29/08/2013 13:01 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Bodybuilding Teen Girl Believes Big Is Beautiful

Bodybuilding teen girl who believes big is beautifulNorth News

Like most teenage girls, Georgina McConnell worries about her diet and wants to look good.

But unlike many of her peers, she believes bigger is beautiful - as long as size comes in the form of mega-muscles.

For 19-year-old Georgina is one of Britain's top bodybuilders, who munches through six meals a day to achieve an impressive 10st 3lb physique.

Georgina, who has just won a gold medal in the UKBFF [UK Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation] North East Championships, said: "I absolutely love bodybuilding - it's my life. My mum and dad are really into keeping fit, so there were always weights and stuff lying around the house when I was younger.

"I was about 17 when I decided I wanted to take up bodybuilding properly, although I was already quite stacked by then.

"I knew it was an unusual thing for a girl my age to want to do - most girls want to be thin and dainty - but I really love it."

The 5ft 7in teen from Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, added: "My parents and friends are really proud of me and think I look great, but my brother is the total opposite - he doesn't get the whole bodybuilding thing at all.

"'I don't have a boyfriend at the moment, but I don't think my unusual hobby will put all boys off. Yes, some are a bit intimidated by my muscles, but others like them - I think it's an acquired taste.

"Although bodybuilding has really helped my self-esteem, I tend to cover myself up when I'm out and about.

"If I don't, people stare at me - especially at my arms and shoulders. I get a lot of compliments for my physique, but I get a lot of insults too - quite a few people have said nasty things about me in the past."

Talking about her diet, she added: "I am having to be very careful with what I eat. 'I have the same sort of stuff - rice, turkey and eggs - six times a day and can't go out for any nice meals with my family and friends.

"I get hungry every few hours anyway, so it's not too bad, but it does make living a normal teenage life quite difficult."