December 30, 2013 at 12:08 pm , by Amelia Harnish
Have you read Emily Sandford’s story in our December/January issue yet? Here’s a little tease: “I’ve been fat my whole life. I was a chubby kid, an obese teenager and at 24 I weighed 445 pounds. I’m still big so this is definitely not your typical miracle makeover article. But it is a story of hope because I’ve finally realized that I had to change how I felt inside before I could change the outside. I’m learning to love myself. And I’m already 113 pounds lighter.” If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, click here.
That’s Emily on the left, me in the middle and LHJ photo director Clare Lissaman on the right. And that big pile of 5-pound bags of flour and sugar in front of us? Our props for Emily’s photo shoot. At her highest weight, Emily was as heavy as 91 of those brick-like bags, which we used in the photos to symbolize all she’s conquered since beginning her weight-loss journey a few years ago.
After the shoot, we donated all of it to the Food Bank For New York City, which provides programs and services to 1.5 million New Yorkers in need.