A model and actress who grew up in South Korea and is now a feminist campaigner has revealed how she was a victim of abuse as a child and how her bodybuilding career was derailed by domestic violence.
She is speaking out for the first time about the devastating impact of domestic violence and abuse on women and girls, which can have a devastating impact on their health and wellbeing.
In this exclusive interview, which was conducted by BBC Newsnight and seen by 1.5 million viewers, the woman – who is also known as “Natalie” in her hometown of Lim Jong – said she was forced to work with domestic violence to earn a living as a model.
“I was a child,” she told BBC News.
“My family abused me because of my body.
It was hard for me to survive, so I started doing it.
I worked with people who beat me up and I was beaten up.
I had to do it to survive.”
She told the BBC’s World at One programme: “My body wasn’t a good thing, I was very skinny, I had a body that looked like a Barbie doll, my hair was like a rabbit and I had this fat belly.”
But it wasn’t until she turned 18 that she had an opportunity to become a model, after which she made a name for herself as a bodybuilder.
She became the face of a fitness company in her native South Korea, which also had a reputation for promoting female body image.
The woman’s story is told in the new documentary, “Namja”, which is airing on BBC One in the UK from January 18.
The film tells the story of how Namja, a Korean woman who came from humble origins, made her name in the sport of bodybuilding.
The film also features interviews with other bodybuilders who are survivors of domestic abuse, as well as celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham.
Namjas story”Namjas story is about the trauma of being a bodybuilding victim,” said Natalie.
“When I was a kid, I thought my body was good, so the abuse happened to make me believe I was fat and ugly.”
And I didn’t know what to do because I was so skinny.
I was never able to learn from that, and that’s why I never had a career as a professional bodybuilder, I always had this problem with being fat and fatphobic.
“The abuse made me think, I’m a fat person, so how can I be a body builder?
I was abused as a kid.”
Natalie says she experienced a number of abuse in her early childhood, including being beaten by her mother and her father and that the abuse left her with psychological scars.
“They made me feel like a weak person,” she said.
“That was the first thing that I noticed when I was young, when I had an uncle and my aunt beat me and they threw stones at me.
I never felt like I had anything, I just had my face painted, my eyes red, I felt like an outsider.”
The woman is now running an organisation called the Bodybuilding Academy in Lim Jong, a small city in South-East Asia, which offers a support network to women and children who have been abused.
“In Lim Jong you can find other survivors of abuse who have had similar experiences,” she explained.
“You can meet other women who have suffered from domestic violence, they can help you understand how it feels and what you can do to help.”
As a professional model, I believe that every bodybuilder should have access to the support that other bodybuilding professionals have to help them deal with the abuse.
“Namjacad is now training other body builders to deal with abuse, which she said could help them become the best they can be.”
A lot of bodybuilders feel that the sport is the only way for them to be the best, and I think the same thing applies to women,” she added.”
It’s also important for women to be able to make their own choices and do what they want to do.
We have to be proud of ourselves for the fact that we can do it.”Read more: