Victoria's Secret model takes to Instagram after being told she's too "fat"
Be kind to yourself
To say Aussie model, Bridget Malcolm has had an international carreer would be an understatement. The 26 year-old model was the face of David Jones S/S '17 campaign (following in the footsteps of supermodel, Miranda Keer), and has stomped down fashion runways from Ralph Lauren to Stella McCartney - and that's without mentioning the most famous (and glittery) runway in the world; the always-anticipated Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
From the TV screen and Instagram feed, you wouldn't be blamed for assuming that one such Victoria's Secret model would be comfortable in her own skin. These women are, afterall who we look up to in terms of what society defines as the 'ideal' body type. However, it's no secret that the fashion and modelling industry can be fickle, and now Malcolm has taken to Instagram to say enough is enough; campioning body positivity and healthy body image.
"This is girl is not fat," she captioned an Instagram photo of herself in a bikini. "I remember around when this photo was taken, I had been told that I needed to lose weight," she wrote. "Not for the first time and not for the last time." The model then admitted how uncomfortable at times she felt in a bikini: "Always fun trying to act like you're confident and happy in swimwear when you're at war with your body."
Bridget's Instagram post comes a few days after a blog she wrote about her road to body acceptance."It was time to make peace with my body," she wrote. "I threw away my scales, my measuring tape and my body checking. I threw away all my clothes from when I was at my smallest. I deleted all the gym selfies from my Instagram, and all the 'progress' shots from my phone. I just wanted to stop looking in mirrors and telling myself that I was 'too fat' and 'not doing enough'."
It's sobering that a seemingly "perfect" (by societal means) person could still be unhappy with her body. And it drives home that suspicion we've had all along that there's no single definition of perfect, and that "perfect" is like the end of the rainbow. No matter how you try to get to it - walking, running, sprinting, sneaking up to it all stealthy - it stays the same distance away.
It's no accident that the words "unattainable" and "perfection" fit together so neatly. Thanks for the reminder, Bridget.
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