AFL 2022: Makeup-free Nadia Bartel steps out in activewear in Melbourne

Nadia Bartel put on a brave face on Monday as she stepped out in Melbourne a week after being accused of pretending to have flaws in a bid to ‘stay relevant’.

The former WAG-turned-fashion designer went makeup free and donned all-black activewear while running errands near her multimillion-dollar home.

The mother of two, 37, wore a $150 fleece and $110 leggings from her label Henne.

Nadia Bartel put on a brave face on Monday as she stepped out in Melbourne a week after being accused of pretending to have flaws in a bid to ‘stay relevant’

She carried her belongings in a black handbag and added a pair of casual sneakers.

Nadia sported a deep golden tan, and wore her long brunette hair loosely.

The ex-wife of retired Geelong star Jimmy Bartel appeared a little distracted as she glanced nervously at her iPhone.

The former WAG-turned-fashion designer went makeup free and donned all-black activewear while running errands near her multimillion-dollar home

The former WAG-turned-fashion designer went makeup free and donned all-black activewear while running errands near her multimillion-dollar home

Nadia was last week forced to defend herself after trolls criticized her for posting a photo of her ‘mummy tummy’ on Instagram.

She raised eyebrows after she shared a video of her smooth midsection, which she followed up with a ‘realistic’ photo of her stomach skin bunching up as she sat down.

‘My tum today that has carried two boys. Don’t forget that you always see the angles that people want you to see online so be kind to yourself,’ she captioned the post.

The ex-wife of retired Geelong star Jimmy Bartel appeared a little distracted as she glanced nervously at her iPhone

The ex-wife of retired Geelong star Jimmy Bartel appeared a little distracted as she glanced nervously at her iPhone

Unfortunately, Nadia’s empowering message fell flat, with some followers accusing her of overstating her ‘flaws’ in order to seem more relatable.

She returned to Instagram last Monday to defend herself against the naysayers.

‘I’ve had a lot of comments and messages… mostly a lot of them positive, but quite a few of them thinking I’m just posting that to try to stay relevant, and that I’m not sending the right message posting it,’ she said in a video recorded in her car.

Nadia was last week forced to defend herself after trolls criticized her for posting a photo of her 'mummy tummy' on Instagram (pictured).  Her empowering message fell flat, with some followers accusing her of overstating her 'flaws' in order to seem more relatable

Nadia was last week forced to defend herself after trolls criticized her for posting a photo of her ‘mummy tummy’ on Instagram (pictured). Her empowering message fell flat, with some followers accusing her of overstating her ‘flaws’ in order to seem more relatable

‘I didn’t think about it too much, to be honest. It was basically just that I get a lot of messages from people thinking I look really fit and my stomach is really toned and flat, but the reality is that it’s just the same as most other mums out there.’

‘Once you have a few babies, you have loose skin on your stomach. It doesn’t matter how much you work out’, Nadia added.

She reminded fans that not everything they see on social media is reality.

She returned to Instagram last Monday to defend herself against naysayers who accused her of posting the photo simply to 'stay relevant'

She returned to Instagram last Monday to defend herself against naysayers who accused her of posting the photo simply to ‘stay relevant’

‘We’re always posting our best angles and that’s just human nature… you want to show yourself looking your best,’ she said.

‘But if you actually saw most of these people that you follow online every single day, you’ll see that they don’t look perfect.

‘And everyone is going through the same s**t, basically.’

Nadia insisted that even the most famous Instagram models have insecurities about how they look – including herself.

She reminded fans that not everything they see on social media is reality

She reminded fans that not everything they see on social media is reality

‘It doesn’t matter who you are. Try not to compare yourself to others. I know it’s really hard and I am also guilty of it,’ she said.

She concluded by sharing an uplifting message about body positivity.

‘Just know that you’re doing the best thing for yourself, for your situation, for your family. You’re setting up a really beautiful, positive body image, and you just know that every single day you’re doing little steps to make yourself happy,’ she said.

Nadia shares sons Aston, six, and Henley, three, with ex-husband Jimmy, from whom she split in 2019 after five years of marriage.

Nadia insisted that even the most famous Instagram models have insecurities about how they look - including herself

Nadia insisted that even the most famous Instagram models have insecurities about how they look – including herself

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