Karen Belz
Updated March 14, 2018

Beauty is all about loving the skin you’re in. But Australian Victoria’s Secret model Bridget Malcolm is still making peace with herself after years of of body image issues — mostly due to the outrageous standards of beauty within the modeling industry. While nobody should be told to lose weight by anyone, Malcolm was getting that message on a daily basis.

On March 12th, the model wrote a blog post explaining that she’s trying to form a better relationship with her body. She threw out clothes she wore at her “smallest,” and deleted her gym selfies as a way to rid herself of unrealistic expectations and pressure. “Easy to say, insanely hard to do,” she wrote. “I was attempting to undo twelve years of being told to lose weight and ‘tone up.'”

She also shared a photo taken during a time she remembers being told she needed to lose weight.

In the caption, Malcolm recalled feeling “at war” with her body, even though she was supposed to be radiating pure confidence. Thankfully, Malcolm is healing every day.

We applaud Malcolm for getting so real about her struggle with self-acceptance. Her story serves as a powerful reminder to love ourselves at all shapes and sizes, and that happiness comes from within — not from a number on a scale.