“The years of experiencing pressures to always be thinner and the body shaming that goes on in the industry had an immense impact in my life. All this escalated to a point where I no longer felt like I had ownership of my body and constantly hurt myself, which led me to develop an eating disorder and serious self-esteem issues. At that time, I did not fully recognized how detrimental that was to my physical and mental health and, as a result, I was left virtually unprotected from these pressures. I strongly believe that if at that time I had fully understood my rights and the fact that this was actually a collective issue, not just something happening to me individually, I would have felt empowered to stand up for myself and protect my health.”
– Nathalia Novaes, model
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