British model inspires, becomes instant celeb with colostomy bag photos

British model inspires, becomes instant celeb with colostomy bag photos

British model inspires, becomes instant celeb with colostomy bag photos

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by Ann Oldenburg / USA Today

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Posted on July 3, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 4 at 5:12 AM

She’s being called an inspiration, praised for her courage.

And we have to admit: Bethany Townsend made a bold move posting photos of herself in a bikini with colostomy bags on full display.

The British makeup artist, who has battled Crohn’s disease nearly her whole life, is hoping to revive her modeling career and is now sharing her story.

It started when, after being fitted with two colostomy bags in 2010, she went on a Christmas vacation last year in Mexico, and her husband, Ian, persuaded her to show off her swimsuit.

“My husband always said to me, ‘If we go on holiday, I want you to wear a bikini. You’ve got a great body,’ ” Townsend, 23, told BBC Midlands Today. She figured, why not?

She shared the photos on the Chron’s and Colitis Facebook page, and they took off online.

“I wanted to give other girls confidence. We might have these bags, but it doesn’t define who we are,” she says.

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