Simone Pretscherer is an Auckland woman who’s attracted international attention for her incredible weight loss and physical transformation, having lost 86kg over the course of a year (just over half her original bodyweight). She bravely posted before and after pics of her journey, but then she attracted attention of a different sort: internet bullies who said she couldn’t possibly have lost the weight – where was the loose skin? So in a new photo, Simone has even more bravely shared what her reduced belly looks like.

Personally, I think Simone is an inspiration, and her courage is commendable. She’s now hoping to raise $20,000 for surgery to remove the excess skin. You can donate here: