Growing up is tough. We all have body issues and moments when we feel insecure, especially during those school-aged years when bullying is rampant. Let’s face it, kids are mean! But perhaps 23-year-old Molly Higgins from California may have had it a little tougher than most of us.
She had her right hand amputated as a newborn and has a severely damaged left hand. As a result, growing up wasn’t easy. She endured bullying at school and suffered from depression, low self-esteem, and body image issues. At one point, she was even suicidal.
However, Molly is strong, and although she says it took time, she is now completely owning her “differently abled” body and has become a model. She now shows off her confidence and is helping others by sharing her journey on Instagram.
Molly shares inspiring messages and stories on her account, which now has over 6000 followers, and hopes that people will find inspiration to become more comfortable in their own skin.
“Every week, I get a handful of DM’s of people asking how I got to this point and how they can be more confident. I’ll be honest with you—I’m not. Not a day goes by that I don’t hate what I see in the mirror and wish I could change almost everything about myself,” Molly wrote in one post.
She continues: “The difference is now I don’t give those thoughts validity. I acknowledge them, but know they aren’t the truth. And I move on. I was once a girl who didn’t want to wear anything but long sleeves in the summer, and now I’m modeling @mirameswim swimwear in the middle of winter”.
Molly revealed that her struggle with depression made her want to reach out. She said that at her worst she felt so isolated and she wants others going through similar experiences to know that they are not alone.
Molly wrote: “I was in a deep depression that I didn’t and couldn’t confront for the majority of my life. I was bullied, dreamt of suicide, and was really angry about the circumstances I was placed in. But I just got to the point where I was tired of hating myself. It’s exhausting.
“I resolved that it was my life and I only have one, so why didn’t I let go and ease up on myself a bit. That’s what motivated me to start being more open about my own struggles and journey, because I felt so alone for so long and didn’t want others to feel the hopelessness and isolation I felt.”
Molly’s plan seems to be working. Recently she shared the story of a follower on her Instagram account named Katherine. She was born without an arm and has overcome her struggles to also become a model and live a fulfilling life.
Similarly, a new mother wrote to Molly, praising her for her openness and honesty. Her son was born “differently-abled” and she is grateful that he will have role models like Molly to look up to.
“I want to be kinder to myself and to others. I want to become more in tune with myself and my body. At the end of it all, no one knows you like you know you. So start to try become best friends with yourself, trust yourself and your path,” Molly says.
Molly is now happier and healthier than ever! She is a model for Mirame Swimwear and is fearlessly forging an independent path. She claims she was always a self-starter, perhaps because she had to be in order to get by. She had no one to tell her how to navigate life when others saw her as “different”.
Now she has proven her strength to the world and is helping others to find theirs. “Life is a lot more fun when you give less of a f*ck I promise,” she says.
If you’ve enjoyed Molly’s story, then check out Shaholly Ayers. She is an amputee model who was inspired by Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, Ashley Graham, to remake the magazine’s sexy and iconic photographs. Check out the jaw-dropping results in the video below!