Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model and influencer Olivia Ponton, 20, reveals to Emily Ratajkowski that her internet fame triggered an EATING DISORDER – after trolls began criticizing her body and ‘oversexualizing’ her bikini photos
- Olivia got real about her body image issues on Emily Ratajkowski’s podcast
- She has gained more than 11 million followers across her accounts
- But she admitted that the online attention negatively affected her mental health
- The model said she started to ‘hate’ her body after receiving mean comments
- She developed an eating disorder, but is now focused on getting better
Sports Illustrated model Olivia Ponton, 20, has opened up about how negative comments about her body online and ‘oversexualization’ on social media led to her developing an eating disorder.
Olivia, originally from Florida, who was signed by Wilhelmina Models in 2016 and made her debut in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit in 2022, has also become a popular social media star over the years, racking up more than three million followers on Instagram and eight million on TikTok.
But she admitted during her appearance on the podcast that the pressure that comes from having so much attention online has negatively affected her mental health.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Olivia Ponton, 20, has revealed she developed an eating disorder after struggling with negative social media comments about her body
The 20-year-old got real about her body image issues while speaking to Emily Ratajkowski on a recent episode of her High Low with EmRata podcast, which premiered on January 3
Olivia, who made her debut in Sports Illustrated in 2022, has also become a popular social media star over the years, racking up more than 11 million followers across her accounts
The young star said that after she was shot to internet stardom, so many people ‘had things to say about her body,’ which resulted in her ‘hating the way she looked.’
But she admitted during her appearance on the podcast that the pressure that comes from having so much attention online has negatively affected her mental health
‘I never had an eating disorder before I had social media. I never even thought about it,’ she revealed.
‘But the moment I started posting in a bikini, so many negative thoughts just were always surrounding my body and I started actually hating the way that I looked. And it’s insane because I never dealt with that growing up.’
Olivia explained that people started to ‘cancel’ her online because she ‘didn’t have boobs.’
She continued: ‘That was literally a thing, and I was like, “If I go get a boob job right now then I’m gonna get canceled because I’m going into plastic surgery.” It’s like, you can’t really win with the situation.’
On top of the negative comments, Olivia said ‘disgusting men’ also began to ‘oversexualize’ her.
‘All the sudden it was like oversexualizing, men were being just disgusting, girls were being even more disgusting and I was like, “What is going on?”‘ she recalled.
The young star said that after she was shot to internet stardom, so many people ‘had things to say about her body,’ which resulted in her ‘hating the way she looked’
Olivia added that people started to ‘cancel’ her online because she ‘didn’t have boobs.’ She recalled: ‘I was like, “If I go get a boob job I’m gonna get canceled [for that].” You can’t win’
The model (seen last year) said she thought becoming ‘super skinny’ would ‘solve her problems,’ and that she hit a ‘low’ point about a year ago and developed an eating disorder
‘I was doing this just to be happy, there was no negative thought in my brain and then all of a sudden it just turned into such a negative thing.’
Now, Olivia told Emily that she is focused on improving her ‘food relationship’ and ‘getting back to eating consistently throughout the day and not feeling bad about it’
As her followers grew, Olivia’s career was also flourishing, but she explained that work soon started to get to her too.
The model admitted that she thought that becoming ‘super skinny’ would ‘solve all her problems.’
She hit a ‘really low’ point about a year ago, and developed an eating disorder. She recalled asking herself, ‘What is wrong with you, why can’t you just get it together?’
‘I’d go into a fitting and you know, none of the clothes will go over my hips. I thought for the longest time that not eating was gonna make me skinnier,’ she said.
‘I just wasn’t eating, this was probably like a little more than a year ago … I was just like trying to eat but I wasn’t eating.’
Now, Olivia is focused on improving her ‘food relationship’ and ‘getting back to eating consistently throughout the day and not feeling bad about it.’
‘I feel like I’m on a very good journey with it right now,’ she concluded. ‘Being unapologetically myself would be the end goal.’
If you need help or support for an eating disorder or body image issue, please call NEDA’s National Helpline at (800) 931-2237 or text them at (800) 931-2237
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