When seeing Victoria's Secret models on the runway, it's easy to scowl in envy and even easier to presume that body disorders are responsible for their lean bodies. Anorexia and drugs are commonly associated with the modeling industry - how else could they score those washboard abs and flawless figures, right? VS Angel Bridget Malcolm challenges these stereotypes by proving skinny can indeed equal strong - her Instagram account is proof of living an active lifestyle. On a recent photo, the Australian model commented on this kind of negative backlash, urging people to end "skinny shaming."
"Can we STOP with the skinny shaming please? I am extremely fit and healthy and am not in the slightest way anorexic. I have worked hard to look like this and am proud of my body. I may not be the curviest but I am a woman who has every right to look the way I do. Maybe today take a look inside yourself and wonder why you feel the need to shame strangers over the Internet about their bodies. Peace and love to you all - let's change the conversation."
Bridget's powerful statement and Instagram photos illustrate how there is not a single body type that defines what being fit is and that all shapes and sizes, regardless of one's weight or height, should be celebrated for their efforts. We so often bash skinny as unrealistic portrayals of "real" women, but we have to remember that thin is also included on the spectrum of natural body types. While we don't doubt that Bridget has amazing genes, she also works hard to stay strong and in shape.
So before jumping to conclusions when seeing the next ad, check out some of Bridget's Instagram photos and videos ahead.