Alexis Ren has parlayed her beachy vibes into 8.8 million Instagram followers. The teen model is mostly known for her bikini and surf modelling, though she's been making inroads into high fashion of late. Her transition has included ending a relationship with ex-boyfriend and professional surfer Jay Alvarez. It's also included taking a long look at how she was treating herself and thinking about her body.
Ren posted a lengthy tweetstorm in which she got extremely real about how her health suffered, which she attributes to working too hard.
I've gone through a lot as far as health. I overworked myself to the point of malnourishment, (as you can tell from images from last year)— Alexis Ren (@AlexisRenG) April 30, 2017
Now, she says that things are better.
I was in a toxic state of mind, and I'm so grateful to be out of that fucking mindset.-— Alexis Ren (@AlexisRenG) April 30, 2017
She also said that she's successfully been dealing with issues surrounding food.
I am now healthy and able to eat full meals without guilt. I workout because I love it...not to punish myself.— Alexis Ren (@AlexisRenG) April 30, 2017
Ren says that she had to move on from bad thinking and situations. We wonder if she means her relationship with Alvarrez?
--I had to seperate myself from what was not serving me, and take a huge step of acceptance— Alexis Ren (@AlexisRenG) April 30, 2017
Fans tweeted their encouragement, and asked her to share more of her story.
@AlexisRenG I think that if a millennial like you starts talking about this kind of problems could help many girls out there— Francesca Filoni (@frankie_effe) April 30, 2017
I'm working on finding channels or shows where I can share my story https://t.co/Op2wLuqIOB— Alexis Ren (@AlexisRenG) April 30, 2017
She's apparently working on finding the right platform.
I want something that's more out there, like a tv talk show or ted talk but something new https://t.co/arqKSIvdaY— Alexis Ren (@AlexisRenG) April 30, 2017
It's heartening to hear someone be so vulnerable in public. Ren's Instagram image is one of clean living, happiness, health, and an endless stream of perfectly posed beach vacations. That she's dealing with issues around food and health allows others to step forward as well. A conversation is critical. We're all going through the same things; it helps when people share.
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