Girls and women these days face so much pressure with regards to how they look. Each and every day they’re presented with Photoshopped images of women, causing them to have an unrealistic expectations about their appearance and figure.
It’s for this reason that Brighton based model Emily Bador has opened up about body issues on Instagram in a bid to inspire other women to learn to love their imperfections.
The 20-year-old shared a picture of herself, stating how she received pressure from the fashion industry which left her feeling fat.
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You don't owe it to anyone to be perfect. You are not less worthy because you don't have a flat stomach. You are not less valid because you don't shave your armpits. You are not less beautiful because of your scars, stretch marks, eczema, acne. I'm just so sick and tired of the objectification of women's bodies and how it's seemingly ok to dictate a woman's worth based on what she looks like. If you give a shit that I or anyone else has stomach rolls, scars, eczema, armpit hair, etc then I have less than no time for you ✨ bored of hatred tbh ☺️ (this also obviously applies to men, and those who don't conform to gender binary stereotypes too, inclusivity and intersectionality is key 🙌🏼) (yo feeling v body positive atm, and like I know it might seem easy for me to say as a white passing, averaged sized, model so yaknow but if you've followed me for a while you'll know that I really struggle with my appearance and like I dunno it's just a start of normalising things??? also any hatred will result in instant block looool)
Even at her tiniest (seen in the picture below on the left) Emily felt that she had too much fat on her body:
Shocking. In her most recent shot, Emily proudly poses with stomach rolls, scars, Eczema and armpit hair. She said:
You don’t owe it to anyone to be perfect. You are not less worthy because you don’t have a flat stomach.
You are not less valid because you don’t shave your armpits. You are not less beautiful because of your scars, stretch marks, eczema, acne.
I’m just so sick and tired of the objectification of women’s bodies and how it’s seemingly ok to dictate a woman’s worth based on what she looks like.
If you give a shit that I or anyone else has stomach rolls, scars, eczema, armpit hair, etc then I have less than no time for you.
Emily is now calling on the fashion and beauty industries to make some changes:
We need diversity. All bodies, differently abled, shaped, coloured, sized, gendered and aged.
Diversity is so important. Representation is so important. I’m sick and tired of seeing amazing, talented, beautiful women hate themselves because they don’t look like that VS [Victoria’s Secret] model or whatever.
Too many young women suffer from mental health issues which stem from the pressure of today’s media. You are more than your appearance, you are strong and resilient and you are beautiful no matter what and I really hope you remember that.
Damn straight. I’ve got to say that I completely agree with Emily on this one and hats off to her for being brave enough to post those images. With more women standing up to the unrealistic ideals of beauty, hopefully one step at a time, things will begin to change.