“It’s time to break the stigma of women with muscles being masculine!” Long Sutton’s Laura Gorton ready to enter first bodybuilding title after claiming national Miss Wellness title

Laura Gorton is preparing to compete in her first-ever bodybuilding competition – just weeks after claiming the national Miss Wellness title.And while the 25-year-old, from Long Sutton, is revelling in the chance to showcase her alter-ego on stage, her main goal is to show others how the athletic body should be celebrated on women.Laura qualified for last month’s Miss Swimsuit UK finals in Manchester by winning the Miss Wellness title in a qualifying round.Laura Gorton was named Miss Wellness. Photo: Brian HayesAnd she repeated her success at the national pageant, something which was extra special for the mum-of-one who has previously spoken about how health and fitness helped her overcome depression and an eating disorder.“I was quite shocked to be honest,” Laura said after claiming the title. “It was nice to receive it again to show I’d brought the same atmosphere and meaning to what I wanted to show – which was healthy living and mental health.Miss Wellness UK Laura Gorton. Photo: Brian Hayes“It’s a point close to my heart. Health is what saved me from depression, being in the gym and doing weights.”While the overall Miss Swimsuit UK winner heads to Mexico for the world finals, Laura has a mission of her own, is prepping for the PCA Muscle Talk show in Peterborough on July 30.“It’s my first bodybuilding show and I’m a little bit nervous but very excited,” Laura added.Miss Wellness UK Laura Gorton. Photo: Brian Hayes“I do like to bring a different look to the modelling industry. I know we’ve got all of this body positivity – we’ve got voluptuous women, we’ve got the standard model shape we’ve had for years, but I do feel that fitness side, that muscular look, is deemed very masculine and not feminine.“That’s something I’m trying to change. We can all look our own way and be beautiful but it doesn’t matter the weight we are, how defined we are or how skinny we are. It’s all about it all being accepted. “We’ve made plus-size models a good thing, which is amazing. But now it’s time to break the stigma of women with muscles being masculine.“I want to join the bodybuilding and pageants together and make people more accepting of themselves.” While social media is breaking down barriers when it comes to women’s fitness, Laura believes more could be done in the mainstream.“We have biceps and muscles and can look that way on stage, but when I dress up to go out in the evening I look feminine. “It’s a healthy look, but not one that may be suited to everybody. It’s about catering to all.“You look at fashion brands and high street brands… you do see a lot of plus-size models and normal models but you don’t ever see the athletic look (on billboards). “That would be a massive leap to have sports influenced models on those campaigns. Athletes hit another field of people who look up to them that don’t see their idols modelling clothes in stores.” looking forward to the event, and the back stage camaraderie, she added: “I’ve never stepped on stage like that before in my life.“I’m shaking to my bones but looking forward to it. This is a proper bodybuilding show.“You have to prepare all year round. Every day is strict routine, discipline and that control in your life.“I’m someone whose depression hit badly having OCD, that’s why I thrive off a structured lifestyle – eating meals, counting calories, doing cardio every day.“On stage, having an alter ego, you get to pretend to be this amazing, confident person. That’s not what I am in general.“Would I walk round town and strut my stuff like I do on stage? No.“But we all support each other well. Although we’re competitors, we all boost each other as well. Its about empowering each other.”


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