Jasmine Harman meets Laura Hamilton at the gym
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Jasmine Harman, 45, has claimed she is the “oldest and fattest” A Place In The Sun presenter, while comparing herself to younger hosts including Laura Hamilton, 39, Danni Menzies, 32, and Scarlette Douglas, 32. The property expert spoke out about her appearance after landing a role on the Channel 4 programme 17 years ago, when she was just in her early twenties.
Everyone’s got insecurities
Speaking on the pressures of appearing glamorous while on the show, Jasmine revealed to Express.co.uk: “I feel like out of all the lovely A Place In The Sun presenters, we have got such a great team, I feel like out of the girls, out of the women… I’m the oldest and the fattest.
“But I’m the most experienced in the show, so it’s got advantages and disadvantages, but in my head, I do sort of compare.
“I look at that lovely dress she’s wearing and then think, ‘I’m too old’.
“So you do obviously compare yourself to other people and I know logically it’s stupid, and everyone has their own things going on behind the scenes that you don’t see on social media.
“Everyone’s got their own insecurities, everyone’s got their own challenges.
“Take everything you see with a pinch of salt, I guess,” she added.
Her co-presenter Laura joined the show in 2011, while Scarlette came on board in 2015 and Danni was cast the year after.
Despite comparisons with the other property experts, Jasmine stressed the show is ultimately about the buyers on their journey to find a dream holiday home.
She continued: “The logical side of me says, ‘Don’t worry about it, you look great, you choose your clothes to flatter you and it’s all fine.
“‘It’s not about your dress size, this programme is not about your dress size. It’s about the people and the journey.
“But you know watching the show sometimes I think, ‘Look at me there!’
“Or, ‘I like the way I look there’. It’s really difficult to not compare yourself to other people.”
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Jasmine also shared how she felt overwhelmed by the response from her followers after she posted a photo of her weight gain, following turning to “food and wine” during the coronavirus lockdown.
The A Place In The Sun presenter admitted she felt low when uploading the photo on Instagram a couple of months back, as she was “ashamed” of how she had “let herself go”.
Jasmine explained how she had decided to upload the side by side comparison of herself, after hiding behind “old photos”.
She explained: “I was really nervous [to put up the picture], it took me a long time to get the courage.
“I thought, I’m hiding behind social media. I was sharing old pictures from shows that I filmed ages ago, because I was basically ashamed of myself.
“I felt ashamed of how I had let myself go, especially as beforehand I had done a couple of interviews and a couple of photoshoots where I had been working out a lot and I was really happy, and I wasn’t having to deprive myself of anything.
“I felt like I had finally found that magic balance of wanting to eat junk food and eating healthily.”
However, with gyms around the country previously closed due to the coronavirus lockdown, Jasmine began to comfort eat while spending increased amounts of time at home.
The presenter continued: “I lost my motivation basically. I started comfort eating because I was feeling down.
“So yeah, it was scary to share that post, but my integrity is really important to me, and when I read some of the comments on it, I was in tears, I was absolutely… I thought, ‘Everyone is so nice,’ and a lot of people said it really helped them.”
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