Olivia Culpo wants her followers to know that looks can be deceiving. The Rhode Island-raised model and influencer just dropped some necessary realness, revealing that, contrary to the appearance of her social media feed, she wasn’t in a good place a few months ago.
“I was depressed,” Culpo wrote in a raw Instagram post on Thursday. “I had no appetite, was drinking way too much, smoking, couldn’t sleep, and couldn’t eat.
“But I was still taking photos on social media and pretending everything was great,” she continued. “I was going through a difficult situation that left me mentally, emotionally, and spiritually bankrupt and it had taken its toll physically.”
Flash forward to today, and the former Miss Universe is apparently treating her body better and is feeling healthier. And now that Culpo’s overcoming the personal struggles she’s endured beyond the scope of her phone’s camera, she “wanted to get REAL and tell you it’s not always as amazing as it seems” as a means of helping other people who may be sorting out their own issues.
“I want to emphasize what we already know: Instagram is everyone’s best version of themselves and their lives,” Culpo wrote. “It can trick us into thinking everything is perfect in other’s worlds. Which is NOT true. We are all more alike than we think, navigating life with similar ups and downs; good times and bad.
“Social media can create a crazy amount of pressure to live up to an idealistic standard of ‘perfection’ (which obviously doesn’t exist!),” she added. “No filter is going to take away from the normal ups and downs of life that we all have.”
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