We come in many different shapes and sizes, and we need to support each other and our differences. Our beauty is in our differences.
Exposing any subject that is unpleasant or controversial means risking judgment and making some people feel uncomfortable.
My own path towards wellness has been a long and dynamic one. It's taught me that healing from the inside out takes time and there can be great value in various sources of guidance.
My daughters, your daughters, our daughters deserve safety, protection, and the freedom to make their own choices about their personal lives and their physical selves.
I'm proud that today, at 43 years old, I've come to value the aging process and focus on inner rather than outer beauty.
Eating disorders, body dysmorphia and a general dissatisfaction with one's life and body seems to ail too many young people.
I am not naturally that thin, so I had to go through everything from using drugs to diet pills to laxatives to fasting. Those were my main ways of controlling my weight.
I was born in 1968, just eighteen months after my sister Chrisse and just one year after Dad passed the bar exam.
I had dropped out of school and was a runaway, so I didn't have family to fall back on if I didn't work. I didn't have a lot of other options of making money other than modeling.
I am a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother. I am a friend of women and I am their advocate.
I had been on this insane diet for almost 17 years to maintain the weight that was demanded of me when I was modeling. My diet was really starvation. I am not naturally that thin.
Motherhood has brought me many joys and insights, but the new perspective it granted me on the role I had inadvertently played in young women's lives for the 2 decades I spent in the modeling industry was downright sobering.
You have to find a balance with food in your life - you can't take out food. It can be absolutely terrifying.
I believe that as women, we must commit ourselves to sustaining the progress made by our foremothers who fought so hard for women's equality and liberation.
I was in a sushi bar and it dawned on me - how could I discriminate between a cow and a fish?
I've found that balance is key. I'm no longer an extremist in any one direction.
My weight fluctuated when I was 30, and I did the unthinkable - I stepped out as a plus-sized model.
Just as young people absorb all kinds of messages from the media, young girls learn what it means to be a woman by watching the older women in their lives.
But I would assert that despite the wide variety of yoga options and individual preferences, there is one universal element: the union of consciousness and movement, breath and awareness.
Part of treatment for drugs and alcohol is you abstain from these, but with eating disorders you can't abstain from food so the treatment is longer than drugs and alcohol.
My doctor felt that the main contributing factor was so many years of malnutrition, especially during my formative years, even before I got into modeling.
But life inevitably throws us curve balls, unexpected circumstances that remind us to expect the unexpected. I've come to understand these curve balls are the beautiful unfolding of both karma and current.
When I consider the deeper meaning of yoga, I realize it's about a lot more than simply performing a variety of postures on a mat.
Just because you're a different size doesn't mean you're sitting on the couch eating bonbons all day long watching TV.
Life is full of change and uncertainty. We know this. We experience it on a daily basis.
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