Dying To Be A Model: The Torment Of An Eating Disorder, And Life On The Other Side

"For me, it was hard to let go of 'Sophia The Model'."

Video by Emily Verdouw

If there was anytime in Sophia Rambaldini's modelling career where she ought to have thought enough was enough, it could have been when the runway bookers told her she was looking great, despite her starving herself.

Or when she had to call her mum to collect her from the gym after four hours of pushing her body to its limits. As she cried down the phone, her body sustained only by an apple, coffee and cigarettes, she was tormented by her inability to do that extra hour she had set herself to achieve.

But any time Sophia's body or mind warned her she was going too far, it was merely validation for the young model -- who was in the grips of an eating disorder perpetuated by a job that was only serving to kill her.

Although not every woman who enters the modelling industry wrestles with an eating disorder, there are certainly many who do. And for Sophia Rambaldini and her partner Sean McManus, the fight they put up has now encouraged them to share their story, if only to help others facing eating disorders to come out the other end a stronger, healthier and happier person.

If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For further information about depression contact beyondBlue on 1300224636. For specific information or support relating to eating disorders call Butterfly Foundation on 1800 ED HOPE or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.