Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Kate Bock opens up about horrifying pressure she faced to lose weight as a teen fashion star – revealing she was ‘told daily’ that she was ‘fat’ and it left her ‘so scared’ to eat

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Kate Bock has opened up about the horrifying pressure that she faced to lose weight when she was first starting out as a teen fashion star.

She revealed she was ‘told daily’ that she was ‘fat,’ which left her ‘so scared’ to eat due to the ongoing judgement.

Kate, 35, from Vancouver, Canada, spoke out about her past body image struggles during an appearance on Emily DiDonato’s Remodeling podcast.

During their chat, Kate explained that she started modeling when she was only 12 years old after being discovered by an agent at her local swimming pool.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Kate Bock has opened up about the horrifying pressure that she faced to lose weight when she was first starting out as a teen fashion star

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Kate Bock has opened up about the horrifying pressure that she faced to lose weight when she was first starting out as a teen fashion star

'I never had an eating disorder in the sense of being disillusioned about the way that I looked, it was actually someone looking at me daily and telling me that I was fat,' Kate told Emily

'I never had an eating disorder in the sense of being disillusioned about the way that I looked, it was actually someone looking at me daily and telling me that I was fat,' Kate told Emily

‘I never had an eating disorder in the sense of being disillusioned about the way that I looked, it was actually someone looking at me daily and telling me that I was fat,’ Kate told Emily

As a teen, she starred in a series of campaigns for Abercrombie Kid, and at age 18, she moved to Paris, France, to try to pursue her dream of being a model full time.

And while relocating to Europe helped launch her into mega-stardom, the 35-year-old admitted that heading to another country by herself was extremely difficult for her.

She recalled her agents forcing her to come and take 'measurements' every single day, while continuously telling her that she needed to 'be skinnier.' She's seen recently

She recalled her agents forcing her to come and take ‘measurements’ every single day, while continuously telling her that she needed to ‘be skinnier.’ She’s seen recently

She explained that before that, she would just consume ‘whatever her mom cooked’ for her and never thought about what size she was, but after she left home, she said she ‘suddenly’ became obsessed trying to reach a certain number.

She recalled her agents forcing her to come and take ‘measurements’ every single day, while continuously telling her that she needed to ‘be skinnier.’

‘I never had an eating disorder in the sense of being disillusioned about the way that I looked, it was actually someone looking at me daily and telling me that I was fat,’ she said. 

‘I wasn’t imagining like, “Oh my God, I look terrible.” It was like, literally someone looked at you in your face and was like, “You really need to lose weight” every day.

‘I would be so scared when they’d be like, “Hey, you wanna come in and we’ll just measure you super quick?”

‘I’d be like, “Oh my gosh, they’re gonna know that I ate food yesterday.” At that time, I felt like I wanted to be skinnier all the time.’

She said she would be ‘so stressed’ when it came time for her to go back home to visit her family for the holidays because she knew she’d be tempted to stray from her strict diet. 

She revealed that she was 'told daily' that she was 'fat,' which left her 'so scared' to eat due to the ongoing judgement. She's seen in 2013

She revealed that she was ‘told daily’ that she was ‘fat,’ which left her ‘so scared’ to eat due to the ongoing judgement. She’s seen in 2013

Kate, 35, from Vancouver, Canada, spoke out about her past body image struggles during an appearance on Emily DiDonato's Remodeling podcast

Kate, 35, from Vancouver, Canada, spoke out about her past body image struggles during an appearance on Emily DiDonato’s Remodeling podcast

Kate (seen in 2016 with her SI Swim cover) remembered longing to 'one day feel good in her body,' explaining, 'I wondered what that feels like because I couldn't imagine that was a thing'

Kate (seen in 2016 with her SI Swim cover) remembered longing to ‘one day feel good in her body,’ explaining, ‘I wondered what that feels like because I couldn’t imagine that was a thing’

She added that she wished there was 'a better education' that could help models learn 'what to eat.' She's seen recently

She added that she wished there was ‘a better education’ that could help models learn ‘what to eat.’ She’s seen recently

Emily, 32, from Goshen, New York, who was an up-and-coming model at the same time as Kate, recalled going through something similar

Emily, 32, from Goshen, New York, who was an up-and-coming model at the same time as Kate, recalled going through something similar

‘The holidays are typically the time that you eat desserts, you want all the food your mom makes,’ she continued. ‘But I’d be so stressed about going home because I was scared I’d get bigger.’

'They'd be like, "Come in every few days and we're gonna take your measurements ,"' she revealed. 'And now it's ike, "I gotta lose weight and impress all of these adults around me." It was really stressful.' She's seen modeling in 2010

‘They’d be like, “Come in every few days and we’re gonna take your measurements,”‘ she revealed. ‘I felt like, “I gotta lose weight and impress all of these adults around me.” It was really stressful.’ She’s seen modeling in 2010

Kate went on to pose for numerous big magazines like SI Swim, Vogue Germany, Glamour, Elle, Grazia, and Maxim, as well as a slew of successful brands like Victoria’s Secret, Guess, L’Oreal, Banana Republic, and Ralph Lauren. 

The catwalk queen remembered longing to ‘one day feel good in her body,’ explaining, ‘I wondered what that feels like because I couldn’t imagine that was a thing I could feel.’

She added that she wished there was ‘a better education’ that could help models learn ‘what to eat.’ 

Emily, 32, from Goshen, New York, who was an up-and-coming model at the same time as Kate, recalled going through something similar.

‘They’d be like, “Come in every few days and we’re gonna take your measurements every single time you come in,”‘ she revealed.

‘The stress of that alone was such a shock to my system. I was just a teenager, my biggest problem a month prior was what I was gonna wear to prom. 

‘And now it’s like, “I gotta lose weight and impress all of these adults around me.” It was really stressful.’ 

Emily started modeling at age 10 when she was scouted at a mall, and by the time she was 18, she had already landed campaigns with Guess, Ralph Lauren, and Maybelline New York.

'It wasn't fiction that we felt like we were fat because people were literally saying that to us and making us feel ashamed,' she added. Emily is pictured recently

‘It wasn’t fiction that we felt like we were fat because people were literally saying that to us and making us feel ashamed,’ she added. Emily is pictured recently

Emily pointed out that because a lot of the models 'looked the same,' she often felt like she had to compete against the others. Emily is seen in 2009

Emily pointed out that because a lot of the models 'looked the same,' she often felt like she had to compete against the others. Kate is seen in 2013

Emily pointed out that because a lot of the models ‘looked the same,’ she often felt like she had to compete against the others. Emily is seen left in 2009 while Kate is seen right in 2013

She then went on to pose for Victoria’s Secret, Giorgio Armani, SI Swim, Chanel, Balmain, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Guess. 

‘It wasn’t fiction that we felt like we were fat because people were literally saying that to us and making us feel ashamed,’ she added.

Emily also pointed out that because a lot of the young models ‘looked the same,’ she often felt like she had to compete against the others to book jobs – which only added more pressure on them to look as skinny as possible.

‘We all had the same measurements, had the same hair color. We were all going after the exact same appearance,’ she explained.

‘I remember it feeling so stressful. I had to do three-hour workouts and I had to eat very specific things. I felt like I couldn’t live my life.’ 



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