Lisa Rinna's Daughter Amelia Says High School Experience Led to Depression and Eating Disorder
Amelia Gray Hamlin says her eating disorder did not stem from her body image
Lisa Rinna's younger daughter Amelia Gray Hamlin is grateful to have overcome anorexia — and hopes her story will help others feel less alone in their own struggles.
On a new episode of The Skinny Confidential Him + Her podcast, Hamlin sat down with hosts Lauryn Evarts and Michael Bosstick and opened up about her eating disorder.
"I don't even think that my eating disorder really was like, based upon my body image," the 19-year-old model explained.
"Because... my mom's f------ small. I was always small," she continued. "But I think it was [my experience at] this all-girl school, like stuff that I went through when I was like just in a depressed state."
Hamlin explained that after attending a "progressive elementary hippie weird school" in Los Angeles, she and her older sister, Delilah Belle, switched to an all-girls school in Brentwood, "which completely f----- me up, like really bad, really bad."
"They preach feminism so much, but I feel like it was one of those instances where they didn't really practice what they preached," she said. "And that's when I first started having more of a negative mindset."
At this school, Hamlin recalled sitting in her social history class in the ninth grade when her teacher pulled up a photo of her mother on the projector — knowing Amelia was in the classroom — and began "dissecting all of the bad things" her mother has done for the representation of women.
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Hamlin asserted she and her fellow students were taught that "models are horrible and they sexualize women in negative ways and actresses are horrible," she said.
"I would just get so uncomfortable, because not only was my mom brought up, but like I'm over here trying to be a model," Hamlin said. "And everybody in my class knew that. And they're like, basically looking at my family, being like, everything you're doing is wrong."
Hamlin and sister Delilah were ultimately pulled from the school by her parents, but the experience pushed the aspiring model into a "depressed state."
"Then, when I went through my eating disorder, I feel like the reason why I was so outspoken and I really wanted to share my story was because I feel like women's stories aren't shared enough," she said.
Hamlin said she eventually came to understand that sexuality doesn't have to be a "negative thing" and that women should have agency over their bodies and how they carry themselves.
Hamlin said she has recovered from her eating disorder and is grateful to have a platform to speak about it.
"I think I just decided to really stand up for women and talk about what I'm going through so that others didn't feel alone," she said.
If you or someone you know is battling an eating disorder, please contact the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) at 1-800-931-2237 or go to NationalEatingDisorders.org.