Friday 15 December 2017

Irish plus-size model Louise O'Reilly wins praise for unedited swimsuit shot: 'A touch of back fat and cellulite'

Image: Louise O'Reilly (stylemecurvy)/Instagram
Image: Louise O'Reilly (stylemecurvy)/Instagram
Louise O'Reilly at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017 at The Marker Hotel Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Sean O'Grady

Louise O'Reilly has won praise for sharing an unedited photo of herself in a swimsuit.

The plus-size model (27) has hit back at the online trolls who have targeted her physical appearance in the past and was commended for her honesty.

Many celebrities have spoken out about how magazine photo shoots are often heavily retouched and can give young girls unrealistic expectations.

"A touch of back fat and cellulite... two of the most common combinations for all woman at any size and yet we rarely see it in the media... how crazy! I'll just leave this photo here then," Louise said alongside her photo on Instagram and Facebook.

Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh said the Dubliner looked "absolutely beautiful" and admitted that she too has struggled with insecurities.

"My partner took a shot of me by a pool and I hated it. Thanks for sharing your amazing mindset," she said.

Louise pointed out that "we're all human" and said people should "embrace" their bodies.

The Malahide woman's career has gone from strength to strength. She was recently named as the new face of plus-size clothing brand Evans and is also signed with several agencies abroad and has frequently modelled in the UK, Germany and Sweden.

Louise O'Reilly at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017 at The Marker Hotel Dublin.
Picture: Brian McEvoy
Louise O'Reilly at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017 at The Marker Hotel Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

While she thinks the fashion industry has "got better" at becoming more inclusive of all shapes and sizes, she reckons there's still work to be done.

"It's not equal, no way. It's definitely got better. We've still an awful long way to go with brands and diversifying," she said.

Louise, who runs popular blog Style Me Curvy, has been with her boyfriend Dave for more than five years and describes them as "happy and content".

Herald

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