She recently shocked fans by debuting a striking new look after ditching her blonde hair for a cropped brunette ‘do with bangs.
But controversial Australian influencer Christie Swadling is no stranger to transformation.
The 26-year-old, who filed for bankruptcy in December, has undergone a dramatic makeover in recent years and is now almost unrecognisable to fans who once knew her as a fresh-faced YouTuber.
Over the past few years Swadling has begun sporting more contoured and exaggerated facial features, perhaps due thanks to strategically-placed makeup.
Her top lip in particular appears to have doubled in size since 2018.
Controversial Australian influencer Christie Swadling, 26, has undergone a dramatic makeover in recent years and is now almost unrecognisable to fans who once knew her as a fresh-faced YouTuber. Pictured left in 2019 and right in 2023
Swadling has also transformed her appearance with dramatic hair extensions, as she is usually seen with impossibly full locks that fall far below her waist.
The bikini model’s bust-line has also grown significantly thanks to a breast implant procedure in mid 2019.
Swadling previously defended her decision to go under the knife in an interview with the Cosmechix podcast in May 2020.
Earlier this month, Swadling recently shocked fans by debuting a striking new look after ditching her blonde hair for a cropped brunette ‘do with bangs. She shared a TikTok video of herself with blonde hair and heavy makeup (left) before uploading contrasting images of herself with brunette locks and natural makeup (right)
Over the past few years Swadling has begun sporting more contoured and exaggerated facial features, perhaps due thanks to strategically-placed makeup. Pictured left in December 2019 and right in 2023
‘I’m not saying you need to get cosmetic procedures to make you more confident, but if having your boobs done is something you want to do, but you’re afraid that other people are going to feel and think, it’s so ridiculous,’ she said.
‘It definitely did boost my confidence and it’s something that I’m proud and happy to say that I had it done, and I’m so open about it,’ she added.
During the same podcast, Swadling also admitted to dabbling in lip fillers on two occasions.
The bikini model’s bust-line has also grown significantly thanks to a breast implant procedure in mid 2019. She is pictured left in February 2019 and right in April 2023
Swadling has also transformed her physique over the years by incorporating a weight lifting program into her gym sessions and by following a bodybuilder-style diet. She uploaded these images from before, during and after her body transformation in 2022
Swadling previously defended her decision to go under the knife in an interview with the Cosmechix podcast in May 2020. She is pictured left in August 2019 and right in April 2023
However she claimed she was no longer using them and that her pout was now completely natural.
‘[Cosmetic fillers] are definitely something you can get addicted to. I definitely haven’t,’ she said.
Swadling has also transformed her physique over the years by incorporating a weight lifting program into her gym sessions and by following a bodybuilder-style diet.
Swadling posted this before-and-after style Instagram post in 2022 demonstrating how she’d grown her glute muscles with diet and exercise
Swadling first made headlines back in March 2015 when she spoke to Daily Mail Australia about her battle with body image issues and anorexia nervosa . Pictured in 2015
What is anorexia nervosa?
Anorexia nervosa is a psychological illness that has devastating physical consequences.
It is characterised by low body weight and body image distortion with an obsessive fear of gaining weight, which manifests itself through depriving the body of food. It often coincides with increased levels of exercise.
There are two main sub-types of anorexia:
Restricting type — this is the most commonly known type of anorexia nervosa, whereby a person severely restricts their food intake.
Binge-eating or purging type — less recognised, this type of anorexia nervosa forms when a person restricts their intake as above, but also has regularly engaged in binge-eating or purging behaviour.
Anorexia nervosa can affect the mind and body in a multitude of ways:
Brain – preoccupation with food/calories, fear of gaining weight, headaches, fainting, dizziness, mood swings, anxiety, depression.
Hair and skin – dry skin, brittle nails, thin hair, bruises easily, yellow complexion, growth of thin white hair all over body (called lanugo), intolerance to cold.
Heart and blood – poor circulation, irregular or slow heartbeat, very low blood pressure, cardiac arrest, heart failure, low iron levels (anaemia).
Intestines – constipated, diarrhoea, bloating, abdominal pain.
Hormones – irregular or absent periods, loss of libido, infertility.
Kidneys – dehydration, kidney failure.
Bones and muscles – loss of bone calcium (osteopenia), osteoporosis, muscle loss, weakness, fatigue.
Source: Eating Disorders Org
Swadling first made headlines back in 2015 when she spoke to Daily Mail Australia about her battle with body image issues and anorexia nervosa.
The social media star, then 18 years old, discussed how comparing herself to supermodels sparked her downward spiral into a near-fatal eating disorder.
‘Photoshopped adverts of models like Miranda Kerr definitely started off my body image issues because you think that’s how you’re meant to be,’ she said.
At one point, her weight dwindled down to nearly 30 kilograms.
‘I became skinnier than those models and because of my disease, stopped thinking about the models altogether and became obsessed with just losing more and more weight,’ she said.
Her family did not notice her internal battle until it began to show physically, prompting her mother to take her to a doctor.
‘I ticked some boxes and they said: ‘OK, you have an eating disorder’, so they gave me some tips and told me to come back in three months,’ Christie said.
Christie got steadily worse after her diagnosis and was admitted to hospital where again her condition stabilised and she was released.
It wasn’t until she was admitted to hospital for the third time after she collapsed on her 17th birthday that she began to change her thoughts toward food and started eating properly.
‘I looked in the mirror and felt disgusted at what I saw and became aware that I was slowly killing myself. I just started eating and eating and eating, it was that easy,’ she said.
It comes after Swadling’s bankruptcy status was made public earlier this year.
Documents leaked online in February showed the YouTuber was in financial strife, even though she projects a lavish lifestyle on social media.
It was revealed that Swadling was bankrupt after an anonymous user on the Tattle Life forums paid $15 to obtain the paperwork on her bankruptcy filing.
The Instagram model listed her job as an ‘advertising and marketing professional’ in the publicly available document filed on December 29.
The status of her bankruptcy is ‘undischarged’, which means she will still need to pay back particular debts.
It also means she will not be able to borrow again from financial institutions without the disclosure of her bankruptcy.
The release of the debtor’s petition did not specify the outstanding debts.
The document was published on Tattle Life after a user decided to pay the $15 clerical fee to settle the speculation about the mystery bankruptcy once and for all.
‘Well, well, well. Look what we have here. Best $15 spent,’ they wrote.
It was revealed in February that Swadling was bankrupt after an anonymous user on the Tattle Life forums paid $15 to obtain the paperwork on her bankruptcy filing (pictured here)
‘Public register states she has been bankrupt since December 29. She probably got approval to leave for Bali but chances of her travelling again are slim to none.’
There is no minimum amount owed for an individual to claim bankruptcy.
According to the Australian Financial Securities Authority, a creditor must be seeking $10,000 or more to apply to make you bankrupt.
If you need help or support for an eating disorder or body image issue, please call Butterfly’s National Helpline on 1800 334 673 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Instagram model listed her job as an ‘advertising and marketing professional’ in the publicly available document filed on December 29