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I’ve never been the ‘thin and pretty’ girl at any point in my life. I have always been curvy. When growing up, I tried so many different diets, exercising and even a more unhealthy approach to try and lose weight. I felt so uncomfortable throughout my school years and sometimes I still don’t feel confident in myself and I have days when I hate the way I look.

However, one thing that has helped build my confidence is my tattoos. Before I got any tattoos, I would have never dreamed of out going out with no sleeves or shorts on, now I do it without thinking or worrying about anything. I no longer care about cellulite on my thighs, or the fact that my stomach isn’t flat. My skin is being covered in beautiful artwork, so why should I not feel comfortable to show this off?

In some ways, social media can be scary because there are soooo many ‘perfect’ people on there showing their ‘perfect’ lives. Recently however, I’ve discovered how some people on social media can be extremely empowering too.

There are the most amazing people on Instagram that are the best advocates for body confidence and self love. One of my favourites at the moment is the new cover lady of Cosmo magazine, Tess Holliday. Yes she is plus sized and yes she is absolutely fabulous. Did I also mention she’s covered in tattoos?! I love her. My fave tattoo of her HAS to be the Miss Piggy on her arm. Her whole right arm was done by Nikko Hurtado, a crazy amazing realism tattooist. Tess explained she got these portraits of Miss Piggy, Dolly Parton, Divine and Mae West as a permanent reminder to be badass just like these iconic women.

To me, plus size is such a huge spectrum. It’s not specific size range; it’s being curvy and embracing that. Another lady that inspires me is Helen Anderson. She is a beauty/fashion blogger and Youtuber and I’m obsessed with her. I came across her Instagram earlier this year when I was looking through the Download festival tags. I found her YouTube and now I’m hooked. Not only is she inspiring and a fab advocate for body confidence and self love, she also has the loveliest tattoos and piercings too. I love her flamingo tattoo on her arm. The colours are super pretty and the whole sleeve looks lovely. Serious body goals!

Everyone is beautiful, no matter his or her size and this is something I’m finally beginning to think about myself. If you feel self conscious about the way you look, please check out these incredible women that are leading the way and showing that it is absolutely okay to love yourself.

Cara – @dots.and.dreams

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