Olivia Culpo opened up about her recent battle with depression in a raw Instagram post on Thursday, July 11. The model shared two photos of herself that were taken months apart to illustrate how much her emotional turmoil affected her physical appearance.
Olivia, 27, felt motivated to share her struggles so that her fans wouldn't feel like they "had to have it all together". The beauty queen also wanted them to know that what is shown on social media often isn't reality.
"Looking at the difference between these two photos today, and thought it was important to share something with all of you. 2nd photo, a few months ago: I was depressed. I had no appetite, was drinking way too much, smoking, couldn’t sleep, and couldn’t eat. But I was still taking photos on social media and pretending everything was great. I was going through a difficult situation that left me mentally, emotionally, and spiritually bankrupt and it had taken its toll physically. The feeling of despair is a relatable one, so I feel a responsibility to anyone else going through something difficult to say that it’s ok to not be ok," she wrote.
She continued, "1st photo is from the other day and I am looking healthier. I have my appetite back and I am treating my body correctly. We’re all too familiar with the 'highlight reel' of Instagram so I wanted to get REAL and tell you it’s not always as amazing as it seems."
The former Miss USA went on to highlight how social media can warp one's perspective on the world.
"I’m sharing this because 1. I want to emphasize what we already know: Instagram is everyone’s best version of themselves and their lives. It can trick us into thinking everything is perfect in other’s worlds. Which is NOT true. We are all more alike than we think, navigating life with similar ups and downs; good times and bad. We never really know what someone is going through, so it’s unfair to judge/compare. 2. I hope this helps others who might be going through a hard time and feeling like they need to 'have it all together,'" she added.
Olivia dated NFL star Danny Amendola on and off for years before they split in March 2019.
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