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To celebrate her 55th birthday, Yolanda Hadid shared a sultry photo of herself in pink lingerie, declaring that she's finally plastic surgery-free.
"Fifty-five and smiling from the inside out," she wrote alongside the mirror selfie. "Living in a body free of breast implants, fillers, botox, extensions and all the bullshit I thought I needed in order to keep up with what society conditioned me to believe what a sexy woman should look like until the toxicity of it all almost killed me." (Related: Gigi Hadid Honors Her Mom's Battle with Lyme Disease)
Hadid, who has been struggling with Lyme disease for years, has long been making an effort to rid her body of anything that could be potentially toxic. "#NoMoreImplants #NoMoreBotox #NoMoreExtentions #NoMoreHighlights," she captioned an Instagram photo of herself back in 2015. "Forced to honor my authentic self and respectfully own it."
She's also shared how doctors found silicone leaking into her body from her ruptured implants that she's since had removed. "Turn a mess into a message," she shared on Instagram at the time. "We might have hit the jackpot by finding all this silicone from a 20-year-old implant rupture through ultrasound mapping as shown in this selfie. Thank you Dr. Feng for holding my hand and leading the way." (Related: Yolanda Hadid Reveals She Contemplated Suicide While Battling Lyme Disease)
Hadid isn't alone in claiming that plastic surgery—and her breast implants specifically—took a toll on her health. Sia Cooper (@diaryofafitmommyofficial) recently made headlines for revealing she had breast implant illness (BII), a term used by women to describe a series of symptoms that stem from ruptured breast implants or an allergy to the product, among other things. (Read more about Cooper's experience: I Got My Breast Implants Removed and Feel Better Than I Have In Years)
Fifty Five and smiling from the inside out.... Finally back to the original 1964. Living in a body free of breast implants, fillers, botox, exstensions and all the bullshit I thought I needed in order to keep up with what society conditioned me to believe what a sexy woman should look like until the toxicity of it all almost killed me.......... 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. 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.........................It’s on us to learn to love our selves 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................... #ShamelessSelfie #55 #BeautyStartsFromWithin #AgeComesWithWisdom
After seven years, Cooper finally decided to have her implants removed and has since been free of symptoms like hair-loss, shortness of breath, and unexplained chest pain. "I know that my implants were making me sick," she told Shape. "Time will tell if they are the root of all my symptoms, but so far it sure does feel that way."
Like Cooper, Hadid preaches that "health is wealth" and it's important to be informed and educated when it comes to altering your body through plastic surgery or injectables.
"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 wrote.
At the end of the day, whether you've chosen to go under the knife or have thought about it, there's no denying that plastic surgery can be life changing (for better or worse)—so it's not a decision to make lightly.
As Hadid 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."
Because our bodies are badass and feeling strong, healthy, and confident is for everyone! Help us spread the body love and be a part of our #LoveMyShape body confidence movement: Post a photo or video on social sharing why you love your shape. And check out Movemeant Foundation, our partner in empowering women and girls to be body positive.