Zulekha Haywood, the daughter of mono-named supermodel Iman, recently opened up to Glamour about her weight struggles. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it wasn’t easy growing up overweight with one of the world’s most successful models as a mom.
“An overweight kid and already dining for sport, my first was the ‘basta’ diet. At home, my mother, Iman, a beauty icon and devotee of clean eating, would whisper ‘basta’ (‘enough’ in Italian) when I was in danger of overeating.
The choice was always mine, and I usually put down the fork. But I also got hip to late-night snacking, raiding the refrigerator and cupboards after midnight.”
Haywood, who has since shed 160 pounds thanks to gastric bypass surgery, acknowledges that her mother meant well with her restrictions. Describing a pre-surgery lunch with her mother, Haywood writes,
[My mother] looked at me with an expression that said being hypervigilant about her daughter’s diet had never been pleasurable. “I had to watch your weight as a child,” she said. “Your pediatrician told me that you were going to be obese when you were four years old. At four, she knew!” She turned around and finished cooking, but I was stunned. What was my mother supposed to do with that information? She had tried her best, I realized. As a child, I had been so angry with her. Now my compassion for her nearly brought me to tears.
[Editor’s Note: It’s worth mentioning that this article was published on Glamour.com in March, but we weren’t live then. And, anyway, it’s still relevant and interesting.]