Women's Health (UK) - - STRENGTH IN NUMBERS - gra­

‘I was 12 when I was first called fat. It stung and, com­bined with a child­hood grow­ing up around drugs and emo­tional abuse, it was enough to trig­ger an eat­ing dis­or­der. I’d starve my­self; then binge; then throw up. The cy­cle was ad­dic­tive.

De­spite this, I set up a suc­cess­ful Youtube chan­nel about body im­age: The Ugly Face Of Beauty (now called Grace F Vic­tory). By 2011, peo­ple were telling me I was in­spi­ra­tional. But when the cam­era wasn’t rolling, I was self-harm­ing and some­times felt too low to shower.

I felt like a fraud, so I de­cided to speak out about the body im­age issues that haunted me. The re­sponse made me re­alise I wasn’t alone.

My au­di­ence and reg­u­lar ther­apy have been in­valu­able, and I’m de­ter­mined to help oth­ers. I want to pass on the mes­sage that 12-year-old Grace needed to hear: you

are good enough.’

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