Fiona plus for show

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Television -

WHILE she may have lost dur­ing her The Big­gest Loser stint, Fiona Falkiner is back on the win­ner’s list as new host of the Net­work 10 show.

The in­ter­na­tional model who first graced our screens in 2006 af­ter shed­ding 30kg was in town last week to open the Perth Fash­ion Fes­ti­val.

Falkiner said she was hon­oured to be in­volved with the fes­ti­val and watched the first show by Dilet­tante fea­tur­ing de­sign­ers 33 Po­ets, Yang Li and Toni Mat­icevski.

She added she loved Perth de­sign­ers, in par­tic­u­lar Ali Cot­ton of la­bel First Base.

With week one of The Big­gest Loser Fam­i­lies over, Falkiner said she was ex­cited to be back where her jour­ney be­gan.

“I had been liv­ing and work­ing over­seas as a plus-size model and I was back in Aus­tralia for a shoot when I got a call from one of the ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers ask­ing if I would come in and do a screen test,” Falkiner said. “It all hap­pened very quickly. “I found out I had the role while back in Lon­don and had to fly di­rectly from Lon­don to Aus­tralia.

“Ob­vi­ously it is a very dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing the host but such a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and I used to go train in the big gym once we fin­ished for the day, which took me back to my days as a con­tes­tant.”

The 31-year-old, who will of­fer sup­port, com­pas­sion and in­spi­ra­tion to the con­tes­tants, said she loved what the show stood for and be­lieved it gave the con­tes­tants a sec­ond chance at life.

“It teaches lessons that you can draw on at any stage of your life in im­prov­ing your health, fit­ness and gen­eral well­be­ing,” the show host said.

“Most con­tes­tants, my­self in­cluded, en­ter the house with a very neg­a­tive out­look and the words ‘I can't’ are used all too of­ten but af­ter a pe­riod of time while work­ing with the train­ers, you are able to break through this habit and just give ev­ery­thing a go.”

Pic­ture: David Baylis­mu­ni­ d443675

New The Big­gest Loser host Fiona Falkiner.

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