A New Zealand woman accused of faking a weight-loss photo silenced those who criticized her by bravely sharing a photo of her excess skin (video below).
Makeup stylist Simone Pretescherer Anderson said in a photo shared online that she went from 372 pounds to 184 pounds in 11 months.
“I am officially half the person I was 11 months ago! … I can’t even begin to explain in words what this accomplishment feels like,” she wrote. “I set my self a goal that seamed so far out of reach at the time but I have stuck to it and with a lot of determination, will power, drive, motivation & compromise I have achieved my goal. Proud doesn’t even begin to describe this feeling!”
After her post was shared, along with details of how she lost the weight, Anderson began receiving comments from people accusing her of faking the photos. Commenters said they were skeptical of the photo because there was no excess skin apparent in the post-weight loss picture.
Following dozens of accusatory comments, Anderson bravely shared a picture that showed the excess skin she had from losing the weight.
“I don’t know why but every single comment that called me out for being fake and a liar really bothered me far more than it should,” Anderson wrote alongside the photo.
“I think it’s because it took hours of crying and debating whether to share my story online and for others to see, posting the first picture online along with my weight for the world to see what the hardest thing I have ever done … So here we go I hope this helps all the ‘non believers…’”
Anderson, who shares her weight loss journey on a Facebook page, said she’s currently saving money for surgery to remove the skin.