I’m A Celebrity… Tziporah says she em­braces her shape

The Th jun­gle j l celeb l bi is more con­tent now as a 118kg nurse than she ever was as a size-10 model

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With her big hair, tiny waist and strik­ing fea­tures, you could be for­given for think­ing you’re look­ing at old mod­el­ling shots of Cindy Craw­ford. But these stun­ning images are of Tziporah Malkah be­fore life took her on a very dif­fer­ent path to the US su­per­model. It’d be easy to as­sume the wo­man once known as Kate Fis­cher is filled with re­grets af­ter re­turn­ing from Amer­ica broke, sin­gle and “mor­bidly obese”, but the 43-year-old for­mer model, ac­tress and TV pre­sen­ter is in­stead em­brac­ing her sec­ond chance at fame – and she’s de­ter­mined to get fit and healthy. The nurse says she is hap­pier to­day than when she was drip­ping in di­a­monds, trav­el­ling to ex­otic des­ti­na­tions on pri­vate jets and liv­ing in the amaz­ing house at Bondi Beach that she shared with bil­lion­aire fi­ance James Packer, un­til their break-up in 1998.

One of the main rea­sons for Tziporah’s hap­pi­ness has been dis­cov­er­ing her Jew­ish her­itage af­ter a life­time search­ing for a higher pur­pose, and try­ing ev­ery­thing from Scien­tol­ogy to the Hill­song Church to achieve some sort of en­light­en­ment.

The day she found out she was Jew­ish (af­ter be­ing raised as an Angli­can by her par­ents) was the “best mo­ment” of her en­tire life, and led her to change her name legally and adopt Is­rael as her spir­i­tual home­land.

“I’ve had a very, very strange life, with lots of ups and downs,” she re­vealed on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! last week.

‘I’ve had a very, very strange life, with lots of ups and downs’

Even a re­cent warn­ing that she needs to trim down her 118kg frame or face an early death hasn’t dimmed her en­thu­si­asm, but rather made her de­ter­mined to over­haul her diet and de­clare she is ready to make a come­back.

She des­per­ately wants to be a role model for other women strug­gling with their weight, and has even hinted she’s ready for love, re­veal­ing on I’m A Celeb… that she has a se­cret boyfriend af­ter six years of celibacy.

The for­mer Vogue covergirl says she’s been miss­ing her new man, a friend she knew when she was a teenager, who now lives in South Aus­tralia.

“As soon as I get a cou­ple of weeks off, I’m go­ing to go and stay in a ho­tel within walk­ing dis­tance from him and see how it goes,” she says.

“We’ve dis­cussed there might not be any phys­i­cal chem­istry be­tween us, but we’re getting on re­ally well on the phone,” she con­tin­ues. “We’ve had marathon phone calls, we’re like teenagers. We spent seven hours on the phone to­gether one night. It’s ridicu­lous.”

As Kate Fis­cher she won the Dolly Covergirl of the Year com­pe­ti­tion in 1988, and never looked back. Al­ways bub­bly and smil­ing, she was in high de­mand for fash­ion shoots. She’s spo­ken of the eating dis­or­der she bat­tled as a model. Kate graced bill­boards in New York from age 16.

Kate and James were en­gaged for two years, and split in 1998.

Em­brac­ing her faith has done won­ders for Tziporah.

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