Recently, supermodels have been speaking out about the immense pressure put on them to maintain a certain appearance — and it's still a major issue — but back when Molly Sims began modeling, she felt she had no choice but to go to extreme lengths to stay a size 0.
Now 42, she's ready to open up about the intimate details of her modeling career.
"I would walk 14 miles a day," she told HuffPost Live. "It was very difficult to stay the weight that you were supposed to stay. I'm genetically blessed in certain ways, but in terms of ... being a certain size 0, it was very hard. I didn't eat sometimes for a couple of days."
When she looks back at old photos of herself now, she admires how she looks, but she also sees a girl who was very uncomfortable with her appearance.
"You never think you look good at the moment, but then you see that picture 5 years later and you're like, 'Damn girl I look good,'" she said. "At that time, I thought I was so heavy."
Despite being a size 0/2, she was still constantly critiqued on her size.
"I remember them saying to me, 'You've got to stop going to the gym.' I was always known as the muscular girl," she remembered. "Or, 'Your nose is crooked.' I didn't know my nose was crooked for the first 20 years of my life. You get that in your head."
After that, she was so desperate to change how she looked, she even consulted with a plastic surgeon.
But now that she's married with a three-year-old child, her priorities have shifted entirely.
"Now that I have a husband and a family and I have kids, I'm not consumed with trying to get into the size 2. Who gives a shit if I'm in a size 6?"
Her definition of beauty now? Not a size 2, 4, or 6, she said. "It's how you feel."
(h/t HuffPost Live)
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