In Photos: Gigi and Bella Hadid's plus-size cousin stuns in lingerie
Joann Van Den Herik is here to prove that good looks run in the family of Hadids.
Cousin sister of Gigi and Bella Hadid who are currently supermodels in the industry, Joann is a plus-size model who doesn't shy off from showing off her body with a clear message of "body positivity".
Hailing from the Netherlands, the birthplace of Gigi and Bella's mother, former model Yolanda, 54 -- this 19-year-old model is already climbing the charts of success and fame.
Joann recently shared some revealing photos of herself, clad only in lingerie for the world.
In an effort to highlight the damaging effects of photoshopped pictures, Joann recently posted two side-by-side images of her self, one with editing and one without.
Captioning the scene for her growing fanbase, she wrote: "With this picture, I wanted to show every boy and girl out there that YOUR BODY IS BEAUTIFUL. Your body is gorgeous, your body is unique, your body is yours. You can have fat rolls. You can have pimples. You can have stretch marks. You can have everything you want. You can be whatever you want."
Inspiring her 59.7k followers, Joann Van Den Herik's Instagram is the main source for the body positivity model's mantras for life.
All my life I've been focused on my weight. "Fat" is used so often with women. I grew up thinking "fat" is the worst thing you could be called by someone. I thought "fat" was an insult. But calling someone fat, says more about the person who said it, than about yourself. You see, I HAVE fat, I'm not fat. Fat does not define me. I know what I eat, how much I exercise. I know that I'm a lot more than just my appearances. Sometimes I take flattering photos with make-up on (on the left) and sometimes I'm just not feeling posing and HATE make-up (on the right). Both is okay. Both bodies are OKAY. Most people would say picture two is an unflattering photo. But I love it. I love that you can see my imperfections, my fatrolls, my imperfect skin, my cellulite. Those are all my insecurities in one single picture. This is a big step for me because I'm still insecure and not 100% confident, but I want to show you guys that even people with many followers aren't perfect. I used to HATE every inch of my body. That mindset not only made me grumpy towards myself, but towards every one around me. It made me envious towards other women. I'm happy I realised that my body is great and that "perfect" doesn't exist. With this picture, I wanted to show every boy and girl out there, that YOUR BODY IS BEAUTIFUL. Your body is gorgeous, your body is unique, your body is yours. You can have fatrolls. You can have pimples. You can have stretchmarks. You can have everything you want. You can be whatever you want. Our stories and experiences make us who we are and that's the most amazing thing. Take that with you and embrace your body, embrace those curves! Make your insecurities your own, turn them into something positive, make them YOU! Don't hate your body until you lose weight or get the perfect body at the gym, do it the whole way, do it NOW! Loving yourself is greatest achievement of all ❤️ #LoveYourself #LoveYourBody #BodyPositive
This is me without make-up, in lingerie. It took me a long time to get there, but I'm finally accepting myself for who I am, and how my body looks. Unfortunately, some people make it really hard to be proud of your body nowadays. I get dms all the time with "You're a pretty girl but why pose in lingerie...." or "You're fat why are you showing your fatrolls". Well, because I WANT TO?! Why is it such a taboo to be showing your body? Lingerie is the same as a bathingsuit and you're not sitting on the beach judging people the whole time are you? So many people are ashamed to show their body because they are afraid what other people would think of it. Different things empower different people and it's not your place to tell which body is "good" and which is "bad". Dear girls and boys, it's okay to have fatrolls, it's okay to have cellulite, it's okay to have stretchmarks, it's okay to eat whatever you want, it's okay to wear whatever you want. I know society nowadays makes you feel like you gotta have the perfect body, the perfect life, the perfect friends. Well F* THAT! It's time that we simply accept the fact that we're all flawed. I'm not perfect, you're not perfect either. No one is. And that's okay, IT'S GREAT actually! Your imperfections make you who you are. Start living for yourself rather than the opinions of others. Start appreciating your body rather than worrying about the flat stomach or the small waist or the stretch marks/cellulite that you have. You're an angel, flaws and all, never forget that ???????? #BodyPositive #LoveYourBody #LoveYourself #YourBodyIsATemple #EveryBodyIsBeautiful
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