Annalise Braakensiek Overcame Anorexia, Has Amazing Body At 42

Annalise Braakensiek is 42-years-old, but her “amazing figure” makes her look years younger. Braakensiek works hard for her fabulous body, hitting the gym and pool for three to four hours a day. The Daily Mail reports that the former model combines several different kinds of workouts to keep in shape.

“I have been doing lots of yoga. I also love training in the gym and swimming.”

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Most aging models would be worried when the phone stops “ringing off the hook with calls from the lads’ mags.” Many opt for plastic surgery to try to “reverse the ageing process,” and continue to work as models. Angelina decided to become a whole new person, without the aid of surgery. Braakensiek said goodbye to her modelling career, with its “serial Inside Sport cover girl” gigs, and became a lifestyle blogger and social media star.

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The blogging gig means she earns money travelling the world “extensively,” and Angelina has lots more on the go, too. She designs jewellery, and is planning a healthy eating cookbook. As the star of the edgy 2000 SBS series Fat Pizza, Braakensiek has acting experience, and that may lead to a new show (comedy this time) next year.

The career as social media star wasn’t planned — it came about “by accident” after Angelina’s agent pointed out that she had “so much more to her” than just being an actor or model. Braakensiek told the Sunday Telegraph that she realized her Facebook page could be like “a magazine where I would share my work, my philosophies and anything that interested me — and that became really popular.” She explained that being authentic is something she’s “always been,” even if it meant turning down modelling jobs that went against her “core values.”

“But being this way is the only thing that works.”

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Annalise learned the hard way about authenticity. As a young model, she struggled with anorexia. With “help and counselling,” Braakensiek was able to overcome her eating disorder, but she never forgot the lessons learned. She told the Sunday Telegraph that in her younger years, modelling was her “whole world,” and “it was easy to be taken up with my own physicality.”

“The most important lesson I learned was not to let putting on weight get me down.

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