How To Become Body Confident, From These Ordinary Women Who've Done It

One in four women aren't comfortable in their skin – so we asked the three in four for help.

If you don’t love your appearance, you are not alone.

Almost a quarter of women aren’t comfortable in their skin, according to a new study of 2,000 women, and a third have cancelled social plans because of a body-confidence crisis.

The research was commissioned by Gillette Venus – a company that (until recently) predominately hired slim, white and hairless women to advertise its products. And while we might raise an eyebrow about a beauty brand jumping on the body-confidence revolution, the research did get us thinking.

If one in four women are not body-confident, that means a wonderful three in four are. So, we asked these women to reveal how they learned to love their bodies and their advice for others.

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The sisterhood well and truly pulled through. More than 100 women replied on Twitter to share their tips, and here are just a few of the suggestions:

1. Embrace new outfits, from backless wedding dresses to shorts.

2. Focus on what your body can do, rather than what it looks like:

3. Surround yourself with the right people, from cool older ladies to pro-wrestlers.

4. Learn that we’re all built differently – and celebrate that difference.

5. Find a way to stop comparing yourself to others.

6. Shake off toxic lessons learned from “diet culture”.

7. Be patient with yourself if body confidence doesn’t come right away.