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Vanessa Bauer discovers self confidence by stripping off for The Real Full Monty

Vanessa Bauer is feeling more confident than ever credit:Bang Showbiz
Vanessa Bauer is feeling more confident than ever credit:Bang Showbiz

Vanessa Bauer feels "confident for the first time" on 'The Real Full Monty'.

The 'Dancing On Ice' skater - who has spoken candidly about battling an eating disorder as a teenager - has opened up about her lifelong struggle with body dysmorphia and how stripping off for the ITV show in the name of cancer awareness has given her a boost.

She told the Daily Star newspaper: "When I was a teenager, I had an eating disorder and I was very self conscious.

"I thought my boobs were too small. I have body dysmorphia. But 'The Real Full Monty' has made me feel confident for the first time.

"I got on stage and I talked about important topics. I didn't think I'd ever do that publicly."

The show carries an emotional meaning for the 27-year-old star after the death of her father Marcos, who lost his long battle with cancer in 2021 and had been a big fan of 'The Real Full Monty'.

She said: "My dad had cancer for six years and it wasn't something I talked about on 'Dancing On Ice'.

"I always felt like I couldn't put it out into the universe and speak publicly about it.

"And after he died, it wasn't something I dealt with. So agreeing to do 'The Real Full Monty' was a big challenge for me."

The explained how the programme has really made a difference when it comes to coping with her grief, while she now has a therapist and counsellor to talk to.

She added: "But to be honest, it has really helped me learn to deal with the grief over my dad and figuring out what it means for me as a person.

"Taking part in the show encouraged me to speak about it openly in front of a bunch of strangers. It was very, very difficult. But it's helped me and now I'm working through things."