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Bethany Townsend, Former Model, Shows Colostomy Bags in Bikini Photo

By    |   Thursday, 03 Jul 2014 03:14 PM

A vacation photo of former model Bethany Townsend wearing a bikini that shows her colostomy bags, an outward symbol of the Crohn’s Disease she has battled her whole life, is going viral.

Townsend, who gave up modeling when her intestines burst, almost killing her and leaving her with the colostomy bags, told BBC News that her husband encouraged her to wear a bikini, which she hadn’t done since getting the bags.

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"My colostomy bag is always on and affects my everyday life, down to the point of eating, going to the toilet and feeling sick," she told the BBC. "My husband had always said that if we ever went on holiday he wanted me to get my body out and I was like, ‘I'm not doing it.’ When we were there though, he told me, 'Come outside, put your bikini on,' and I was like, 'Fine, I'll just do it.'"

After allowing a picture of herself with the colostomy bags and a bikini, Townsend decided to post the photo on the Facebook page of Crohn’s and Colitis UK.

 


"The reason I took a photo is because I wanted to show myself, that I have got the confidence to do this and hoped in the future I might have the confidence to show other people too,” she told the BBC.

The photo went viral and Townsend told People magazine that she’s considering returning to modeling part-time.

"I felt like I finally had the confidence after three-and-a-half years of having them that I wanted to give other girls the confidence, the guys the confidence, to be like, we have nothing to be ashamed of," she told People. “I never thought it would get a response like that. For me it's just a picture, but to so many other people, it's so much more."

Many people with colostomy bags have commented on the photo about how encouraging Townsend’s attitude is, some posting photos of themselves in bikinis.

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