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EXCLUSIVE: MAFS star Nadia opens up about her battle with bulimia

After her reality show "husband" Anthony takes a swipe at her body.

By Carrissa Lawrie
MAFS' Nadia Stamp

Married at First Sight groom Anthony Manton has taken another swipe at his "wife" Nadia Stamp, this time in regards to the size of her bust.

Sigh.

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In last night’s episode, while shopping for a frock to gift his missus, the race caller decided to seek the shop assistant’s help.

"Is this for someone with boobs?" Anthony asked.

"Nadia doesn't have the boobs for that."

While Brisbane beauty Nadia brands her beau’s latest comment as "harsh", the 37-year-old model exclusively reveals to OK! that at one stage in her life his words would have struck her more deeply.

"I remember struggling with my weight and I suffered from bulimia from the age of 18 to 21," she tells OK!

MAFS' Anthony and Nadia got off to an interesting start in their TV relationship.
MAFS' Anthony and Nadia got off to an interesting start in their TV relationship.

Here, she opens up further about her body battle…

What was the modelling industry like when you first started out?
It was really hard. I suffered from bulimia, [which] I didn’t tell anyone about it at the time.

MAFS' Anthony has been slammed for his outspoken nature.
MAFS' Anthony has been slammed for his outspoken nature.

Did you feel the pressure to look a certain way?
I’d go to a casting one day and they would tell me that I’m too skinny, and then I would go to one the next day and they would say that I’m too fat.

At one point I had an agent that told me to stop cycling and stop rowing because I was getting too muscular.

You couldn’t win?
I’ve been modelling since 1999 and it was a very different era of modelling. It was about being anorexic-looking and I was obsessed with rowing, so I struggled to do both.

MAFS' Nadia struggled with body image throughout her career as a model.
MAFS' Nadia struggled with body image throughout her career as a model.

How did you pull yourself through that?
I ditched modelling for a while and went to university. I was sick of being treated like I was a bimbo and like I didn’t have an opinion.

When I came back, I had a new agent that wanted me to help mentor younger girls about approaching modelling in a healthier manner.

Are you happy with your body now?
Totally! I’m a fit, healthy person. I can’t remember the last time that I was concerned about what I ate or my size.

I love my doughnuts and still pay myself out when I eat too many, but I’m happy.

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For the full story, check out this Thursday’s issue of OK!

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