A curvy model is using a cuddly cat to spread self-acceptance.
Khrystyana, a self-described â€œbody-positive model and poetâ€ from San Francisco, regularly posts inspiring messages promoting health and self-acceptance on herInstagram account, which has 55,000 followers.
Echoing past sentiments such as â€œHealthy is not the new skinnyâ€ and â€œHave a strong day,â€ the size-10 model recently shared a nude shot of herself cuddling an orange-and-white cat named Mr. Cute and damning â€œcruel beauty standards.â€
â€œWhen we see rolls on cats or babies or adult humans, at what point does the thought of cute chub of a healthy adorableness turn into unattractive get-out-my-sight scarecrow?â€ Khrystyana asked in the post. â€œWhat turns on this mass mental obsessive looks focused disorder?â€
The model described how she meets many tweens attempting to lose weight and singling out their peers who donâ€™t meet standards of â€œmystical perfection.â€ She wrote, â€œWhat happened to us? Whose fault is this? Last thing you want to see up close is a 12-year-old with a custom-made waist trainer.â€
Khrystyana added, â€œMay your hearts be broken if you see, but I dare you to wake up and do everything you can to revise cruel beauty standards. Our lives are not meant to live in a self-hating rally, but the opposite. We are meant to be born so we can LIVE in THESE bodies, so we can LOVE ourselves and others. I used to passionately hate all of me for too too long as a kid and a teen and in adulthood. Donâ€™t waste your time doing the same please.â€
More than 4,000 people liked the post, and the model even dipped into the comments section to connect with her followersÂ about body image.
In April, Khrystyana also shared a photo reflecting the realities of too-tight shapewear that women routinely squeeze themselves into, writing in part, â€œDo you really want to stop your blood circulation nowâ€¦â€
And on July 18, she shared another candid photo and post about body acceptance. â€œThis is a lingerie fashion pose commonly accepted among straight size models and not commonly accepted amongst the curve models,â€ she wrote. â€œâ€˜Make sure you suck that in,â€™ especially when shooting lingerie I heard so so many timesâ€¦ Oh well, letâ€™s revise the beauty standards ONE belly at a time.â€