Growing up, Karolina Kurkova never felt normal being as skinny as she was.
Then she landed the cover of American Vogue at the age of 16 and she finally felt a confidence in herself. She was learning "it was okay to be different."
But that confidence quickly waned when she began werkin' it on the catwalk and was told her figure wasn't skinny enough!!
In a health and fashion panel, she also revealed she suffered a thyroid problem at 24, causing a 30lb weight gain:
I was 24 and going through menopause. That was one of my side effects. I thought I was going crazy. I was having panic attacks every minute and I didn’t know what was happening, because I’ve been a healthy person. I’ve exercised all my life. I’ve always eaten well and taken care of myself.
Also suffering from weight pressure??
Fellow model Elettra Wiedemann told the panel she was told to get a breast reduction and nose job if she wanted continued success as a model.
We all knew there was pressure in the modeling industry but when you learn some detailed first-hand accounts, it's chilling!!
[Image via Patrick Hoffman/WENN.]
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