We all have times when we wonder about or fight with some parts of our looks. Khrystyana is a plus-size model who used to be on America’s Next Top Model and is now a big deal on Instagram. Her road to self-acceptance hasn’t been easy, though. She now uses her platform to tell her story and encourage people to love their bodies by posting both sad and funny things.
We think that everyone is beautiful in their own way at Bright Side. So, we’re telling you this powerful story about accepting yourself and loving yourself just as you are.
She grew up with her single mother in a small town.
Khrystyana’s family was very poor when she was growing up. They even had to grow their own food to eat. But her mother went out on her own and turned a market stall into a successful shop. Khrystyana says that her mom’s courage, strength, and ability to make do are a big source of inspiration for her.
They moved to the U.S. to start over.
When her mother got remarried, she and her new husband went to Hawaii to start over. But Khrystyana had trouble with the beauty standards she saw in America when she was young.
Here, her mother was also a role model because of how she looked. Khrystyana, who was young at the time, saw that her mother was more beautiful than she was. Even after she signed a deal with her first modeling agency, Khrystyana had trouble loving herself and accepting her body.
Her big break came when she was honest about how hard things were for her.
When Khrystyana was at her worst, she chose to be honest with her social media followers and start a conversation about being inclusive and the real range of beauty. Because of the post, the casting director for America’s Next Top Model saw her and asked her to try out.
Her journey gave her her life’s purpose.
She now talks about how important it is to be kind to your body on Instagram. She talks about the times in her work when she had to do crazy things to look “beautiful.” She also talks about modeling tips, like how your body can look different from different angles, and filters and photo-editing apps, to show people that what they see online isn’t always the truth. She is a supporter of everyone who wants to live a better life, whether that means accepting body acceptance or learning about mental health and skin care.
She wrote in the photo’s description, “Maybe she was born with it. “Perhaps she used a phone app.”
She felt like getting people together to celebrate self-love was a good idea.
This is when she started The Real Catwalk, a group that doesn’t make money for itself. Through this, she plans events to show how everyone can be strong. Her catwalks have been in places like New York City’s Times Square. She asks people of all ages, sizes, races, genders, disabilities, and sexual orientations to walk in The Real Catwalk events and celebrate true diversity and inclusion.
She has not only helped other people, but also herself.
Today, Khrystyana’s self-assurance and bravery shine through online and inspire a lot of people. But it’s also changed how the model thinks about herself. She is happier with the way she looks, and her job is doing well. Her passion is still making everyone feel welcome, and she still talks about self-love and empathy on panels and at events. She also keeps using her online platform to share her message.
Her message is easy to understand: “Self-love is not a privilege. Self-love is important. It’s important to love yourself. “Everyone has the right to love themselves.
What parts of your body do you love? What is one piece of advice you would give your younger self? Tell us in the comments below.