Body Positive Hero celebrates the people who make the fashion industry and the world a body-positive place. A lot of horror, weight loss-related stories happen in the modeling industry, but every one of them highlights the change that needs to happen towards a healthier environment. The series also provides an outlet for these brave women who share the stories and their transformation.
“Maybe I was made to share this story and spread the message of body love to all the women out there struggling.”
Model Liza Golden-Bhojwani, currently lives in India and has been in and out of the modeling industry over the years. She got back to work in 2016 and recently shared harrowing side-by-side images of herself. One is from her first Fashion Week in 2012 and one from these days.
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…
Liza referred to her size on the picture on the left as what she “needed to be” to book runway jobs. She also revealed the struggle that she faced during the first string of shows. She recalled eating 20 pieces of steamed edamame as a meal and binge eating her way up from a 34.5- to a 36.5-inch hip measurement throughout the month.
The show offers also dwindled as she traveled from London to Milan to Paris.
“I knew the reason for me not nailing the gig, my size,” she wrote.
I just wanted to put this out there… if you see me hashtag #unretouched on a photo, I truly mean it is not retouched at all. My husband shoots with me an i7plus or a Canon G9x in my personal pics…I have been modelling for 10 years and counting, so I know how to pose, angle my body, and I know what light works. All it really takes is good lighting to get a pretty amazing photo even with an iPhone! I have no reason to lie about photoshopping, I am constantly photoshopped in most of my photos because I am a model and at the end of the day whatever the client wants is what they get…On another note, for those of you who are constantly telling me to exercise save your breath! For the 20th time, I work out 5 times a week with a personal trainer, I have toned my stomach/bum up a lot in the past few weeks, clearly enough to make some of you think I’m sitting around photoshopping my candid insta pics. If you’re looking for a size 0 model, unfollow me, get off my page, and follow someone else. That’s not me, and never will be me again. I am the healthiest and strongest I have ever been. And that is all I care about. Before you open your mouth to comment on someone else’s physical appearance on social media, look in the mirror and ask yourself “Do I love myself?”. If you truly love yourself, you would never publicly abuse another human being with harsh words and comments. Freedom of speech does not mean you should feel free to abuse people. Spread love, not hate. #loveyourself #unretouched #naturallight #thisisme #effyourbeautystandards #shineon #bodypositive #lovetheskinyourein Photo credit: @thirdeyejedi 💫🌟🌞
In 2014, she decided to revisit modeling again and got into shape in a much healthier way. By exercising and having a more sustainable diet. Even though she called it the most fit she was in her life, that wasn’t enough “for the likes of VS [Victoria’s Secret] or other brands.”
Things changed when Bhojawni was on a trip to India. She met her now husband there and moved in with him. Now, she has a different relationship wth her body and a much healthier outlook on life.
Hubba, Hubba. Me and my love enjoying our 1 year anniversary with loved ones under the Goan sun ☀️ Thank you to everyone who came and shared the love with us!! #goldenjedi #onlyfoolsrushin #goldenjediforever #Repost @thirdeyejedi ・・・ 2 peas in a pod now and forever. How I love and adore this gorgeous monkey on my back and can’t wait for many more years of floating bliss together ❤️✨🌊☀️🌴 This pic was taken at our one year anniversary pool party that we had in Goa this past weekend and have just about recovered from. Thank you to all who came, floated and shared the love ❤ #goldenjediforever #moonriver #floatingaway #homeiswherethepoolis #goa #inittowinit #onlyfoolsrushin #goldenjedi #goaloveforever
“The picture on the right of me as of right now, my body as it is,” she wrote. “Not perfect, not show ready or VS ready, not the best, but it is mine and my soul is happy.”
Liza now works out, eats what she wants without feeling guilty and does all of this for herself.
“Maybe I wasn’t made to be on the covers of magazines and shooting the biggest and best brands, but I was made for a reason,” she wrote. “I do deserve to be happy and feel fulfilled. We all do. Maybe I was made to share this story and spread the message of body love to all the women out there struggling.”
We are very inspired by her honesty, story and words of self-love.