Sophie Grégoire Trudeau opens up about battle with bulimia

Krista Thurrott
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau on the cover of <i>Fashion</i>‘s feminist-themed issue.
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau on the cover of Fashion‘s feminist-themed issue.

She’s no stranger when it comes to advocating for women’s issues, self esteem and mental health, and so it was only fitting that Sophie Grégoire Trudeau shared a personal story of her own in her first cover interview with Fashion magazine. Recounting her own personal battle with bulimia, the Prime Minister’s 41-year-old wife discussed how the same pressures that encouraged her illness in her teens are still present for girls today.

“We tell girls to be themselves, but then they have role models — sometimes too many role models — in popular culture who incarnate that kind of disconnectedness from oneself,” explains Grégoire Trudeau.

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To some, it may be difficult to imagine someone like Grégoire Trudeau struggling with an eating disorder. With a successful journalism career and her following as a Canadian style icon, she’s a mother of three, mental health advocate and yoga teacher who seems to have it all together.

But in the March issue of Fashion, she spoke of overcoming the disorder that controlled her life as a 17-year-old.

Photo courtesy <i>Fashion</i>.
Photo courtesy Fashion.

“I kept thinking ‘Why me? I have everything. Why am I suffering from this?’ The stigma is less and less, because we talk about it more. When I was suffering, it was much more taboo. Today there is treatment, but there are not enough beds and not enough tools to help those who are suffering.“

This isn’t the first time Grégoire Trudeau has spoken out about eating disorders. This past March, in an interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, she said eating disorders are the “tip of the iceberg,” and that she wanted to share her personal battle to “bring positive change.”

The Plan Canada’s Because I Am a Girl ambassador is passionate about advocating for women’s rights, empowering women across the country to end gender inequality and recognize their self worth.

“We are taught to self-hate; we are taught to doubt. Our culture doesn’t help us recognize ourselves as amazing beings without changing ourselves,” she told Fashion.

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Aside from discussing her personal battle with bulimia, Grégoire Trudeau also discussed some of her favourite athletic hobbies, such as cross country skiing, ice climbing and sky diving, amping up her girl power even more.

The feminist-themed issue of Fashion hits newsstands on Feb. 28.

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