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Bodybuilder Rene Campbell wants to change the view of what women should look like

Framed by a number of striking tattoos, hers is a body defined by muscle.

She is a mother-of-two who embodies power and strength.

Rene Campbell has dedicated most of her life to sculpting her once diminutive frame into one that, she says, goes “completely against what society thinks a woman should look like.”

The bodybuilder’s dedication has brought plenty of awards but building her dream body – gaining nearly 40kg and going from a UK size 8 to 14 – has had its challenges, too, both physically and mentally.

“I was very insecure about my body image, very insecure about myself as a person,” Campbell, 44, told CNN Sport from her home in Cornwall, UK, as she reflects on her motivation to transform herself.

“I was constantly feeling under pressure through the media that women needed to look a certain way.

“For quite some time I struggled with eating disorders because I was constantly trying to keep my weight really low, to appear skinny, like these women are on magazine covers,” she said.

“My bodybuilding journey made me realize that I needed to do things for myself,” says Rene Campbell. Credit: Supplied

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