Plus size modeling breakout Myla Dalbesio, appearing on the cover of the new Claph Magazine, admits she mistakenly thought her road to runway stardom was paved with black olives and pickles -- the foods she loaded up on in attempts to achieve a waif-ish figure that was nearly impossible with her frame.
The one-time Miss Teen Wisconsin told Fashionista.com that she had misconceptions early on in her career that she needed a rail-thin frame for success, setting her up for a brutal eating disorder.
"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,” she explained. “I have a really large chest, and it’s never going to go away."
Myla said plus size stunner Crystal Renn helped open the door for her encore, which has picked up since she signed with Ford Models.
"I walked into Ford and the first thing company higher-ups said to me was 'You’re the next Crystal Renn' and then they signed me."
Since then, she's grown comfortable in her own skin, and thrived professionally, inking gigs with Saks and Head & Shoulders.
Dressed in a skintight scarlet Zac Posen gown, Renn was a shadow of her former self when she walked the red carpet at the New York premiere of W.E. on Monday night, prompting fears she has fallen back into bad habits.
"It is common for people with eating disorders to have periods of relapse. This can be caused by numerous factors but most common are emotional issues," psychotherapist Jessica Aronson, who has not worked with the star, told RadarOnline.com in an exclusive interview.
Aronson went on to reveal that she is "curious as to how this model felt in a larger body and size."
Renn's current gaunt face and stick-thin figure is a dramatic contrast to the healthy curves she flaunted at The Metropolitan Opera Fall Gala season opening of Anna Bolena.
"It was clearly not a comfortable weight or place for her because she was unable to maintain weight restoration at that place."
The 25-year-old model has been open about her struggles with eating disorders in the past, penning a tell-all book called Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves.
She went on to enjoy several years as a plus-sized model before revealing in November 2010 that she had dropped several dress sizes due to taking up hiking and yoga.
While they are both usually healthy activities, exercise can be taken to extremes by people with obsessive personalities, revealed our expert.
"An inability to be flexible with her exercise routine and regime is consistent with needing to be in control," Aronson explained to Radar. "Often when someone cannot adhere to their routine or in the case of someone with an eating disorder, their maladaptive behaviors, they feel out of control."
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