Simone Holtznagel slams 'triggering' body transformation comments

Simone Holtznagel has hit back at social media users describing her recent body transformation as "triggering" and "drastic".

The 29-year-old's boyfriend and trainer to the stars Jono Castano shared a photo to Instagram this week, showing off Simone's recent transformation.

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Model Simone Holtznagel has slammed social media users who labelled her recent body transformation as 'triggering'. Photo: Instagram/Simone Holtznagel

"No one ever sees the hard work you put in at the gym @simoneholtznagel they’re always quick to judge you but no result comes from an easy journey," Jono wrote. "You still eat your burgers from time to time and focus on highlighting that we can still enjoy a martini or two or 5, so proud of you babe xx!"

The trainer added that boxing coach Tony Saad, who trained Simone and works with him at his Sydney-based gym Acero, did a "great job" and that "the results speak for themselves".


While many shared their congratulations for the former SAS star, saying she looked "amazing" and looked great in both photos, some other Instagram users have said the transformation photos are "too much".

"Gal, this was triggering and not okay to see on my feed," one user commented on the post. "Doing a shared post with a trainer who is applauding this kind of drastic weight loss belongs in 2007. Not cool."

Simone responded, pointing out that Jono is, in fact, her boyfriend, with another user adding, "This is a post by her PARTNER who is a personal trainer coincidentally and is proud of his girl whom he obviously found attractive before and after for her hard work."

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Simone hit out at people for slamming her transformation, saying she thought we weren't body shaming any kind of body in 2022. Photo: Instagram/Simone Holtznagel

"Please eat more," someone else added, with Jono jumping in to say, "She eats 2400+ [calories] a day!"

"Proof you can still live on pasta and get ripped AF," fellow Australia's Next Top Model star Madeline Huett-Auld wrote. "You’ve worked so hard and LOOK AT YOU! Amazing.

"F**k the haters, they’ll leave their stupid comments no matter what you look like."

"So many haters!" another said. "Why is a healthy lean body so triggering for people?"

Another friend added, "You look f***ing amazing @simoneholtznagel I know how hard you’ve worked, and I’ve never seen you happier!

"My god, people fat shame and then they thin shame! How does one win?"

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Simone hit back at the haters saying the photos were "hardly drastic" and that she still had a "balanced" diet.

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Simone with boyfriend and trainer to the stars Jono Castano. Photo: Instagram/Simone Holtznagel

"People have commented saying it's 'triggering', and 'before-and-after' (pictures) don't belong in 2022…" she said. "I thought what we weren't doing in 2022 was commenting on other people's bodies."

"I thought I looked great on the left, I think I look great on the right," she added.

"One thing I'll take away from that post is you can't please everyone. I have been bigger and I've been smaller but I was happy in both stages of my life."

Simone previously told Confidential in 2017 that she wasn't ready to ditch the pasta to workout like a Victoria's Secret model.

"I would love to work with Victoria's Secret," she said. "It’s very very competitive. Every single model in the world wants that job. I don’t think I’m there yet, body-wise, because those girls are like athletes. But it’s always a goal," she said at the time.

"I know a couple of girls who have done it and they train like all day every day and I really like a glass of wine and spaghetti."

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