Martha Hunt got to discuss her insecurities with fellow scoliosis sufferer Princess Eugenie when she met the British royal last year (18).
Model Martha might be known for her catwalk strut, but growing up, the American had to deal with having a curved spine.
And like Eugenie, who proudly showed off her surgery scar in a back-bearing Peter Pilotto wedding dress when she wed Jack Brooksbank in October, Martha has also undergone surgery to correct the condition.
“I do feel empowered by my scars. I think they are a symbol of strength, all scars are beautiful and they tell a story, a very triumphant one, about oneself,” she smiled to Grazia magazine.
“It was very inspiring and made me so proud (seeing Eugenie). When I had the opportunity to meet her in London, over the summer, we discussed some of the insecurities we had as young women dealing with this illness, so seeing her wedding gown was so important because scoliosis was getting representation, because when we were younger, we didn’t hear anybody talking about it so openly.”
The Victoria’s Secret Angel began her fashion career after being discovered in her home state of North Carolina. She has gone on to work with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana.
And while she loves talking about work, she’s also happy to be vocal about scoliosis.
“If we don’t talk about something then we won’t be able to ‘see’ it. And if we don’t see it, it almost doesn’t exist,” the 29-year-old sighed. “But scoliosis is a real issue and I want to keep the conversation going. (I hope) my story helps (others with the condition to) feel less lonely, but also to keep the faith that they will be able to accomplish their dreams.”
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