“My name is Victoria. I’ve always been a perfectionist. I couldn’t accept anything less than perfect from myself. I trained as a dancer, so it was constantly drilled into me how I had to look the part. In the pursuit of achieving the ‘perfect’ body, I completely lost myself.
At 18 I was diagnosed with Anorexia, Orthorexia and Depression. I went from a beautiful girl who had huge dreams to perform all over the world; to an isolated lost soul who genuinely didn’t believe there was any reason to be alive. One evening, while I was lying on the bathroom floor of my cruise cabin, having just blacked out, I realised I had two choices- to recover or to die. That was the day my fight began.
I can only describe it as going to war; me vs 1000 men. It was an everyday battle; I fought every minute of every day to overcome the illness. I’m now fully recovered, and madly in love with my body; but my fight still continues.
Today I fight to help women ignore societies ideals and inspire them to stop trying to shrink themselves to feel perfect. I want women see beauty in all that they are, no matter what shape or size.”0