Was This Chubby Kid Bullied Into Becoming a Supermodel?

You know how when really thin, pretty women say they were such awkward adolescents, and you want to roll your eyes because you think to yourself, Wow, I’m sure that pimple you had once in eighth grade was really rough on you? I guess maybe for the uber beautiful, a pimple when they were 14 did seem really awkward.

Which is why it’s refreshing to hear a model say she was chubby in middle school, and then see a picture of her being chubby in middle school. Supermodel Heidi Albertsen not only struggled with extra weight during her awkward years, she suffered from eczema too.


She struggled with eating in high school, both with what to eat and how much of it to eat. She said:

My parents were divorced. I don’t know exactly what got me to eat, but I definitely ate my feelings away, I think. And I was fat as a result ... I was born with eczema, and when I was younger I didn’t know a lot about what food to eat so I was covered with it.

She also admits to having been bullied in school, and that’s what made her ultimately decide she needed to make some lifestyle changes.

It sort of got to me in my core ... I knew something had to change because I just couldn’t live with the pain of, you know, being fat and being told I was fat and being made fun of.

After beginning to exercise and changing her eating habits, she entered a modeling competition at 17 with Elite Models -- and won. She says that she still adheres to the changes she made in high school to maintain her slender physique.

Of course, some may argue that she’s gone too far to the other extreme, letting bullying get to her to the point of obsession with keeping up the extreme thinness required to be a model. If that’s the case, then that’s not a healthy attitude either.

Eh, I think I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt. If she’s happy and healthy being so thin, who am I to judge? Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to eat a sandwich, because I place more value in noshing than in a supermodel career.

What do you think? Should Heidi Albertson be commended or condemned for her skinny bod?

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