Bridget Malcolm is opening up to her Instagram fans about being rejected for a job with a high-profile client after she was deemed not skinny enough. Earlier this week, the Australian model took to the popular social media platform to share a couple of photos of herself in a bikini to show what her body looked like just weeks after the rejection in an effort to highlight how obsessed the modeling industry is with underweight women, as news.com.au recently reported.
In the first two photos, Malcolm posed in a red two-piece bathing suit in front of a brick wall. Her face was serious as she looked to her side at a point off camera with a grim expression. She didn’t look happy or healthy, the Australian news website noted. The pictures showed her bony chest, as well as pronounced hipbones and slender legs.
“The reason for my rejection was ‘Bridget’s body does not look good enough,'” she wrote, adding that she had previously been accepted for a job with the same client when she was “half an inch smaller” in previous years.
The 27-year-old model — who is best known for having walked in two Victoria’s Secret fashion shows — detailed that at the time those pictures were taken, she had not had a period in months and required at least 12 hours of sleep a night to be able to function because she felt so weak.
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This was me, a few weeks after I got rejected from a high profile client. And now. Strong and happy. The reason for my rejection was “Bridget’s body does not look good enough”. The girl in these photos hadn’t had a period in months, and needed to sleep 12 hours a night in order to function. The most messed up part of all this though, is that I had been accepted by this client when I was half an inch smaller in previous years. I am so thankful that all this is behind me. It has taken a lot of work and recovery, but I am so grateful that there is a place in the industry for me now, at my healthy weight. I am proud to be working today with people who support health in women. Link in bio to read more!!
In the same series, Malcolm shared two additional photos of her more recent self, beaming with happiness as she worked out. These photos showed her boasting a fuller, stronger figure. She went on to say that, while it took a lot of work and recovery, she is grateful to know that there is a place in the industry for her today at her healthy weight.
In a blog link she shared on her Instagram bio, Malcolm went on to explain that she now feels “free.” She detailed that she has finally reached a weight that hasn’t fluctuate significantly in the past year. She added that her weight has remained in the same BMI bracket for at least two years now.
“I have spent the last 14 years attempting to get as small as I can, and then dealt with the mental fall out when I would inevitably gain all the weight back, and then some. I can honestly say that I am now free to eat whatever I want, whenever I want,” she went on to say in her blog post.