Valeria Levitin, originally from Russia and currently residing in Monaco, reveals a concerning trend: receiving fan mail from girls eager to emulate her skeletal appearance.
The 39-year-old, speaking to The Sun, discloses, “I have received emails from young girls who want me to teach them how to be like me. All the letters I’ve had are from women, mainly in their twenties, who see me as some kind of inspiration.”
In response, she courageously addresses her condition, actively campaigning against anorexia. Valeria Levitin asserts her stance, refusing to provide instruction on a path she describes as leading young girls toward self-destruction.
Valeria, who grappled with an eating disorder since adolescence, has decided to publicly address the profound impact the illness has had on her life.
Expressing a desire to share her journey, she aims to discourage others from succumbing to a similar fate. Valeria Levitin emphasizes that anorexia has left her feeling “lonely, unattractive, and repulsive to the people around me.”
Her conviction traces back to her mother’s apprehension that Valeria could develop obesity akin to other family members. This led to dietary restrictions even during her early childhood.
Valeria’s mother, driven by an unrelenting pursuit of perfection, frequently monitored her daughter’s weight to ensure no gains.
At the age of 16, weighing 10st, Valeria relocated to Chicago with her parents. Eager to assimilate into a new school environment, she believed shedding pounds would secure acceptance and popularity.
In her quest to fit in, she intensified her dietary restrictions, eliminating sugar and carbohydrates from her meals.
Ironically, having abstained from certain foods for an extended period, Valeria’s body has become intolerant to them, rendering them challenging to process. Following a hurtful comment about her figure from a classmate, Valeria’s determination to lose weight intensified even further.
She recounted a painful incident, sharing, “We were playing football and during the game, a man said, ‘I know how we can win. We need to put Valeria’s big ar*e in the goal’. It shattered my whole world.”
At the age of 23, Valeria’s dress size drastically dropped from a healthy size 12 to a petite size 6.
The necessity to avoid many foods persists due to their adverse effects on her body. So extended is her abstinence from bread that she can’t recall its taste.
Her affliction has cast a shadow of loneliness over her life. Unattached for ten years, the world’s thinnest woman finds relationships challenging, unable to partake in typical couple activities like dining out.