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‘RHONJ’ Star Teresa Giudice Proves Bodybuilding Has Paid Off With Impressive Bikini Photo

by Kim Wong-Shing

In case you haven’t heard, Teresa Giudice is ripped. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star posted a photo of herself on vacation on Instagram last week, and she looks completely jacked — in a good way.

Teresa took the photo in Turks and Caicos, where she was vacationing with her two older daughters. In June, the 46-year-old earned third place at her first-ever bodybuilding competition. She competed in the 40-plus bikini division.

“It was something I’ve always wanted to do — for myself,” Teresa told Us Weekly at the time. “I’ve gone to the gym since I could drive. I wanted to see my body transform.”

She also hoped to serve as a good example to her daughters after a tough few years. Teresa’s husband, Joe Giudice, has been in prison since 2016; Teresa herself served 11 months in prison in 2015. Teresa’s mom then passed away in 2017.

“I… wanted to show my daughters that if you put hard work and time into something, you can achieve anything,” the mom of four said.

And so she did. These muscles are definitely inspirational.

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Teresa Giudice recently showed off her fit body with a bikini photo on Instagram.

The mom of four took the photo while on vacation in Turks and Caicos with her daughters.

It’s no wonder that she wants to show off. Earlier this year, Teresa told Us Weekly that she’s “never felt so confident.”

Bodybuilding was a long-time dream of Teresa’s.

“It was something I’ve always wanted to do — for myself. I’ve gone to the gym since I could drive. I wanted to see my body transform,” she explained.

And she couldn’t be happier with the results.

“I love the way my arms and back look,” she said. “All my clothes are big on me. My body drastically changed because of yoga, but this was even more extreme.”

Teresa has four daughters with her husband Joe Giudice: Gia, 17; Gabriella, 14; Milania, 12; and Audriana, 9.

The family has had a rough few years. Teresa and her husband have been embroiled in legal battles since 2014, and Teresa spent 11 months in prison in 2015.

Her husband began his own 41-month sentence a few months later. A year later, her mother passed away.

Joe was recently sentenced to deportation.

Teresa’s commitment to bodybuilding was, in part, a way to distract herself from the stress.

“I have to keep my mind busy,” she said.

After building her yoga practice, she “was looking for the next thing.”

“I also wanted to show my daughters that if you put hard work and time into something, you can achieve anything,” she said.

Moreover, Teresa is rock-hard evidence that older women can still be fit as heck. She proudly stated, “It debunks the myth that if you’re over 40, you can’t look good.”