It’s no big secret that the women who excel in modeling don’t have a healthy diet – no matter what lies the industry tries to sell us. The kind of BMI required to book the highest profile gigs isn’t good for anyone, and not only that, but not being able to eat when you’re hungry, or eat foods you enjoy, has to be the worst.
I don’t know about you, but a life without pizza doesn’t seem like a life worth living.
Which is pretty much what ex-model Liza Golden-Bhojwani eventually decided, though getting there wasn’t pretty. Or easy.
When she began booking top gigs for the first time, Liza was eating 500 calories a day in order to maintain the required physique (the picture on the left). She recalls the night things changed:
“…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.”
Like many people who veer off such an extreme diet program, Liza quickly fell into binging all of her favorite foods, unable to stop after denying herself for so long.
“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.”
It took her a long time to realize that maybe the career wasn’t for her, but now that she has, she isn’t looking back – or away from a mirror, or a camera, or anything else that reflects the body she believes she was born to inhabit.
“One day I just thought…why am I fighting against my body? Why don’t I just go in the same direction? Stop forcing my own agenda and just listen to my body. And that’s what I did. The picture on the right is me as of right now, my body as it is. Not perfect, not show ready or VS ready, not the best, but it is mine and my soul is happy.”
Golden has become an advocate and inspiration for women and the body positivity movement as she shares her journey and ultimate self-acceptance on Instagram and other social media sites. She advocates a healthy lifestyle and continues to exercise for her own benefit (not to lose weight). The way she’s come to look at herself versus the way the modeling industry (and the rest of the world) looks at her is truly an inspiration.
“Maybe I wasn’t made to be on the covers of magazines and shooting the biggest and best brands, but I was made for a reason. Maybe I was made to share this story and spread the message of body love to all the women out there struggling.”
Hats off, Liza, and may your words bring others peace in their own skin.
h/t: Scary Mommy
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