Ex-model is role model for girls

Ex-model is role model for girls
Emily Skye.

She may not be a celebrity, but personal trainer Emily Skye's drive for a fitter and healthier lifestyle has gained her a following of more than three million on social media.

Ms Skye, who is from Australia's Gold Coast, has about 70,000 girls worldwide following her clean eating and fitness programme.

She told Australia's Daily Mail that her main aim is to reach out to more teenage girls worldwide to help them build their confidence and learn to love themselves.

The 29-year-old said: "I'm drawn to teens because that's when I was at my lowest point."

This former model is already doing this by motivating her followers through social media platforms.

"Since I became healthier and fitter, I almost feel like I've found life again," she said.

"I feel set free and have a much more positive outlook so I want to share this with everyone."

But she was not always a fitness guru, she said.

She recalled her troubled days when she had terrible eating habits and rarely exercised, which affected her physical and mental health.

Leaving the industry behind in search of happiness, she became intrigued by the latest "fitspo" craze circulating on social media.

Fitspo is a trend where people put up photos of themselves sweating it out, to chart their progress. They share these before-and-after pictures on Instagram, Tumblr and other microblogging websites.

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Ms Skye also switched to a healthier lifestyle by exercising regularly and eating unprocessed, clean foods. She claimed she does not count calories and said that her regular fitness regime and balanced diet is what keeps her in shape.

"When I was modelling, I thought all fats and carbs were the enemy, but it's silly to cut them out because your body needs them," she said.

"It's funny when people get surprised when they see me eating a desserts or chips. These are okay as long as you have a balanced diet and it's all done in moderation."


This article was first published on Nov 17, 2014.
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