Being a teenager and trying to discover who you are is hard enough on someone’s self-esteem, but being a teenager...
"That's me being authentically myself."
Not everyone who suffers is scary-thin.
"I felt isolated and alone."
"It's part of a journey that I am still on."
"I almost killed myself in the process.”
"I was just 15 and I was dying."
She's a survivor.
"Draw a heart on my body."
Our society generally assumes that 'body issues' spawn from the desire to be thinner. Ioana Spangenberg actually suffers from the opposite. This Romanian born, 30 year old model has been trying to gain weight for the past 15 years.
I always hated the day when we would watch movies involving a girl with an eating disorder in middle school and high school. Suddenly people would be leaning back in their chairs and furrowing their brows at me. I could never escape their concerned glances, the way they watched me eat my salad I had packed that day.
I'm pretty sure all of us have had at least one Barbie doll in our lives. In fact, I'm pretty sure some of us had an entire Barbie army. She was just too gorgeous with that luxurious blonde hair, that elaborate wardrobe that fit her body to a tee, those feet that fit perfectly into even the highest of high heels.
I fell in love with the British show, Skins, so like most fans of that series, I was skeptical yet curious when MTV announced that they were premiering their own version of the show. The creator of Skins, Brian Elsley, is responsible for both versions, which explains the almost-identical characters and very similar plot lines.