Lisa Rinna's 16-year-old daughter, Amelia Gray Hamlin, has had an exciting year. The model's career is taking off quickly and she even landed a fashion billboard with her face on it. (Not bad, for the age when we were just hoping to get a driver's permit!) But, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills daughter has faced some behind-the-scenes struggles with body image, and she recently opened up to her fans in a deeply honest social media post.
On April 1, Hamlin took to Instagram to share two photos of herself in swimwear. The first image captured the teen model wearing a red bikini in the present moment; the second image showed her in similarly revealing swimwear just one year ago.
In a heartfelt caption, Hamlin wrote in part: "Last year at this time there was no doubt that I was not okay. Not only physically but also mentally. I feel like sometimes people forget that just because your job involves being in front of the camera, doesn’t mean you can’t have bad days. We’re human. All of us. Instead of people ever commenting on my mental stability, people commented on my weight. Usually, when people are struggling with an eating disorder it stems from your mind, and your body is a reflection of it. I could go on and on about that time of my life, but the most important part about it was waking up one morning and deciding to stop sabotaging myself. My health, my physical health, my mental health and everything about myself. Once I got the help that I needed, shortly after the second photo was taken, I began to try to love myself for me."
She added: "I am on this earth to help people, and I know that. One in 200 women in the US suffer from anorexia. And I want to help."