With a number of women taking to Instagram to share the truth behind real and posed pictures with their two-second transformations, our feeds are becoming inspiring platforms of inclusivity for all women. Model, Liz Golden-Bhojwani added her take to the mix by sharing a before-and-after shot accompanied by a touching post about how struggles with her body weight led her away from the fashion industry and down a difficult path to self-love.
The side-by-side shots are three years apart and feature a picture of Liz during the height of her high-fashion career, when she was publicly praised as one of Vogue's freshman model class of 2013, and her now. Liz explains how she maintained such a low body weight, writing "In 2012 I was having about 500 calories a day."
After struggling to suppress her appetite and maintain the small measurements required to walk shows during fashion week, the model found herself in a spiral of self-doubt and self-loathing. "I don't know why of all people I was just unable to keep up with the diets and the regimes. I thought I was weak minded, I didn't care enough, or maybe I just didn't want it enough. I beat myself up for a long time, playing it over and over again in my head how I completely failed. So much was right there in front of me, and I just let it go because I could not let go of my worst enemy, FOOD."
Taking a break from the high-fashion world led to Liz's realisation that body size and weight don't determine her life or her career aspirations, explaining in the caption, "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, slowly slowly I was coming into my true body form. My natural self, not my forced self."
If you're struggling to find some body positivity right now, Liz's words will undoubtedly inspire you to love yourself a little more, because just like the rest of us, her body is "Not perfect, not show ready or VS ready, not the best, but it is mine and my soul is happy."