EXCLUSIVE: Ireland Baldwin Reveals the Personal Reason Why She Opened Up About Body Shaming

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Ireland Baldwin isn’t backing down when it comes to combating body shaming.
The 21-year-old model got major props earlier this month when she posted a lengthy Instagram message that read, in part, “Your body should be treated with the dignity and respect it deserves. I want to be as real as possible with everyone that follows me because, to be quite honest, what is even the point of social media if you can't be who you truly are?”

“I got a really positive response,” Baldwin tells ET. “A lot of people I know needed to hear it that week, for some weird reason. So, I don't know. I was kind of a voice for some people, some friends of mine that were going through something personal, and I was like, I have to... I have to say something.”
ET caught up with Baldwin at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles on Monday night, where Max Mara was celebrating Zoey Deutch as the 2017 Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award recipient.
“I just think a lot of people get shamed for being who they are, and there's nothing wrong with being who you are and looking the way you look, as long as you're healthy and happy,” Baldwin says “So, I felt the need to say something that week, so I did.”
Baldwin confesses she feels her most beautiful when she’s taking care of herself.
“Just when I'm in my happiest state,” she shares. “When I'm doing yoga, when I feel good about my body. Not necessarily punishing myself, or doing anything to harm myself. Just when I'm in a really happy, healthy frame of mind. You know?”
For more on Baldwin’s empowering message, check out the video below.