Plus-size model Denise Bidot says she realized that "beauty is not based on a size" after watching her mother struggle with loving her body.
The 29-year-old beauty and self-love advocate, of Puerto Rican descent, sat down with The Huffington Post recently to discuss how witnessing her mother's own body issues as a child shaped who she is today.
"I probably wouldn’t be who I am without that struggle," Bidot told HuffPost. "I watched her first hand not know how beautiful she was, not accept her body and her curves the way she should have."
In response to the thousands of women who struggle with body image, Bidot began touting the mantra "There's no wrong way to be a woman" on social media. She also recently partnered with Unilever for their new Personal Care campaign #100PorcientoTu (#100PrecentYou), which promotes Latinos' self-expression and celebrates individuality.
"Halfway through my career, I realized it’s about more than just me," Bidot, who was one of the first plus-size models to walk a fashion week runway, told HuffPost. "It’s about helping shift the way people see beauty. It’s important for women to be able to see themselves on TV, in magazines, on billboards, catwalks and relate to women we’re being told are beautiful."
Watch the full video interview with the model in the video above.
This video was edited by Matt Lynch, shot by Jon Strauss and produced by Flavia Casas and Katherine Santiago