LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 01: Jordyn Woods attends the boohoo.com Flagship LA Pop Up Store with opening party fueled by CIROC Ultra-Premium Vodka on April 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Paul Wilmot )
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July 13, 2016 10:04 AM EDT

Kylie Jenner BFF and model Jordyn Woods believes in keeping up with body positivity and serving as a role model for young girls.

In an interview with The Cut, Woods explains how growing up in star-studded Los Angeles had a powerful impact on Woods and her perception of body image. “Everyone in L.A. thinks that you have to look one way and tries to look that way. There’s so much plastic surgery and so many girls who aren’t confident because they’re trying to follow this guideline,” she says. “It’s an amazing place, but the people there … it’s like everyone’s always trying to walk in a fashion show or be a certain size.”

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Woods doesn’t let the pressure get the best of her, however. She speaks out for girls who grapple with body image and wants them to believe in themselves. “We’re all given this vessel, this body, and we all have a purpose,” she says. “For me, if there’s something I don’t like about myself, I’ll accept it — the sooner you can accept it, then you can work on making it better.”

In terms of body positivity, she believes that equates to “loving your body.” She explains, “If you’re not taking care of your body, you’re not loving your body. You’re only given one body.”

Woods has only recently joined the modeling industry. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Woods explains how she stumbled upon modeling and her career goals with it. She tells Cosmo, “I didn’t really know what I wanted to do; I just felt like I wanted to be able to make a difference in the community. [I wanted to be] an inspiration to all the young girls around me. This just happened to be a good opportunity and outlet for me to be able to do that and share my confidence with everyone else.”

Even though Woods is fairly new to the modeling world, she already maintains an impressive resume. According to Elle, her agent discovered her on Instagram and she signed with Wilhelmina’s International Curve, which is the agency’s plus-size division. She walked her first runway show for Lane Bryant and designer Christian Siriano called her “amazing.”

Woods loves Instagram and social media because of its massive audience and influence. She calls social media “an online journal” because her personal messages resonate with her own fans: “I can post things and help spread positive messages to people — for example, me talking about something that I love about myself might help someone else love that feature about themselves as well.”

Read the rest of Woods’ interview with The Cut here.

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