The model took to social media to get candid about her struggles with Anorexia. Amelia Gray Hamlin, who just so happens to be the daughter of actress Lisa Rinna opened up about the disorder that affects many women out there, bringing awareness to it.
The 16-year-old wrote a lengthy message on her platform.
She explained that she decided to go public about her condition after so many fans commented on her body now, comparing it to how she looked when she was thinner.
‘Anyways, last year at this time there was no doubt I was not okay. Not only physically but mentally as well. I feel like sometimes people forget that only because your job involves being in front of the camera, it does not mean you cannot have bad days. We are human. All of us,’ Amelia wrote.
She went on to say that ‘Instead of people commenting on my mental stability, they commented on my weight. Usually, when people are fighting an eating disorder, it stems from your mind, and your body’s a reflection of it all. I can go on and on about that time in my life, but the important part about it was me waking up one morning and deciding to stop sabotaging myself.’
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I feel comfort with finally posting something that I wish I was confident enough to post long ago. I’m getting many comments comparing my body today vs. my body last year. I think that the support from my followers has really pushed me into writing this. Anyways, last year at this time there was no doubt that I was not okay. Not only physically but also mentally. I feel like sometimes people forget that just because your job involves being in front of the camera, doesn’t mean you can’t have bad days. We’re human. All of us. Instead of people ever commenting on my mental stability, people commented on my weight. Usually, when people are struggling with an eating disorder it stems from your mind, and your body is a reflection of it. I could go on and on about that time of my life, but the most important part about it was waking up one morning and deciding to stop sabotaging myself. My health, my physical health, my mental health and everything about myself. Once I got the help that I needed, shortly after the second photo was taken, I began to try to love myself for me. I am SO beyond humbled and grateful to have the platform that I do at such a young age, and to wake up every morning with a little girl reaching out to me and telling me I am her inspiration, really makes me feel like I have a purpose. I went through this journey not for attention, not for people to pitty me, but to help. I am on this earth to help people, and I know that. One in 200 women in the US suffer from anorexia. And I want to help. The first photo, taken today is not a photo of the perfect girl. That is a photo of me, trying to figure out my body, and owing my curves that I naturally have, and not forcing myself to starve them away. I have a lot of health complications after starving myself for so long so it’s going to be a journey that I go through for a large part of my life. I still have an extremely healthy life style and I workout so hard all week to maintain my Body. Not to say that recently being diagnosed with hashimotos has also been an extreme challenge for me to balance when still getting over this part of my life, but I am getting there. One day at a time. I want to help.
Both Amelia and her older sister, Delilah Belle Hamlin, 19, have become quite successful in the modeling industry, and they often appear in ads and fashion spreads.
Their mother, Rinna has talked about it before, revealing that managing their careers has turned into a challenging full-time job for her as a momager.
Amelia went on to say that ‘One in 200 women in the US suffer from anorexia. And I want to help. The first photo, taken today isn’t a photo of the perfect girl. That’s a photo of me when I was trying to figure out my body, and owning the curves that I naturally have, and not forcing myself to starve them away. I have many health complications after starving myself for so long, so it is going to be a journey I go through for a large part of my life,’ Amelia shared.
Eating disorders are pretty common in the entertainment industry so the girl opening up about her struggle is only appreciated.
After all, the unrealistic beauty standards in Hollywood and in fashion are mainly to blame for Anorexia being so widespread, so people need to know about the dark side of the glamorous shots before ruining their health as well.