Zoe McNulty teaching one of her classes
A former podium dancer claims she was sacked on the spot by a famous DJ in Ibiza because she was too FAT – despite being a size 14.
Ex-beauty queen Zoe McNulty, 39, said being fat-shamed as a 23-year-old forced her to avoid the commercial dance industry for years and claims she missed out on jobs to slimmer rivals.
But the size 16 dance and fitness instructor now promotes body confidence by teaching people how to strut in heels – and said her classes are so sexy they have even helped women conceive.
Manchester-born Zoe, who lives in London, said: "I always felt bigger than the other girls in my dance classes and at school. I really struggled with my body image.
Zoe says she was fat-shamed by a famous DJ
"But in my thirties I began to realise how much time I had wasted hating my body.
"I realised I’m outstanding at what I do and being the size I am has had no bearing on my ability to do my job and should by no means affect my self-worth.
"I am at the top of my game despite having been plus size and actually clinically obese according to the BMI scale for the last 10 years."
Zoe completed a dance degree in London and spent her summers as a student dancing in Ibiza – where as a 23-year-old she was invited to perform at an opening party for a famous DJ’s night.
She spent her summers dancing in Ibiza when she was young
But the dancer, who was an athletic size 14 at the time, claims just minutes after getting on a podium in a leotard she was told to get down because the big name DJ "didn’t like her look".
Zoe said: "It was a really embarrassing fat-shaming situation.
"I got up on the podium and started dancing but two minutes later I got told to get down and was dismissed because the DJ ‘didn’t like my look’."
The big name DJ apparently didn’t like her look in what she said was an embarrassing situation She now claims to have helped other women conceive with her popular and sexy classes
Zoe, who is now an international dance fitness presenter, has taught thousands of women – and even some men – to shake their stuff in sexy heels since launching high heel dance class Strutology.
The classes – which she now also teaches to other instructors or ‘InStrutters’- encourage participants to embrace their curves and project confidence through how they carry themselves.
Zoe, who also won the Miss Monroe International category for women size 12 to 16 at the Miss Galaxy Universe pageant in 2014 said: "I took part in Miss Galaxy Universe to show size or shape are not important – confidence is what wins.
"I entered to prove it and I won – not having been the slimmest, youngest or prettiest in the category, but because I owned the stage."