Going places with a slimmer figure
By LI EE KEE
KUALA LUMPUR: When Andrea Fonseka was crowned Miss Malaysia Universe 2004, she was unkindly dubbed one of the most plump Miss Malaysia Universe in history.
At that time, she tipped the scales at 66kg.
Yesterday, the media was greeted with a slimmer and definitely hotter Fonseka, who now weighs 58.5kg, thanks to Marie France Bodyline.
Fonseka, who is the company’s latest spokesperson, was frank when asked if she felt she had succumbed to pressure to lose weight.
“I hate to admit it, but looks do matter to an extent. But I wouldn’t say I have succumbed,” she said.
“If I did, it would have been a long time ago, for instance when the vicious e-mails (ridiculing her and her weight) were circulated. I’m not selling out. I’m just making the best of every opportunity.
“I could have chosen to be thinner. I could have chosen to diet. But I made it clear that I didn’t want to be too thin. I only lost 7.5kg in places that I wanted to lose.”
She added that back then, she had never seen herself as fat.
“I accepted myself for who I was,” said Fonseka, who admitted that when she was a teenager battling weight problems, she had tried all sorts of methods to lose weight – from taking diet pills and starving herself to exercising excessively.
Fonseka revealed that Marie France Bodyline approached her last year.
“They saw that I had the potential to fulfil my dreams and they made it happen.”
The 21-year-old National University of Singapore law student is understandably excited about her new self after three months, more so at the doors it has opened for her.
Since losing weight, she has guest-starred on popular Singaporean sitcom Parental Guidance, played one of the lead characters on Housemates, a collection of six music videos, and done several catwalk shows.
She was also voted one of Female magazine’s Top 50 Gorgeous People 2006.
Does she find herself more confident since losing all that weight?
“It’s happened so quickly that I still find myself shopping for clothes that fit my old body. I do find myself more confident with my physique. But other than that, I’m still the same person,” said this chocolate and ice-cream lover who is still looking for Mr Right.
Can she “accept” herself for who she was when she was fat, and then take on Marie France’s offer to lose weight?
It just sounds contradicting for self.
If she wants to lose weight, it’s entirely her prerogative, but why doesn’t she admit that it is because she doesn’t want to stay fat? That’s not wrong. It’s really mind-boggling that people who were formerly fat or perceived so, tries to pretend they don’t regret being fat or admit they didn’t like being fat by saying contradicting things like that. It’s okay to say, “I want to lose some weight because I didn’t like the way some parts of my body look.” She says she’s not selling out, yet she has tried to lose weight even way before the beauty queen contest. Just because she choose to lose weight years after her crowning of Miss Malaysia/Universe, doesn’t mean she didn’t “succumb to pressure to lose weight.” Because really, otherwise she couldn’t have got her acting and modelling gigs, could she?
Surely if it ain’t broken, why fix it?