Model Posts Proof That Being Healthy Does NOT Mean Being Thin

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Sometimes when you’re really feeling yourself, you have to stop and take an appreciation picture. No matter where you are, or what the time, you sometimes need to celebrate yourself, and that’s totally OK. That’s exactly what model Monique Robinson did, and the message she shared along with her self-loving photo is so inspiring.

Monique posted a photo of herself on Instagram in her bra and underwear, showing off her body.

“Hi my name is Monique, and this is what a plus size body looks like,” she wrote. “This is what my plus size body looks like. It’s dipped in melanin, marinated with cellulite, and covered in stretch marks.”

She wasn’t posting the shot just to post it (even though that’s totally fine to do, too), Monique was making a statement about how hard she’s worked to take care of that body. She explains that over the last five years, she’s worked really hard to improve her health, particularly after finding out she was pre-diabetic last year. Monique was having symptoms like swollen ankles and numbness in her fingers, which are signs of diabetes, but she had initially ignored them. Now, Monique wrote that she’s feeling great and she’s proud.

Yes, Monique’s journey to getting healthier did involve weight-loss, but that’s not really the point here. Monique’s photo shows that plus-size people can be and are healthy, too. While being diagnosed as pre-diabetic often requires dietary changes, and losing weight can help, according to the Mayo Clinic, that doesn’t mean that being skinny equals being healthy. It just means that you have to take care of your body to improve your health, exactly how Monique did.

“I’m so proud of myself and how I’ve taken control of my health,” she wrote.

Monique’s post also highlights the importance of listening to your body, even if you think you’re pretty healthy. Monique wrote that she was young and active when she got her diagnosis, and she had ignored the symptoms because she thought she was fine. If you’re having any kind of symptoms, don’t just brush them off, see a doctor.

So after all that hard work, Monique wanted to appreciate her body for exactly what it is.

“Here is a picture of me in my bra and panties at work, because why not?” she wrote. “I’m so proud of me.”

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