By Jonathan Borge
Apr 02, 2018 @ 4:30 pm

According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), 30 million people across the U.S. suffer from an eating disorder, and now, 16-year-old Amelia Gray Hamlin is coming forward as one of them.

The teenage daughter of actress and reality TV star Lisa Rinna has made her mark in the modeling industry, first signing with IMG Models last summer and later walking the Dolce & Gabbana runway. Along with her 19-year-old model sister, Delilah Belle Hamlin, she’s also worked with brands as major as Tommy Hilfiger.

But life in front of the cameras isn’t as easy as she’s made it seem.

On Sunday, Amelia took to Instagram to share a post in which she revealed she battles anorexia. She shared two images, the first in a red bikini and, if you swipe, the second in a white bikini, to show how her figure has changed in one year. As she points out, the new red bikini photo is of her in a healthier place.

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.

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“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,” she wrote. “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.”

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In the post, she moves on to explain that after finally seeking help for her anorexia, she’s learned to love her body, though it is a journey. “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,” she wrote, adding that though she was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, which affects the thyroid gland, she wants to help others suffering from similar eating disorders.

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Hamlin, of course, is not the first celebrity to open up about body image to the public. Recently, Selena Gomez quoted author Naomi Wolf in an Instagram post about beauty myths. "The beauty myth—an obsession with physical perfection that traps modern women in an endless cycle of hopelessness, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society’s impossible definition of flawless beauty," she wrote. "I chose to take care of myself because I want to, not to prove anything to anyone. Wind in her sails."

Similarly, Demi Lovato, for years, has been a body positivity advocate. After announcing she’s done with dieting for good, she recently shared a powerful photo of what she calls her “no more dieting thighs.” Powerful, indeed.