Monday 25 September 2017

Amanda Byram: 'Looking at old photos, I can't believe I thought I was fat back then'

Amanda Byram, pictured here in 2003 and in 2017, said she was really hard on herself when she was younger.
Amanda Byram, pictured here in 2003 and in 2017, said she was really hard on herself when she was younger.
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Amanda Byram said she was too hard on herself as a young woman and would stress less about her body if she could go back in time.

The Dancing with the Stars presenter (43) said when she looks back at old photographs of herself in her teenage years and early twenties, she wonders why she put so much pressure on herself to have the perfect body.

Amanda Byram pictured in 2003 at the beginning of her career in the US
Amanda Byram pictured in 2003 at the beginning of her career in the US
Amanda Byram, pictured here in 2003, said she was really hard on herself when she was younger.

Speaking to Sunday World magazine, Amanda said: "I was going through my phone recently and I accidentally swiped backwards instead of forwards and I just spent about two hours going through all of my old photos.

"I was looking at them going 'I can't believe I thought I was fat back then - I was banging'.

Amanda Byram said she stressed about her body a lot when she was younger
Amanda Byram said she stressed about her body a lot when she was younger

"Sometimes I think we waste too much of our lives thinking about what we look like instead of taking a moment to appreciate it. I'm a lot happier in my own skin now, though," she said.

The former model said she wishes she spent less time stressing about her career when she was in the US, where she presented programmes including The Swan and Paradise Hotel.

Amanda Byram during Bloody Sunday London Premiere at Leicester Square in London in 2002
Amanda Byram during Bloody Sunday London Premiere at Leicester Square in London in 2002

"If I could go back in time and tell myself anything, it would just be to stress less. I think I was pretty chilled in my twenties but in my thirties I moved to the States and I was away from home and I was hard on myself then.

"During my teens was probably the toughest because I was modelling and I was worrying about being thin. I just look back at that time and want to say 'go easy on yourself, stop beating yourself up about every little thing'," she said.

Meanwhile, Amanda will join Nicky Byrne on RTE this evening to continue Dancing with the Stars' debut Irish season. Only six celebrities remain in the competition, Des Cahill, Aoibhin Garrihy, Denise McCormack, Aidan O'Mahony and Dayl Cronin, who will battle it out once again to get one step closer to the crown.

Amanda Byram presents Dancing with the Stars with Nicky Byrne
Amanda Byram presents Dancing with the Stars with Nicky Byrne

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