In an emotional Instagram post, Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin’s youngest daughter, Amelia Gray, opened up about her struggle with an eating disorder. Read her inspiring message here.
Amelia Gray Hamlin, 16, got REAL on Instagram over the weekend. The model, whose famous parents are Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna, shared a current photo of herself in a red bikini, alongside another pic of herself in a white swimsuit that was taken about a year ago. In the throwback photo, Amelia’s ribs are sticking out, and she looks noticeably more gaunt than in the 2018 pic. In the caption, Amelia admitted that that’s because the older photo was snapped when she was in the throes of an eating disorder, which she started getting help for shortly after the picture in the white swimsuit was taken.
“I could go on and on about that time in my life, but the most important part about it was waking up one morning and deciding to stop sabotaging myself,” she wrote. “My health, my physical health, my mental health and everything about myself. Once I got the help that I needed, I began to try to love myself for me.” She went on to explain how coming clean about this scary eating disorder has helped her find “purpose” because she knows she can now be an inspiration to others. “The first photo, taken today, is not a photo of the perfect girl,” she explained. “That is a photo of me, trying to figure out my body and owning my curves that I naturally have, and not forcing myself to starve them away.”
Amelia made her message clear: She still has a long way to go herself, but she wants to inspire others. “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,” Amelia concluded. “One day at a time. I want to help.”
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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After making her major confession, Amelia posted another bikini photo of herself at the beach, in which she looks so relaxed, happy and carefree in her skin. So inspiring!