Louise O’Reilly, who bears a striking resemblance to actress Margot Robbie, is one of Ireland’s most recognized curvy models. It’s hard to believe that a woman who is so gorgeous would lack confidence, but O’Reilly recently opened up on Instagram about her insecurities when she hits the beach in a swimsuit.
In her candid post, O’Reilly urges her followers to not let their insecurities get in the way of enjoying and living their lives.
“Throughout most of my teenage years, I would be so afraid to embrace any kind of opportunity, or invite to even a party,” O’Reilly tells Yahoo Style. “If I did go to something, it would have taken me a good week or more to build up and prepare for it.”
She adds, “My body confidence was extremely low. While on the outside people saw a bubbly, chatty, friendly teenager, inside I felt the total opposite because of my size.”
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 its avoiding going out to events, holidays, fun days out, totally trying to avoid buying a bikini or swimsuit and just laying on a beach!! . A vital part to helping your body confidence and self-esteem is cutting out the negative talk where possible… especially cutting out the negative talk with yourself or putting yourself down in front of other people. 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 no one else has even noticed as they are so wrapped up in being in a swimsuit themselves! Slow small changes every day and limiting negativity will make a MASSIVE difference to your confidence and self esteem… Life is so short.. make every single day count… go to that beach!! ☺️ #bodylove #sundaythoughts #stylemecurvy #effyourbeautystandards #everybodyisabeachbody
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O’Reilly recounts the many occasions she missed out on fun-filled days at the beach because she was worried about her cellulite or afraid she would be being the biggest woman there.
“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 laying on a beach!!” O’Reilly wrote in her post.
Yes I'm wearing a swimsuit that's a high thigh cut and low plunge bust on a size 16+ frame.. it's fabulous and I felt fabulous in it (The most important thing to feel when you're buying swimwear)! Never feel like you have to conform or limit yourself to a particular style regardless of what size you are #effyourbeautystandards moment! #myswimbody #everybodyisabeachbody #bodylove #stylemecurvy #bodyforme
A post shared by Louise O'Reilly (@stylemecurvy) on Jun 13, 2017 at 3:52pm PDT
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 #effyourbeautystandards #bodylove #stylemecurvy #summerstyle #beyoutiful #sundaythoughts #bodypositive #celebratemysize #plusmodelmag
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I used to think too deeply into everything when it came to summer – "What happens if I'm the only one my size wearing a swimsuit? What if people are looking at me? What if…” and the list went on and on. These were all things I built up and up in my head when the stark reality of it was – no one batted an eyelid. People were too concerned about their own “beach bodies” and enjoying the sunshine to take notice. And yet we still beat ourselves up about it time and time again. So let me put it to you this way – what if tomorrow, god forbid, something happened and you never had the opportunity to wear a swimsuit or bikini or go on a holiday again, wouldn't you feel regret for not just going for it? Sometimes you have to just throw that invisible rule book out the window! My new post talks about this and lots more with @sttropeztan this month. Be sure to let me know what your thinkg Link in bio ❤️ @sadawskaphoto #bodylove #sp #stylemecurvy #stylemecurvybeach #breaktherules #effyourbeautystandards #plusmodelmag #plussizemodel #curvymodels #curvyfashion #bodypositive #everybodyisabeachbody
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O’Reilly tells Yahoo Style, “I try to encourage people to get out of that kind of mindset as it will only lead to regret further down the line.”
A post shared by Louise O'Reilly (@stylemecurvy) on Jul 21, 2017 at 1:45pm PDT
Today's outfit for the DKNY event in London for the launch of their latest fragrance Love Nectar – more on my Instastories and on Facebook http://liketk.it/2rVlG #liketkit @liketoknow.it #fbloggers #styleblogger #stylemecurvy #fbloggers #summerstyle #liketkit #nectarlove
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O’Reilly said that as a teenager, it was hard for her to love her body. The now 27-year-old woman says it was “a long journey to get to a place of self-love and acceptance.”
On how she got to a body-positive place, the model says, “It’s a slow and steady process, but one that is so important to do. Simple things are always good to start, such as not obsessing over sizing, [and] wearing what fits you as opposed to focusing on the label is so important.” She adds, “Cut out negative talk and putting yourself down — it’s vital to try and avoid negative talk with other people.”
O’Reilly’s message is resonating with her many followers.
One commenter wrote, “I have really low body confidence after having my baby 5 months ago…You’re an inspiration, thank you for perking me up a little.” Another commenter added, “I put on a swimsuit today for the first time in years and went into the pool with my kids on holidays and we had a ball!”
Last nights outfit for the @coldplay gig wearing V by Very Thank you so much @littlewoodsirl for having me as your guest! It was such an unbelievable show! I've lots of snaps from the show over on my Snapchat and Instastories #styleofplay #styleblogger #coldplay #summerstyle #ootd #wiw #stylemecurvy
A post shared by Louise O'Reilly (@stylemecurvy) on Jul 9, 2017 at 1:21am PDT
Saturday night glam ..Currently in bed with a face mask on, hair in a messy bun and wearing mismatched pjs .. a stark contrast to wearing a glam outfit last week at the colosseum #realitycheck #fbloggers #styleblogger #saturdaynight #travel
A post shared by Louise O'Reilly (@stylemecurvy) on Jun 10, 2017 at 2:54pm PDT
O’Reilly is more than just a pretty face and fashion blogger. She has a college degree in international relations focused on politics and law, and she encourages her young followers never to choose beauty over intellect.
“The brilliant thing about education is that you find yourself more as a person, [as well as] your interests and what you really want to achieve,” she says. “It will open doors for you, and you will surpass even your own expectations with education.”
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