‘I tried throwing up after I ate and that’s awful’: Plus size model hailed ‘new Crystal Renn’ reveals painful lengths she went to before accepting size 12 figure
She was hailed by her modelling agency as the 'new Crystal Renn' and is set to star in a shoot for Dazed and Confused.
But plus-size model Myla Dalbesio has revealed the industry wasn't always so accepting of her size 12 figure.
The 24-year-old admitted she once survived on nothing but olives and pickles, spent hours in the gym – and even resorted to purging – in an attempt to shed weight.
The next big thing: Myla Dalbesio signed with Ford agency as a plus-size model, the same one as Crystal Renn
Myla – who also works as a performance artist – was scouted after being crowned Miss Teen Wisconsin, aged 16, at a beauty pageant.
But she was encouraged to lose weight in order to fit into the 'standard' modelling size.
She told Fashionista.com: 'I tried for a long time to make myself (lose weight).
'I tried throwing up after I
ate and that’s awful. That is painful–I would never wish for anyone to
do that ever.
'And then I’d go through weeks where all I ate was black
olives or pickles because they have no calories and nothing was
happening. I wasn’t losing weight, I was spending hours in the gym.
have a really large chest and it’s never going to go away.'
gave up modelling for two years to concentrate on her studies but it
was Crystal Renn who paved the way for her return as a plus-size girl.
Myla said: 'They told me about plus modeling which was something I’d never heard of before.
Plus-size Crystal recently revealed her newly slender figure at the WE premiere, left, earlier this month
'But then they (scouts Jeff and Mary Clark) showed me, and this is when Crystal was really starting to
pick up speed, so I walked into Ford and the first thing Gary (Dakin) said to
me was “You’re the next Crystal Renn” and then they signed me.'
The stunning brunette is now on her way to stardom and has already worked with Saks department store and starred in a Head & Shoulders commercial.
But while the modelling world has started to embrace curvier girls, Myla is still on a mission to challenge conventions.
She said: 'I think that this division between straight and plus is really
'The term “plus size” is outdated. To get rid of the term “plus”
would be a step in the right direction.'
While Crytal Renn made a name for herself as a plus-size model, landing high-end editorials, including Vogue, the model has recently attracted criticism for losing weight.
The former US size 12 (UK size 16) model, 25, showed off her slender frame at the W.E premiere recently.
Crystal, who attributes her weight loss to hiking, yoga and a healthy lifestyle, said in a recent interview: 'When this whole weight loss thing
happened, I think that a lot of people wanted to point their finger at
'I think that they wanted
to find a conspiracy where there absolutely was none. A lot of people said the industry
was pressuring me, my agency was pressuring me, I was pressuring me, but
it was just not the case in all three cases.'
Read the full interview with Myla at Fashionista.com