photos from an event with fellow alums from the ABC franchise, Corinne Olympios and Kendall Long, where she wrote about overcoming a big insecurity.’ data-reactid=”32″>Martinez, 24, took to her social media on Friday to share a couple of photos from an event with fellow alums from the ABC franchise, Corinne Olympios and Kendall Long, where she wrote about overcoming a big insecurity.
“I went to a red carpet event without shaving my legs!!” she captioned the slideshow, which featured a photo of Martinez rocking visibly hairy legs. “This may sound really dumb, but it was a big deal for me. I’ve finally gotten to the point where I feel (almost) totally comfortable like this.”
The mother-of-one explained that her body hair is something she grew up “HATING” after being teased for it and even sneaking her mom’s razor to start shaving at nine years old. But after becoming pregnant, she decided to overcome the panic that struck her every time she nearly went somewhere without shaving.
“It’s not about ‘not believing in shaving,’ it’s about believing I AM BEAUTIFUL, ATTRACTIVE AND ‘FEMININE’ NO MATTER WHRE I HAVE HAIR ON MY BODY,” she wrote. “It’s about showing girls you don’t have to listen when society tells you your natural features are ugly or gross.”
The post received thousands of reactions, including those in praise of Martinez for “pioneering for us not as brave.”
“What’s natural should never be looked at as ugly, and you’re such a great example of embracing all of you!” one person wrote. Another commented, “Learning how to be comfortable with yourself is hard — you’re doing awesome.”
In response, Martinez pointed to the end of her original caption, which read, “Remember, if someone has a problem with the way you look, that’s an issue with THEIR mentality, not YOUR body.”
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