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A plus-size PrettyLittleThing model who went viral last week has opened up about her challenging childhood growing up in a refugee camp.
Czech model Irena Drezi, 22, moved to Ireland as a refugee when she was three and says she spent two years living in direct provision asylum seeker accommodation.
She has now revealed that before pursuing her dream of becoming a model, she was forced to work all kinds of jobs to make a living, including cleaning toilets, working as a waitress and as a shop assistant.
Stunning Irena also battled an eating disorder for four years while at secondary school.
Followers of the brand were sent into a frenzy last week over a recent photo of London-based beauty Irena, who wears a size 16-18, posing in a black and neon bikini.
PrettyLittleThing sent followers into a frenzy with this recent photo of London-based beauty Irena Drezi, who wears a size 16-18, posing in a black and neon bikini
The photo racked up more than 100,000 'likes' and hundreds of comments from followers who have grown tired of 'unrealistic' and 'unattainable' beauty standards showcased in other retailers' campaigns.
Irena opened up to The Sun about growing up in a refugee camp, and said it wasn't the nicest environment for a child.
But the model said she now appreciates everything she has.
She revealed: 'We always had a meal, we always had a roof over our head so we weren't complaining.'
The stunning model has opened up about her challenging childhood, revealing she grew up in a refugee camp and struggled with an eating disorder while at school
She said she used to work long hours doing all kinds of jobs including cleaning toilets and scrubbing floors, working as a waitress and as a shop assistant.
Prior to this, while at secondary school, Irena struggled with an eating disorder, admitting: 'My body confidence was nowhere. I didn't want to leave my house. I wore baggy clothes all the time to hide my body.'
Having struggled with her yo-yoing figure, she says she understands what it's like to be a size 8 and a size 18.
The gorgeous PrettyLittleThing model admitted she used to scrub floors and clean toilets to make a living - and she's now over the moon she can follow her dream
The gorgeous model says she's feeling happy and confident now, and wears a size 14 or 16.
The internet went wild over Irina's Instagram photos last week, with many comparing her to an oil painting.
One follower posted: 'I love how PrettyLittleThing shows appreciation of women of all shapes and sizes.'
Another added: 'Thank you for showing real bodies. She looks amazing.'
Irena has shared a number of recent shots as part of her partnership with PrettyLittleThing. Delighted customers said the model looks like 'an oil painting' and a 'Greek statue'
The photo racked up more than 100,000 'likes' and hundreds of comments (including ones above) from followers who appreciate seeing body diversity in brand campaigns
Others were struck by Irena's beauty, comparing her to an 'oil painting', 'a Greek statue' and a 'piece of art'.
For some it was enough to convince them to shop at PrettyLittleThing. 'Now this just made me wanna shop here,' one posted. 'Serving the thickness!'
While some followers apparently wrote rude and offensive comments about Irena, they were quickly shut down by supporters.
One posted: 'All these comments about "you shouldn't promote plus size people cause they are out of shape and you are saying that you allow people to be out of shape" ARE STUPID COMMENTS cause not all plus size people are out of shape some are in better shape then the people hating on them. Cause not everyone is made to be skinny (sic).'
Stunning Irena, pictured, shared this recent shot of herself posing in a slinky black bikini
Dozens of followers commented on the post and said it convinced them to shop from the brand
The image is one of a number of recent swimwear shots posted by Irena as part of a partnership with the brand.
Others show the model, who is of Czech and Irish heritage, posing in a striking neon one piece and a second slinky black bikini.