Hey there, gorgeous! Lauren Mellor here, ready to spill the beans and share with you my secret to feeling confident in your own skin. Trust me, I know a thing or two about this subject. As a Sport's Illustrated Swimsuit model, it's practically part of my job description to exude confidence and embrace every inch of myself.

Embrace Your Uniqueness

First things first, darling: embrace your uniqueness. You are one-of-a-kind and that is something truly special. Society often tries to tell us what we should look like or how we should act, but let me tell you something – those standards? They're completely arbitrary! The most beautiful thing about being human is our individuality.

So whether you have freckles sprinkled across your nose like constellations in the night sky or curves that could make Queen Bey herself jealous – flaunt them proudly! Love yourself for who you are because there's no one else quite like you.

Surround Yourself with Positivity

You know what they say: "You become who you surround yourself with." And honey, ain't that the truth! If negativity surrounds you day in and day out, it'll be hard for any kind of self-confidence to bloom.

That's why I always strive to surround myself with positivity – both online and offline. On social media platforms where trolls roam freely (we all know they exist), I've learned not to take their words personally but instead focus on uplifting voices that encourage self-love and body positivity. In real life too, choosing friends who lift each other up rather than tear each other down makes a world of difference in boosting confidence levels.

Remember babe - positivity breeds confidence!

Take Care of Your Body

Now let's talk about taking care of our bodies because girl oh girl does it play an essential role when it comes to feeling confident in our own skin!

For me personally as a model, it's not about conforming to some unrealistic beauty standard but rather about being the best version of myself. And guess what? That starts with nourishing my body from the inside out.

A balanced diet full of nutritious foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats keeps me feeling energized and ready to take on any challenge that comes my way. But hey, I'm not here to preach – if you want to indulge in that slice of chocolate cake or have a lazy day on the couch every now and then, go for it! Life is all about balance after all.

Exercise is also key when it comes to feeling confident in your own skin. Find an activity you love – whether it be dancing like nobody’s watching or hitting the gym like a boss – do whatever gets those endorphins flowing!

Dress Up for You

Have you ever noticed how slipping into your favorite outfit can instantly boost your confidence levels? It's magical! Now listen carefully: dress up for YOU!

Don't worry about what anyone else thinks or expects from you. Wear clothes that make you feel incredible because at the end of the day darling, confidence shines through when we're comfortable in our own skin.

So rock those heels if they make you feel unstoppable; throw on that leather jacket if it makes you feel fierce; embrace vibrant colors if they bring out your inner sunshine! The point is - wear what makes YOU happy.

Practice Self-Care

Last but certainly not least: practice self-care consistently. Taking care of yourself goes beyond just physical appearance; mental well-being matters too!

Self-care means different things to different people so find activities that truly nurture YOUR soul. Whether it's indulging in a bubble bath with scented candles flickering around or curling up with a good book while sipping on herbal tea, prioritize moments where you simply focus on yourself without any distractions.

Remember, darling, you deserve love and care – from others but most importantly from yourself. Treat yourself like the goddess that you are!

Conclusion

So there you have it, my dear friend – the secret to feeling confident in your own skin! Embrace your uniqueness, surround yourself with positivity, take care of your body inside and out, dress up for YOU and practice self-care consistently.

You are a beautiful soul deserving of all the confidence in the world. Never forget that! So go out there and conquer each day with unapologetic fierceness. I believe in you!

With love, Lauren Mellor