Former Top 5 WTA player Jelena Dokic recently took to Instagram to address body shamers who have been criticizing her weight gain. In a raw and honest post, the Australian shared her personal struggles with abuse and trauma, and explained why she’s embracing her current size.
The 40-year-old Dokic started by asking a question she’s been hearing a lot: “What happened to her? I can barely recognize her.” She then went on to answer that question in detail, sharing her experiences as a refugee, survivor of domestic violence, and someone who battled anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She also explained that she was beaten and called derogatory names by her father since childhood, and almost committed suicide.
Despite all of these challenges, Dokic managed to achieve great things, including being a Grand Slam semifinalist and the fourth-ranked women’s tennis player in the world. She also became a bestselling author, commentator, and speaker. She emphasized that her size and weight don’t define her worth or success.
Dokic shared two images of herself, one when she was a size 4 and one when she was a size 16. She explained that the smaller size was when she was scared, beaten unconscious, and suffered from bulging shins due to being kicked all night. The larger size, on the other hand, represented her healing from trauma and thriving.
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She made it clear that she would choose her current size over her past size any day if it meant being happy. She also acknowledged that turning to food was a way for her to cope and survive, and that she’s still healing from her past.
In the end, Dokic reminded everyone that beauty isn’t about a certain size or weight, but about having a beautiful heart and soul. She ended her post with a powerful message:
I went through hell and back and I survived and today I try to help others. That’s what happened. And for those that still don’t get the point, well that says everything about you.
Overall, Dokic’s post is a powerful reminder that we should never judge someone based on their appearance or size, and that everyone has their own struggles and journey. Her vulnerability and honesty also make her a great role model for those who are going through similar challenges.