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    Model And Fighter Mia Kang Posted About Gaining Weight And Gaining Happiness

    "I hadn't eaten solid food in 10 days and smoke[d] a pack of Marlboro Lights a day. I was obsessed with my collarbones, ribs and hip bones showing."

    This is Mia Kang, a 29-year-old model and bi-coastal mixed martial arts fighter who has appeared in Sports Illustrated.

    On Monday, the stunner posted a moving Instagram showing her at two points in her life: as a US size 2 and currently as a size 8.

    In the post, Mia says how in her size 2 photo, she "hadn't eaten solid food in 10 days and smoke[d] a pack of Marlboro Lights a day. I was obsessed with my collarbones, ribs and hip bones showing. I was obsessed with having a thigh gap."

    She also said, "I was told by the industry I never looked better but still had a little more weight to lose. I hated how I looked so much I thought I was fat and lived in constant anxiety."

    Now, at a size 8, Mia says, "I love my strength and the fact I could probably whoop your ass."

    "Eating disorders and body dysmorphia don't just disappear but you can learn how to manage it and heal. You can re-program your thinking."

    "I want to show women that it's OK to gain weight. We have the pleasure of having fluctuating bodies, enjoy your curves, enjoy being a WOMAN."

    "We have one body and one life, don't let your insecurities hold you back from happiness."

    The full caption says:

    Left: 2015. size 2. I hadn't eaten solid food in 10 days and smoke[d] a pack of Marlboro Lights a day. I was obsessed with my collarbones, ribs and hip bones showing. I was obsessed with having a thigh gap. I was about to shoot Sports Illustrated Swimsuit for the first time and was trying to look like a VS angel. I was told by the industry I never looked better but still had a little more weight to lose. I hated how I looked so much I thought I was fat and lived in constant anxiety.

    Right: Now. Size 8. I feel like I finally became a woman. I love my thighs, my curves. I love my strength and the fact I can probably whoop your ass. I still have insecurities as I adjust into my new body, just like everyone else. But I know my body, respect it, and love it.

    It isn't easy for me to post these pictures because I still have a disease that I have to live with for the rest of my life. A small part of me looks at me now and hates it. Eating disorders and body dysmorphia don't just disappear but you can learn how to manage it and heal. You can re-program your thinking. I want to put the images out there that I never had. I want to show women that it's OK to gain weight. We have the pleasure of having fluctuating bodies, enjoy your curves, enjoy being a WOMAN. Be healthy and be confident. We have one body and one life, don't let your insecurities hold you back from happiness.

    Commenters are loving Mia's statement, calling her an "inspiration" and "amazing":

    Kang told BuzzFeed she was inspired to post the photos after putting the two side-by-side out of sheer curiosity, "I put the two pictures side by side out of curiosity to see how I'd changed. It reduced me to tears because I remember how miserable and insecure I was. I hated myself and though, even in that picture, that I was fat and hideous. I thought Sports Illustrated swimsuit were going to fire me from the shoot because I was so hideous."

    She continued, "I still struggle today, and I struggle with getting comfortable in this new body of mine, in different ways from before but I still struggle. We all do, we all have insecurities. I spent my whole life thinking emaciated was beautiful, it's not easy to then learn to love a curvaceous bigger body, but I'm doing it. I decided to share it. Everybody sees me as the tough chick, the fighter, the invincible. I want to show women being vulnerable doesn't mean you're weak, it means you're strong."

    Mia told BuzzFeed that she hopes her post will inspire people to be "unapologetically yourself" and "be the best version of yourself you can be. To wake up everyday happy with who you are because life is too damn short." She continued, "I spent 27 years of my life hating the skin I was in, I don't want anyone to go through what I did. I want to alleviate the pressure off of women's shoulders today."

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