Emily DiDonato remembers struggling with her body image as early as middle school. “I remember wanting to look like other people and wanting to have bodies like other people.” Now, at 29, she’s just beginning to let go of that inner dialogue trying to convince her that beauty is determined by other people's standards. “Once I allowed myself to not funnel so much energy into wishing I looked like somebody else, I was finally able to just be happy with who I was.” While she still regrets wearing those Hollister jeans without the butt pockets she wants young girls to know, “comparing yourself to others is just a battle you’ll never win.”
ABOUT THE SERIES
We determine our beauty, not the eye of the beholder. From an early age, women are judged by their hair, the color of their skin, their clothes, and their bodies. Journey with our SI Swimsuit models as they discuss their beauty evolution, how they came to accept, honor, and embrace their bodies and beauty, and how they are rewriting the narrative on what it means to be powerful, beautiful, and who they are meant to be.