Back at home, in the north-eastern province of Loei where she was born, getting stared at is something she's now used to. "People don't recognise me when I go back to my hometown. They are surprised of how big I am and think I look transgender," she says. Even in the beach town of Pattaya, where she has lived for the past eight years and where bodybuilding is gaining popularity, Fon says fellow Thais sometimes see her as a "freak". Several of them don't speak Thai with her, assuming she is a Filipina or Brazilian.