The pressure to be a certain size or to look a certain way is hard enough in today’s world, without considering what it must be like for models in the fashion industry. But one former model, Liza Golden-Bhojwani, has shared an inspiring before and after photo to illustrate just how much her body changed after she stopped “fighting” it to fit the industry’s ideals, and how much happier she is now because of it.
A little flashback Friday action for you. This caption will be long and won’t fit, so if you’d like to read please find the rest in the comment section….The left side was me at the start of the peak of my career. My first proper fashion week where I was actually the size I needed to be. I was booking amazing shows that one never thinks they actually could, walking with girls who I once looked up to, it was a serious adrenaline rush…but after fainting one night in my apt whilst preparing one of my very low cal meals (I think it was 20 pieces of steamed edamame if I remember correctly), I called it quits with the diet and workout regime I was put on and decided I could do it on my own. I thought to myself, I can still be this thin, but I’ll just eat a little more so I don’t feel so horrible. Well, eating a little more turned into eating nearly a bag full of almonds, which then turned into eating full size meals, which then turned into a full blown binge. I was craving every single food you could imagine and I was giving in to every craving even though I knew this was such an important time in my career. I made it through NYFW okay, no one had noticed any weight gain, but by the time I had gotten the LFW I could see the pounds starting to show both in the mirror and on the measuring tape, but I kept quiet obviously not wanting to sabotage myself. I found myself going to the grocery store and picking up raw vegetables to try and make up for the near two week binge I had in NY, but I didn’t see any weight coming off no matter how “healthy” I was eating and no matter how many workouts I fit in. MFW came and I knew I was bigger and by bigger I mean a 35.5in hip rather than the 34.5in hip I started with in NY, I played it cool and just pretended everything was normal. I did end up booking shows, Dolce & Gabbana being one of them. Which I afterwards received online criticism about my thighs looking fat…Anyways PFW came about, and I found it impossible to resist those chocolate croissants 🙊 I went on many a casting with one exclusive option being on my schedule, but after meeting the client I knew the reason for me not nailing the gig, my size…
Writing on Instagram, Liza shared the image showing her on the left-hand side “at the start of the peak of my career” versus her “right now, my body as it is.”
Having been in the fashion industry since she was 17, Liza explained that her career as a model initially gave her “a serious adrenaline rush”, but that all began to change “after fainting one night in my apartment while preparing one of my very low cal meals (I think it was 20 pieces of steamed edamame if I remember correctly)”.
Following that, Liza decided to “call it quits with the diet and workout regimen I was put on and… do it on my own”.
But after abandoning the restrictive plan designed to keep her the size she needed to be to walk in fashion week shows all over the world, Liza began “craving every single food you could imagine”, which eventually led to “a full-blown binge”.
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