I recently wrote a post about having confidence in yourself, and such a huge part of this is self-love. So, here's why it's important to love your body.
For years, I wouldn't have felt confident enough to wear a top like the one in this post. All throughout growing up, I was so tall and skinny, like a stringbean, and I was so self-conscious of my lanky limbs that I'd never wear remotely "sexy" clothing, i.e. any clothing that drew attention to my figure. I was especially self-conscious of my boobs - for years, I'd wear padded bras in an effort to make them look bigger, and give me more confidence in myself.
So, for me, this post feels like a personal breakthrough. I'm not going to lie, I felt very self-conscious throughout this 'shoot. But wearing a sheer top with a lacy, non-padded bralette underneath, I did for pure style - not sex appeal. I've never been more proud. I loved how the two looked together so much that I didn't care about how my boobs were. The minute I stopped caring about what other people thought and how others perceived my body, I learned to love my 'imperfections' - if I can even call them that.
The fact is, no one's body is perfect. I know it can seem that way, when we live in a world of celebrities with daily personal trainers, in an age of Photoshopped Instragram photos. It's so easy to want this, to aspire to this seeming perfection - but it's not the reality. The reality is that everybody has imperfections. It's learning to love these that will give you true confidence; including the confidence to wear whatever you want.
So, to summarise, here's 8 reasons why it's important to love your body...
- You've only got one. Cherish it.
- Loving your body is as much a part of looking after it as going to the gym, or eating clean.
- The 'perfect' body you're aspiring to - the one you see on social media, on TV? It isn't real.
- It will give you confidence to wear anything you like; making you happy and more self-assured.
- Your life won't be different if your body is a little different. If you gain or lose weight, what happens in the grand scheme of things?
- Food. Tastes. Good. It's okay to treat yourself.
- Everybody has different notions of what a 'perfect' body is. Yours will be 'perfect' to someone out there.
- But, most importantly, it should be 'perfect' to you.
Bralette: Primark (similar)
Necklace: Tiffany & Co
Watch: Abbott Lyon