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 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.
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.
Being born and raised as a Californian, I somewhat ignorantly had taken for granted the diversity and liberal mindset that shaped my childhood and adult life.
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.
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.
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 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.
Many women who have anorexia put their hearts in a compromised situation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While women across the globe have many differences - language, culture, environment - our similarities are undeniable, and the impact of abuse and oppression affects us all.
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.
From the time I started school, it was clear to everyone that I wasn't learning at the same pace as other kids.
I bicycle 12,000-foot mountain passes, run, cross train, skate-ski, hike and mountain bike.
I delight in my family obligations, but they leave little time for breaks let alone quick trips across the country.
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.
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