She’s a designer darling and wears all the latest frocks to perfection, but 22-year-old Emma has “accepted” that her body shape is not as perfect as she would like it to be.
After years of her dress size changing between a size six and a ten she says, “I’ve accepted my body shape more as I’ve got older. I went through a stage of wanting to have that straight-up-and-down model look, but I have curves and hips, and in the end you have to accept yourself as you are. My weight has fluctuated and when you’re growing, your body is still figuring itself out and it takes a while to settle down. I keep telling myself that I’m a human being, an imperfect human being who’s not made to look like a doll, and that who I am as a person is more important than whether at that moment I have a nice figure.”
Emma admits that she gets “sad” when she hears girls putting pressure on themselves to look perfect. She added, “We have these unbelievably high expectations of ourselves, when actually we’re human beings and our bodies have a function. We say that the pressure is coming from men but actually it’s from each other. I think women feel so much pressure these days and it can turn us against each other. But we really damage our own confidence when we put ourselves down, so I try not to.” Now here’s a woman worth listening to.