Ellie Thumann Opens Up About Struggles With Anxiety and the Importance of Asking for Help

The model shared an honest message about her mental health journey while encouraging others going through similar trials.
Ellie Thumann.

Ellie Thumann.

New York Fashion Week makes us all accustomed to seeing our favorite models in splendid clothing, attending the chicest parties with grace and good energy. But Ellie Thumann is here to remind us that while it may be glamorous, the week is still hard work for the talent who attend—and sometimes it can be overwhelming.

The 21-year-old is a New York Fashion Week regular, having attended the fashion-forward celebrations and shows for many years now. But that doesn’t mean she’s immune to the difficulties that the week can bring. She opened up about feelings of anxiety on her first day of events in a TikTok that she shared on Sept. 7.

“You know those days where you just have a lot of pressure on yourself to be perfect and to perform and you have such a high expectation? Yeah, that was today,” she started the voiceover of the clip highlighting her difficult first day. “I’ve always wanted to show the real reality to these kinds of things and the high pressure that can come with it.”

Thumann still managed to make it to the Victoria’s Secret event on Sept. 6, but afterward realized that she needed to talk to her friends and family and ask for help. “I’m in tune with myself and it’s hard for me to ask for help sometimes but I did and I feel a lot better for it,” she wrote in the caption, offering advice to those who might also be struggling. “Those who also struggle with mental health, you are not alone.”

The young model’s bravery and willingness to share her struggles is admirable, and her ability to ask for help is something that should be practiced more often. We wish her a better remainder of time at New York Fashion Week.

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Martha Zaytoun


Martha Zaytoun is a Lifestyle & Trending News writer for SI Swimsuit. Before joining the team, Martha worked on the editorial board of the University of Notre Dame’s student magazine and on the editorial team at Chapel Hill, Durham and Chatham Magazines in North Carolina. When not working, Martha loves to watercolor and oil paint, run or water ski. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a huge Fighting Irish fan.