ELLE (Canada) - - Elle Letters -

Heather O’Neill’s ar­ti­cle “Come as You Are” [ELLE Style, April 2014] hit me like a bul­let be­cause it re­minded me of what it was like to grow up in that era when drugs and ev­ery­thing bad were so fash­ion­able. I re­called the mo­ments I would throw up all the food I had just eaten so I could be stick thin and ac­cepted by the cool kids. If only I could turn back time, I would stop my­self from be­ing that naive girl who thought do­ing wrong made you pop­u­lar. My turn­ing point came when I fi­nally re­al­ized that the only per­son who was be­ing harmed by my crazi­ness was me; I turned over a new leaf and be­came the per­son I am to­day. ALIYA KHAN, EMAIL

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