Model Catherine McNeil hits back at skinny shamers as she flaunts her tiny frame in a bikini: ‘It’s called sobriety, eating clean and training like a machine’

Australian model Catherine McNeil hit back at a social media troll who criticised her extremely slender frame on Monday.

The 33-year-old, who vanished from the modelling scene three years ago for personal reasons, proudly showcased her figure on Instagram in a tiny orange bikini.

The brunette wrote in the caption, ‘[Vacation] day one here we go,’ while tagging her location as Samaná, a town in the Dominican Republic. 

Australian model Catherine McNeil hit back at a social media troll who criticised her extremely slender frame on Monday 

Concerned fans were quick to comment on her physique, with one writing: ‘Malnourished, you don’t look healthy or strong.’

Another simply wrote, ‘Skinny,’ alongside a crying emoji. 

A frustrated Catherine hit back by commenting: ‘It’s called sobriety. Eating clean and training like a machine’. 

Catherine previously sparked concern over her thin frame in 2016 after she posted photos on Instagram highlighting her tiny waist, very lean thighs and visible rib cage.

After being called 'malnourished', Catherine insisted her slim figure was the result of living a sober lifestyle, eating 'clean' and exercising regularly

After being called ‘malnourished’, Catherine insisted her slim figure was the result of living a sober lifestyle, eating ‘clean’ and exercising regularly

Catherine previously sparked concern about her extremely slim look back in 2016 (pictured) after she uploaded several photos displaying her tiny waistline, super-lean thighs and visible rib-cage

Catherine previously sparked concern about her extremely slim look back in 2016 (pictured) after she uploaded several photos displaying her tiny waistline, super-lean thighs and visible rib-cage 

A winner of the Girlfriend Model Search at age 14, McNeil soared to international superstardom in 2007 when she appeared on the cover of French and Australian Vogue and racked up campaigns for fashion giants Versace, D&G, Jean Paul Gaultier and Donna Karan.

One of the few models who was sought after for both for editorial and on the runway, McNeil also appeared in many high-profile runway shows during the 2007 season including Balenciaga, Givenchy, Dior, Fendi and YSL. 

Meanwhile, reports recently surfaced claiming McNeil is preparing to return to the modelling world by relocating to New York, three years after stepping off the catwalk for a career break in Perth.

Reports recently surfaced claiming McNeil is preparing to return to the modelling world by relocating to New York, three years after stepping off the catwalk for a career break in Perth. (She is pictured in July)

Reports recently surfaced claiming McNeil is preparing to return to the modelling world by relocating to New York, three years after stepping off the catwalk for a career break in Perth. (She is pictured in July)

'Cat chose to take some time out from what is a very demanding lifestyle,' a friend told Daily Mail Australia

‘Cat chose to take some time out from what is a very demanding lifestyle,’ a friend told Daily Mail Australia 

In her final appearance for Chanel, 2019, McNeil broke down at what was also tribute for the late Karl Lagerfeld

In her final appearance for Chanel, 2019, McNeil broke down at what was also tribute for the late Karl Lagerfeld  

Sources close to McNeil, who exploded on to the international modelling scene in 2007, say she opted to step away from the industry at the start of the Covid pandemic for personal reasons and has been laying low with her fiancé, NBA star star beau Miles Plumlee. 

More recently it’s understood she has relocated to the Sunshine Coast.

‘Cat chose to take some time out from what is a very demanding lifestyle,’ a friend told Daily Mail Australia in July.

‘But she is back in a place where she is ready to work again and eventually I think will head back to New York where demand for models in their 30s is huge.’

McNeil is pictured shortly before she disappeared from public view back in 2019

 McNeil is pictured shortly before she disappeared from public view back in 2019

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