Felicity Hayward talks: Body confidence

Felicity Hayward is a plus-size model and founder of #SelfLoveBringsBeauty.

We asked her all about body confidence and self-love - and she answered everything!

Felicity Hayward: Body positive and proud

What does body positivity mean to you?

Body positivity for me means just truly accepting and loving yourself for who you are and not listening to the absurd views that are pushed out by the media.

How do you feel about the term 'plus-size'?

We live in a world where we have don’t the term 'minus-size' but we do have the term 'plus-size'. I don’t mind it because so many amazing women have taken that term and have made it such an empowering movement.

How can I make peace with my body when I’m bigger than most of my friends?

The only way to make peace with your body if you are bigger than your other friends is to understand that there are no two humans on this planet that are the same, and you need to aspire to be the best version of yourself and not compare yourself to anyone else.

I’m not very confident about my body and don’t want to go out and meet new people because of it. What can I do?

If you’re not very confident with your body, I really think clothing has such a huge impact. You have to make sure you are wearing something you feel comfortable in, because if you don’t feel comfortable in your clothes, you ain’t gonna to feel comfortable in your skin.

How can I get enough self-love to wear a bikini on the beach? The thought terrifies me!

If you’ve never been to the beach in your swimwear before because you haven’t felt confident in your body, go with your family, go with your friends, go with people that you love. All wear the same colour, go as a gang and you’ll feel so much stronger as a collective.

How do you keep up your confidence when getting negative comments online about showing too much skin?

When I get negative comments online, you have to understand that those people are coming from a place of insecurity and actually you need to keep on being you and ignore them. Only fight hate with love.

Which body positive changes would you like to see in the world?

Wiping out the word 'diversity', because diversity should be a normality. We should be representing every single person, every little girl and boy should have someone they feel they can relate to.

When you get negative comments online, you have to understand that those people are coming from a place of insecurity... you need to keep on being you and ignore them. Felicity Hayward

Where to find support

If you have concerns about your body image and feel it may be affecting your physical or mental health, speak to your GP or a health professional who can put you in contact with the right people to help. The support can be life-changing.

You can also find help on a range of issues at Young Minds or the NHS

It is always good to speak to someone you trust about the issues you might be facing, no matter how big or small. Although it can be hard talking about mental health, everyone finds it challenging at times. If you are experiencing difficulties, don’t feel ashamed or different, and don’t feel you have to hide away from it.

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