Victoria's Secret model who says she is relentlessly shamed for her body has a message for critics

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Victoria's Secret model Bridget Malcolm has some words for people who think she's too thin.

"I get a lot of people telling me I'm too skinny and I'm like, 'Newsflash: I'm a model, we're skinny,'" she said in a recent interview with Elle Australia.

"I've just started to ignore it," she went on. "If you give them anything they're going to take it and run with it and make it worse. So I think I'm just rising above. And I know I'm doing a good thing by my fans. I know that I'm a healthy role model and that I'm doing the right thing. I also know that I don't have an eating disorder and that there's nothing wrong with me so I've just shut out all that nonsense now and it's been a lot nicer for it."

A look back at Malcolm and the Angels in the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show:

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Elsa Hosk walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)
CNBC EVENTS -- 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show -- Pictured: Model Bridget Malcolm walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York City on November 10, 2015. -- (Photo by: Adam Jeffery/CNBC)
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model and Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel from South Africa walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Maria Borges walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: The Weeknd performs as Victoria's Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio walks the runway at the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: The Weeknd performs as Constance Jablonski walks the runway at the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: The Weeknd performs as Victoria's Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo and model Joan Smalls walk the runway at the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: The Weeknd performs as Joan Smalls walks the runway at the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Victoria's Secret Angel Lily Aldridge walks the runway at the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: A model walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Valery Kaufman from Russia walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: A model walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Shanina Shaik from Australia walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Megan Puleri from Ohio walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model and new Victoria's Secret Angel Kate Grigorieva from Russia walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model and New Victoria's Secret Angel Sara Sampaio from Portugal walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Ming Xi from China walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Lily Donaldson from The United Kingdom walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Selena Gomez performs onstage during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model and New Victoria's Secret Angel Taylor Hill from Illinois walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Models Jasmine Tookes, Lais Ribeiro, Elsa Hosk, Candice Swanepoel, Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo, Lily Aldridge, Romee Strijd, Alessandra Ambrosio, Kate Grigorieva, Monika Jagaciak and Stella Maxwell walk the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Models including Victoria's Secret Angel Adriana Lima, Victoria's Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo, Victoria's Secret Angel Lily Aldridge, walk the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Lily Donaldson from Britain walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Lily Donaldson from Britain walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Gigi Hadid from California walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Magdalena Frackowiak from Poland walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: A model walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Bruna Lirio walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Maud Welzen from The Netherlands walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
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Malcolm made waves in November when she posted a photo on Instagram bequeathing people to stop "skinny shaming."

"Can we STOP with the skinny shaming please?" She wrote at the time. "I am extremely fit and healthy and am not in the slightest way anorexic. I have worked hard to look like this and am proud of my body. I may not be the curviest but I am a woman who has every right to look the way I do. Maybe today take a look inside yourself and wonder why you feel the need to shame strangers over the Internet about their bodies. Peace and love to you all — let's change the conversation."

For what it's worth, Malcolm, who walked the runway in November's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, works extremely hard to stay in shape — as do all of the models, hence the hashtag #TrainLikeAnAngel.

"The Victoria's Secrets models work hard for their bodies. It's not like other types of model ling where you can get away with just being slender. These girls work hard, it's a part of their job, and I think the hashtag [#TrainLikeAnAngel] encapsulates that spirit. And so now that I am one of the Victoria's Secret models I can show people that this is what I do to stay in shape and to look the way I do," she said to Elle Australia.

She does, however, eat; she told Elle Australia that one of her guilty pleasures is "sweet potato fries."

"I don't like sweet stuff, I like fried stuff," she said. " I don't make them myself — I'm shocking in the kitchen!"

Although Malcolm's activism may seem dissonant with many body positivity movements encouraging women of all sizes to feel comfortable with their bodies, it raises a fair point — that no body, thin or fat, should be cruelly scrutinized.

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