Vanessa Bauer has bravely opened up about an aggressive eating disorder she was forced to overcome in the past.
The beloved Big Brother star tragically passed away last Friday at the age of 38 after losing her battle to anorexia.
Nikki struggled with the eating disorder for some time, with fans and celebrities alike rallying around her in a bid to help.
News of the devastating passing was confirmed online by her close pal Leon Dee, and later by Nikki’s rep.
Now Vanessa has opened up about her own experience as she shared a series of snaps of herself in underwear.
“I used to think I could never model lingerie for personal battles with my body confidence,” she wrote on social media.
Telling fans she hopes her honest post will make others realise they’re not alone, Vanessa said there “isn’t enough awareness around ED,” adding: “They are not taken seriously enough.”
She penned: “Sunday vibes and personal thoughts. I used to think I could never model lingerie for personal battles with my body confidence.”
Vanessa went on: “If you’ve followed me for a while you may know about my past battle with an aggressive eating disorder as I opened up about this a while ago.
“This was meant to be a different kind of post but Today I saw tragic news of a lost battle with an ED. It made me realise once again that there isn’t enough awareness around ED.
“They are not taken seriously enough. And it costs lives… I suffered nearly a decade. It ultimately ended my competitive skating career.”
The pro skater added: “And for the last couple of years I’ve been strong enough to openly speak and raise awareness in the hope to help people who are suffering too.
“To show them they are not alone and that the vicious circle can be beaten!! Despite these being lovely pictures by the amazing @nasibag , they represent so much more to me personally.”
“You deserve to feel fierce, happy, confident and comfortable within yourself,” she added.
For help and support on eating disorders contact Beat Eating Disorders on 0808 801 0677.