Model Denise Bidot has some touching words to share with her daughter this Mother’s Day.
In a new HuffPost Originals video, Bidot recites a letter she wrote to her daughter, Joselyn, about the importance of self love. She discusses growing up watching her own mother struggle with body image issues, which negatively affected her view of herself. Now that Bidot, a plus-size Puerto Rican and Kuwaiti beauty, is a mom, she’s determined to make sure her daughter recognizes her own worth.
“You are perfect. From your curly hair to your beautiful brown skin and your mixed heritage — you are perfect,” she says in the letter.
Bidot, who has modeled for brands like Target and has walked at New York Fashion Week, addresses the pressures women face to meet unrealistic and often conflicting beauty standards. But as a body-positive advocate herself, Bidot is passing on her message of self love to her daughter to show that one size doesn’t fit all.
“We live in a world saturated with images of what women should look like. Skinny, curvy, white, black, made up, not made up. It will never stop,” she says. “But you have to silence the noise because there’s no wrong way to be a woman.”
Watch the video above.