An Adidas model has posed nude for Women’s Health’s, two years after losing 70lbs.
Chinae Alexander, 32, used to tip the scales at 225lbs, but started trimming down after she discovered her passion for weight lighting – while using Arnold Schwarzenegger’s fitness guide.
Now, Chinae is celebrating her journey to self-acceptance in the magazine’s ‘The Naked Truth’ issue, however the fitness blogger from Brooklyn, New York, admitted that stripping down to bare her body in such a public forum still ‘scared her s**tless’, as she shared the striking image in an Instagram post on Monday.
Baring it all: Fitness blogger Chinae Alexander, 32, posed nude for Women’s Health’s ‘The Naked Truth’ issue, two years after documenting her 70lb weight loss
Confidence: Although the shoot scared the Adidas model, she decided to do it to promote body acceptance and positivity
Staying active: Since 2009, Chinae has embarked on a weight loss and healthy lifestyle journey. But she has realized being healthy doesn’t mean being as thin as she can be
Positive: ‘Being confident in the way you look, or your personal development, whatever it is, is a daily process,’ Chinae said in the issue
‘And that’s why I had to say “YES”,’ she continued in the post.
Stunning: Featured on the cover of the issue is actress and dancer Jenna Dewan
‘I said YES for the girl who never ever thought she’d be considered healthy. I said YES for the young girl at home who’s never seen a body like hers in the pages of a magazine.’
In 2009, Chinae embarked on a challenge with a friend to eat a low carb diet and start weightlifting.
But with the help of Schwarzenegger’s Modern Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding she learnt some basics and started lifting weights at the gym.
Nine years on she now does all kinds of exercise, has her own fitness blog, Get Fit Brooklyn – ‘a guide to harnessing your inner bad***’ – more than 140,000 followers on Instagram and an ambassador for Adidas.
The fitness blogger has now barred it all for the public in Women’s Health magazine, which features actress and dancer Jenna Dewan on the cover.
Beautiful: GLOW actress Sydelle Noel also posed nude for the magazine. The goal of the issue was to promote healthy lifestyles and all types of bodies
Confidence: Also in the issue is actress Dascha Polanco. She took to Instagram to share the picture, noting that she felt ’empowered in every day’ after seeing the final result
Striking: Model Mia Kang also posed up for the shoot, revealing on Instagram that she chose to take part ‘for all women who have ever suffered eating disorders’
Although she had reservations about the shoot, Chinae said she was happy she did it in the end.
‘This ones for past me, present me, future me, and for all those versions of you too,’ she wrote.
‘I’m proud of us. Being fearful doesn’t make us less confident. Our confidence informs what we do with that fear.’
Chinae is featured in ‘The Naked Truth’ issue of Women’s Health magazine with Orange is the New Black actress Dascha Polanco, athlete Alex Silver-Fagan, model Mia Kang, and GLOW actress Sydelle Noel.
Together, the group is promoting beauty on the inside and outside by advocating for body positivity of all sizes.
‘Every day, we get up and we make the decision to be at peace with ourselves. Peace doesn’t have to be complacency,’ Chinae told the magazine.
‘Being confident in the way you look, or your personal development, whatever it is, is a daily process. ‘
Naked truth: Chinae appeared on Megyn Kelly Today with Mia Kang (middle) and Dascha Polanco (right) to talk about the issue
The struggle: Chinae admitted to getting down to a weight where she started to value her worth by what others thought of her, so she gained 10lbs back
From within: The fitness blogger, pictured right in 2007 and left from two years ago, using her platform to inspire others to embark on a journey towards accepting their own bodies
Chinae has used her platform to promote healthy living, which not necessarily means trying to be as thin as possible.
She appeared on Megyn Kelly TODAY Tuesday to talk about her nude photo shoot with Dascha and Mia.
‘At my smallest, I was basing my worth off what other people thought of me…and I would feel emptiness,’ Chinae said during the interview.
What she realized was that healthy for her didn’t mean focusing heavily on the weight displayed on the scale.
‘So I gained 10 sanity pounds,’ Chinae said. ‘And I have gotten back to really truly loving myself.’
Chinae uses her platform to help other women feel confident with themselves in their own bodies and feel inspired to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
On Instagram, Mia Kang explained why doing the nude photo shoot was so important for herself and others.
‘This is for all women who have ever suffered eating disorders. This is for women who are weighed down by their insecurities. For women who don’t feel good enough,’ she wrote.
‘Look at me and please find comfort. I have cellulite, I have rolls, I have scars. I also have intelligence, strength, HEALTH, good morals and a pure heart.’
Dascha also shared her photo on her own account and told her followers how empowered she felt by posing nude.
‘I am empowered in every way & To all the amazing women I get to share this moment with all love,’ the actress wrote.