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SI Model Hunter McGrady: “The girl above was a very sad, shy, unhealthy, scared girl”

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On body diversity and finding her healthiest self:

I’m here to remind you all that we all have a body that sits differently than others but we are so blinded and yet driven by social media and what the perfect body looks like. I’ve tried in more ways than one to change my body, I have battled an industry that tells me my body isn’t good enough. Even in the plus size world, I get told to change. I’m calling bullshit on that. I have never been happier or healthier in my life.

The girl above was a very sad, shy, unhealthy, scared girl who would have been mortified at the thought of being bigger because all I ever knew was that looking one certain way was beautiful and that i wouldn’t be accepted otherwise. I didn’t see different sizes or (what society labels) “imperfections”on my screens or on billboards.
We all hold weight differently, some sit smaller than others and some bigger, we all fluctuate, we all are beautiful in our own ways and SO HELP ME GOD if I have children and have to raise them in a world where they don’t see diversity. I won’t stand for a world that keeps women down and tells us we can’t love ourselves and shout it from the rooftops. We are WORTHY of these things. I’m sick of being told it’s vain. Don’t you dare allow yourself to feel guilty for loving yourself or for feeling absolutely fabulous. You deserve it. You’re worthy of that.

… says size 14 / 16 model Hunter.

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We must get to a place where we are not ashamed to be who we are, not afraid to speak our truth, not held back by the gatekeepers, the experts, the naysayers, the uninformed and unenlightened. I’m here to remind you all that we all have a body that sits differently than others but we are so blinded and yet driven by social media and what the perfect body looks like. I’ve tried in more ways than one to change my body, I have battled an industry that tells me my body isn’t good enough. Even in the plus size world, I get told to change. I’m calling bullshit on that. I have never been happier or healthier in my life. The girl above was a very sad, shy, unhealthy, scared girl who would have been mortified at the thought of being bigger because all I ever knew was that looking one certain way was beautiful and that i wouldn’t be accepted otherwise. I didn’t see different sizes or (what society labels) “imperfections”on my screens or on billboards. We all hold weight differently, some sit smaller than others and some bigger, we all fluctuate, we all are beautiful in our own ways and SO HELP ME GOD if I have children and have to raise them in a world where they don’t see diversity. I won’t stand for a world that keeps women down and tells us we can’t love ourselves and shout it from the rooftops. We are WORTHY of these things. I’m sick of being told it’s vain. Don’t you dare allow yourself to feel guilty for loving yourself or for feeling absolutely fabulous. You deserve it. You’re worthy of that. Today I challenge you to be bold, be fearless, tell yourself you love yourself, tell yourself it’s going to be a good day, step out in faith knowing that day by day the chains that have held you back for so long are being unshackled.

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jjj2
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jjj2

I’m not sure if that is supposed to be her on the top and the bottom, but unless the girl on the top was on drugs, she is probably much more healthier than the girl on the bottom. Aliments from obesity are the biggest killers in the modern world, its wreckless to be praising this as healthy or to be using this to promote body positivity. Perhaps she had low self esteem when she was younger which is more common when you are younger, but promoting eating disorders from being overeating is absolutely the wrong message.

Chloë
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Chloë

Remember that obesity related illnesses are not a guarantee. The importance of good mental health is also often discounted when critiquing the health of others based on their appearance.

Gwen
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Gwen

Obesity related medical issues are most certainly guaranteed. Our bones and joints aren’t made to handle that much weight. The wear and tear is not avoidable. If you’re obese that murals you have extra fat. You don’t get to decide where that fat is and it most certainly is going to be clogging your arteries. How can you even say what you just said with a straight face. Use some logic here.

jjj2
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jjj2

Obesity related health issues absolutely are certainly a guarantee. Almost every obese person I know, young and old has back, knee or foot problems. Diabetes is certainly a big risk (very common), gout, gall bladder, heart disease, hip problems, the list keeps going.

The problem is that the weight damages the body. No human is designed to carry that much weight.

Cia
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Cia

There’s such a thing as a middle ground, though. Amidst all this talk of loving yourself at any size, there’s always this underlying assumption that there’s nothing in between a size 2 and 20. Why couldn’t Hunter in that first photo concentrate on gaining weight eating healthy amounts of all the food groups and gain muscle through exercise? Neither photo looks healthy imo. And the sad thing is that she’ll try to justify her obesity by saying “but I love myself more and men find me more attractive….” bc the definition of self love is getting approval from others lol.

punani
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punani

Because the definition of self love for women is getting the approval of others that they are fokkable, yup

Chanel
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Chanel

I 100% agree with you.

That being said, on this website I feel like girls are constantly shamed for being within that middle ground. I too have suffered from eating disorders in the past, and am now a size 10. It sucks seeing girls like Iskra Lawrence constantly be body shamed on this website, when she falls within the “middle ground” of a healthy range.

Ches
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Ches

Iskra Lawrence is overweight at 200 lbs for 5’9. She may not look as overweight because she’s had plastic surgery to put her fat from her gut into her butt. In the middle would be somebody with a bmi of 21-22-23. Somebody like the si models the other day who everybody praised. That is the most attractive weight too, being too thin or too fat ages the face. Being to thin takes away fat from your upper face which makes you look haggard and being too fat adds fat too your lower face and neck which makes you look older.… Read more »

Altra
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Altra

seriously i agree.
Would it kill magazines to have people ranging from 4 through10? Like the sizes that are actually carried in stores?

Altra
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Altra

and you know what? im basically at the point where i dont even care now..
I’m more interested in the Merkels of the world instead of the Markles…

Ches
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Ches

IM just confused a second to why there are lower standards for facial beauty when it comes to plus sized models- it seems like everyone of them facially is just you average everyday slightly pretty woman. They’re just tall plump women, whereas most thin models if they don’t have beautiful faces they have interesting faces

jjj2
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jjj2

I don’t think it is intentional, the problem is that everyone stores body fat in different places. Most women who are obese might just store all their weight in their midsection, and have fat rolls where as a few others might evenly store it more evenly all over. I’m sure it is hard to find models who are very overweight and store all their excess weight in all the right places. You can tell by her photos, her problem is that she stores a lot of weight in her face and that affects the youthfulness of her face. She looks… Read more »

punani
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punani

I see the total opposite. Plus size models have “abnormally” slim, defined, and symmetrical faces.

As if media and fashion “forgives their plump meh bodies” just because “their slim ideal face compensates”

ule
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ule

The girl in photos looks like and does what the photographer wants her to. I would probably be sad too if my livinghood depended on my looks, whether I’d be skinny or overweight.
I find it a bit silly that all these “be yourself” end at “be whichever weight you want”. But do not under any circumstances have hairy armpits, facial hair, too weird hobbies, non-hetero sexual preferences,…

punani
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punani

Also “be yourself” for women = show your body [to get public approval]

Goddess knows why, aye?

aaaa
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aaaa

There is a healthy medium somewhere in between there…. it is common for ppl with EDs to go full throttle in the other direction as part of recovery, since you start eating more before your body and hormones adjust and you don’t know how to listen to the signs it gives you… but as time goes on you should gain a better of sense of when you are hungry and full and how much you need to eat to be a healthy weight and feel good, and I don’t think Hunter has found that yet :/

punani
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punani

“gray areas of being and thought are for losers”.

Abraham Lincoln.

Pixie
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Pixie

She’s most pretty with her hair up and the dark roots. A heartfelt quote that sounds somewhat fresh even though it’s been said in so many other ways by other plus size models. She’s just found that she can still get paid at a big weight. I just can’t handle sloppy weight personally, pudge happens sometimes but sloppy is an unhealthy lifestyle. “Loving” yourself enough to eat whatever and whenever isn’t actually love, more like neglect

Emily
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Emily

While her message is endearing, one thing seems to be a common factor in all of these “love yourself” posts: blame. Never blaming oneself, but society and social media, etc. Why should society rewire themselves to appreciate and approve of unhealthy eating habits? Why is it everyone else’s fault for the lack of self-control? For some, it takes a lot of dedication and hard work to maintain a healthy figure and BMI, but it’s so easy to let yourself go and not take care of yourself. While I do believe young girls have a harder time with body-image, these individuals… Read more »

jjj2
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jjj2

The other problem with these is the double standard. I get you need to love yourself, but if you are not only promoting eating disorders by over eating and maintaining an unhealthy lifestyle, you really are not loving yourself.

punani
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punani

As many men as women- if not more- have unheathly lifestyles and are overweight; yet none of these “self love ” tropes apply to men, why is that?

Lauren
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Lauren

She appears to have a small frame, judging by the photo from when she was skinny. Being overweight though, it’s baffling how her natural build is not distinguishable at all anymore.

Gwen
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Gwen

this it’s why I scoff when sometime says that they have a naturally heavy build. .how can you tell when there’s a layer of fat over it.

Annie
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Annie

She can love herself all day every day for all I care but you cannot force other people to find this type of body beautiful, that’s just reality. Also, promoting overeating is not “diversity”.

punani
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punani

I won’t stand for a world that keeps women down and tells us that we’ve got to find some way to bully everyone into believing we are fuckable, cos our looks are all we have to be and offer in life as women.

There FIXED IT.

Also, stick thin or obese, pick ONE.

Everything in between is HERESY.

isa
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isa

both photos are gross

Retrobanana
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Retrobanana

I bet she will go back to skinny again like crystal renn

avvi
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avvi

from one extreme to another. she seems mentally healthier now, but i hope she will focus on regaining physical health when she is ready for it. and i understand that restricting for long periods of time can cause someone to rebound and become obese even if they aren’t eating as much as a regular obese person – that’s why i said when she is mentally ready

Tina
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Tina

She has a pretty face but her body is absolutely massive now. With her height I’d put her size around a 18-20. This really makes me wonder what in the hell SI is thinking with models like her.

lily
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lily

I feel better about myself when I have a lower body fat, and strong body.
I think heavily overweight women are lying when they say that they feel better. Your body feels heavier to move around. You have lower energy and feel lazier.
Fit and strong body gives you confidence, support and improves your posture.

May
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May

i’m glad she feels better but hunni your overweight… you went from one extreme to another