LOOSE Women's Nadia Sawalha has revealed that cruel bodyshaming when she was a size 14 left her "f***ed up" for years.
The 56-year-old star confessed that she refused to go out in public in a bikini after she was papped on the beach and criticised for her size.
However, she is now in a much better place and one of the most body confident stars on Instagram – regularly stripping off to show off her figure in all its glory.
And today was no different, with Nadia opening up in the caption of a video of her dancing jubilantly in a bikini.
In the clip, she is having the time of her life as she's filmed poolside – having a boogie before holding her nose and running and jumping into the swimming pool.
Clearly happier with her body than ever, Nadia encouraged her followers to embrace their own figures and shun poolside cover ups.
I have a dream that my daughters and yours won’t have to go through the body fascism so many of US have had to."
She wrote: "I posted this last summer… feels relevant again today! Years ago I got papped on a beach in a bikini and the article discussed how I could dare to go on the beach at the size I was. I was a ‘size’ 14
"Sadly this f***ed me up for years …to the point where I literally never ‘dared’ to go on the beach or by the pool again in a bikini again without a cover up on.
"Thank god those days are well and truly in the past! I feel as joyful and liberated in this video as I look!! FREEDOM from my OWN and OTHERS ‘STINKING THINKING’ is a wonderful thing .
"I have a dream that my daughters and yours won’t have to go through the body fascism so many of US have had to. But that dream can only come true if we all work hard to make a change by being kinder to ourselves and others #letsnotjudgeeachother
"Ditch the sarongs girls because …… ‘Those that mind don’t matter and those that MATTER don’t mind !’
"‘It’s hot out there so take off all your clothes !’ 😂😂😂😂💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽💜💜💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽".
Nadia often wins praise on social media for her brutally honest posts and body confidence.
She regularly pokes fun at super sexy celebs', such as Kim Kardashian, by recreating their Instagram photos – and proudly shows off her "bloated" stomach online.
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