Model Behavior

Model Shows Her Stomach Rolls, Stretch Marks, And Armpit Hair To Simply Try To 'Normalize' Our Natural Bodies

"You are not less worthy because you don't have a flat stomach."

Model Behavior is a series highlighting fashion models promoting body positivity, and working to create inclusivity and diversity within the industry by expanding our definition of conventional beauty.

Model Emily Bador is laying all of her "imperfections" out on the table. The half-English, half-Malaysian model from the United Kingdom recently shared a beautiful and body positive photo of herself on Instagram in bed in just a bra and underwear. In it, she openly and unapologetically showed off her stomach rolls, acne, stretch marks, eczema, and armpit hair. These are all such normal bodily features and yet, they're regularly shunned by our society, which promotes impossible standards of beauty. 

"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," Bador wrote in the Instagram post. "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." 

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"This also obviously applies to men, and those who don't conform to gender binary stereotypes, too," she continued. "Inclusivity and intersectionality is key." 

Bador, who can be seen in campaigns for ASOS, Ivy Park for Topshop, and Bella Freud. acknowledged her privilege in the post. She said that it may be easy for her to say these body positive words because she is a model, "white passing," and "average sized." "But if you've followed me for a while, you'll know that I really struggle with my appearance," she wrote. 

She hopes that putting her stomach, scars, and hair out there will help to normalize these features and inspire other people to find self-love when it comes to their bodies and appearance. 

This post echoes some of the sentiments Bador shared in a post two months in a before-and-after Instagram photo (below) where she showed herself at her lowest and current weight. In it, she described some of her struggles with body image. She shared that she would get panic attacks, dizzying spells, and get physically sick because she was obsessed with her measurements and not eating enough. 

"At this time, I also started getting the most work I've ever had and traveling all over world. which, instilled in me 'the thinner I am, the more work I'm gonna get.' My hatred for myself became so overwhelming I knew something had to change. I took some time out and finally got working on loving myself," she wrote in the post's caption. "We have to call on this system to change. We need diversity. all bodies, differently-abled, shaped, colored, 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 model or whatever. Too many young women suffer from mental health issues which stem from the pressure of today's media." 

Bador joins many other models who are using their platform to help make a difference. Earlier this month, over 60 models wrote an open letter and signed a petition asking fashion designers to prioritize health and diversity in their New York Fashion Week shows. 

(H/T: Konbini

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