Yolanda Hadid, former supermodel and mother to models Gigi and Bella Hadid, is no stranger to the effects of modern beauty standards. Her career has been largely based on what society believes to be beautiful, and with that comes immense pressure to look a certain way. But shortly after her 55th birthday, Hadid took to Instagram to say that she is finally free of all the “bullsh*t” society conditioned her to believe she needed in order to be sexy.
Posing in lacy lingerie that shows off her impressive figure, Hadid reveals that she has removed the breast implants, fillers, Botox, and hair extensions she once felt pressured to get to keep up appearances. “Fifty Five and smiling from the inside out… It took me many years of undoing some bad choices I made for myself before I finally found the freedom to sustainable internal beauty and acceptance of what is the best version of myself by nobody’s standards but my own,” she writes in the caption.
She goes on to explain why she finally made this decision, writing that the “toxicity of it all” almost killed her. Hadid has always been open about her health issues and struggles with Lyme disease, a chronic bacterial disease that can cause debilitating joint pain and fatigue, documenting her journey on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and in her 2017 memoir, Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease. In October 2018, she shared that she had suffered a relapse after one year of remission.
Hadid continues the caption, stressing the importance of health over physical appearance. “Your health is your wealth so please make educated decisions, research the partial information you’re given by our broken system before putting anything foreign in your body,” she says. “It’s on us to learn to love ourselves and celebrate our unique, one of a kind beauty at all ages as we move through this journey called ‘life.’ Beauty has no meaning without your health.”