‘Sports Illustrated’ Model Who Was Bullied For Being Fat As a Teen Shares Her Powerful Message

It’s not uncommon for people to want to follow in the footsteps of their family members, especially their parents. Hunter McGrady, now 23, grew up in the shadows of family members who were models. Her mom, her aunt and even her grandmother were all models, and she wanted the same for herself.

However, when Hunter started modeling at age 16, it was made apparent to her that maybe she wasn’t like all the other “smaller-size” models. Hunter was trying to slim down to around 115 pounds, even though her bigger frame wouldn’t really allow for it, and people weren’t afraid to tell her.

While Hunter was normal by most standards, she was considered “big” in the modeling world. And after discovering “plus-size” models, she decided to forget about her bullies and critics and start working a job that made her happy.

“I was really bullied in high school… I think that we’re all beautiful regardless of what size we are. But they always told me that I was fat and that I would never be a model.”

But, now that Hunter has forged a successful career in modeling, and posed for the renown Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition, she is using her notoriety to help advocate for body positivity and self-acceptance.

“My main goal is to get across to women that you are able to love your body at any size and that you’re sexy and beautiful at any size.”

Hunter’s message is one we can, and should, all get behind because at the end of the day, no one is perfect; we all have flaws and imperfections. And it is our flaws and imperfections that ultimately make us who we are, so why try to hide them?

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