In an interview with The Real, Smith said that her reason for transforming her body was to be in better health.
“I had a lot of health issues when I was at the size that I was,” she told the hosts.
The 19-year-old beauty went on to reveal that her mom was her biggest support system.
“My mom was with me through everything. She saw me go through a lot. And I just decided to really take my health seriously,” she explained. “So I changed my mindset, changed my mentality, and I knew that being in the body that I was in … I knew my life wasn’t going to be as long. I had so many issues with my health. I wanted to change because of my health at first. But then, obviously, with health and changing your lifestyle, weight loss kind of comes. [And] it did come.”
Smith revealed that social media’s pressure to look a certain way was a factor in her life as she’s always been in the limelight.
“I started becoming a little bit more obsessed with the scale, with how I looked, how my body was transforming. And it wasn’t easy to look at myself, and then I grow up in an era where a lot of young women compare themselves to other girls on social media,” she explained.
“I know my body has been through a lot. I always have to remind myself of that. The scars that I have, the stretch marks that I have, everything that my body has been through is for a purpose [and] it’s for a reason. But I do feel a little pressure. You know people have eyes on me all the time. People have eyes on my mom all the time.”
She added, “I did feel pressure to kind of quickly do it, or try and maneuver how I would, you know, ‘Let me not eat this for a week.’ Or, ‘Let me kind of change up everything just to kind of form a little Instagram body.’ But that’s not normal.”
As previously reported, a few months ago, Smith went viral after showing off her weight loss transformation on Instagram.