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Model Pens Moving Letter to Her Younger Self: ‘Your Weight Does Not Define You!’

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One model has a very special message for her younger self.

Dana Patterson took to Instagram last week, posting a childhood photo of herself along with a message for the little girl: “Defy unrealistic expectations.”

The curvy model paired the old photo with a recent modeling shot of herself. She began the heartfelt letter, “Dear younger me, the things I wish I could have said.”

“Just because you are not blonde, blue eyed, and thin as a rail doesn’t mean you are ANYTHING less,” she wrote “You’ll be grateful for your eyebrows someday, you’re welcome.”

Dear younger me, the things I wish I could have said: You are beautiful the way God made you. Just because you are not blonde, blue eyed, and thin as a rail doesn't mean you are ANYTHING less. You'll be grateful for your eyebrows someday, you're welcome. You'll love the hair that makes people call you hagrid. You'll love your full lips and olive skin with peach fuzz. Those thighs you hate now will carry you through 3 junior olympics. Crazy right?! Your butt that everyone makes fun of you for having will give you the strength to jump higher, and shows your Latin heritage so beautifully. YOUR WEIGHT DOES NOT DEFINE YOU! THE WAY YOU LOOK DOESNT DEFINE YOU! Don't listen to the people who say it does. The people who bully you will help hone your humor, you will make a lot of people laugh. Don't let it tarnish you, don't take yourself too seriously. Don't let these people dull your shine. Times are rough right now but boy does it get better! You will grow up to realize YOU need to be the example you needed. You'll meet so many incredible people along the way. Stay weird and stay creative. You are loved. What makes you unique and maybe a little strange, makes you beautiful. I wanted to create this #dearyoungerme tag so that maybe someone in need can read the things I wish I knew when I was younger, and that it's actually awesome to defy unrealistic standards ❤ I tag @nourishandeat and @selfloveclubb ❤❤ if you end up doing one of these posts please tag me so I can read your story!!

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Patterson’s Instagram account is filled with body positive captions and honest posts — along with modeling shots. The size 14 model is signed with LA Model Management.

She continued the post with mentions of her previous insecurities.

“You’ll love the hair that makes people call you hagrid,” she wrote, referring to the wild-haired Harry Potter character Rubeus Hagrid. “You’ll love your full lips and olive skin with peach fuzz.”

She added: “Those thighs you hate now will carry you through 3 junior olympics. Crazy right?!”

“YOUR WEIGHT DOES NOT DEFINE YOU! THE WAY YOU LOOK DOESNT DEFINE YOU!” she continued. “Don’t listen to the people who say it does.”

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The post has garnered thousands of Likes and many social media users have written comments of gratitude, calling Patterson “inspiring.”

She ended the letter with a call for others to share their own words of wisdom to their younger selves.

“I wanted to create this #dearyoungerme tag so that maybe someone in need can read the things I wish I knew when I was younger, and that it’s actually awesome to defy unrealistic standards,” Patterson wrote.