A Mexican actress has uploaded a series of beach photos to Instagram celebrating losing an incredible 11 stone in weight.
Estefania Villarreal shot to fame when she appeared in the much-loved Mexican teen soap Rebelde (Rebel) which finished airing back in 2006.
The 30-year-old actress played overweight student Celina Ferrer who attended a trendy private high school.
More than a decade after the Televisa channel stopped broadcasting the show, the Mexican actress hit the headlines again when she released stunning photos of her wearing a series of swimsuits on Malibu beach in the USA.
In one of the images, the actress and model is seen wearing a black top in the ocean, with the caption:
The sea is always moving and bringing us new things.
In another image, Estefania is wearing a white swimsuit with the message:
To me, it was never about weight. Nothing compares to the freedom of our own power, learning to love ourselves unconditionally: our own individuality, our own bodies.
It has never been about my dress size or number but every centimetre of my body. It is a daily task to love, honour and respect the temple we live in. Nothing is gained without effort.
She says she has lost 70 kilograms but did not give her before and after weights. Her diet and exercise regime also remained under wraps.
Some of her photos have received more than 35,000 likes and she is clearly a popular personality on social media, where her Instagram account has nearly 460,000 followers.
Fans commented on Estefania’s photos thanking her for being inspirational.
Day-z Olivar Correa wrote: ‘Thanks for sharing! Keep doing you beautiful and for inspiring us to the same.’
Ulises Trujillo added:
You are a beautiful woman and it is more beautiful that you accept as you are and do not let yourself be influenced by the stereotypes that impose fashion and society congratulations i wish we would all accept as we are.
She has also modelled for major brands, including Levi’s.
LADIES: its important to hit all parts of your body and yes that includes chest! It will not make you look manly.. i made the mistake of not ever building my chest and it resulted in lots of pain and my body being extremely offset! And yes i know to some of yall this weight is nothing, but i just started hitting chest a month or so ago.. trying to get like @casssmartin Before and after my set i drink my @fitonomy BCAAS! BCAAS or aminos will help replenish your muscles to avoid too much soreness. I highly recommend the pineapple flavor 😩😍 use my code “meghan” for 15 percent off yours! Theyre very important💪🏼
Another inspirational weight loss story comes from Meghan Gilbert who was bullied for having ‘thunder thighs’ and has given the middle finger to them by becoming a fitness model.
The 21-year-old student, from Dallas, Texas, dropped a third of her body weight after ballooning to a whopping 15st (95kg) because of an eating disorder.
Due to the horrible bullying, Meghan was soon diagnosed with anxiety and depression.
However, now she’s shed the weight – and then some – dropping to 9st 11lbs (62kg).
The girl on the left was 200 lbs of depression, anxiety, and sin. I was addicted to drugs and I partied every night. I woke up in the morning wanting to forget that I had to wake up this morning.. my life was just..sad.
I hated every part of my body and being until I took one too many pills and sipped one too many drinks, waking up after 36 hours of straight sleep. Well, could be longer.
When I woke up from my overdose, I saw my tattoo ‘walk by faith not by sight’ and that’s when I knew I wasn’t doing life right. The Bible PREACHES LOVE! That’s Jesus’s commandment. So that’s where I started.