Kate Upton has made a body positivity statement by posing for an unretouched photoshoot in Health magazine.
The 27-year-old model, who appears on the cover of the September issue, insisted that the photoshoot be unedited because she wanted to be an example to other women who were feeling under pressure to conform to the filtered photos on social media.
“When you think about it, we have retouching everywhere now – and we don’t even know it,” Upton told the magazine. “People are staging Instagram shots and retouching those pictures. That’s the new norm. And then we believe that’s how people actually look, and think we should look that way too.
“So, for me, doing an unretouched shoot is a step toward embracing real life. The goal should be to be the best you can be – not try to look like someone else.”
The Sports Illustrated model, who welcomed daughter Genevieve in November, confessed she has much more confidence and love for her body than she did when she first started modelling.
“When I first started modelling, everything was about your measurements and what you fit into,” Upton explained. “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 mindset.
“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!”
Elsewhere in the interview, the model said she makes sure she fits in a workout at some point during the day to help with her mental wellbeing.
“I find that if I am in a good mental space, I don’t let the bulls**t and criticism get to me,” she shared.
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