A makeup artist in the U.K. has become an Internet star after a bikini-clad picture of herself posing with her colostomy bags went viral. Bethany Townsend, 23, of Worcester, posted the photo online to try to raise awareness about Crohn’s disease.


“I’m just so glad that it’s brought about more awareness of Crohn’s disease and it’s made me feel so much more confident about the colostomy bags,” Townsend told the Daily Mail. “If I can inspire or help other people in my position to feel a little more comfortable in their own skin then I’m really happy. When I first had the bags fitted I was devastated — the reaction to this photo has really helped me accept them.”