Malin Andersson posed in her underwear as she candidly opened up about being her ‘own worst critic’ in a body positive Instagram post on Thursday.
The former Love Island star, 31, sported a plum lace underwear set as the camera panned around her body while she stood in front of a mirror.
Billie Eilish’s track What Was I Made For? played in the background of the video, while Malin opened up about her body image in an accompanying caption.
She spoke about feeling ‘pressure’ around alcohol and food around Christmas time as she bravely discussed her struggles with an eating disorder.
Malin wrote: ‘I can be my own worst critic. Especially my inner voice. The one that says I’m not good enough. That the marks on my body aren’t appealing.
Powerful: Malin Andersson posed in her underwear as she candidly opened up about being her ‘own worst critic’ in a body positive Instagram post on Thursday
Honest: Billie Eilish’s track What Was I Made For? played in the background of the video, while Malin opened up about her body image in an accompanying caption
‘But I know now that I have to say the opposite of what I feel like saying when I look into the mirror, because I’m so much more than that. I embody love.
‘With Christmas coming up we have this weird amount of pressure around alcohol and food.
‘For those struggling with eating disorders especially around this time of year where we should be having fun and creating special memories it can be damaged by the obsession over food and restriction.. and we end up suffering silently in our heads when those around us don’t know.
‘What’s your favourite affirmation for loving the skin you’re in?
‘Let’s create some beautiful words in the comments below so we can see it and believe it.’
Malin ended the emotional caption with an emoji of two hands forming a heart.
Her almost 700,000 followers flooded her comments with support and stories of their own as they praised her for her candid post.
One wrote: ‘Our bodies are our temples they carry us around and they keep our hearts in our chest ❤️’.
Another said: ‘I had 4 children, my body is definitely different before and after but I wouldn’t change a thing! My body miraculously carried 4…FOUR lives of other human beings!!!’
Candid: The former Love Island star, 31, sported a plum lace underwear set as the camera panned around her body while she stood in front of a mirror
Opening up: She spoke about feeling ‘pressure’ around alcohol and food around Christmas time as she bravely discussed her struggles with an eating disorder
‘My body gave life!!! Gives me life everyday. How lucky am I!’
Another said: ‘I always thought this when I was slim ..I look back now at nearly 50 And I’d give anything to look like I did 10/15 yrs ago Ans I wasn’t happy then’
‘We are so quick to forget what our bodies have been through. We are pretty incredible people ❤️’
A final fan wrote: ‘You should be so proud off your body I would love to be just like that but having a 11lb baby it just don’t want to go off me’
To which Malin replied: ’11lb baby (congrats), but YOU carried them & brought them into the world, your body is magical❤️’
The influencer has been open about her struggles with eating disorders in the past, sharing a photo of herself at 18 when she weighed just eight stone.
Of the photo, she wrote: ‘I stumbled across this when I went through my old photos. In this photo I’m 18, weigh about 8 stone and didn’t eat. That sums it up about right.
‘As you can see I’m dead behind the eyes, and the only joy that came my way was my grumbling stomach, that control of pounds dropping each day.
Hard times: ‘For those struggling with eating disorders especially around this time of year where we should be having fun and creating special memories it can be damaged…’
Community: Malin’s almost 700,000 followers flooded her comments with support and stories of their own as they praised her for her honesty
‘These were the days I wanted to start ‘modelling’ and got lost in beauty pageants. These were also the days where Malin no longer existed and my soul didn’t shine.
‘You see, I’ve spoken about my eating disorders, laxative abuse, calorie counting etc.. but the binge eating I feel was the worst for me. It was a vicious cycle of:
‘Malin goes to shop, buys a ton of junk food which she deprived herself with, went home secretly to her bedroom, stuffed her face until she felt sick & then went straight to the toilet to throw it up and get it out of her system.
‘Malin then weighs herself to make sure all is out, she then feels guilt shame and lack of awareness to the life around her.
‘Malin feels depressed goes to sleep hungry wakes up wanting to do it all over again. This. Was. My. Life.’
In August this year, Malin was rushed to hospital due to a flare up of her irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
She said: ‘I developed IBS in my teenage years, after struggling with my self image I abused laxatives to empty out my body.
‘I remember waking up each day with awful cramps and having to go toilet just so I could ‘look and feel skinnier’.’
Candid: Malin previously opened up about her six-year battle with an eating disorder in the hope of helping others with the same struggle to see their worth
‘Back at hospital’: Malin was left in ‘so much’ stomach pain she was forced into A&E in August due to an IBS flare up
Malin has spent 2023 focusing on her health and ‘internal healing’, after welcoming her daughter, Xaya, in January 2022.
Her first daughter Consy was born seven weeks premature in December 2018 and was treated at London’s Great Ormond Street hospital, but sadly passed away on 22 January 2019.
Malin previously revealed the brutal trolling she received on Instagram following her weight loss.
The former Love Island star recalled that she has ‘never known anything like it’ since making a healthy lifestyle change.