One of Australia’s most well known women and radio personalities, Jackie O has given a very revealing interview about her views on motherhood and body image. Jackie O has been accustomed to working with controversial co-stars such as Kyle Sandilands where she has no doubt been around some colourful language. During her interview she has revealed which word she refuses to use around her daughter Kitty. And its not what you may think.
Jackie said she tries to be a body positive role model for her four-year-old daughter, Kitty. “I don’t use the word diet in front of my daughter. I don’t want her to grow up with that word. I’ll say ‘mummy is trying to be healthy’,” she says.
Jackie has been nominated for the Fun Fearless Female Women Of The Year award and she had some honestly refreshing things to say about women and their constant struggles with self image and body confidence.
“I think women are too hard on themselves and on each other. There is so much criticism about our body types and shapes,” Jackie said. “I get criticised for being too fat, Bec Judd gets criticised for being too skinny, so what are we supposed to be? I have times where I want to lose weight but it can’t be the be all and end all.”
Jackie is okay when the criticism is directed to her personally, however is not happy when it’s aimed at her husband and daughter Kitty.
“It’s okay for me because I’ve had it for a long time so I’ve developed a thick skin…I don’t get upset any more, or I just laugh it off. But when it’s about my family I’m a lot more protective. If I read something that’s unfair or harsh I definitely have a problem,” Jackie said.
It’s refreshing to read that Jackie faces the same struggles and mummy guilt that all working mothers have.
“It’s important for me to have that balance and to leave work behind and give her [Kitty] all my attention. The guilt is the worst part; when I feel I haven’t spent enough time with her,” she revealed.
Being nominated is certainly an honour for Jackie O, but as she reveals public speaking is one of her long held fears.
“My biggest fear is public speaking, which is ironic because I speak on the radio every day. Getting up and talking to people in public terrifies me,” she laughed.
What do you think of Jackie O’s nomination? Do you think she’s an inspiring woman?
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