While tennis pro Anna Kournikova has never struggled with obesity, she tells the Los Angeles Times that she has enough in common with the contestants on "The Biggest Loser" to help them lose weight.
"I know what it’s like to be judged, dissected, picked apart for all of my life," Kournikova said. "I was being judged over here for being too pretty, or over there for not looking good enough. And God forbid I gained a pound. I heard about it. And then I was being criticized for not being a good enough tennis player and yet I knew — I knew — I was giving it everything I had."
She notes that her own battle with her inner critic will help her aid the show’s contestants. "If you don’t change who you are on the inside, the changes on the outside won’t last. A lot of these people have just lost their sparkle for life and I have to help them figure out how to get it back," she said.
Kournikova, who was picked to replace Jillian Michaels on the NBC show, is joining as the show is trying to focus on overall health and wellness, rather than calories and workouts, the piece says. Nevertheless, the show got off to a rocky start with last week’s fall premiere, with a 20% decline in the 18 to 49 demographic vs. the show’s previous season, the article points out.