The very trait that left her depressed in school propelled her to stardom in adulthood.
You know that childhood story about the ugly duckling? This woman lived it. She got mocked. For her legs.
Mocked for THESE Legs, if you can believe it.
Being bullied as a kid in school is rough. But sometimes it helps to know that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
We each get hit where we feel it most. If you’re socially awkward, or struggle with grades, or suck at sports, or have a feature that sets you apart — glasses, unusual height or weight, a speech impediment — kids are cruel, and you know that’s where they’re going to hit you.
But who you are in school is not who you are forever. Geeks often grow up to be accomplished. Body types can be changed through diet and exercise. Nobody cares about grades after you graduate.
And in one woman’s case, the very trait she was mocked and shunned for propelled her into a thriving modeling career.
A Swedish bodybuilder and model has won 150,000 followers on Instagram thanks to her extraordinarily long legs.
Mother-of-two Ia Ostergren’s pins measure in at a staggering 40 inches – but her finest assets were once viewed as a millstone around her neck, she says.
The sporty blonde with belief-defying proportions says she was mercilessly teased about her tall frame at school and ended up being depressed.
But years later, she’s happily married, with two kids and 150K international followers on her social media… who really got the last laugh?
Her smile says it all.
So if you’re struggling, keep your head up. And keep plugging away until it’s your turn to laugh.
In case you need help finding a reason to keep smiling, this is the advice she gives her followers:
‘You have one life. How do you want to spend it? Apologizing for being yourself? Regretting? Hating? Be brave. Believe in yourself and put your best foot forward. You have this one life. Enjoy it.’
Which sounds like a pretty good prescription for a life well lived.
Here’s a shirt for real men (and women, too):
Why be average? It’s so overrated.
Everyone does that.
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