Simone Anderson has been fearless about showing her body after losing 194 pounds in less than a year, thanks to healthy eating, exercise and weight loss surgery.
But the New Zealand makeup artist’s documentation of her “journey to health” on Instagram hasn’t been without criticism. In July, Anderson posted a before and after picture of her transformation. The jaw-dropping photo earned her plenty of comments from followers claiming she faked the pictures because she had a different hair color in her after photo and she didn’t appear to have stretch marks.
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I don't no why but every single comment that called me out for being fake and a liar really bothered me far more than it should. I think it's because it took hours of crying and debating whether to share my story online and for others to see, posting the first picture online along with my weight for the world to see what the hardest thing I have ever done. Throughout my whole journey I have tried to be so honest about the whole experience and tell people it exactly as it's happened so to be called a fake hurt a lot. And then when it came to posting about my lose skin well that was equally as tough. So here we go I hope this helps all the "non believers" – my face uncovered, yes my hair and eyebrows are a different colour as I'm going back to blonde, yes I have changed my phone from Samsung to apple and have moved house so the background has changed (it has been 11 months people, things change!), my skin colour varies in every single post as I get a spray tan once a week on a Thursday and often change the depth of the colour I get depending on what event I have that weekend, yes I have lose skin and stretch marks but I don't feel the need to show them in every single photo I post online, I have shared my excess skin picture before so if you had bothered to click on my page you would have seen it and as for my ears changing in appearance?! Well I can't see that haha so who the hell knows!!! Maybe weight changes ears lol. Hope this helps 😀 now lost 85.7 GO ME!
Instead of shying away from the comments, Anderson began posting photos of her post-weight-loss body, loose skin and all. “I promised from day one that what I was sharing with people would be the honest journey, and it would be the ups, the downs, the goods and the bads,” she told People.
And she had the excess skin removed earlier this week, thanks to a doctor in Arizona, and she’s still documenting her journey. The procedure involved a full tummy tuck and a bra-line back lift known as “a tummy tuck for the back,” according to her doctor.
Anderson’s amazing body confidence was apparent before and after her skin surgery. “I needed to show that yes, I do have loose skin, and it’s actually a side effect of something I am proud of,” she told the magazine of documenting her body on social media.
“Obviously, I can’t wait for it to be gone, but it’s not something I’m ashamed of or embarrassed of.”
Though she still has recovery ahead of her, Anderson wrote on Instagram that she’s loving her new “banging body” and that although she knows she’ll never have a completely flat stomach, she’s happy with her journey.
“[I’m looking forward to] the fact that when I’m exercising I won’t need to tuck my loose skin into my pants, and know that I can put on a top like everyone else and not stress out about loose skin coming out,” she added to People of what she’s looking forward to most.
And we’re confident she’ll continue to inspire thousands with her incredible outlook on life.