Olivia Culpo is getting candid about her past struggles.
On Thursday, the model, 27, opened up in an emotional post on Instagram, where she revealed that she had recently battled depression.
As she reflected on the hardships she faced in the last few months, in part by comparing two selfies that were taken then and now, Culpo stressed to her followers that “it’s ok to not be ok” and to embrace their imperfections.
“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,” she admitted of the second photo, which showed a paler, thinner Culpo pouting for the camera.
“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,” she continued. “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.”
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“1st photo is from the other day, and I am looking healthier. I have my appetite back and am treating my body correctly,” she added of the other selfie that features Culpo with more color in her face and appearing healthier overall.
Culpo went on to remind her fans that social media often paints unrealistic ideas of perfection, reassuring them that “it’s not always as amazing as it seems” and that judging or comparing yourself to others is “unfair.”
“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,” she explained. “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,” Culpo continued.
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“I hope this helps others who might be going through a hard time and feeling like they need to ‘have it all together.’ Social media can create a crazy amount of pressure to live up to an idealistic standard of ‘perfection’ (which obviously doesn’t exist!),” she said.
In a final note, Culpo encouraged her followers to keep moving forward, noting that embracing imperfections will help connect us all.
“Hard times happen and the most important part is putting one foot in front of the other, knowing the moment will pass, and being patient with yourself. No filter is going to take away …read more