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“Shiny, photoshopped perfection is so boring"

“Shiny, photoshopped perfection is so boring"

“Shiny, photoshopped perfection is so boring"

The founder of project WomanKIND and international plus-size model, Jessica Vander Leahy, explains why scars are beautiful. 

Image: Instagram @jessicavanderleahy

No matter how perfect someone’s life seems like from the outside, we all have our own insecurities. And for many of us, it’s our scars that seem to make us feel ashamed. We cover them up and keep them out of sight, but why? Who are you covering them up for? Why are we so ashamed?

This fear is what model Jessica Vander Leahy, wants to eliminate.

Although the 29 year-old may look like she’s the epitome of perfection, she too has her own scars, where she lost her finger in a childhood accident when she was only six years-old.

But even though some may see an accident like this as a negative memory, it has only taught her the most valuable lessons. She believes that when we are brave enough to reveal the stories behind our scars, the most curious things happen – we begin to share our story of how we were marked and encourage others to share theirs.

Now, the founder of Project WomanKIND, is helping others celebrate their uniqueness through her new #ShowMeYourScar movement.

“This is an important project for me because I believe in encouraging people to look past the forced idea of perfection and to more of a celebration of their own unique beauty."

Through the series, she explains how working in the modelling industry highlighted the negativity around scars, stretchmarks and cellulite.

“My injury never really bothered me but as a model, sadly it’s an issue. While it’s an easy fix to cover up a teeny part of my left index finger missing, it’s a bit sad when they make me ‘whole’ again.

“It’s kind of a rejection of the real me.”

Despite the negative backlash about the influence of social media on body image, the international plus-size model has discovered that it has only enabled her to spread her message and help others overcome their insecurities.

“Shiny, photoshopped perfection is so boring, and women are getting tired of seeing it. Thankfully, social media has allowed us to make our own content and, so many women are being rewarded for getting real; scars, stretch marks, cellulite and all!”

Together with international model-turned fashion agent Penelope Benson, heart-transplant survivor Bec Craven, breast cancer warrior Felicity parker, and surfer Phoebe East, the fantastic-five express how their experiences with their bodies have helped shape who they are.

“The myth that we’re perfect is done. This beauty positive project is all about trying to make that clear to anyone who sees it; we will no longer be made to feel less than so you can sell us something.”

Honestly, if you’re ever feeling down-in-the-dumps, the #ShowMeYourScar series is a true example of raw, real, emotional and strong storytelling that will seriously make you feel powerful AF.

Want more body positive inspo? check out these seven Instagram accounts that will make you fist pump. There's also this Healthy-ish podcast where Fiona Falkiner talks about what it's like to be plus-sized in the modelling industry.

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