Self-love, including self-worth and self-respect, begins with the word “SELF.” And, of course, they can’t be found in anyone else. Loving oneself first is very important for mental health and well-being, keeping depression and anxiety away. The practice of self-acceptance can undeniably be challenging, especially with the kind of society we find ourselves in. You possibly will agree!
But then being yourself can push you through your limiting beliefs while you have a life that truly shines. It is pretty common for people to share their weight loss journey, but these models [compiled below] are instead sharing how they gained weight. It didn’t only change their bodies, but it also helped their emotional health. These models have since overcome low self-esteem and eating disorders to become body positivity activists. Please have a glance at their motivating messages and transformations.
Charli heavily brought attention to eating disorders and their negative effect on mental and physical health. While battling an eating disorder, she suffered depression and anxiety but has since overcome all that and motivated others.
On Instagram, Amy wrote that she has gone through different phases but ultimately landed on weightlifting as her solace. The model, whose transformation was both through her body and her behavior, also explained how eating more was the solution to her body issues. Amy has advised the people concerned about her weight: “Eat more, lift more, and sleep more.”
As an Ex-Victoria’s Secret Angel, Bridget’s body had been the attention of her life since she was a little girl. But recently opened up about her struggle with health and body image. She has since deleted all the gym selfies on Instagram and the progress shots from her phone.
To achieve her 2015 body, Marciel trained hours every day and severely restricted her diet. However, she has since encouraged her fans to be “the healthiest and happiest” version of themselves. In one of her posts, she recalled how many issues she had about her body when she was younger and how much joy and peace it stole from her.
Jayne has quite a following, over one million followers on Instagram. She overcame an eating disorder and is now educating her followers that healthy bodies come in all sizes. “Wait, so you just decided to RUIN your body?” Is one of the questions people have asked her. But she responded: “Nah, I just stopped torturing myself every day for not fitting an image I was never supposed to be.”
In one of her Instagram posts, Tabria wrote: “A healthy body image, 50Ibs, and two double D’s later! I was 170 on the left, 220 now, and can’t believe how much I hated the way I looked ten years ago. Now I’m more in love with my body than I’ve ever been! Stop self-loathing and start self-loving.”
Recently, Kimmey shared a powerful message of self-love and acceptance on her Instagram. Her post proved that everybody has a bikini body. And her caption had read: “There’s something I need you to know: no matter how much you change – your circumstances, your body, your finances, your job, your relationship status – You are worthy of JOY, LOVE, OPPORTUNITY and the most important and least received: RESPECT.”
This plus-size model claimed she loathed her body and felt insecure when she was a size six. But since gaining weight, she has had a much more positive relationship with her body. “I remember how unhappy I was in the picture to the left; I would loathe certain parts of my body. I had so many insecurities, I compared myself to other women, and I lacked confidence.” Thomas had revealed.
This British Model has remained an inspiration to many as she shared her road to anorexia recovery. “DO WHAT SCARES YOU AND OWN IT” is one piece of advice she tells her followers. She has since insisted that anorexia nervosa isn’t the goal and isn’t glamorous. While she has had problems with her joints from lack of nutrients, fainting spells, and heart palpitations, she’s now delighted having gained some weight.
The Ex-Body Builder realized she wasn’t happy and wrote on Facebook that she was never enough and constantly needed to improve. She has since advised: “Your worth and joy isn’t weighed by what you can lift or what the scale says. Happiness is what matters the most!”
Jovana’s experience losing weight was healthy until it wasn’t any longer. She didn’t take drastic measures but lost weight in a controlled and sustainable way. However, she’s more confident since she gained weight, and her health is her MAIN priority. Realizing her health meant much more than being fit was a huge wake-up call for the model.
This model struggled with eating disorders when she was young and suffered from malnutrition and other eating-related health issues. But when she finally gained some weight, she reportedly claimed it’s was a different experience together as she attained more confidence with who she is and where she’s at.
Nathalia recently celebrated three years of recovery, and she advised: “No matter where you are on your journey. Love your body today! Nothing justifies us not feeling comfortable in our bodies.”
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Victoria struggled with anorexia before turning to bikini competitions, which eventually allowed her to focus on her body and food. However, she worked pretty hard to change her relationship with food, health, and body. She revealed via one of her Instagram posts that a bad relationship with food has nothing to do with food, adding that trusting one’s mind and body will align and lead anyone to make the right choices at the moment.
Fitness Trainer Emma had been so unconfident and had unhealthy relationships with food. She could never have imagined that she would be able to change her body and her mindset one day. She advises her audience that they shouldn’t be perfect or even NEAR perfect for achieving their desired goals while transforming their body or life. “Fitness and health should be a fun addition to your life, rather than the whole of it.” Emma had urged.
Influencer Madden shared her weight gain photo, reminding you that gaining weight undeniably helps your fitness goals and makes anyone stronger. She has since warned her audience to think twice about commenting on another person’s weight.
As she prepared for New York Fashion Week, Liza fainted because she was eating so little to achieve a skinny physique. Following the incident, she has been eating correctly while embracing her body’s natural and healthy weight gain. So far, the model has gained about 30-35 points and is a much happier human being mentally.
Greene revealed she has gained about 30-35 pounds over two years but added that her body transformation was quite an emotional one.
During the National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Model Dan took to her Instagram and shared her story. In her caption, she explained: “There’s nothing like feeling like you are completely out of control of yourself and your mind or using an ED [Eating Disorder] to try attempt gain some semblance of control back, in a small way. Struggling doesn’t make you weak. And ED is not a choice, but recovery is.”
At the moment, Lawrence is among the body-positive model and an Aerie Ambassador. During the National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, she uploaded a before vs. after pic, showing her body transformations and her journey to self-acceptance. The model explained how body dysmorphia is a mental illness and that there are ways to reclaim ownership over your being.