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This model’s 'before and after' pic proves that weight and happiness are not related

Hello Giggles logo Hello Giggles 9/15/2017 Olivia Harvey
This model’s “before and after” pic proves that weight and happiness are not related © khrystyna / https://www.instagram.com/p/BYWdaFnFN8U/ This model’s “before and after” pic proves that weight and happiness are not related

Sadly, so many of us in this world have been trained to think that being skinnier means being happier. Which is why we were heartened to see a recent before-and after pic from Instagrammer KhrystyAna — a model and body-positive activist — that proves health and happiness do not coincide with weight.

KhrystyAna wrote in her caption that in 2013 she was trying to become “small enough” to make it as a fashion model.

“Technically i have never been small enough,” KhrystyAna wrote. “Even back then with all the dietary suffering and daily long hours at the gym I was at 37.5 hip size, a bit too thick. Was I happy? Absolutely not.

In 2013 I thought I wasn't small enough to be a fashion model and technically i have never been small enough. Even back then with all the dietary suffering and daily long hours at the gym I was at 37.5 hip size, a bit too thick. Was I happy? Absolutely not. I did not care about my happiness nor mental health, it was all about getting the next gig. I found myself depressed going through identity crisis. I gained more weight, hated myself more and more until I had no more energy left within me to hate anything. But exhaustion was somehow freeing. Freeing from thoughts. Blank brained, I looked at this newer but older me. No more striking judgments. Why? Why should we ever wreck ourselves? For career? parental approvals? romances? or fame? Why did I? Why would you ever? TRUST the NOWEST you, trust that this is deserving of all your love. It really does. ---- yours, Newer but older Khrystyana -- 1. Photo by my good friend @danrappa 2. By @stephgeddes #allBodiesAreGoodBodies #bodypositive#effyourbeautystandards#iamsizesexy#teamcurvy#embraceyourcurves#beautybeyondsize#noshame#bodypositivity#honormycurves#curvymodels#ilovemybody#bodylove#bodyacceptance#selfconfidence#bodyimage#curvymodel#bopo#thisbody#bopowarrior #boldncurvy#celebratemysize#goldenconfidence#AlternativeCurves

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Now an advocate for not changing one’s self to gain societal approval, KhrystyAna often posts about body positivity on her Insta feed. In an August post she talked about the “F” word — fat — and how women can turn a word meant to be shameful into something positive.

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THE "F" WORD Have you ever been called "FAT"? If you say 'yes', has that person tried to shame you and make you feel guilty, ugly, or sad if they called you so? Have they succeeded in their attempt? Did that person make you believe that the "F" word is negative? They did in my case. Before I discovered my power and that I actually can reverse the negative into positive, should I chose to. FAT can be my sweetest compliment of the day, I can thank the bully, can't I? Imagine their mind blown. It's like they try to bully you by calling you "Beautiful". YES . You can use your power to turn what's meant to be negative into something positive. Call me crazy, but I've tried it. I've been called "fat this" and "fat that" , and I thanked them genuinely. Their faces were priceless. Thoughts? - khrystyana photo by @victoriajanashviliphoto for @chic_cartel

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KhrystyAna often calls upon her followers to see themselves as beautiful every day. She calls the experience of exploring one’s own beauty an “awakening” that will only lead to empowerment.

Woman, anyone who cannot see your beauty, is less fortunate than those that can. Because experiencing one's beauty is a marvelous journey. Do you remember that warm fuzzy feeling striking all over you of "ahhh this is beautiful" how delicious was that to be stunned ? SO I call on you to be the fortunate one, to be the awaken one, to be stunned when you look at the mirror or down to your legs, your stomach. I call on you to swim in the joy that YOU can create right now, wish you to choose that route. My beautiful, gorgeous woman., I love you. khrystyana photo by @marcharrismiller wearing @nunude_official #allBodiesAreGoodBodies #bodypositive#effyourbeautystandards#iamsizesexy#teamcurvy#embraceyourcurves#beautybeyondsize#noshame#bodypositivity#honormycurves#curvymodels#ilovemybody#bodylove#bodyacceptance#selfconfidence#bodyimage#curvymodel#bopo#thisbody#bopowarrior #boldncurvy#celebratemysize#goldenconfidence#AlternativeCurves

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