Plus-Size Model Loses 155lbs And Flaunts Her Figure In A Racy Photo Shoot

A plus-size woman is forging a new career as a model after losing a staggering 155 pounds thanks to life-changing surgery.

Rochelle Monique Murrell, 35, from Washington DC, went under the knife to have her stomach reduced to the size of a banana.

After an injury to her knee Rochelle’s weight sky rocketed to 338lbs (27st 2Ibs).

Plus-Size Model Loses 155lbs And Flaunts Her Figure In A Racy Photo Shoot

Rochelle went from a US size 26 to a US size 14.

But she is now beyond thrilled to be working as a plus size model and says she now feels ‘liberated.’ 

In March 2016, Rochelle decided to make a dramatic change in her lifestyle in her quest to be the next successful plus size model.

Rochelle opted for a vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG.) The process involves removing a large portion of the stomach and reducing it to the size of a banana. 

VSG can reduce the stomach’s volume by up to 75 percent.

Plus-Size Model Loses 155lbs And Flaunts Her Figure In A Racy Photo Shoot

Rochelle also had to make changes to her diet and has cut out carbohydrates and began exercising three to five times a week.

In less than a year she saw her weight drop to 216lbs (15st 9Ibs).

 

Rochelle’s self-esteem suffered when she was at her heaviest and she admits she felt ‘ashamed’ of the way she looked. 

‘I was a people-person, but suffered from low self-esteem due to my weight. I believe my lack of confidence paired with my knee injury led to my heaviest weight,’ Rochelle said.

Plus-Size Model Loses 155lbs And Flaunts Her Figure In A Racy Photo Shoot

‘I couldn’t work out because of the injury, so I just let myself go. I wasn’t happy with myself; where I was in life and how things were going.’

‘I felt like a monster; I was so ashamed that I had let myself get that big.’

Plus-Size Model Loses 155lbs And Flaunts Her Figure In A Racy Photo Shoot

‘I wanted to live. I wanted to be a successful plus size model and live my dream. I’ve always been in love with fashion and I just started to take pictures.’

‘I would reach out to different companies and photographers. I would also walk into fashion shows for church and other organisations.’

Plus-Size Model Loses 155lbs And Flaunts Her Figure In A Racy Photo Shoot

Rochelle says being a plus size model is ‘liberating’ and makes her feel ‘powerful and sexy’. 

‘I had VSG and I also eat a low carb diet while working out three to five times a week. I’m no longer a prisoner in my body. I have a whole new confidence in myself. I’m full of energy and ready to take on the world,’ she said.

‘Modelling is liberating. It makes me feel powerful and sexy. I am a work in progress, but I absolutely love the skin I’m in. I’m very proud of myself.’

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