A stunning teenage model has shared photos and video of her ‘Instagram vs reality’ body to prove that even models get bloated and have ‘bad body days’.
Aeva Andersson, 19, from County Donegal, Ireland, claims she spent years feeling self-conscious about her swollen tummy, which makes her look ‘pregnant’, but has since learned to love it.
After suffering years of discrimination due to her 6ft 2in frame – which is 6ft 7in in heels – Aeva became a model last year and signed with Models of Diversity to break down the industry’s stereotypes.
Now the catwalker, who took to the runway for New York-based designer Malan Breton at London Fashion Week, is using social media to prove to others how normal a ‘model body’ can be.
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Model Aeva Andersson, 19, from County Donegal, Ireland, has shared photos and video of her ‘Instagram vs reality’ body to prove that even models get bloated and have ‘bad body days’
Aeva, who claims she was deemed ‘plus size’ for being a size 12, said: ‘I want to use social media in my own unique way by not only posting professional modelling photos, but showing my real side also.
‘I am still discriminated daily for my height and size but I’ve still managed to achieve my dreams to become a model – so I want people to know that models aren’t just tall, size zero girls.
‘I don’t want girls looking up to me as this tall ‘skinny’ girl who doesn’t take a bad photo, which is not true, I get rejected for not being skinny enough and for being too tall.
‘So I want to share the reality and not cover it up by only posting the good days.’
Aeva, who now lives in London and is pictured at London Fashion Week, became a model last year and has since been working with Models of Diversity to break down the industry’s stereotype
Despite now having the confidence to post her ‘bloated’ stomach on her Instagram profile, Aeva admits it was once her biggest insecurity.
‘The extremity of my bloating belly was a huge insecurity for me growing up,’ she explained.
‘All I wanted was to be a model and therefore I wanted a stereotypical flat tummy.
‘Given that I had already been labelled plus size, I would try my best to watch what I ate to minimise the bloating – but now I’ve learned to love it.
Aeva said she wants to use social media in her ‘own unique way’ by not only posting professional modelling photos, but showing her real side also
Despite now having the confidence to post her ‘bloated’ stomach on her Instagram profile, Aeva admits it was once her biggest insecurity
‘I like to make people feel good and laugh – humour is what got me through the rejection and mental torture of trying to he a model, so as an ambassador my goal is to he relatable, real and inspiring.
‘I thought that a model posting her ‘pregnant’ belly would be an effective way of doing so.’
Since posting the ‘real’ representation of herself to social media, the model, who now lives in London, has received a positive reaction to the ‘unusual’ post.
Since posting the ‘real’ representation of herself to social media, the model has received a positive reaction to the ‘unusual’ post
Standing tall at 6 foot 2 inches, Aeva struggled to become a model and is now trying to break down discrimination in the industry. Pictured with a friend
Aeva said: ‘The post got some positive and supporting comments, but I can imagine some people thought I was crazy exposing myself in this way.
‘I think this proves that there needs to be more of these kind of posts.
‘Instagram is mostly full of people posting the most perfect representation of themselves that they can – trying to fit the stereotype, only showing the photos with skinny angles, edited to perfection, that give them thigh gaps and snatched waists.
Aeva has always towered over her friends, sizing up to around 6ft 7in when wearing heels
The model said people get caught up in creating perfect social media feeds and layout – but claims life is too short to worry about it too much
‘The pressure and mental torture girls go through to get to the top and become models is heartbreaking.
‘Growing up not accepting and loving my body has made me learn not to be as hard on myself when I bloat up.
‘People get so caught up on creating perfect media feeds and layout – but life’s too short!’