Trigger warning: Rape
This episode with Amanda gets heavy. Amanda is a former Playboy model who was raped at the age of 16. It took a long time and a lot of healing to take back her story and feel empowered again. Part of that healing includes why she went into Playboy in the first place - to once again own her body and power which had been stolen from her.
On this episode, we discuss the legacy of Hugh Hefner, her journey with Playboy, the assumptions that come with being a Playboy model, her parent's deaths impact on her, and how she overcame the grief that came as a result of that traumas she faced. With the rape came the loss of power, low self-esteem and a lot of self-hate. This is the story of her healing and how she went from victim to survivor.
Here is more about Amanda: "I’m Amanda. After years of therapy, prescriptions, journaling, Yoga and self-help books still left me struggling with unmanageable clinical depression that I masked with drugs, alcohol and self-harm, I stood on the window ledge of a foreign hotel room, ready to end my life.
It took a careful and mindful combination of nutrition, fitness and lifestyle changes, but I overcame depression and suicide on my own terms. I have helped countless others make sustainable changes that have drastically improved their mental and physical health and, thus, their lives.
It is my personal mission to help as many people as possible whether you’ve tried everything else and you are feeling lost and defeated or you simply want to reach your highest potential of happiness and self-fulfillment."
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