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Emily DiDonato has proudly pointed out her belly rolls, cellulite, stretch marks, and lazy eye in a body-positive TikTok video to show her fans that even models aren't perfect.
The 29-year-old, who has posed for the likes of [/tvshowbiz/victorias-secret/index.html Victoria's Secret] and Maybelline, filmed herself lounging at home a gray cotton bra and matching underwear as she zoomed in on her stomach, thighs, and face.
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No posing: The position she is sitting in highlights the crease on her stomach and the dimpled flesh on her upper thigh
Nothing to be ashamed of: In the clip, she pans the camera to the stretch marks on her leg
Learning: 'I have felt the pressures to look perfect,' she wrote. 'But I've learned to love my body just the way it is!'
'I thought I was the only one with a lazy eye!! I'm so happy my favorite model has one!' someone else shared.
Emily has been candid about her struggles with body image, and last year she opened up about the dangerously unhealthy lifestyle she took on after being told she was 'too curvy' for high-fashion modeling.
'To me, to be successful, it was to be thin. So, I was like, "I'm going to do whatever it takes." And I did,' Emily explained in the YouTube [ She had moved to New York City right out of high school to pursue her fashion dreams, but she was met with little success at first because agencies labeled her as being 'too curvy,' 'too big,' and 'too athletic.'
Grateful: The video has been viewed more than 127,000 times and hundreds of people took to the comments to thank her for the important reminder
Famous face: The model has posed for Victoria's Secret (left) and Maybelline (right)
'I was crazy not to love the way that I looked,' Emily said after looking back at old images of herself during those casting days.
But in order to please agencies in the city, she ate as little as possible and prioritized working out in order to slim down to a size she knew would be more appealing to the agencies that had turned her down.
'I went from like 140 pounds to 118 pounds, which is very, very small for my frame,' she explained. 'I'm like 150 pounds now and feel great about it, but then that was very small for me.'
Losing weight and attempting to fit into the modeling scene in New York put an immense amount of pressure on Emily, and she shared that her career ambitions ultimately had a negative impact on her mental wellbeing.
Learning to love herself: Emily has been candid about her struggles with body image
Then and now: Earlier in her modeling career, Emily felt the pressure to drop from 140 pounds to 118 pounds (pictured in 2010, left). She now weighs 150 pounds (pictured in 2019, right)
When she was doing a photo shoot with Maybelline at the beginning of her career, she was approached by fellow model and friend Julia Stegner and makeup artist Charlotte Willer, both of whom expressed concern for her abrupt weight loss.
'I ended up gaining all the weight back and then some,' she said. 'That ended up being a whole different struggle, I think, in itself,' she said.
'I remember really not liking the way that I looked. When I gained the weight back, I felt really embarrassed. I really wanted to hide.
'I felt like I was failing all of these agencies and people who believed in me and wanted me to succeed. I just thought I was fat. There's no way that I'm going to succeed now.'
Emily explained in the video that after years of struggling, she finally learned to love her body at the size it was meant to be.
Honest: Emily said that over the years she has fluctuated from a double zero to a size 10
Makeup free: Emily shares both glam and candid photos of herself with her 2.1 million Instagram followers
'I'm at peace with my body,' she said. 'It takes a lot of work and effort, I think, for a lot of people to come to peace with their body and love their body just the way that it is.'
She further detailed her battle towards body acceptance in an Instagram post about the video on her YouTube channel.
'I've fluctuated over the years from a double zero to a size 10 and I remember being so embarrassed and ashamed of that,' she wrote, adding: 'I wish I was kinder to myself because I am only human but I thought models were meant to be a 00 and stay a 00.'
She continued: I was always hesitant to talk about body positivity or body diversity because I am aware being a size 6 or 8 is nothing groundbreaking but in the modeling industry, my size hasn't always been represented, celebrated or accepted.
'For me, feeling comfortable in my skin has taken a lot of work and effort and I wanted to share that with you guys.'
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