Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Hunter McGrady has a bold message for critics: There is no “wrong” body type, only wrong ways to talk about beauty standards.
The 5’11”, size-16 model was just chosen to appear in this year’s SIswimsuit issue, and she’s determined to prove women of every size, weight, and ethnicity can be powerful and sexy. McGrady announced her news on Instagram last month, but a new post addressing the response she got after her announcement is what’s really catching our eye:
McGrady brings up a really good point here: There is nothing wrong about anyone’s body, but the way we talk about it is a problem. The 23-year-old had her own battle with unhealthy dieting—she started in the modeling industry as a size 2—but she learned that trying to fit into someone else’s expectations just made her miserable. So now she’s helping more women come to terms with they bodies they’re in.
By overusing words like “overweight,” “unhealthy,” and even “plus size,” we’re essentially saying bodies like McGrady’s are wrong or unusual. But they’re not. It’s time to change the way we talk about women’s bodies, especially, and that starts with understanding there’s not one way to be healthy. Treat your body in a way that makes you feel strong, whether you’re a size 2 or 22. Being healthy is all about how you choose to care for your body, mind, and spirit.