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This Model Quit Dieting And Shared Photos Of Her Stunning Transformation

She used to live on 500 calories a day.

The modeling industry has long been associated with eating disorders and other destructive behaviors. Rumors of models eating tissue paper to laxatives to apple-only diets have swirled. They aren’t lying when they say beauty is pain.

Thankfully, many models are starting to fight back and we are seeing more body acceptance and diversity on the catwalk. Liza Golden-Bhojwani is one such model who has decided to embrace her curves and ditch starvation.

Bhojwani recently posted an inspiring message for Flashback Friday on Instagram in which she placed side-by-side images of her body at her first Fashion Week and today.

The difference is stark. In the first image, she is the “appropriate” size for the runway, but she certainly doesn’t look happy… or well. Her cheeks are hollow, her bones are protruding and she looks weak. In the current image beside it, Bhojwani looks like a completely different woman. She is glowing, fit and boasts enviable curves.

A little flashback Friday action for you. This caption will be long and won't fit, so if you'd like to read please find the rest in the comment section….The left side was me at the start of the peak of my career. My first proper fashion week where I was actually the size I needed to be. I was booking amazing shows that one never thinks they actually could, walking with girls who I once looked up to, it was a serious adrenaline rush…but after fainting one night in my apt whilst preparing one of my very low cal meals (I think it was 20 pieces of steamed edamame if I remember correctly), I called it quits with the diet and workout regime I was put on and decided I could do it on my own. I thought to myself, I can still be this thin, but I'll just eat a little more so I don't feel so horrible. Well, eating a little more turned into eating nearly a bag full of almonds, which then turned into eating full size meals, which then turned into a full blown binge. I was craving every single food you could imagine and I was giving in to every craving even though I knew this was such an important time in my career. I made it through NYFW okay, no one had noticed any weight gain, but by the time I had gotten the LFW I could see the pounds starting to show both in the mirror and on the measuring tape, but I kept quiet obviously not wanting to sabotage myself. I found myself going to the grocery store and picking up raw vegetables to try and make up for the near two week binge I had in NY, but I didn't see any weight coming off no matter how "healthy" I was eating and no matter how many workouts I fit in. MFW came and I knew I was bigger and by bigger I mean a 35.5in hip rather than the 34.5in hip I started with in NY, I played it cool and just pretended everything was normal. I did end up booking shows, Dolce & Gabbana being one of them. Which I afterwards received online criticism about my thighs looking fat…Anyways PFW came about, and I found it impossible to resist those chocolate croissants 🙊 I went on many a casting with one exclusive option being on my schedule, but after meeting the client I knew the reason for me not nailing the gig, my size…

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Of course, don’t get me wrong: There is absolutely nothing wrong being thin and having a frame that is more willowy than curvy. But if you have to engage in dangerous behaviors to be that thin, then you could risk your health, your happiness and your very life.

For Bhojwani to maintain such a thin frame, she had to eat minimal calories (think 500 calories a day, or 20 steamed edamame as a meal). She tells TODAY, “I could be so thin, yet it was never enough. There was never a point where I could say, ‘Okay this is it, this is the furthest I will go.’ I always wanted to go farther and be even smaller the next time.”

But one day, Bhojwani had a major wake-up call. She fainted from hunger inside of her apartment, and she finally realized that her unhealthy lifestyle was no longer sustainable. She began to eat again, but the more she ate, the more she gained weight. Suddenly, designers stopped wanting to work with her. She no longer got booked for shows. Her career was fizzling. She finally decided to call it quits and left the industry.

In 2014, Bhojwani got the urge to begin modeling again. At first, her plan was to workout hard-core and eat very few calories just like before. However, she soon realized that if she wanted to be happy and healthy, she needed to embrace her body rather than starve it to fit a rigid idea of beauty. Instead of torturing herself, she simply cared for her body and embraced her curves. And the results are truly breathtaking:

As you can see, she looks amazing!

All white everything 👌🏽❤ #bodylove #loveyourself #effyourbeautystandards

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The stunning supermodel tells PEOPLE magazine that she is happy her Flashback Friday post went viral. “I wanted to share my example of the fact that you don’t always have to lose weight to become healthy and happy, sometimes it is the other way around,” she says.

What an inspiring message for women everywhere. Here’s to beauty of all shapes and sizes!

h/t: Huffington Post