Big Brother VIP's Imogen Anthony reveals how she overcame body dysmorphia after 'sandkini'


Imogen Anthony has revealed how an iconic catwalk moment changed her forever. 

The model, 30, walked the runway during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2014 in a ‘sandkini’ – a bikini made entirely of sand. 

The show stopping display saw the blonde close the Bondi Bathers show at Sydney’s Carriageworks. 

Changes: Imogen Anthony (pictured) has revealed how an iconic catwalk moment changed her forever, on Monday's episode of Big Brother VIP

Changes: Imogen Anthony (pictured) has revealed how an iconic catwalk moment changed her forever, on Monday’s episode of Big Brother VIP

Standing alongside the photo during a confessional on Monday’s episode of Big Brother VIP. 

‘This was a big deal for me. I was asked to do this two weeks beforehand. I had always done modelling but I just never felt I was good enough,’ she said. 

‘And I thought, I am not not ready to get to that next level. I also suffered from a lot of anxiety, body dysmorphia,’ she continued. 

A look! The model, 30, walked the runway during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2014 in a 'sandkini' - a bikini made entirely of sand (pictured)

A look! The model, 30, walked the runway during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2014 in a ‘sandkini’ – a bikini made entirely of sand (pictured)

'This was a big deal for me. I was asked to do this two weeks beforehand. I had always done modelling but I just never felt I was good enough,' she said. 'And I thought, I am not not ready to get to that next level. I also suffered from a lot of anxiety, body dysmorphia'

‘This was a big deal for me. I was asked to do this two weeks beforehand. I had always done modelling but I just never felt I was good enough,’ she said. ‘And I thought, I am not not ready to get to that next level. I also suffered from a lot of anxiety, body dysmorphia’ 

‘I worked hard, I trained, I ate protein and rice for two weeks. And they said I was walking down in a sandkini, which was a bikini made of sand, just stuck on why bits of glue and latex. There was nothing on me but sand. 

‘I was so sacred before I did this I pretty much head a break down. I said there was no way I could do this. I just wasn’t good enough.’ 

However Imogen says she gathered up her courage and made it onto the catwalk – a process she found exhilarating. 

'I was so sacred before I did this I pretty much head a break down. I said there was no way I could do this. I just wasn't good enough' she told her housemates

‘I was so sacred before I did this I pretty much head a break down. I said there was no way I could do this. I just wasn’t good enough’ she told her housemates 

Courage: However Imogen says she gathered up her courage and made it onto the catwalk - a process she found exhilarating.

Courage: However Imogen says she gathered up her courage and made it onto the catwalk – a process she found exhilarating.

Wow! 'I walked out and I did the runway, and when I came off, it was the most liberating feeling of my life. Because I just thought I can do anything I can put my mind to. And now look at me, do I have body dysmorphia now?' she added, spinning around to show off her outfit

Wow! ‘I walked out and I did the runway, and when I came off, it was the most liberating feeling of my life. Because I just thought I can do anything I can put my mind to. And now look at me, do I have body dysmorphia now?’ she added, spinning around to show off her outfit

‘I walked out and I did the runway, and when I came off, it was the most liberating feeling of my life. Because I just thought I can do anything I can put my mind to.

‘And now look at me, do I have body dysmorphia now?’ she added, spinning around to show off her outfit. 

‘I had to change myself so much to fit in before. Now I just couldn’t care less if I fit in or not. I just do my own thing,’ Imogen concluded. 

Wild child: 'I had to change myself so much to fit in before. Now I just couldn't care less if I fit in or not. I just do my own thing,' Imogen concluded

 Wild child: ‘I had to change myself so much to fit in before. Now I just couldn’t care less if I fit in or not. I just do my own thing,’ Imogen concluded

Last year, the influencer shared an emotional Instagram post discussing her experiences with body dysmorphia, self-harm and overeating.

‘I grew up with zero self confidence and was far from ‘skinny’,’ Imogen began, while attaching modelling pictures from a Sydney runaway show in 2014. 

‘I either attempted to self harm – or I turned to the bakery and ate the s*** load of hot chips you got for $2 from the local shop. I was depressed,’ she wrote. 

Hard past: Last year, the influencer shared an emotional Instagram post discussing her experiences with body dysmorphia, self-harm and overeating

 Hard past: Last year, the influencer shared an emotional Instagram post discussing her experiences with body dysmorphia, self-harm and overeating

Imogen said that she took up modelling in order to mask her anxieties. 

‘I started to rebel. I signed myself out of school mid year 11… I took myself to Sydney where I lost a s*** load of weight at around 17. 

‘I didn’t have anorexia (as still ate a lot, just less) I had a borderline body dysmorphia and saw something different to what everyone else saw. I hated myself for a while there.’    

Imogen confessed: ‘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.’ 

'I grew up with zero self confidence and was far from 'skinny',' Imogen began, while attaching modelling pictures from a Sydney runaway show in 2014. 'I either attempted to self harm - or I turned to the bakery'

‘I grew up with zero self confidence and was far from ‘skinny’,’ Imogen began, while attaching modelling pictures from a Sydney runaway show in 2014. ‘I either attempted to self harm – or I turned to the bakery’ 

She then encouraged fans to think before they say anything to young people as ‘words are so effective.’ 

Anyone needing support with eating disorders or body image issues is encouraged to contact:  Butterfly National Helpline on 1800 33 4673 (1800 ED HOPE) 

For urgent confidential support call the Lifeline 24-hour crisis support on: 13 11 14

Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800

Support: She then encouraged fans to think before they say anything to young people as 'words are so effective'

Support: She then encouraged fans to think before they say anything to young people as ‘words are so effective’

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