Emmerdale's Gemma Atkinson defends herself after critics call her 'butch'

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Gemma Atkinson has slammed "stupid" bodyshamers who have criticised her for being "too butch" and "manly".

The Emmerdale star, 31, was forced to defend herself after she shared a post-workout snap on Friday (19 February).

The self-confessed health and fitness fanatic looked strong and toned in the photo, as her well-defined muscles were on show.

Alongside the snap, shared with her 63,900 Instagram followers, Gemma wrote: "Never have I felt so confident, strong, beautiful, powerful and sexy since I started weight training. The feeling it has given me is crazy!!! I cannot recommend it enough ladies."

She continued: "P.S. This picture was taken after an upper body session hence the mini 'pump' I've got going on. I don't walk around like this day to day before the 'you've gone too far' or 'you look like a man' comments.

"I'm healthy, strong and fit. And I'm loving MY life & MY fitness journey."

Gemma Atkinson, 2016.

© Twitter / @MissGAtkinson

Many fans praised Gemma for looking "ladylike and strong", "sexy" and "amazing".

However, some critics DID react with negative comments, prompting Gemma to hit back.

She blasted: "To those [...] saying I'm 'too butch' & 'training wrong' or 'look like a man' go and research your s**t! I'd just trained and was tensing. Are you all THAT stupid??? Please.

"It's people like YOU that put woman off training and make people feel ashamed to use their body how they want to! Get off your company and go workout! It'll help your confidence & maybe then you won't put others down.."

Go Gemma!

Gemma Atkinson stars as Carly Hope in Emmerdale, Tuesday 9 February 2015


Former Hollyoaks actress Gemma is currently starring in ITV soap Emmerdale as Carly Hope, the estranged daughter of Bob, played by Tony Audenshaw.

She was nominated in the Best Newcomer category at the NTAs in January, alongside Parry Glasspool, Richard Blackwood and Shayne Ward.

She is dating her personal trainer Olly Foster, which is probably why she looks so freakin' awesome!

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