Bella and Gigi Hadid's names are in the headlines this week, but it's not for what you think. It just so happens that the sisters have an undiscovered cousin, who is also a model, or at least an up and coming model, and the reveal has the blogosphere buzzing.
18-year-old Joann van den Herik is the daughter of one of Yolanda Hadid's siblings and has just signed on as a plus-size model with 12+ UK Model Management. You might not have seen or heard of Joann because she's actually from Holland. Still, if you take a look at her Instagram account, it looks like she is indeed close to Bella and Gigi. You'll also notice that the budding model takes a very forward approach when it comes to body positivity. Just read up on a recent caption of a photo of her in her underwear.
"I was afraid to post this picture and that's why I did post it," she wrote. "I could've cropped it so you wouldn’t see any fat, but I didn’t. I wanted to show you guys that I'm imperfect too. I have fat rolls, I have stretch marks. It’s so easy to look in the mirror and feel disgusted by the things you don’t like, but I don’t want to do that anymore. I don't wanna hide my 'ugly' side, I want to show it more often, because I've accepted it. I love my body. Guys and girls, it doesn’t matter if you don't have a six-pack, or a size zero [body]. You're just as beautiful as everyone."
Take a look at some of Joann van den Herik's recent Instagram posts below!
I was afraid to post this picture and that's why I did post it. I could've cropped it so you wouldn't see any fat, but I didn't. I wanted to show you guys that I'm imperfect too. I have fatrolls, I have stretch marks. It's so easy to look in the mirror and feel disgusted by the things you don't like, but I don't want to do that anymore. I don't wanna hide my "ugly" side, I want to show it more often, because I've accepted it. I love my body. Guys and girls, it doesn't matter if you don't have a sixpack, or a size zero. You're just as beautiful as everyone. Don't try to compare or compete with others, your body is a temple which you should care and love for. Don't let your mind bully your body. Nowadays, people make it feel like it's a shame to be fat and that if you're not a size 0, you shouldn't show your body. F* them!!! Show your body, love your body, embrace your body no matter what size you are. Your body loves YOU, so love it back ❤️ #CelebrateMySize #LoveYourBody #EmbraceYourCurves photo by @rachelkeijzerphotography
I smile today because I'm so happy to be alive and healthy. I'm happy I can get out of bed every morning and I'm happy I can do things I love and I have people that love me. I'm happy to have this platform where I can share my ups and downs, my life, my insecurities. I'm happy I had the opportunity to get past my insecurities and to better my life, my health and my mindset. I'm happy I got the chance to accept myself and I want to help you guys accept yourselves too. You're unique, you're you. And you have a reason to smile, because: you're so beautiful and sweet and kind. Never let anyone tell you otherwise, never let anyone get you down. Your mindset is all that matters, you will never get happy by changing your appearance over and over again. The only way you can be happy and SMILE everyday is when you change your mindset and accept and love all the things you do have. Like a big booty 😏 What are your reasons to smile today?💕 #Smile #EmbraceYourCurves #LoveYourself #MyJourney
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