Model admits stunning catwalk photo has a heartbreaking secret behind it

When we see pictures of models and celebrities online, it's easy for us to assume that they have the perfect life.

But often this simply isn't the case.

Like us, they have their fair share of struggles, they just don't always let on.

One person however has decided to change this and get "deep" with her followers on social media.

Australian model Imogen Anthony has opened up about dealing with bullying, depression and body dysmorphia.

In two lengthy posts on Instagram , Imogen, 27, shared some photos of herself strutting her stuff on the catwalk and revealed how she hasn't always been as confident as she might seem now.

She wrote: "Ok this is gonna get deep but I'm almost wanting to be blatant and biographical about myself or who I have been and what I have felt in the past. It's all in my head and needs an out.

"My body has changed a lot since this pic (23). I grew up with zero self-confidence and was far from skinny. When I was depressed as a teen from changing schools constantly (13 times to be exact) I either attempted self harm or I turned to the bakery or ate the s*** load of hot chips you got for $2 from the local shop."

"I have been either semi-cool at some schools or horribly bullied at others to the point of literally having no one to sit with or even talk to," Imogen continued. "The teachers did f*** all. Pure hell.

"I got by though, DO NOT GET ME WRONG, there are some stories to tell and some close calls to 'phew' at.

"I lost a load of weight at around 17. I didn't have anorexia, I had borderline body dysmorphia and saw something different to what everyone else saw. I hated myself for a while there."

She went on to explain that all of her problems began in year seven at school, when a boy named Ethan teased her for having a "gut".

"I didn't realise until later how much that f***ed up my reactive mind. I wasn't even aware of body issues until that exact moment," she added.

Imogen then offered some wise words, encouraging people to teach their children about the impact words can have on others.

She ended her post, by saying: "I was always taught 'sticks and stones', which has helped in some ways, because if I was any weaker and had seen the things I had seen about myself, from people I've never met, I'd be six foot under.

"I've come close. Why do you think I have so many tattoos on my arms? You can cover scars, but they will be there forever. Physically AND mentally."

People were quick to praise the model for sharing something so personal, with thousands liking her posts.

One commented: "99 out of 100 girls would look at you and wish they had what you have, your beauty, your confidence. But inside we're all the same, feeling s***** and unloved at times, thanks for sharing."

Another said: "Thanks for sharing this Imogen. You may have saved someone's life today who may be contemplating suicide or has extreme self esteem issues."

A third added: "Your honesty is to be admired."

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