Ever since Carbonero became Spain’s on-the-pitch correspondent at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, many of her countrymen have come to see her as the hottest woman on television.
But viewers’ obsessions with physical perfection on screen have riled the sports journalist after her colleague Tania Llasera was the butt of countless jokes online for putting on weight after quitting smoking.
Carbonero, who has a blog on Elle Magazine’s website, decided to post two photos of herself showing a big scar on her elbow (which she’s had since she broke her arm aged 3) and a pigmentation problem or large birthmark on the same arm.
“I support constructive criticism in any field but I can’t understand those who slam people’s physical appearance” she wrote.
“We’re not robots designed by computers to look perfect.”
Carbonero, 30, also spoke of how Spanish newsreader Carme Chaparro had recently had a bad experience with a fashion designer who told her he didn’t do clothes for women over size 36 (UK 8/US 6).
“Carme and Tania are two strong, beautiful, confident women with their heads screwed on right, but can you imagine if this happened to an 18 or 20-year-old girl who was shy, insecure and vulnerable?” Carbonero asked.
Despite her so-called imperfections, Carbonero was named "The Sexiest Reporter in the World" by FHM magazine in 2009.