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Bastille walk with Ada

Ada is a dancer, model and international traveler.  We met up near Gare de Lyon in Paris to explore the area and get to know each other.  When she was younger she suffered from an eating disorder, Bulimia Nervosa.  The media is projecting an unrealistic ideal of what a woman should look like and looks mean more to teenagers versus being healthy.  90-95% of people suffering from bulimia are women and have an altered self-image even when to the outside world they look great.   Ada shared her experience and some advice she wishes to pass along to others who may find themselves in similar circumstances.

“Ballet training is really rough for psychology and body.  Your body aches after each training.

When I was 16, I was getting ready for a performance.  The pressure from school, people around me, worrying about the role I was working on for the premiere of the performance made me really stressed.”


“Everybody has their own different story, but all I can say is that there is always hope for every problem.

The best advice I can give is:

Do not listen the judgmental comments about your body.

There is no one that deserves to be called ugly.

Change is okay. (Hit the gym – talk to a nutritionist- go shopping – make new friends – pop a huge smile every morning)

If you want something, do it.  Get up, stop making your life miserable (or stop listening to people who push you to feel horrible) and work for your dreams.  No matter how hard it is. You can do it.

End of the day, its only you who makes you happy.

If you want to be skinny; be a fit, healthy person, if you are happy with being plus size; get fit – make sure you are healthy.  Size won’t matter.

The beauty comes from within: Healthy mind – healthy body- beautiful heart.”

Thank you Ada for sharing your story.

Photography by: Ania Volovique | |

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