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"I've been told I'm a fat pig and should be slaughtered": Felicity Hayward on trolls, body positivity and self-love

Seriously inspiring.

26 Oct 2018

Felicity Hayward is a major trailblazer for body positivity and girl power, consistently breaking barriers in the beauty and fashion world with global campaigns for brands such as L’oreal, Missguided and The Body Shop.

If that wasn't enough, Felicity was the first person to ever be appointed Curve Ambassador & Stylist for ASOS; inspiring women of all shapes and sizes to embrace their silhouettes.

Felicity is now the founder of a movement called ‘Self Love Brings Beauty’ - a movement that embraces and enforces self love and being body positive.

We chatted to the model about all things body positivity and self-love - and her words of wisdom will totally inspire and empower you.

"My body positivity movement encourages people to love themselves for who they are"

I truly believe that the perfect body does not exist. There are no two humans on this planet that are the same, so you need to aspire to be the best version of yourself, not someone else.

This is one of the reasons I started Self Love Brings Beauty. I wanted to create a space where everyone - no matter their background, sexuality, gender or age - could feel empowered and loved for their individuality and learn to improve their self confidence.

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"I've encountered some horrific abuse but self-love gets me through"

I have been told that I am a fat pig and should be slaughtered, all for wearing a bikini and posting the image online, but that’s the least of it, I’ve been screamed at in the street by a middle aged woman and told I was too fat to be wearing cycling shorts and gym clothes, the list is endless.

My advice to anyone else experiencing trolling? Do not feel pressure to change overnight, self-love is something that can take time; focus on your self-care first and the love will shortly follow, this is your journey, your path and you determine the speed in which you travel.

"We've still got a long way to go with body positivity"

I would love to see more shapes represented in fashion, not just in size but also in height. I also think there is a lot to be done with male body positivity as I feel they are often left behind. I want there to be a time in the media where each individual is praised on their achievements, successes and creativity and there not to be a huge distraction or talking point about their body shape or size and whether or not they are deemed 'accepted' to be beautiful in the industry.

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"This is what I would you say to the people who are saying the body positivity movement is going too far and encouraging unhealthy habits"

You are not a doctor, you do not know each individual on the planet, you do not know what they are going through, what their medical history is like or their genetics, if you wouldn’t judge a book by its cover, would you also judge someone who is severely underweight the same as someone who is overweight? If you would, there is your problem. Stop listening to societies absurd views on body image and what is considered “perfect” and start living your truth.