Yvie From ‘I’m A Celeb’ Has Delivered An Emotional Speech About Body Image & Fans Are Applauding Her
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is in its finale week and there can only be one winner — but Gogglebox‘s Yvie Jones is already an absolute winner in our eyes.
In the most recent episode, the celebs participated in a weigh-in to see how much weight they’ve lost since jungle life which has included numerous physical challenges and limited food.
Each celeb was asked to guess how many kilos they think they dropped, but when it came to Yvie’s turn she decided to take a stand instead.
“I’ve had an eating disorder most of my life,” she said. “And I’ve grown up in a house where I was told one of the worst things to be was overweight.”
"I wish we lived in a different world, where what we looked like doesn't matter."
— #ImACelebrityAU (@ImACelebrityAU) February 10, 2019
As she began to tear up, she said she couldn’t remember the last time she weighed herself.
“I wish we lived in a different world where what we looked like didn’t matter,” she continued. “I know a lot of people think they understand what it’s like, but unless you’ve had an overweight problem, you don’t know what it’s like to go through life and be judged solely on the weight that you are or the clothes that don’t fit you.”
Yvie went on to say she felt like she and her campmates had been doing so well in the jungle. “And now we celebrate how much weight that we’ve lost and somehow that is something to be proud of. And I don’t think it is something to be proud of,” she said, before asking that her number is taken away so she doesn’t know how much weight she’s lost.
Fans of the show were quick to applaud her:
As a person who has also had an eating disorder for most of my life, this is a powerful and important moment for people who don’t have insight into this battle. Good on Yvie https://t.co/iRwnbFRRpB
— Meg (@ginjameg) February 10, 2019
Yvie is beautiful inside and out #ImACelebrityAU
— Laura Jensen (@LauraJcookies) February 10, 2019
— Cat Lady (@hanaphylaxis) February 10, 2019
her speech and decision to sit out is sparking such an important dialogue about EDs and body positivity that you rarely see on free-to-air TV!!! me and mum defs shed some tears watching that. love yvie so much https://t.co/2grbae3f17
— adrianne (@adriannerachel_) February 10, 2019
#celebyvie watching Yvie tonight stand up and shine a light on the dangerous mindset of weight loss equaling success & the prevalence of eating disorders in today’s society. I’ve never felt more understood. I respect you and your story so much. Thank you Yvie. Thank you.
— Jenni Michelle (@SherlocksLady_) February 10, 2019
— Debrah RS (@DaydreamerDebs) February 10, 2019
I haven’t watched tonight’s I’m A Celeb… episode but I’ve see enough of it on Twitter and I’m so proud of Yvie, she stood up for herself and talked about something that is usually pushed aside and shot down for “double standards”. Well done girl 👏🏼
— sarah. (@sarahevelyn_) February 10, 2019
Yvie, you’re an inspiration. 👏 👏👏