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Well I don't grizzled -- started out as a young and healthy teenager but the high demands of the fashion world pushed -- to starvation -- at five foot nine inches tall she was nearing it deaths because she weighed -- just 98 pounds.
And that's something snapped she chose to become healthy again and to return to her natural size twelve and crystal is now one of the leading plus size models in America.
She shares her story in her new book hungry crystal welcome thank you so much OK let's go back six years to when you were seventeen years old and you -- somewhere around nine.
That is a shocking.
Number why were you struggling like it to be -- and we pressured by -- -- magazine industry to be that skinny.
Honestly I pressured myself I and -- very high goals.
For myself and modeling was a way for me to get out of my family situation to get out of the small town that it was living in.
Money and travel and art was promised to me someone looked at an American -- to -- actually and -- you could be just sell.
You could be her you just have to -- is.
-- had -- inches off of your hips and Gisele Bundchen now Brady is.
Well that's that's the same -- you'll find it a 165 pounds so you quickly -- -- -- my dream come true I wanna get out do you wanna lose weight you and you do that the long way.
I did the wrong way I -- sorted out quite innocently I didn't think that I would have an eating disorder right away it's only once I plateaued that I knew.
That this is going down and possibly dangerous path but at the time I was willing to risk everything to get what I wanted to -- and when we look at the pictures of you.
You don't look healthy there they're scary looking at -- modeling pictures of view.
But looks great that -- was great but the ones of the full body shots where hello my skin and bones yet day like for instance rains like this.
Yet did the magazine's reward you for looking that this then.
Believe it or not not exactly.
I definitely gotten a lot of feedback saying wow you're so thin.
We never to worry about the clothes with you however I never got the jobs that I wanted.
Vogue I'd ever got the jobs covers of Harper's bizarre.
I'd campaigns none of the things that I truly aspire to do.
And it is only once I gained the weight and accepted who I wise and became comfortable with myself.
That all of those things happened that was the best decision I've ever made -- -- -- teams that.
The EU is people who take your picture and they say what she's got a -- that she's a little bit weird because you -- -- for completely I was so detached from my body.
I didn't feel anything that happened around me whether it was other people -- even myself completely -- Crystal you write this book not just it took what you Gruber had a help others so a lot of people -- -- a similar paths and high salute to wanna be loved and sort of be accepted.
How -- they learn from you that's completely normal when your teenager you're just figuring out the world.
And your body is just a whole another thing I think that focus on the positives don't focus on your negatives because you will be negative -- hate your body.
When you're having those bad days that everybody has because we're human I would say focus on the good things like your hair having a great Saturday focus on that having a great -- -- focus on that.
Take your mind off your flaws and start focusing on deposits and when she -- changing your mind set like that your life will change.
And yet I think it is so tough for teenage girls who were inundated with all of the images.
From magazines from movies of the skinny models something very interesting happened in Glamour Magazine.
But last month I guess and that is Lizzie Miller let's show a picture of her if we can for the first time this plus size model appeared.
Here she is.
Everybody was astounded because let's face it you can see a bit of a belly roll.
Their -- her waist play and things that this is the type of thing I guess at that magazines should do more of you think well who can't relate to that I mean that's -- winds.
That truth -- how you are when you're just sitting there.
I think that I would like to see a variety of women in magazines great crystal -- I agree that in the book is called hungry and it's a great message to kids and congratulations and overcoming all you have.
Good -- the -- -- -- I can't thank you so much fight straight ahead in the fire.
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