18-year-old Victoire Maçon Dauxerre is a French high school student. She's busy studying hard for her school's final exams.


One day she gives herself a relaxing afternoon off to go shopping with her mom. Little did she know this would be the day that her life turned into a nightmare.



While Victoire was out and about, she was spotted by a modeling agency. Her dream had always been to study at Sciences Po, a prestigious university in Paris. But she let herself get swept up in the world of sequins and glitter, convincing herself that it was the dream of every teenager girl. Soon after joining the sought-after Elite modeling agency, her personal descent into Hell began.



Young Victoire found herself trapped in a brutal jungle where thin bodies reign.



She recalls, “nobody told me I had to lose weight. But I was told: in September, you’ll be doing the Fashion Weeks, the clothes are size 32-34, and you'll have to fit in them.”



So, ever the hard worker, Victoire deliberately starved herself, losing 22 pounds in 2 months. Her new diet? Three apples a day and sparkling water because it made her feel full. She allowed herself a piece of chicken or fish once a week.



Her strategy "worked!" Victoire, who is 5'10", weighed 103 pounds and was booked for back-to-back haute couture shows in Paris, Milan, and New York. She worked for popular brands like Alexander McQueen and Miu Miu and was among the 20 most demanded models.

But behind the glitter and spotlight, was a painful truth. Victoire was suffering from anorexia. “My pulse was very weak, I was losing my hair, I had osteoporosis, and I stopped having my period,” remembers the model. She admitted to fainting between several fashion shows.



The most confusing part of the whole situation? All of her pictures were manipulated. She said, “They added weight to my thighs and cheeks. The girls working there today will probably say I’m lying. They can't say anything if they want to continue.” The girls would purposefully snack in front of journalists to keep the critics at bay, but many then vomit once the cameras are gone.



At the very start of her adulthood, Victoire felt she had lost herself. She felt alone and depressed and oftentimes in profound distress. She had become bulimic and could only see one way out. After 8 months of modelling, she attempted suicide. “Nobody understood. Everybody was telling me, 'You have a dream life,' but I’d never been so miserable,” she confides.

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