Usually when I hear about yet another bikini shot posted by a would-be model on Instagram, I just roll my eyes and move on. We wouldn't blame you for doing the same. But this one is different, we promise. Aspiring model Bethany Townsend poses in her bikini with colostomy bags showing in photo after photo on Instagram. When was the last time you saw that? The 23-year-old Townsend has lived with Crohn's disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, since she was a toddler. In 2010 her bowel ruptured, and she was fitted with two colostomy bags.
It was while on vacation in Mexico that Townsend worked up the courage to get her photo taken in a bikini with her bags visible. Crohn's and Colitis UK shared the picture on their Facebook page, where it got over a million likes.
"When I first had the bags fitted, I was devastated," Townsend told the Daily Mail, but "the reaction to this photo has really helped me accept them." She also hopes the photo will inspire other people with Crohn's.