A devastating relationship break-up and drink-driving charge would be hard enough for anyone to deal with, let alone having your public brand tarnished and livelihood threatened. But that’s what happened to fitness celebrity Michelle Bridges, says Sydney Morning Herald education editor Jordan Baker, on the latest episode of Good Weekend Talks.
“It must be very difficult, a strange position for her to be in,” says Baker, “having been effectively one of the Australian pioneers of the online fitness program, to now have her market share eaten away by competitors and imitators.”
Bridges – the woman who made millions spruiking “body transformation” – was brought low by personal dramas, but is now embracing a different kind of life overhaul, which may yet revive her appeal. “When this happened … the angel wings fell off, which, to me, I think makes her more human,” Baker says. “When her life started to crack a lot of people related to that.”
Moderated by Good Weekend editor Katrina Strickland, the discussion draws on Bridges’ background, rise to prominence and fall – themes explored by Baker in this week’s cover story: Survival of the fittest – a “humiliating” break-up, “inexcusable” behaviour, and how recent dramas forced one of Australia’s first celebrity personal trainers to do a different type of heavy lifting.
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