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How Perrie from Little Mix is helping me learn to love my freckles

Perrie Edwards and twins Gianna and Daniela Image copyright Getty Images / Daniela and Gianna Holmes

Perrie Edwards has been praised after proudly showing off her freckles on social media.

The Little Mix star, 25, told her Instagram followers she used to hide them but now wants to embrace them.

Gianna Holmes, 22, says having freckles has impacted on her confidence but Perri's post "definitely helps me".

Her twin Daniela, who also has freckles, says she's "proud" of the singer for sharing her photo and hopes it can help her sister's insecurities.

Gianna and Daniela both have freckles on their arms, face, chest and legs.

"I'm not too keen on them and not too confident about having them," Gianna told Newsbeat.

"I see myself differently to everyone else and compare myself to everyone who doesn't have freckles.

"I'm always trying to cover them up with foundation, concealer and everything else."

Image copyright Daniela and Gianna Holmes
Image caption Daniela (left) and Gianna both have freckles but their opinion on how it makes them feel is split

Daniela on the other hand says she's never had a problem with freckles, but thinks Perrie's post is really important.

"I instantly sent it to Gianna as soon as I saw it, saying it could help with her insecurities about them, and help her feel positive, happy and embrace them.

"We also had friends and family tagging us in the picture as they know how Gianna feels. I'm very proud of Perrie for putting it on Instagram."

Image copyright Lizzie Mawson
Image caption Model Lizzie Mawson wants to see freckles spoken about more

Lizzie Mawson is a model. She thinks Perrie sharing the post with her 8.2 million followers is important.

"So many of those followers will be young girls going through high school struggling with their appearance and body image issues.

"Freckles are a feature that don't get talked about enough. It's so easy for bullies to pick on things that seem rare or different.

"Perrie posting this will give young girls and boys the confidence to not cover them up with an inch of foundation."

Lizzie's thoughts are echoed by Nicholas Sinclair, 22, who's also a model.

"It's like they're a commodity now: Freckles are in.

"The industry has changed my views on freckles, and now I see it more as art and something to embrace, rather than a 'what's that' sort of thing."

'Something positive'

Gianna says Perrie has inspired her to try and change her relationship with her freckles.

"It's definitely something positive and something to embrace. I need to stop caring so much.

"It's something that will come in time, I'm having to care less each time, it'll come.

"But seeing Perrie putting it out there definitely helps me as well as a lot of young women who aren't so keen on them."

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