I am sixteen years old in the images at the left. These photos were taken just before I was offered the opportunity of a lifetime, I had no idea what was about to happen. After placing well in a local “Most Promising Model” contest, I headed to NYC to complete there. Just after my runway performance, I was approached by an agent to work as a model in live in Paris, France (amazingly my parents let me go which is a whole other story in itself).
I plunged head first into the fashion scene, only to discover the lifestyle was unbearable. The pressure to be unnaturally thin, and to modify my behavior and body, drained my willpower and self esteem. Still, I continued on, working in Milan, Italy, and New York, searching for my niche.
Various modeling pics above spanning from age 16-21
At 21, I decided to quit modeling, come home to the Midwest, and earn my degree in Broadcast Journalism. Looking back at this period in my life, I am very grateful for my modeling past, because it made me who I am today.
I would say recovered somewhere around 26 (after about 6 years of therapy, and eventually meds) the final step occurring after I met my husband who encouraged me to just be me. Now at 42, I have a 12 year old daughter and a 9 year old son and they are the center of our world, what more do you need in life? I am blessed.
My modeling days are long gone, along with my disordered eating habits. I share with you my past, in an effort to set you on the right track, especially if are suffering with an eating disorder.
If your greatest desire is to be thin and beautiful, I hope my blog topics and true life stories serve as a voice of reason… be careful what you wish for.
The real me today at left at
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-Heather Blessington aka mamaVISION