Marciel Hopkins, la modelo que utiliza sus “antes y después” para combatir los estereotipos

"Hoy soy un tamaño natural talla 14 y no lo deseo de ninguna otra manera después de años y años de tratar de hacerme más pequeña.", afirma la modelo que cuenta que tuvo que bajar 14 kilos en cuatro meses para participar de Miss Sudáfrica.

Marciel Hopkins, la modelo que utiliza sus "antes y después" para luchar contra los estereotipos.
Marciel Hopkins, la modelo que utiliza sus “antes y después” para luchar contra los estereotipos.

La modelo sudafricana Marciel Hopkins utiliza sus redes sociales para promover la aceptación personal. Hopkins contó recientemente que hace solo tres años perdió 14 kilos en cuatro meses para poder ser coronada como Miss Sudáfrica y aunque no ganó, sí estuvo entre las 12 finalistas.

Durante estos 4 meses se ejercitó por tres horas diarias y dejó de comer carbohidratos, carnes rojas, alcohol, dulces y chocolate y según reveló sus senos bajaron dos tallas de copa y sus períodos menstruales desaparecieron.

“Tuve un sustituto de harina para el desayuno, zanahorias crudas y 2 huevos duros para el almuerzo y una manzana para la cena”, cuenta sobre el plan de alimentación.

It’s end of January and you feel discouraged and disappointed because you didn’t lose the weight you set out to get rid of. As happy as I might look on the picture on the left, I wasn’t. At this point of my weight loss journey my period had already stopped and I was obsessed with losing even more weight. I had a meal replacer shake for breakfast, raw carrots and 2 hard boiled eggs for lunch and an apple for dinner. I couldn’t go to any social event without packing my own food that basically consisted of raw vegetables only. I was in the gym 2 to 3 hours a day! It caused extreme anxiety if I didn’t have enough time in my day to train that hard  while completing my honours degree in psychology. So here I am, 3 years later and I am done with ever putting myself or my body under that much pressure again. The food that I put into my body at that time might have been ‘healthy,’ but my mental state was obsessed and anxious all the time. Healthy is NOT just about what you eat and how often you train; it’s a holistic state of wellbeing. Being skinny will never make you happy if you don’t find happiness within yourself first. Today I am a full-rounded, natural size 14 and I won’t wish it any other way after years and years of trying to make myself smaller. STOP criticizing yourself for not losing the weight you wanted and start focusing on making healthier choices for yourself – mentally and physically.  Rather measure the size of the smile on your face than the number on the scale. Health and happiness first, always! ❤️💪🏼 #healthnotsize #inshapemyshape #bodypositive #selfcare #selfworth #health #happiness #holistic #wellbeing #dietculture #weightloss #socialmediapressure #allbodiesarebeautiful #nowrongwaytohaveabody #everybodyisabikinibody #beautybeyondsize

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“Perdí 14 kilos en cuatro meses para entrar a la competencia para ser Miss Sudáfrica y fue elegida una de las 13 finalistas, sin embargo, peleaba diariamente contra la comida y contra mi cuerpo”, expresó. Después de la ‘competencia’ se dio cuenta que la dieta que llevaba no había sido sana y su cuerpo no iba con su figura natural.

You are probably beating yourself up at the moment for picking up weight during the holidays. I don’t weigh myself, but I can definitely feel my jeans being tighter than what they usually are 🍗🍹😉 In some moments my mind still wants to go back to a place of being my own biggest enemy. I was criticizing my body for not being “small and cellulite-free” enough for so many years of my life during high school, university and my whole Miss South Africa journey. I was looking in a mirror every day, seeing the progress I have made, but not being satisfied with myself or my body. After losing the 14kg for Miss South Africa and following a super disciplined lifestyle for a whole year, it took me 2 full years to recover from my food and exersize obsessions to be where I am today. It was by NO means easy to go back to my natural curvy body after the pageant! With it came shame, embarrassment and self-judgement, because it felt like I let so many people down (including myself) by picking up weight. WHY was I so hard on myself? All that my body deserved was LOVE, LOVE and more LOVE! She made it through hell and high water and came out healthy on the other side. She deserves a flippin round of applause!! So if you are beating yourself up at the momeny about extra holiday weight, please stop it immediately!! You do NOT have to be perfect to deserve love and respect from yourself. You are worthy either way, with or without the extra 5kg. Self-hate and crazy diet restrictions will definitely NOT bring you any peace of mind in 2018. Start focusing on what is healthy for your body and soul and do more of what makes you feel GOOD about yourself. Health and happiness first, always! Love and light, may 2018 exceed all your wildest expectations 🎊🙌❤😙 #healthnotsize #bodypositive #selflove #selfcare #selfworth #peaceofmind #dietculture #bodyissues #shame #bopo #nowrongwaytohaveabody #effyourbeautystandards #beautybeyondsize

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“Lo saludable no es solo lo que comes y la frecuencia con la que entrenas; es un estado holístico de bienestar. Ser flaco nunca te hará feliz si primero no encuentras la felicidad dentro de ti”, aseguró antes de agregar “hoy soy un tamaño natural talla 14 y no lo deseo de ninguna otra manera después de años y años de tratar de hacerme más pequeña. DEJA de criticarte por no perder el peso que querías y comienza a centrarte en tomar decisiones más saludables para ti, mental y físicamente”, escribió en su cuenta de Instagram junto a una foto del 2015 y una de ahora.

A su vez explicó “no me gusta que me digan plus size y no es un término que usaría para definirme. El hecho de que soy talla 14 significa que tengo un cuerpo normal igual que la mayoría de las mujeres. Es falso que seamos ‘plus -size’”, dijo al manifestarse contra las etiquetas y el llamar talla grande a todo lo no cumple con los estándares establecidos en el mundo de la moda.

En un posteo anterior la modelo había compartido otra foto del antes y el después y había dado respuesta a quienes le enviaban consejos para adelgazar y preguntas sobre qué dieta siguió para Miss Sudáfrica.

Lately I’ve received a number of messages around weightloss advice and questions about which diet I followed for Miss South Africa. I want to give you honest feedback: I never followed a specific diet, but I made drastic lifestyle changes and literally trained my butt off. The picture on the left was after 5 months of intense training and absolutely NO carbs, red meat or alcohol. Chocolates, cake and sweets were swear words! I trained 2 to 3 hours a day and I even worked cardio sessions in over weekends. My boobs shrunk 2 cup sizes and my period stopped. On this specific day of the picture, I got home, freezing after the shoot, and I had a baby apple for dinner. From the picture on the right, more than a year later, I want to say, it’s NOT worth it to fight a daily battle with food or your body. Bodies are different, we can’t all look the same. Instead of having #bikinibody unrealistic-nonsense-goals that are being spoonfed to us on a daily basis, strive towards being the healthiest and happiest version of yourself (mentally and physically). Don’t fight against something that is part of who you are. Self acceptance is a relationship that you have to work on daily. Be sure to make your body your new best friend. Light and love! #bodypositive #bodypositivity #bodyconfidence #loveyourbody #dietculture #unrealisticgoals #bebodyaware #healthnotsize #beautybeyondsize #droptheplus #everybodyisbeautiful #swimwear #bikini #curves #iamallwoman

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