Give my readers a little introduction to you. Who are you and what are you about?
I’m Emily, I’m a 23 year old Philosophy and Global Ethics graduate currently living in Stoke-on-Trent. I’m all about promoting equality and helping others, whether the recipients be humans or animals! I am very passionate about body positivity, but I am not very good at practising what I preach, so I was very excited to get involved with this stunner of a series!
Tell me which 3 parts of yourself that you love the most?
My lips, hairs and I’m sure 13 year old me would love that I finally have boobs.
How would you describe your relationship with your body?
I have always had a difficult relationship with my body. I can honestly say there have been a few times in my adult life where I have felt fully body confident. Until the age of 18, I was always under a size 8, but was rarely content with my body even then. In my adult life, I have put on weight due to many reasons. I spent far too long willing myself to become the size I used to be before realising that I was not designed to be that shape!
For a long time, I allowed my happiness to be ruled by my relationship with my body. I have been working to become more body confident, but it is still often an uphill battle. I love being inspired by the body positivity of other amazing women and trying to instil that confidence in myself, bit by bit.
What tips would you give your 12-year-old self about body confidence?
Stop comparing yourself to everyone else. You will never have legs similar to pushing 6 foot tall, you are 5 foot tall and comparing yourself will not change that. Learn to be happy being you because you can’t change it.
What is your go-to outfit that makes you feel like you’re the hottest person on earth?
Give me a pair of heels and I can conquer the world.
Bad days are inevitable. When they do come, I try to remind myself that I am so much more than my body. My wobbly bits, stretch marks and slightly tight jeans do not define me! I also try and focus on the positives about my body, I remind myself of all the brilliant things it is capable of doing. Yoga is a brilliant way of reminding myself of this.
What tips would give your 12 year old self about body confidence?
Stop comparing yourself to everyone else. You will never have legs similar to someone pushing 6 foot tall, you are 5 foot tall and comparing yourself will not change that. Learn to be happy being you, that’s the one thing you cannot change.