Monday 16 July 2018

Irish plus-size model Louise O'Reilly wins praise for body positive message: 'Don't stop yourself from wearing a bikini'

Image: Louise O'Reilly/Instagram
Image: Louise O'Reilly/Instagram
Image: Louise O'Reilly (stylemecurvy)/Instagram
Louise O'Reilly

Sean O'Grady

Model Louise O'Reilly has encouraged people to stop being their own worst critics when it comes to their physical appearance.

The Dubliner, who is one of Ireland's busiest plus-size models, has faced abuse from online trolls for her appearance, but she believes the worst criticism someone can get often comes from themselves.

"One consistent thing I notice when it comes to low body confidence is the amount of opportunities and possibilities people talk themselves out of, whether it's avoiding going out to events, holidays, fun days out, totally trying to avoid buying a bikini or swimsuit and just lying on a beach," she said.

Louise reckons that in our image-obsessed culture, people are more worried about their own appearance than those around them.

Image: Louise O'Reilly (stylemecurvy)/Instagram
Image: Louise O'Reilly (stylemecurvy)/Instagram

"All these little things add up, like 'I can never wear a bikini, just look at my cellulite' or 'I'll never go to the beach, what if I'm the biggest there?' when the reality is that no one else has noticed as they are so wrapped up in being in a swimsuit themselves," she said.

"A vital part in helping your body confidence and self-esteem is cutting out all the negative talk, especially putting yourself down in front of other people."

Louise, who runs popular fashion blog Style Me Curvy, faced harsh criticism from people after took part in a campaign for plus-size brand Evans in Ireland and the UK.

However, she insisted she took the jibes with a "pinch of salt" and said she was "comfortable" in her own skin.

Louise O'Reilly
Louise O'Reilly

Herald

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