By Mollie Mansfield
A stunning teenager – who was deemed ‘plus size’ for being a size 12 – has revealed the ‘Instagram vs reality’ of having a ‘perfect’ model body in a series of photos and video.
After years of being discriminated for her height, Aeva Andersson, 19, finally became a model last year and has since been working with Models of Diversity to break down the industry’s stereotype.
Now, the catwalker, from County Donegal, Ireland, has shared photos and video of her ‘Instagram vs reality’ body to prove that even models get bloated and have ‘bad body days’.
Alongside her 6ft 2inch frame without heels, Aeva wears a size 12 and is using her social media to prove to others how normal a ‘model body’ can be.
Aeva, who now lives in London, England, said: “I want to use social media in my own unique way by not only posting professional modelling photos, but showing my real side also.
“I am still discriminated daily for my height and size but I’ve still managed to achieve my dreams to become a model – so I want people to know that models aren’t just tall, size zero girls.
“I don’t want girls looking up to me as this tall ‘skinny’ girl who doesn’t take a bad photo, which is not true, I get rejected for not being skinny enough and for being too tall.
“So I want to share the reality and not cover it up by only posting the good days.”
Despite now having the confidence to post her ‘bloated’ stomach on social media, Aeva explains that it was once her biggest insecurity.
She said: “The extremity of my bloating belly was a huge insecurity for me growing up.
“All I wanted was to be a model and therefore wanted a stereotypical flat tummy.
“Given that I had already been labelled as plus size, I would try my best to watch what I ate to minimise the bloating, but now I’ve learned to love it.
“I like to make people feel good and laugh – humour is what got me through the rejection and mental torture of trying to he a model, so as an ambassador my goal is to he relatable, real and inspiring.
“I thought that a model posting her ‘pregnant’ belly would be an effective way of doing so.”
Since posting the ‘real’ representation of herself to social media, the model has received a positive reaction to the ‘unusual’ post.
Aeva said: “The post got some positive and supporting comments, but I can imagine some people thought I was crazy exposing myself in this way.
“I think this proves that there needs to be more of these kind of posts.
“Instagram is mostly full of people posting the most perfect representation of themselves that they can – trying to fit the stereotype, only showing the photos with skinny angles, edited to perfection, that give them thigh gaps and snatched waists.
“The pressure and mental torture girls go through to get to the top and become models is heartbreaking.
“Growing up not accepting and loving my body has made me learn not to be as hard on myself when I bloat up.
“People get so caught up on creating perfect media feeds and layout – but life’s too short!”