Why this year has been particularly tough for models struggling with their mental health

Laveta Brigham

Looking back it seems almost incredible that there was nowhere to turn for objective, professional advice , given how endemic mental health issues are in modelling. The super successful aren’t immune either. Jodie Kidd told me that anxiety about her modelling career and how she looked, caused her to stop eating, to […]

Looking back it seems almost incredible that there was nowhere to turn for objective, professional advice , given how endemic mental health issues are in modelling. The super successful aren’t immune either. Jodie Kidd told me that anxiety about her modelling career and how she looked, caused her to stop eating, to the point where she had to leave modelling for good. Supermodel Ajak Deng took to social media in 2019 to speak out about how at one point, she’d been close to suicide. There are so many more young men and women who are at the beginning of their careers and whose voices aren’t heard. 

In 2014 I left New York for London to study human nutrition, I knew I wanted to make a positive change in the fashion world – and help change the way its perceived on the outside too.

In 2018, once I’d graduated in nutrition, I founded the Be Well Collective. It’s the only charitable initiative in the UK which works to reduce the devastating effects of eating disorders, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues in the fashion and creative industries. So far we’ve helped 10,000 young adults online and over 500 people face to face in mental health struggles. When I started the Be Well Collective, it was extremely hard to gain trust and recognition within the industry, but today we’ve managed to create a safe space and community for thousands of young adults. 

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