Mushk Kaleem opens up about her battle with Dysmorphia

Mushk Kaleem is a Pakistani model, who has gathered a big fanbase in no time. She has become every designer’s muse and has represented Pakistan at Milan Fashion Week as well. Kaleem has been very vocal about colorism issues and how people with fair skin tones are always preferred in the industry. She is bold, and headstrong, due to which she has made her way into the hearts of numerous Pakistanis.

Mushk Kaleem’s battle with Dysmorphia

On World Mental Health Day, Mushk opened up about her story, and how she was battling with herself. The model shared the horrific time she was going through and how her mental health was compromised. Mushk shared how everyone who looked at her from a distance thought she was happy, and although she had achieved a lot, her mental health was still declining.

The model shared that she used to starve herself to lose inches. She would go on for 24 hours without eating anything and opted for an extremely unhealthy lifestyle. She was also abusing drugs. Everything around her seemed wrong.

A year later, Mushk talked about how happy she is currently. She found the appropriate support she needed to uplift herself. She put her first and went for therapy, all of which helped her become mentally healthy.

Mushk Kaleem beat the voices in her head, telling her she isn’t enough or that her weight determines her beauty and worth. She is in a much better headspace now and has set healthy boundaries with people for herself. Mushk’s hard time is an example in itself. From promoting body positivity to telling everyone that there is always light at the end of the tunnel, her experience is a ray of hope for those who are in a constant battle with themselves.

Here’s Mushq’s post about her journey:

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– National Mental Health Day: 10th October.♥️ 2019, was probably the most rewarding year of my career, but when I look back and think about all that I went through last year, I realise that my mental health had completely taken a back seat. I was a model, adapting to fame, success and accolades. Of course, everyone thought I was okay, living the dream. I knew then, that to complain about anything would be unthankful. I was hospitalised on my 25th birthday last year. I was almost 48 kilos and I was suffering from severe body dysmorphia. I would spend hours obsessing over my weight, about losing those few inches on my waist, about getting those perfect hips, or about just looking the part. I had started starving myself, not eating for 24 hours and more, I was abusing drugs, I was unhealthy. I was a 6ft girl suffering from severe anorexia. I would occasionally blackout. I needed help. I think it had less to do with my field of work and more to do with how I was okay with being so self-destructive. I was comfortable with being unhappy. But this is a happy story, I promise. Now a year later, I’m a happier person. I’ve been clean for more than a year. I have found support and happiness in my family, friends, and my pets. I have set boundaries that I never let people cross. I decided that I could still be beautiful, no matter what number the weighing scale would say. I took therapy. I put myself first. I tackled my issues head on, and at first it was scary and it aggravated my anxiety, but I’ve grown, and I’ve healed. It’s still an ongoing process of recovery that I’m on. But I’m glad I started somewhere. Our mental health impacts our thoughts, our actions and our lives. Here’s to taking care of our minds, our bodies, our souls. Happy National Mental Health day!♥️

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