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.
Many women who have anorexia put their hearts in a compromised situation.
My parents were both from the East and had moved to San Francisco only so my father could go to law school there.
Though my parents assured me over and over again that I wasn't stupid or slow, I sensed that my dyslexia was now a stigma on all of us.
I bicycle 12,000-foot mountain passes, run, cross train, skate-ski, hike and mountain bike.
I think that we can't deny the public's want for balancing out the images that are out there depicting women. Not all of us are 17 and a size two.
I delight in my family obligations, but they leave little time for breaks let alone quick trips across the country.
From the time I started school, it was clear to everyone that I wasn't learning at the same pace as other kids.
Anorexia was there for me before I got into modeling, but because of the arena and the demands, the disease really got out of control for me. It's like being an alcoholic and going and being a bartender.
My weight fluctuated when I was 30, and I did the unthinkable - I stepped out as a plus-sized model.
I've found that balance is key. I'm no longer an extremist in any one direction.
I did some great work with my Calvin Klein ads on the motorcycle. It was really groundbreaking because people hadn't seen a woman actually riding a motorcycle before.
There is nothing more attractive that a woman who is sure of herself.
I grew up on antibiotics. Every ailment - sore throats, earaches, flus - warranted a trip to the doctor and in most cases some kind of prescription.
I was essentially paid to perpetuate the myth that we are all, or should at least try to be, 17 and a size 2 forever.
In the past, I often found that when I reached out for a fast cure it led me down a slippery slope of more medications, hopeful dependence on the next prescription and ultimately a much longer drawn-out illness.
When you become a parent, it's not all about you anymore.
I feel like it's my responsibility to honestly cover a lot of subjects in part because I have two little girls and I really want them when they grow up to have a voice.
I've learned to surround myself with women who lift me up and leave me feeling nurtured rather than drained.
There comes a moment as a parent when you realize you will no longer be the center of your child's universe.
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