Meet Nelly, she is a lingerie model, body positive spokesperson, charity worker and eating disorder survivor. She wants us to #LOVETHYHIPDIPS.
“I’ve realised that things I used to consider ‘body hang ups’ or imperfections are actually just a natural part of me and who I am. It’s the way I’m supposed to be”.
Nelly speaks openly on social media about her battle with eating disorders and the complications from her breast reduction surgery. She empowers women to embrace their scars, embrace their weight and be proud of their bodies.
We spoke to Nelly to find out what positivity means to her…
Q: How did you learn to love yourself?
A: Therapy! – Just kidding. Learning to love yourself is not easy and it doesn’t just happen overnight. I spent a lot of my teenage and young adult life, hating myself in a lot of aspects. One day I think I realised that it wasn’t getting me anywhere and I wasn’t enjoying life. So, I decided to be kinder to myself and that’s what started my self-love journey. Slowly but surely, I have realised that loving yourself can only lead to good things.
Q: What advice would you give to girls that are struggling to be body positive?
A: Social media can be a really difficult space to navigate especially when there are huge accounts that post nothing but perfect slim, cis, white bodies (not to get too political!). Sometimes we follow accounts that we don’t even realise are making us feel bad about ourselves subconsciously.
If we are seeing the same body types, the same perfect skin, the same perfect makeup, the same incredible outfits every single day, we are going to believe that’s what we should be too. Ensuring that the accounts you follow on social media bring you nothing but joy, is really important. Have a scroll through your following list and if there is something on there that you could do without, just unfollow them.
Q: Is there any part of your body that you have grown to love?
A: I used to hate my scars, they were my biggest insecurity and I wouldn’t let anybody see them. After sharing pictures of them online, I found that I’m not the only one. There’s so many people in similar circumstances, all with different kinds of scarring. All of our scars are so beautiful and they are a representation of the journey that we have been through. I wouldn’t change them for the world.
Q: What has the Missguided #LOVETHYSELF shoot meant to you?
It’s a massive honour because it’s all about empowerment, females empowering females and women supporting women. It’s really nice to have been asked to be part of this really incredible group of women. We’re all so unique and individual, but to come together and create this as a group is honestly amazing.