Hunter McGrady struggles to accept she’s a role model for women.
The 26-year-old plus-size model, who recently appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, oozes confidence and shows off her curvy body proudly, but admitted she feels under pressure when it comes to being someone to look up to.
“I’ve kind of been given this title (of role model),” Hunter told InStyle.com. “I try to use it wisely and be the best person that I can be; I try to wake up, and always practice what I preach, and feel confident, and all that stuff. But, of course, I’m only human.
“There are days where I may say, ‘Today’s the day we’ve got to love our bodies and love our stretch marks,’ but then there are days where I don’t want to get out of bed. I’ve battled depression and anxiety, and at the end of the day, we’re all the same. We’re all human.”
And the model insisted on showcasing her body “as it is” in the iconic Sports Illustrated issue.
“I just do what I feel is sexy – it’s never about hiding anything,” Hunter explained, before praising the magazine for embracing diversity, including featuring 45-year-old Tyra Banks as their cover model.
“It’s never about ‘Oh, let me tuck this in, let me do this, let me do that.’ I really want to showcase my body as it is. It’s so important that it’s prevalent in the images that are picked.”
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