Footy star Moana Hope reveals the cruel comments about her figure from a senior staffer that damaged her for years – and the moment she was finally able to accept her body
- Moana Hope has opened up about alleged body-shaming during time in AFLW
- Claims a club staffer called her ‘fat’ and that she needed to ‘eat less chocolate’
- Hope said her body image issues went away when she fell pregnant last year
Footy trailblazer Moana Hope has claimed a senior club staffer body-shamed her and told her to ‘eat less chocolate’ during her AFLW stint.
‘I don’t even know how to say this but when I played AFLW, my first year of AFLW, I had someone super senior, super high up at the club pull me aside and said to me, ”You’re fat, you need to eat less chocolates and more salads”,’ the 33-year-old said.
‘That is a legitimate thing that was said to me.’
ALFW trailblazer Moana Hope has opened up about the shocking moment a senior staffer allegedly body-shamed her and told her to ‘eat less chocolate’
She added that she was ‘pretty fit’ at the time and had never experienced any body image issues.
‘I was in complete shock. I had gone my entire life, I never ever had to worry about body image issues or anything like that,’ Hope said.
‘Nobody, you know, my mum never said anything, my family, the people around, no one ever spoke about their body image in a negative way, or mine, so I’d never ever had something like that.
‘So you can imagine how shocked I was you know. I was at a new club, I was really excited and to be told from somebody I really respected something so hard and so not related to what I was doing there was full on.’
The former footy star said she went into a ‘shell’, admitting she was too self conscious to get into the pool in a sports bra for recovery sessions after training.
‘I was worried my body wasn’t good enough for them and I seriously started to develop some body image issues of what it should look like,’ she said.
Hope, pictured with her daughter and wife Isabella Carlstrom, said she struggled for years with body image issues after the alleged comments
She said the alleged comments stuck with her for years and even left her feeling uncomfortable wearing swimmers at the beach.
Hope who announced her pregnancy in December said her image of herself immediately changed after becoming pregnant.
‘I’ve been in a sports bra for the last three weeks and I think I have an amazing body. I think my body is absolutely perfect and I’ve not felt that way since before I started AFLW,’ she said.
‘I wish I’d never let someone’s opinion do that to me and I wish it didn’t take being pregnant for me to come to this realisation because I feel like I’ve just lost five years of just being me, like I’ve always just been me for my entire life.’
Hope had stints with Collingwood and the North Melbourne Kangaroos during her time in the AFLW
Hope said falling pregnant allowed her to let go of any self-esteem issues she had
Hope said she now sees her body as ‘amazing’ and ‘perfect’, and that nobody could take that away from her.
‘I think all women need to know that their body is perfect the way it is,’ she said.
The former footballer left the sport behind in 2019 to focus on starting a family with her wife Isabella Carlstrom.
In 2016 Hope became the first woman to kick 100 goals in the VFL season before spending three years in the AFLW.