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After Struggling With Anxiety, Model Ireland Baldwin Is On The Road To Finding Her Healthiest, Happiest Self

"I now take this harsh world with a grain of salt and accept myself for who I am."

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Ireland Baldwin's style, life, and looks are all things many people consider "goals," but even she struggles with her body image and insecurities. 

The 21-year-old model and daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger recently shared a refreshingly honest and relatable post on Instagram about how she's working to embrace her imperfections, focus on her health, and find self-love. 

"I'm sure a lot of you out there can relate to how I feel so I think I can be honest. Sometimes I get caught up in the opinions of others and I get really down on myself," she wrote. "I am pale white. I hardly tan. I have cellulite. I'm not petite. I'm around 6 ft. I drop weight rather quickly, but gain it by eating one bagel. I'm a 36 D cup and I have a booty. I've got inner thigh fat. And outer thigh. And just straight up thigh fat." 

Baldwin knows very well what it's like to go on and off different diets, altering the number she sees on the scale. "I've gone from a size 00, to a size 6, to a size whatever, to not knowing, to not eating, to eating boxes of pizza, to starving myself to being gym obsessed, to eating my way out of a sprinkles cupcakes bakery, to now."

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Baldwin has been open about her struggle with anxiety and checked herself into a rehab for "emotional trauma" when she was 19 years old. Now, she says she's in a place where she feels happy — and she's ready to work toward a healthier lifestyle. 

"I'm mentally ready to work hard. It's not even necessarily a matter of working out and eating clean, it's also how I've thought recently. I've been cloudy, unfocused and losing energy. I need to reset my mind and body," she continued. "I now take this harsh world with a grain of salt and accept myself for who I am. Sure I could work a little bit harder. We all can. Or maybe you need to learn to love yourself before you can do anything. I'm taking the next month to do a full mind, body and health reset cleanse. It's not juicing, it's not starvation, and it's not about obsessing over each and every inch of my body."

She hopes to help others throughout her wellness journey by posting some of the tips and tricks that work for her. While she isn't a nutritionist or fitness expert, she hopes her posts will help her followers learn healthy habits. Perhaps they'll even serve as inspiration to help them reach their personal health goals. 

"I want to share them with girls who are in my shoes. It's time to love your self and take care of our bodies!!!" she wrote. 

Baldwin's post has since been watched over 82,000 times and has more than 500 comments. Many of her followers responded positively to the post, thanking Baldwin for her honesty. 

"You have a powerful message to share and I just want you to know that I encourage my girls to think like you. Thank you. You are beautiful," one commenter wrote. 

"Thanks for sharing your truth. It helps everyone to know that everyone has their struggles," another wrote. 

Another commenter pointed out that Baldwin has "always had a good body" and doesn't "know the feeling of being truly overweight or curvy." However, women of all shapes and sizes deal with body image issues and harsh criticisms. We think it's great that Baldwin is showing women who look like her and relate to her struggles that they're not alone. In particular, the fact that she's focusing on her health instead of a number on the scale sets a positive example for anyone on their own wellness journey toward self-love and becoming their healthiest, happiest self. 

(H/T: Yahoo!

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