CAN you believe this stunning paragon of fitness, health and beauty once thought she was ugly and wouldn't go out in a bikini?

Kawana Island's Zemma Butler spent years believing the lies she had been taught in her teens, that she was "not good enough and unattractive".

Now she could be only a few votes away from being crowned the 2016 Women's Health Next Fitness Star after being selected in the prestigious national competition's top 10 finalists.

She is the only person from Queensland to make the top 10 and just being there is "reward enough".

TITLE TILT: Zemma Butler is just a few votes away from being crowned the 2016 Women’s Health Next Fitness Star.
TITLE TILT: Zemma Butler is just a few votes away from being crowned the 2016 Women’s Health Next Fitness Star. Contributed

If Zemma wins, she becomes Women's Health's fitness correspondent for the next 12 months, writing a regular column in the issue and is also likely to be called upon for TV interviews.

Zemma's video clip obviously caught the judges' eye, being selected from thousands of applicants.

She's been in the health industry for nine years, but entering the Next Fitness Star was "something I have always wanted to".

Today is the last day to help Zemma get in to the top five and then to the top.

Inspired by Zemma's story? Vote for her here

Zemma's health tips:

  • Fitness is more than body or weight. It is all facets of your being, physical and emotional and having strong mental health.
     
  • Journal what you eat and work out what works for you.
     
  • Have a treat, it's not good to deny yourself something you want.
     
  • The centre point of exercise is having a strong core and Pilates helps with this.

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