At under four stone, Valeria Levitin, a 39-year-old Monaco native, is regarded as the world’s thinnest woman. Her thin body serves as a sobering reminder of the dangers associated with eating disorders. Valeria finds it extremely upsetting that girls are attempting to mimic her skeletal appearance in fan mail, saying, “I’m not going to teach young girls how to die.”
Her mother’s fixation with her weight played a major role in her fight with anorexia when she was a teenager. When Valeria arrived to Chicago at the age of 16, she went on an aggressive diet in an attempt to fit in. When she eventually tried her hand at modeling, people kept telling her that she was too big. At just six stone, she was prohibited from dancing at 24 because of the possibility of getting hurt.
Valeria’s condition has gotten so bad that she can’t even remember what bread tastes like. She is committed to fight anorexia and encourage others to get help. She hopes to become a mother, which could serve as motivation for healing.