Nadia Sawalha shared a really important message on Instagram on Wednesday (26 August). It all started with a twenty-year-old photo her friend and fellow Loose Women panelist Carol McGiffin had sent her, showing Nadia on a beach with Kaye Adams.
Nadia revealed Carol had sent her the photo to highlight how much she has changed since – not in looks, but in confidence.
The Loose Women wrote in the caption: "@the_mcgiff just sent this pic she took twenty years ago to me and @kayeadamsofficial, saying, 'Just had to send this to you two because it so perfectly sums up the old Nadia... Look at the horror on your face because I was taking a photo of you!'
"And, my god, she’s right. I can actually remember the moment @the_mcgiff took the photo. I almost wanted to cry because I thought I was so 'hideous'. A word I used all the time to describe myself back then... Look at me trying to cover my body."
In the black and white picture, Nadia looks distressed at having her photo taken and is clearly trying to cover up her body with her hands.
She added: "It leaves me feeling so sad when I look back and think about how much of that holiday I wasted with 'stinking thinking', feeling 'ugly', comparing my figure constantly to @kayeadamsofficial and @the_mcgiff's gorgeous bodies.
"What a bloody waste of time. What a sacrilege. It makes me so cross and, if I’m honest, leaves me a little ashamed that I was so unaware of the pointlessness of it all.
Nadia concluded: "Thank god I now have consciousness... One day at a time, I feel better."
Nadia finished with some words of encouragement to others struggling with their body image and added another snap to her post, showing how comfortable she now is in her own skin.
She added: "You can too you know? Tell the nasty voices to bog off! Swipe across to see what can happen when you do!"
Well said, Nadia!
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