Supersize She

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Supersize She[1]
Directed by Mira King[1]
Produced by Mira King[1]
Narrated by Meussa Berry[2]
Music by Ken Mizulani
Ravinder Chahal[3]
Edited by Laura Jennings[1]
Special Edition Films[4]
Distributed by RDF Rights
Channel 5
Nine Network
Discovery Europe[4][5][6]
Release date
April 2005[7]
Running time
42 minutes[3]
Country United Kingdom[1]
Language English[1]

Supersize She is a 2005 television documentary focused on British professional female bodybuilder Joanna Thomas. The title was a take-off on the success of the film Super Size Me. The one-hour program premiered at the MIPTV in April 2005. Since airing on Channel 5, it has been sold and distributed to over 30 countries.[4][7]


Early life[edit]

Joanna was born on December 12, 1976, in Truro, Cornwall, England, U.K.. At the age of 15 she began bodybuilding. She broke a world record when she became the youngest female bodybuilder to turn IFBB pro, at the age of 21, in a sport in which over 10,000 women compete at amateur level worldwide. At the age of 27, Joanna moves to Los Angeles, California. Joanna's goal is to win the Ms. Olympia title and retire on the top.[3][5]


Over the next five months, Joanna begins her training and dieting for the 2004 GNC Show of Strength. She endures regular massage secessions that tear her muscles, which is although painful, but makes her muscles grow larger. Another prominent female bodybuilder featured was Debbie Bramwell, who is a friend of Joanna, helps Joanna train at the gym. When the issue of steroids was brought up, Joanna sarcastically said that "Yeah it's all about the steroids, you know. We just take steroids and look like this. Try this at home everyone, for a few weeks, and see how you look." She visits her nutritionist to measure her body fat. Joanna's body fat goal is to get herself at 3% body fat. Her body weight came in at 2.6%. She lost a total of 30 lbs in 6 weeks.[3]


Due to poor funding in professional female bodybuilding, Joanna main source of income is working a model for her website that is consistently updated with pictures and videos of her, which is her sole source of income. It's a members only website where those members pay $25 for her content. Joanna explains that there is no way for her to get a job and work several hours a week and be a professional female bodybuilder because it would be too stressful.[3]

2004 GNC Show of Strength[edit]

In order to qualify for the 2004 Ms. Olympia, Joanna must come in first or second place at the GNC Show of Strength. There are about over 70 professional female bodybuilders in the world and each are eager for recognition by attending the Ms. Olympia. Joanna and Debbie travel to Atlanta for Joanna to compete in the 2004 GNC Show of Strength. Joanna commented that Jeannie Paparone had a nice shape to her and she could be hard for her to beat. Other predominate professional female bodybuilders include Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia, Mily Pena, Nancy Lewis, Rosemary Jennings, Gayle Moher, Mary Ellen Doss, Monica Martin, Angela Debatin, Michelle David, Mary Ellen Jerumbo, and Elizabeth Gomez. Debbie Bramwell, although did not compete herself, was with Joanna backstage helping her prepare and encouraging her. Before the show, all of the female bodybuilder would eat sugary food and work out with weights in order to show off their veins. While performing, bodybuilders are dehydrated and at their weakest so performing poses is very tiered and strained.[3]

At the end of the first round, the judges pick out their top three favorites, which is a strong indicator of final placing. Nancy Lewis was picked first, Rosemary Jennings was picked second, and Joanna Thomas was picked third. After preparation backstage for the final round, Joanna came on stage in a pink bikini and posed to the song Barbie Girl. During posedown, Joanna, along with Nancy Lewis, Rosemary Jennings, Gayle Moher, Mary Doss, and Jeannie Paparone began performing free form poses and try to over-shine their competitors for the judges to see. At the end of the GNC Show of Strength, Joanna came in 2nd place, with Nancy Lewis winning the lightweight title. Joanna won $2,000 dollars at the GNC.[3]

The final results for the 2004 GNC Show of Strength:

-- Overall --
Yaxeni Oriquen[8]
Place Name Country 1 2 3 4 Total
-- Heavyweights over 135 lbs --
1 Yaxeni Oriquen Venezuela 5 5 5 5 20
2 Betty Pariso United States 10 10 10 10 40
3 Lisa Aukland United States 20 15 15 15 65
4 Christine Roth Canada 17 20 22 20 79
5 Annie Riviecco United States 20 25 21 26 94
6 Maria Calo Argentina 29 30 30 29 118
7 Mily Pena Venezuela 37 36 37 110
8 Karen Marillier United Kingdom 38 39 38 115
Wtdr Heather Foster United States
Wtdr Helle Nielsen Denmark
-- Lightweights up to 135 lbs --
1 Nancy Lewis United States 5 5 5 5 20
2 Joanna Thomas United Kingdom 12 13 11 11 47
3 Rosemary Jennings United States 13 12 14 14 53
4 Gayle Moher United States 22 22 22 25 91
5 Mary Ellen Doss Canada 23 30 28 22 103
6 Jeannie Paparone United States 23 23 30 30 117
7 Monica Martin Brazil 34 36 35 105
8 Angela DeBatin Brazil 38 37 37 112
9 Michelle David United States 45 45 46 136
10 Mary Ellen Jerumbo United States 50 50 49 149
11 Elizabeth Gomez Mexico 55 55 55 165

2004 Ms. Olympia[edit]

After finishing the 2004 GNC Show of Strength, Joanna returns to Los Angeles where her parents sent her video of her 1997 EFBB Northeast Qualifier, her first female bodybuilding competition, where she placed first in middleweight. Joanna travels to Las Vegas to compete in the 2004 Ms. Olympia. On the night before the contest, bodybuilding fans get to meet with their bodybuilding heroes. Along with Joanna, Betty Pariso, and Dayana Cadeau are seen. Dayana Cadeau boasts that nobody that in her class can beat her. Joanna spends the next 12 hours of fasting and dehydrating before the competition. Her parents and from England flew out to Las Vegas to see and support her. Debbie Bramwell also came to support her. If Joanna did win the 2004 Ms. Olympia she would only win $10,000, a fraction of the $120,000 that would be won by the 2004 Mr. Olympia winner.[3]

After five months of training and dieting, Joanna takes part in the 2004 Ms. Olympia. During the first round, Joanna was not picked among the top six. She only has the evening show left to improve her chances. At the end of the next round of posing, Joanna did not place in the top three in the lightweight class, much to her and her parents disappointment. The next day, at her apartment, Joanna calls the Olympia judge and asks where she was placed at the Olympia and she was told she placed 7th place. At the end of the documentary, Joanna was more determined than ever to win the Ms. Olympia title.[3]

The final results for the 2004 Ms. Olympia:

1 Marja LEHTONEN Finland 23 15 20 14 72 3
2 Dayana CADEAU Canada 7 5 8 8 28 1
3 Desiree ELLIS Canada 22 23 22 67 5
4 Denise MASINO United States 8 10 9 7 34 2
5 Vilma CAEZ United States 45 44 40 129 9
6 Valentina CHEPIGA Ukraine 39 41 36 116 8
7 Nancy LEWIS United States 21 21 21 63 4
8 Mah Ann MENDOZA Philippines 23 30 29 82 6
9 Joanna THOMAS United Kingdom 37 35 40 112 7
10 Lenda MURRAY United States 10 7 10 10 37 2
11 Lisa AUKLAND United States 32 30 32 94 6
12 Yaxeni ORIQUEN Venezuela 15 15 15 15 60 3
13 Betty PARISO United States 22 22 24 68 4
14 Betty VIANA Venezuela 23 24 24 71 5
15 Iris KYLE United States 5 8 5 5 23 1
16 Bonny PRIEST United States 33 34 32 99 7



Reviews have been written for Supersize She from The Independent,[11] Liverpool Echo,[12] The Beachwood Reporter,[13] and The Daily Telegraph.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Supersize She (2004)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Supersize She Joanna Thomas Female Bodybuilding Documentary
  4. ^ a b c Special Edition Films
  5. ^ a b "Supersize She". RDF Rights. RDF Media Group. Archived from the original on July 5, 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  6. ^ RDF gets first look at Special Edition
  7. ^ a b RDF rights picks up Supersize She doc
  8. ^ 2004 Show of Strength Pro Bodybuilding Results
  9. ^ "FLASH REPORT". Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  10. ^ "Supersize She". Channel 5. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  11. ^ Maume, Chris (2005-10-15). "Chris Maume: Sport on TV". The Independent. Independent News & Media. Archived from the original on December 25, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  13. ^ Buckner, Scott (2007-03-22). "What I Watched Last Night". The Beachwood Reporter. The Beachwood Media Company. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  14. ^ White, Jim (2005-10-13). "Gangsta rapper becomes Mr Nice Guy". Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 

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