A teenage ballet dancer developed anorexia and dropped to just four stone after her cruel dance teachers called her “thunder thighs”.
Margherita Barbieri was a talented dancer – but her physique was constantly under scrutiny by ultra competitive tutors.
They told the 18-year-old, from Reading, her body was “unacceptable for ballet” – crushing the teenager’s dreams.
The teen developed anorexia after putting herself on a strict diet to lose weight, often not eating for two days and living off a single bowl of porridge – which is a mere 140 calories.
After her weight plummeted to four stone in 12 months, Margherita battled the severe illness for five years before realising she finally wanted to recover. More photos below