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Model Emm Arruda is Making Scoliosis Sexy

Model Emm Arruda has a pretty inspiring story, as told to Vogue.  She was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was a teenager and she had to have a bunch of operations and physical therapy to straighten her spine and help her walk again.

“I needed [my mom’s] help to do everything—there were nights where I couldn’t move because I didn’t want to wake her up to help me,” she shared during a visit to the Vogue office. “Afterward, I knew I wanted to get more involved in raising awareness, and [when I began modeling], it was one of the first things I brought up to my agents.”

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Saw a whale yesterday, wby?

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Sun child ☀️

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Emm isn’t shy about showing the scar she got from all surgery to correct her spine, either.

“When I did the photo series, the response was so positive,” she says. “People were like, ‘Thank you for showing this; it makes me feel comfortable that you feel comfortable.’ It reminded me of the first time I shared that I had scoliosis on my Instagram, my DMs were flooded with girls thanking me for being open and honest.”

It’s inspiring, really. She used to be so insecure about her condition, but she showed that with perseverance and grit, anyone can be someone that creepy dudes jack off to on their phone in the bathroom at work using the office wifi.

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