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Natalie Joyce has turned a nightmare into a triumph

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Stereotypically, when a woman gets dumped she kicks off the process of reclaiming her identity and dignity by getting a haircut.

But, when your husband’s affair and lovechild is splashed across the front page of every major newspaper in the country, a trim and a new colour is not going to cut it.

A little over 12 months after news broke that former deputy prime minister and leader of the Nationals Barnaby Joyce was having an affair and was expecting a child with his staffer, Vikki Campion, Natalie Joyce has come out flexing her muscles – literally.

The 49-year-old mother of four took out fourth place in the "First Timers" and "Miss Fitness Model Momma" categories of the I Compete Naturally (ICN) North Coast Classic bodybuilding competition at New Lambton on Sunday.

The symbolism of Joyce’s body transformation is impossible to miss. Her defined muscles and obvious physical strength is a rejection of the image often associated with the role of softer, weaker,........

© Canberra Times