I'm usually a private person but I've decided to share something very personal in the hopes that my story can help empower other Women to find their #bodyconfidence and embrace that #allbodiesaregoodbodies!
It was almost 20 years ago the first time I was told my body was going to "be a problem" if I wanted to be an Actress. I endured years of painful criticism in Film, TV and Theatre. I'm sure I did lose roles because I didn't fit the mould, but the worst part by far was that I let my industry convince me that I was somehow of less value, not worthy of being seen. Well, in November (a grown-up Woman, very happy and fulfilled in my career as an Actor and, as ever, a tall size 10) @Shadowhunters posted this video of me in my form fitting workout clothes doing dumbbell squats at the Gym and as of right now it has received 51,299 views 17,231 likes and more comments than I can read. All positive and supportive. Let me be clear, this in no way validates me, my body or my career. But as a Woman who for many years feared cameras it is a reminder that the demons we carry with us, the lack of self-esteem we develop is taught, it is not truth. The truth is that there was never anything wrong with me. Except that I fell for the idea that a Woman's worth has a number and an orderly silhouette. Turns out that isn't true. And the whole World can watch me squat and think whatever they like. I've wasted far too much time worrying about that already. Now it's time to enjoy being me. And I am. #selflove #bodypositive #bodyimage #bodybuilding #effyourbeautystandards #celebratemysize #HonorMyCurves #womenwholift @shadowhunterstv #shadowhuntersfamily #shadowhunterstvshow #shadowhunterstv #shadowhunterscast #shadowhuntersseason2 #shadowhunters #shadowhunterstvshow #shadowhuntersfamily #Maryse #maryselightwood #lightwood #lightwoods #Idris #nicolacorreiadamude #nicola #setlife #actor #actress #actresslife #actorslife