Nicole Mejia found popularity and fame on Instagram as a fitness model, gathering well over 1 million followers as she showed off her shapely curves. Now, the creator of the #FitAndThick franchise revealed in a new Instagram post that her journey is shifting from physical beauty to overall acceptance and health.
Mejia, who hails from Pembroke Pines, Fla., began her modeling career eight years ago at the urging of friends and has worked with some top commercial brands and magazine outlets. Using an affable approach to fitness and body positivity, Mejia candidly revealed her own struggles with body acceptance in one of her recent Instagram posts and explained that Fit and Thick is about more than looking the part.
From Mejia’s post:
“Time for me to get real with you guys. My body fat percentage is currently the highest that it’s been since I started Fit and Thick. Funny thing is, so is my happiness and self-acceptance. When I was on my quest to “look the part” of entering the fitness industry, I ended up losing what fitness was for me in the first place. It never used to be about looking a certain way, but about the mental clarity and emotional release that I was able to achieve after an hour of pushing my body past what I thought I was capable of.”
Unabashedly showing skin in a light green bikini, Mejia didn’t shy away from revealing examples of cellulite, both up close and at a distance. That boldness isn’t uncommon for Mejia, who has posted images of herself without makeup or in the middle of workouts looking less than glamorous but with her usual upbeat attitude.
Mejia concluded in her vulnerable post that she’s embarking on a new set of goals for fitness but is moving past the desire to look good in a two-piece. Instead, she’s making it her mission to inspire others on their journeys.
Mejia was the target of a lawsuit in early 2016 by an ex-manager who alleged that the model failed to pay a percentage of her revenue in return for putting her on the scene. The case seemingly came and went, and it didn’t slow any of Mejia’s momentum this year. Mejia’s Fit and Thick brand was created in 2013, culminating into an app that designs workout plans, videos, and meal suggestions along with other fitness aids.
The 28-year-old has famously bragged in past interviews that her body carried the proper amount of fat and muscle, which gave credence to her pride in her natural curves and made her a popular figure for her 1.4 million followers.
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