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I refused to diet to be a model hit.



Any girl who thinks it's all glitz glitz   Informal
n.
Ostentatious showiness; flashiness: "a garish barrage of show-biz glitz" Peter G. Davis.

tr.v.
 and glamour being a top model would do well to listen to Nicola Charles Nicola Charles (born January 5 1970 in Worcestershire, England) is an actress.

Whilst travelling around Australia she landed the part of Sarah Beaumont on the soap opera Neighbours. She was voted in FHM's list of the 100 sexiest women in 1998 and 1999.
.

She's the ex-model who plays a retired clothes-horse in Neighbours ...

And she hated life on the catwalk.

Nicola, 27, clambered up modelling's greasy pole to become the Oil of Ulay girl, but confessed: "Nothing would upset me more to think I'd ever go back to it.

"I was a model for seven years and I was happy to leave it behind. It's awful - not creative, boring, stressful and soul-destroying.

"From the outside looking in, it must seem glamorous and alluring, but it's not."

English-born Nicola is a willowy wil·low·y  
adj. wil·low·i·er, wil·low·i·est
1. Planted with or abounding in willows.

2. Resembling a willow tree, especially:
a. Flexible; pliant.

b. Tall, slender, and graceful.
 brunette with a perfect figure, but she endured constant carping carp·ing  
adj.
Naggingly critical or complaining.



carping·ly adv.

Noun 1.
 about her weight.

She said: "I was always nagged to go on a diet - agents said I was too big."

But Nicola reckons there are too many emaciated e·ma·ci·ate  
tr. & intr.v. e·ma·ci·at·ed, e·ma·ci·at·ing, e·ma·ci·ates
To make or become extremely thin, especially as a result of starvation.
 models in the glam game already and said: "I was slim, not skinny, but normal. In the modelling world, that wasn't good enough.

"But I refused to give in. I couldn't have lived with myself if I'd promoted an unhealthy body image which was going to influence young girls."

So, disillusioned dis·il·lu·sion  
tr.v. dis·il·lu·sioned, dis·il·lu·sion·ing, dis·il·lu·sions
To free or deprive of illusion.

n.
1. The act of disenchanting.

2. The condition or fact of being disenchanted.
 with her career choice, Nicola was on the brink of taking a job with the RSPCA RSPCA (in Britain) Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

RSPCA n abbr (Brit) (= Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) → SPA f

.

Nicola, who has a dog called Boo, said: "Animals are my first love. I did an O- level in rural science because the course involved farm visits. Once I was standing behind a cow when it relieved itself and a massive cowpat cowpat
Noun

a pool of cow dung
 landed on my shoes!"

The animal world's loss became soap' gain when Nicola followed boyfriend Scott Michaelson, an ex- Erinsborough hunk, to Oz.

A drama coach suggested she try out for Neighbours. The producers were so impressed they created the role of Sarah especially for her.

Nicola is pleased with the way her character has turned out. Now medical receptionist Sarah is on the brink of her first Ramsay Street romance. But it hasn't been a smooth transition from model to actress. At first, the newcomer struggled to be accepted.

Nicola said: "Neighbours is a bit of a sausage factory and I didn't fit in.

"I was seen as an ex-modeland no one expected I'd be able to act.

"But I knew I could do it and I think I shocked them all. Soon after I joined, the script editor told me he thought I could handle any storyline he threw at me, which was a huge compliment."

If things don't work out for Nicola, she says there's always the RSPCA.

She laughed: "You'll probably find me grooming some old flea-bag of a cat!"
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Smith, Aidan
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 7, 1998
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