It’s easy to see why curvy model La'Tecia Thomas has more than 400,000 followers

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With so many Instagrammers out there gaining loads of followers for posting silly tweets and funny memes, it’s nice to see an account with hundreds of thousands of followers that actually sends a positive and constructive message.

La’Tecia Thomas is a plus-size model and makeup artist from Australia whose posts are equally inspirational and sexy. And the recent Los Angeles transplant just reached a major social media milestone.

To celebrate creating a community of “400 thousand flippin people” on Instagram, the vivacious beauty shared a bikini picture with a powerful caption. “[I’]m so thankful to each and everyone of you, you are supporting diversity!” Thomas captioned a photo of her in a royal blue bikini. “The more demand for it the more change we will see! I can’t even explain to you all how happy it makes me when I see other women empowered and not conforming to societies expectations. It’s seriously so contagious! Please don’t be afraid to be yourself, you don’t need to comprise who you are to ‘fit in’ own your uniqueness, there’s only one of you! Celebrate it! Lots of love and light to every singe one of you!”

It’s not surprising that the Wilhelmina model has so many people following her. Her posts are fun, playful and, most importantly, uplifting. Like this one she shared last month about her changing body type. “So many people will look at this photo and make physical comparisons and say they would prefer me ‘before’,” she captioned the photo. “I prefer me at any weight as long as I’m happy. It’s okay to love yourself no matter what your size is.”

She also has found the perfect balance between goofy and inspiring. “I have no problem sharing my raw, bare face, jiggly self,” she captioned a video of her dancing in a sports bra. “I cannot dance for f**king shit even if my life depended on it and I could care fkn less Haha I surround my self with positive energy which in this case is being created by Rod Stewart … Real talk, life is too short to have insecurities.”

She also knows how to sell a bikini, and this video of her walking on the beach in a blue floral two-piece proves it.

And she’s not always nearly undressed. She looks amazing in a sequined mini dress:

In fact, she can pull just about anything off. The girl knows how to clean up:

But a great model can sell a pair of jeans or sweats as easily as she can a gown, and Thomas, who credits her mother for her creativity, can do both masterfully.

“I was initially studying to work in the legal sector but i knew that I needed to be following my dreams and turning what was a hobby; makeup artistry, into my career,” she once wrote on Instagram. “I haven’t looked back since! I love empowering women by enhancing their natural beauty.” It looks like she made the right choice, as her makeup work, whether on herself or someone else, is astonishing.

She has the ability to turn herself into an entirely different person — sometimes looking a lot like Megan Fox or … Michael Jackson.

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