just another harmless accessory to help you look your best, like picking the right make-up or working out.

 Kate and Jacqueling chat during this year's series
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Kate and Jacqueling chat during this year's seriesCredit: Rex Features

I have nothing against surgery. I think everyone should be allowed to change something they’ve hated about their body for years.

But I worry it puts so much pressure on young people to think that what’s on the outside will make them happy - rather than learning to like who they are.

Pressure to look 'young and hot' forever

It's a shame when women have so much work done that they don’t even look like themselves anymore and have more or less ruined their faces.

They have Botox, boob jobs, fillers… all because they feel that same pressure to look young and hot forever that the rest of us do.

But it’s important to realise that while gravity exists, perfection really doesn’t. And the more we strive for it, the more we end up all looking the same.

 Ashley says that while gravity exists, perfection "really doesn’t"
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Ashley says that while gravity exists, perfection "really doesn’t"Credit: ashleylouisejames/Instagram

Instead, it would be better to learn that cellulite isn’t bad, bodies do actually wobble and our boobs don’t have to be the same size or point perkily skywards forever.

That’s where TV series like I’m A Celebrity can help.

Real women, real beauty… and a show that sticks two fingers up to the idea of perfection."

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