“Especially when it comes to their appearance with women, I know what it feels like to be a woman who is traditionally beautiful or invisible to most people because of not being seen,” she said. “It’s crazy to try to fit in; it’s better to just have a healthy version.”
Since then, Rebel has chronicled his 40-pound weight-loss journey in high and low order on Instagram, revealing his “most unhealthy” points, sharing inspirational messages and hitting his target weight a month before the end of 2020.
The decision to share her experience on social media came from her desire to “hopefully help people” on the same journey. He added, “You may not be able to share everything, especially on social media, but what I’m trying to do is share enough so that I hope people understand that I have come through that struggle.”
These include her fertility journey and her experience of polycystic ovary syndrome. Speaking to the BBC, Rebel explained that he was “still trying” and “it would be great to have my own child” but was not sure what the future holds.
“I’m trying not to set any expectations on the outcome,” he said, “just to be as healthy as I can. I’m going to try and see what happens.”
In November 2020, Rebel shared his experience with weight gain and polycystic ovary syndrome. “I started gaining weight when I was 20. I had something called PCOS-polycystic ovarian syndrome – and I gained weight fast,” she told EK! “It’s just a hormonal imbalance and you usually gain a lot of weight and it manifests in me.”
“Sometimes, I feel sorry, but then at the same time, I’ve worked my body to my advantage,” he reflected. “I like to be of all sizes. Now just 40 years old, I am more health conscious and thinking of starting a family.”