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Each Morning, Her Father Sneaked in Her Room While She Was Sleeping Just To Do One Thing

This is a sad but beautiful story.

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Every day, we see images of beautiful men women with perfect skin, gorgeous bodies, and attractive smiles – be it in magazines, films, television, or on the internet. Our minds have been conditioned to stereotype beauty and perceive it the way the media wants us to see it. And, almost always, such perception leads to an unrealistic concept of beauty and a distorted view of one’s own body image.

Struggling with a seemingly undesirable body image is not something that must be treated like a joke. It causes people to have low self-esteem and poor self-confidence and may even lead to eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.

Eating disorders are not simple matters, either. Surely, those who have struggled with anorexia and bulimia will be able to tell you that. There are a lot of sad stories about them, but there are also an equally significant number of happy ones about people’s journey to recovery and their renewed sense of self-worth.

Take this story about Gemma Walker as an example. Gemma had been suffering from anorexia for several years, and her parents could not do anything about it but watch their daughter die slowly in front of them.

Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by the desire to lose weight despite having an abnormally low body weight.

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Gemma had been anorexic for several years.

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Her parents had been under constant stress making sure that Gemma remains alive.

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Steve, Gemma's father, had to sneak into her room every morning just to make sure that his daughter is still breathing.

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Steve said that he and his wife would sit "on the ground next to her bed just to be with her. " They couldn’t do anything.

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At 14, Gemma weighed only 62 lbs.

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Iskra Lawrence Is Proof That You Don’t Need To Be Skinny To Be Pretty

She rocked those curves!

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A lot of women have struggled with insecurities involving their body shape. The media has always portrayed that skinny women are prettier and are always the ones worthy to land on magazine covers and spreads. However, in this modern age, women have become more empowered and confident about their bodies, that they have come to realize and accept that being skinny doesn’t always mean being pretty. One of the best examples of how beauty doesn’t mean being too thin is English model Iskra Lawrence.

Iskra was born on Sept. 11, 1990 in Wolverhampton in England. She models for Aerie, a clothing brand under American Eagle Outfitters. She is not the usual size 0 models that people are used to seeing on the runway. At the same time, she is unlike the gorgeous plus size models that are gaining recognition nowadays. Still, Iskra Lawrence has this unique body type that people don’t often see on magazine covers.

Iskra Lawrence may not be stick thin, but she rocks her curves.

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The Inspiring Rags-to-Riches Story of Forever 21, From Pumping Gas to $6-B Retail Giant

A true rags-to-riches tale!

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Did you know that Forever 21, the world-famous American fashion retail chain, used to be called Fashion 21? Before becoming one of the highest valued retail companies in the world, Forever 21 started in a humble 900-square-feet space in Los Angeles. And the story of its success is a classic rags-to-riches tale.

When husband and wife Do Won "Don" Chang and Jin Sook emigrated to LA from South Korea in 1981, they were dead set on living the American dream. Despite being penniless, having no college degrees, and speaking broken English, the couple was determined to make it big in the coffee industry.

Unfortunately, their venture into the coffee business did not work out.

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Meryl Streep Was Once Called Too ‘Ugly’ to Star in King Kong

She went on to prove everybody wrong.

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Before Meryl Streep became the greatest actress of her generation and set the record for the most number of Academy Award nominations (total of 20) for any actor or actress to date, she had to face rejection, too. The American superstar and philanthropist is known for excellently playing versatile roles across different genres, but during the early years of her career, not everybody saw her potential.

In one famous talk show, Streep told the story of her failed audition for the 1976 King Kong film with renowned producer Dino De Laurentiis. According to Streep, the producer's son, Federico, had seen her in a play and brought her in to audition for the role of Dwan. Streep, who was 26 then and had yet to make a film debut, was thrilled, but it didn't turn out well.

Streep tells the story of how she was called 'ugly' by a famous director.

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