Yo-yo dieter Mischa Barton looks healthy and happy in a bikini on Miami beach
Beaches have been both propitious and ill-starred for Mischa Barton.
The 25-year-old shot to fame in The OC, where she played a beautiful resident of the gilded community of Newport Beach in California, until her character Marissa Cooper was killed off in 2006.
Her career has not yet reached similar heights, and in 2008, another beach – this time on Hamilton Island in Queensland, Australia – caused her to be portrayed in an unflattering light, with severe looking cellulite.
Not in The OC, anymore: Mischa Barton goes back to her beach roots, but this time in Miami as she sunbathes today
But today, there can be no argument that the willowy brunette looked both healthy and in in stunningly good shape as she enjoyed a post-Christmas break in Miami.
Wearing just a simple but fashion aware black cut-out bikini, Mischa accessorised with a slick of bright red lipstick that gave the ensemble a 50s” pin-up edge, and also matched her drink.
She later changed into a striped sweater and denim shorts, seemingly conscious not to reveal her lower half for close scrutiny after cellulite-gate.
Mischa”s shape has changed dramatically in recent years and she has claimed that those photographs her had been retouched.
Just perfect: Mischa has struggled to maintain a consistent weight, but she seems to have found her balance
Happy memories: Mischa looked like her OC character, Marissa Copper, with the well-executed beach look
Her spokesperson said: “Those photos are doctored. I”m not saying she”s perfect, nobody is. But they”ve given a 22-year-old woman the legs and bottom of an 80-year-old.
“Look at the shots that were taken shortly before on a beach in L.A. Did she develop all that cellulite in a couple of weeks There”s a lot you can do with Photoshopping.”
But there”s no denying the fact that the stunning young actress struggles to maintain a consistent weight.
Since her emotional roadside departure in the teen drama, she”s been spotted looking heavy and bloated then extremely thin.
Alone time: Mischa enjoyed the beach with just a book and a drink
Cover girl: Mischa looked stunning as she smiled in the sunshine
Mischa was sporting a much fuller figure during the opening of the Harrods sale in 2009 but sources claimed her face was swollen because she had had a wisdom tooth removed.
The look was a complete turnaround from her appearance earlier that year where she looked frail and gaunt after dropping from a healthy size 12 to a size 6-8.
London-born Mischa, who has a few small-budget movies coming up, has led a colourful life in the years since her time in the sun ended.
In 2008, she was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and possession of Cannabis after she was pulled over police in West Hollywood.
Demure: Mischa cut a retro figure in red lipstick and stripes
Time to go: After her sunbathe, Mischa was joined by a male friend who gallantly carried her drink
She told Ryan Seacrest”s radio show the day after: “I was pulled over… just that.
“Obviously, I’m 100 percent responsible for my actions in this case and I’m really disappointed in myself.
“I don’t know what to say about it, except that I’m not perfect and I just don’t ever intend to do something this stupid again.”
Mischa was sentenced to three years of unsupervised probation and the marijuana charge was dropped.
Travelling in style: The pair then headed off on a beach buggy
Picturesque spot: Before heading to another section of the beach to continue soaking up the sun
She was also ordered to complete a three-month alcohol-education class and pay a fine of $2,000.
Mischa had a short spell in a psychiatric hospital in 2009 after being sectioned under America”s 5150 law.
It allows a psychiatrist to confine a person if they believe they are a danger to themselves and others.
Mischa explained: “If they feel you are depressed or a danger to yourself they can hold you on a 5150.
“I am terrified of needles and they wanted to pump me full of drugs and I said, “No, absolutely not. I don”t want to be here,” and got into a fight with the nurses, and that led to my 5150.”
Time for some refreshments: The actress headed to grab lunch at a restaurant later on
Menu please: Mischa sits at the table ready to order