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A Woman Who Was Accused Of Faking Her 190-Pound Weight Loss Just Shut Her Haters Down

"Yes I have [loose] skin and stretch marks but I don't feel the need to show them in every single photo I post online," she wrote.

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This is Simone Anderson of New Zealand. Like many people, she has struggled with her weight her whole life, enduring years of yo-yo dieting.

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Anderson in 2014.

Last August, she decided it was time to make a change. In 11 months, she has lost 189 pounds through a combination of diet, exercise, and weight loss surgery.

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She is now about half the weight she was when she started her journey, according to her Facebook page.

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The freelance hair and makeup artist has chronicled her entire journey on Instagram and Facebook, where she has gained tens of thousands of fans.

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Her updates include weekly check-ins, where she keeps careful notes of her progress.

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Recently, Anderson posted her latest check-in. "I am officially half the person I was 11 months ago!" she wrote. "From 169kg to 83.85kg, I can't even begin to explain in words what this accomplishment feels like."

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But some people wrote that they didn't believe Anderson was the same person in both photos. They accused her of faking her achievement, saying that if she had truly lost that much weight she would have an abundance of excess skin.

Even though the positive comments greatly outweighed the negative, Anderson said she was bothered by her haters.

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"I think it's because it took hours of crying and debating whether to share my story online and for others to see, posting the first picture online along with my weight for the world to see what the hardest thing I have ever done," she wrote on Instagram.

But Anderson had a great response. She decided to post a photo showing her excess skin, even though she said it was a "tough" image to share with the world.

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"Yes I have lose [sic] skin and stretch marks but I don't feel the need to show them in every single photo I post online," she wrote.

Anderson told BuzzFeed News that she has been shocked to see her post resonate with so many people.

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"For me seeing the story go viral is something I honestly never expected, so it has completely taken me by surprise and blown me away," she said. "But I am proud that by having the guts to show and prove the non-believers wrong, it has actually affected people in a way I never imagined."

She said she hopes her story inspires people to embrace their flaws. "We would be a much better world if we all started to truly love ourselves from the inside out," she said.

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Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Stephanie McNeal at stephanie.mcneal@buzzfeed.com.

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