We absolutely adore this Aussie beach babe! We have been following @_aariellanyssa for a while now and she never fails to be an absolute inspiration to so many through her Instagram and Youtube, always being so raw and honest with her followers about her body positive journey. We sat down with her to dig a little deeper into her thoughts on the topic.
What does body positivity mean to you?
Body positivity means so much to me. I see it as loving yourself on a holistic level. Every single aspect of yourself. This means its an emotional, spiritual, mental and physical journey. Being positive and confident in your body wont happen straight away, its a journey, a journey that may go on for the rest of your life.
You speak a lot about loving yourself on your Instagram, How do you keep a positive image on social media?
Whenever I post on my social media, I hardly even think about what I'm writing. I use it to vent all of my thoughts about myself! I always post the truth and i think people can relate to me through that. I tell my followers when I'm feeling crappy, down or when i'm having an amazing day! They know it all!
Have there been times in your life when you’ve struggle with your body image? If so how did you overcome this?
I started on this journey to self-love because I was at the worst time and place in my whole life. I hated myself and I realised one day that I didn't want to hate myself anymore. I realised that I didn't want to care about what people thought about me and to be the best me I could be at the time. This is how I started on the road to self love!
What advice would you give to women who are struggling to love and embrace their body?
I would say BE YOU! theres no-one like you. Remember you are so special in your own way. You are unlike anyone else, embrace that!
What routines or rituals do you do to help you love and take care of yourself?
I tell myself 3-5 things I love about myself each day and I make sure to spend the time identifying insecurities within myself and trying to work on them.
Has anything changed since becoming more positive about your body?
SOOO many opportunities have come up for me! Since I've loved myself I've lived a happier and more carefree life and I wouldn't have it any other way!
See more from Ariella on her Instagram @_aariellanyssa
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