Jessica Bell was only three years old when her parents took her to dance lessons. And by the age of 16, she was already a huge success, a promising dancer with the whole world seemingly at her feet! She is a great example. She is a great example.
But at this age, she was diagnosed with polycystic ovaries. She had to undergo a series of surgeries. And immediately after the premiere, the doctor told Jessica not to lose weight because it could have bad consequences. “Ballerinas must be a size 38-40, otherwise they are excluded,” says Jessica.
She had gained weight by then and the dance school gave her an ultimatum: lose weight or terminate her contract. So she lost weight. Although she is not allowed to, Jessica has lost 10 kilos. But the next operation showed that her life would be in danger if she didn’t stop. And after becoming a mother, Jessica gained another 20 kilograms.
At this weight, she could forget about becoming a dancer forever. But there was no way to lose weight, she had to learn to live in her body and accept herself. But Jessica did not give up, she continued to dance and soon began to teach choreography. She also started getting job offers as a plus-size model. Of course, some people insulted her: “You’re too fat to be a dancer”. How can you not break your ankle because of your weight?”. By your example, you encourage children to grow bigger.
Jessica explains: “It’s not about how much I eat. I’ve been on different diets and it just tires me out. It’s a fact that my body is not going to get any smaller. Or have a cyst removed twice a year until I die on the operating table. But some people admire him.
“They say I have to play a role in Swan Lake because I have wings. It was very educational. Indeed, why do people envy overweight female performers when they stock up on ballet? Adele can sing so well that no one looks at her waistline.
Dawn French (the famous British actress, i.e. the actress who played the full-time wife in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) is admitted by the public. Dancers can’t do what other people do.”
“I want to dance, it’s my vocation. I dance 40 hours a week. Every week. And I do it very well. It’s harder for me to dance than to be skinny, but I do it because even my weight shouldn’t be a barrier to my dreams. Her perseverance and self-confidence ultimately earned her the recognition she deserves.
When Channel 4 picked up the documentary series ‘The Great Ballet’, Jessica was asked to play the role of the Black Swan. “I want to be able to tell anyone who wants to dance but is having difficulty