The 27-year-old model posed for the magazine and the pics were all unretouched. Here’s what she had to share with the mag…
On if having her daughter impacted her fitness level: “Completely. That was actually the hardest thing for me—going from being extremely strong to not even really being able to do a lunge. I’m more than eight months post giving birth and am still not as strong as I was.”
On body confidence: “I was a really confident kid. I grew up in Florida—we were always in bikinis, and it was nothing weird. So I never realized that I had a different body type, or that people would have an opinion on my body. When I first started modeling, it was a different time. Some people thought I was too curvy. Now people forget that happened, which actually makes me happy because I think it shows how much the industry has changed. In a lot of ways, I think the industry really built me up and tore me down—and then I built myself back up.”
On her mindset today: “When I first started modeling, everything was about your measurements and what you fit into. It would be like, ‘Oh, you don’t fit into those jeans.’ You’re shamed. And that’s why it took me a longer time to get to a healthier place. That’s why it’s important for me to push out this different mind-set. I don’t want anyone to have to be in that negative space where they think, ‘Oh, no! I don’t fit into that size 2 dress.’ You know what, who cares? Buy another one!”
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