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In an interview with Glamour magazine the daughter of legendary model Iman who has said she’s been on a diet of some form since she was eight talks about going from a size 26 to a size 6.

One month postsurgery, I was back at work and down 20 pounds. Other people couldn’t see the difference, but I could feel it. Before the surgery, a reasonable portion left me feeling deprived; I was always thinking about my next meal. After the surgery, good food in moderation was unbelievably satisfying. To feel that way and lose weight so quickly was both exhilarating and strange at the same time.

Six months in, I was down another 80 pounds. For the first time in my life, I didn’t have to shop in a plus-size store. (Yay, H&M!) But it felt foreign and made me anxious. There were so many things to choose from, I enlisted friends to help me shop, because I couldn’t tackle it all at once.  A year later I was 160 pounds and, because of my height, a size 6. A staggering number of people walked up to me asking if I was a model.

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