Conversations around women’s body shapes tend to be contentious, but Aussie model Bridget Malcolm responded to comments about her size in the best possible way.
The 26-year-old took to her blog to reply to an email she recently received. Despite loving the Victoria’s Secret star’s outlook on life, a fan found her Instagram images triggering for those with eating disorders and said her eating habits were setting a bad example.
“You barely eat any calories and avoid carbs a lot,” the woman wrote. “You should be careful what you post as you are an inspiration to many girls who will follow you and think that just eating vegetables all day is healthy. You also post pictures of yourself looking too thin – this acts as a message to fellow girls that "too thin" is okay, which it is not.”
Bridget said she needed to “respectfully defend” herself, having struggled with eating disorders in the past.
“I have my own history in this arena, and it is such a struggle to pull out of, and then maintain health, so I am so proud of you for getting there. I also will take your comments into consideration, as I do want to be a good role model for young women and men.”
But the proud vegan rebuffed the suggestion that her eating habits were unhealthy.
“I do not just eat vegetables all day. Yes I do eat a lot of them – but I also eat other foods daily too. I am wondering if it is because my day on a plates are all based around when I am in training, and am eating a very low carbohydrate diet; in order to meet the body expectations of a certain brand.”
“However I regularly write about how I eat loads of nuts, avocados, fruit, quinoa, superfoods etc. So I have to stick up for myself here; one cannot live on vegetables alone and be healthy! I definitely do not.”
Bridget says that she’s previously used myfitnesspal to ensure she’s meeting her nutritional needs.
“I am not interested in how many calories I take – I definitely do not count them – but that app told me I was eating around 1500-1600 a day, the majority of which are from carbohydrates. This to me seems pretty healthy given my activity levels.”
Finally, she says, she’s built the way she’s built.
“I am a model; I have always been lanky and slender. It is nearly impossible for me to put on muscle, and the older I get the easier it becomes to maintain my weight. In the past I yo-yo’d a lot; and this is from the diet I was eating. I have learned to eat consistently, to eat a lot of good, whole food, and I am proud of my efforts in this arena. Eating three meals a day was something I had to learn, and eating enough of everything was a real struggle for a long time for me. But this is all behind me too now."
“I am by all means not “too thin”; I get my periods, can run for miles, and kick someone’s ass. I certainly didn’t always have the energy to do this.”
“Being a positive female role model in this society is extremely important to me, and I try to be as transparent as possible. I am a woman, and my weight will go up and down. I am also a model with very specific instructions as to how my body should look at certain times. However I cannot change the way I am built, I have learned to embrace the fact that I will always have a small B cup (orrrr an A) and be on the smaller side. I like myself.”
Yep, this gal's all class.