Modeling – runs in the family.
You already know about supermodel sisters, Gigi and Bella, but now it’s time to get to know their cousin who also happens to be a model. Joann van den Henrik is the daughter of Leo van den Henrik, Yolanda Hadid’s businessman brother. She is a plus-size model that is continuously encouraging others to love and appreciate their bodies and is here to champion body positivity.
The 20-year-old recently spoke to SLiNK – a fashion and lifestyle magazine for plus-size women. Sh gave her best advice to every woman out there; stop comparing yourself to others as nothing good is going to come out of it.
Whenever I’m really insecure about some part of my body, I just think: ‘But does it really matter? Does it make me less of a human? Or just look at it another way and focus on the beautiful parts.
Joann admitted she previously hung out with the wrong people and is encouraging others to only surround themselves with positive and cheerful friends.
I was always surrounded by people who were negative about themselves, and that negative energy consumes you. You take that negative energy and start thinking that way about yourself as well. As soon as you feel that people take too much from you, leave them.
Sharing her pearls of wisdom! Although her fans are quite accustomed to her inspirational posts on social media. The 20-year-old has over 120,000 Instagram followers where she frequently opens up about the struggles of accepting her body the way it is.
Joann’s interview for SLiNK was accompanied by a collection of incredible pictures that show off her amazing, curvy body.
A few days ago the curvy model shared a topless picture with her followers, captioning it:
Step for step. Was actually going to crop my fatroll out of the picture, but last minute decided not to. I don’t want to limit myself to society’s ideal of beauty. You are beautiful WITHOUT limits ❤️.
On her post, Joann added the hashtag #LoveYourBody.
As for her SLiNK interview, Joann went on saying that body positivity is not only for fat or curvy people but for all body types.
My messages, my love, is meant for all people, every age, all genders, all bodies, all shapes, all skin colours. Trying to put other people down to compliment me is something that hurts my feelings and will never ever be something I will thank you for.
She adds that fat people experience fat shaming quite often but this doesn’t mean you should fight it by spreading negativity. Instead, chose to support each other, and spread positive vibes all the way, Joan says.
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Just last year, Gigi and Bella’s cousin became the new face of Debenham’s plus size.
Keep on rocking girl!