London 2012: I don’t see myself as that attractive, says Jessica Ennis

Jessica Ennis admits she finds interest in her looks surreal after being unveiled as the cover star in February's Marie Claire

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British athletics golden girl Jessica Ennis is the cover star in February's edition of Marie Claire

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Jessica Ennis is the pin-up glamour girl of the London 2012 Olympics – only Pippa Middleton has a more ‘Googled bum’ according to statistics.

But in an interview and picture spread with glossy magazine Marie Claire, the former world heptathlon champion – who settled for silver in her title defence last year – admits she finds the interest in her looks surreal.

“I don’t even see myself as that attractive. My fiancé would say I am but I don’t see it,” she said.

“As an athlete, I suppose you see yourself in a different way to a lot of women. Your body is your whole career, it goes much deeper than looking good.

“I’ve gone through teenage years when I wanted a figure like everyone else. But as I’ve got older, I’ve been able to see my body in a different way ““ it’s a tool for my job.

“It’s not particularly feminine to be really muscular but you have to have that muscle tone to perform.”

For the full interview with Jessica, see February’s issue of Marie Claire on sale now, and visit their website for a behind the scenes video of the photo shoot.

© Sportsbeat 2012

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