Bridget Malcolm wants to see the modelling industry change.
Speaking with ET Canada, the 26-year-old Victoria’s Secret model, who has also walked the runway for the likes of Stella McCartney and Ralph Lauren, opens up about her personal struggle with body dysmorphic disorder.
“The realization came to me when it took me 10 minutes to climb a flight of stairs,” the Australian beauty explains. “One day, I had to keep stopping. I was so exhausted. I got to the top and I was just like, ‘This is not working.’ You know?”
Malcolm adds, “I was like, ‘I have so much more to offer than this. You know, this isn’t the way I pictured my life going and it’s not the way I want to live.'”
In a blog post back in March, the model apologized to her fans for promoting an unhealthy diet and exercise regime, which she believes was primarily due to her struggle with body dysmorphia and not the fashion industry at large.
“I don’t blame any of this on any specific brand or any individuals in the industry,” she clarifies. “The industry kind of provided me with some good excuses for my bad habits, but I was the one doing them and I was the one who also brought myself out of it.”
Disclosing her overall goal for speaking out, Malcolm says, “I don’t want to point fingers at anyone in the industry. I just want the industry to change.”
As for her personal road to recovery, Malcolm is taking it one day at a time. “There’s a part of me that’s become stronger through meditation and through things like exercise and writing about it – community, it’s important,” she says. “But, this has taken me years. It’s taken a really long time to get to this point.”