Rosie Mercado, a mother-of-three from Las Vegas, used to be a size 34 but is now a size 12 to 14.
The 36-year-old has received sick abuse as a result however.
“I got hate mail – not so much from the other models, just fans that
hated on me.”They told me to go jump off a bridge and kill myself for
losing weight.Fat activists, there you go. Yeah fat activists, they just
hated the thought I was really public about my weight loss and I was
losing weight.”Because I guess everybody loves to be happy in their own
weight. Some people love being overweight, some people don’t.I think
it’s a personal choice and you’ve just got to take it, there’s good and
bad that comes with any life choice and changes so you know what?You’ve
just got to let it go and not pay attention to the negative remarks.”
The model decided to lose weight after a flight attendant told her she
was too big for one seat and would need to buy another seat for a
She made a huge change to her diet, but also got a gastric sleeve to
help her along the way – alongside exercising six days a week.
Rosie later had a skin removal procedure, alongside a “tummy tuck”.