SHE’S got nearly 10million followers on Instagram, but model Alexis Ren reveals there’s more to her snaps than first meets the eye.
The 20-year-old American model shot to fame last year after posting a constant stream of envy-inducing bikini-clad beach snaps.
At the time, Alexis was travelling the world with her boyfriend Jay Alvarrez, but the hot couple have since split.
Despite seemingly living a dream lifestyle and posting plenty of “perfect” picturesque snaps on the social media site, Alexis has revealed she began to develop an unhealthy relationship with Instagram and food.
Alexis said: “I would look at my profile and be like: ‘Look at this girl! She has, like, the most perfect life!’ and I would feel so guilty for not feeling blessed all the time.
“I was my worst critic ever. The only sense of relief I had was to be able to monitor my eating and my workouts.”
As she began to build more followers online, Alexis became increasingly obsessed with her body and spiralled into an eating disorder.
“It was a vicious cycle where when I did eat, I just felt worse, so I didn’t want to eat and ate less and less and less,” she told Cosmopolitan.
It wasn’t long before her unhealthy eating habits began affecting her health and the youngster started falling ill with infections, exhaustion, fever or flu symptoms.
She said: “Everyone around me was like: ‘Alexis, what are you doing?’
“But I felt like my body was the only reason why people liked me.”
After a two-year relationship, Alexis split from music producer Jay last summer, but she never blamed him for her eating disorder.
Once single again, the stunner moved back to Los Angeles and sought help from personal trainer and nutritionist Maggie Tanielian who helped her develop a healthy relationship with food.
Now she exercises every other day and eats a balanced diet rich in carbs, lean proteins and veggies and says she’s the happiest and healthiest she’s ever been.