Meet Bridget Malcolm, our September campaign model.
Bridget is a dynamic woman. She's witty, poised and strong. She's a vocal champion for mental health, and supports others through her radical transparency and vulnerability. To say we were inspired by Bridget is an understatement.
We sat down with her to chat about her journey to healing and the advice she'd give others.
Tell us a bit about your journey and how you got to where you are today?
By my mid-twenties, I had modeled all over the world - most notably for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. I was also struggling with anorexia, orthorexia, anxiety and depression due to the pressure I was facing from the industry. On my 26th birthday I had a nervous breakdown, which led me to finally get the help I needed.
What were your biggest challenges on the path to healing?
It’s taken me nearly two years to begin to heal my own body with a healthier routine and way of living, but the anxiety and depression-like feeling continues to affect me from time to time. After landing in a stable place, physically, I’ve been able to focus more on my mental health and wellbeing. I've suffered from bouts of PTSD and a PMDD diagnoses. Being able to engage with family, friends and followers with total honesty has been incredibly healing and rewarding.
What advice would you give someone who is struggling with body positivity or mental health?
I would tell them that what they see in the mirror is not real. And I would tell them that with love, not frustration. And fat is not bad - it is essential for a healthy life!
What's next for you?
I'm four years in recovery from an eating disorder. I'm happy. I'm balanced. I'm strong and I feel the best I've ever felt. I co-host the podcast Model Mentality and will continue to open up and advocate for mental health.
What are some resources others can look to for help?
If you or someone you know needs mental health help, text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 to be connected to a certified crisis counselor.
If you or someone you know is battling an eating disorder, please contact the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) at 1-800-931-2237 or go to NationalEatingDisorders.org.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to rainn.org.
We couldn't resist asking Bridget what she carries in her beach bag. She sent us the full breakdown live from her own personal "beach" - her farm in rural Pennsylvania. Watch below:
Bridget wears the Parker Mini Necklace
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