Jessica Wright has spoken candidly about her body confidence after a series of photos emerged of the star laying by the pool during a family holiday. The 30-year-old took to Instagram to proudly flaunt her enviable figure in a short video which saw her posing in a white bikini, accompanied by a lengthy caption in which she hit back at body shamers.
Jessica Wright posted a video on Instagram to embrace her enviable figure
"This is a video I've taken this morning having woken up to once again more invasive, unflattering and upsetting photos of me during a private holiday where I felt completely comfortable around family and friends," she wrote to her 1.2 million followers. "I'm posting this video because I feel the need to address this head on."
Jessica, who is currently enjoying a getaway in Los Angeles with her family and friends, explained that the "unkind" photos were an invasion of privacy and that she would not let them "break" her confidence, before revealing that she chose to post the unedited video in response, to celebrate her body.
She revealed she would not let the photos "break" her confidence
"So yes I've had some very unkind pictures taken of me, yes it was in a horrendous light, and yes I was hoping for privacy.
"Everybody, male & female in crazy heat, harsh lighting, on the first couple of days of their holiday is susceptible to a bad photo. Sadly mine become public property for the world to see even when you think you're safe in a private hotel during some down time.
"This video is REAL, UNEDITED, NORMAL EVERY DAY LIGHTING and this is ME, flaws and all.
Jessica said the photos were not "a true representation" of her
"Body shaming is real. Not only are these photos hurtful but I feel they aren't a true representation of me and how I look right now. Are they going to break me?.... Absolutely not."
The former The Only Way is Essex Star also addressed her changing physique, promoting a positive message about body image and urged the media to do the same for the sake of her fans. "I've enjoyed my past year and yes i'll be the first to say I have put weight on, I have an extra couple of lbs I'd like to shift but I'm a normal girl and just like anyone my weight fluctuates especially during certain times of the month," she wrote. "I've been on holidays, I've had tonnes of cheat meals, I've had more vinos than normal, met amazing people & I wouldn't change a thing. Life is for living and I'm doing exactly that.
"What kind of message are we sending out to women and young impressionable girls?!? I am by no means fat, I'm a UK size 10 yet I am being body shamed for putting on weight. #EveryBODYisbeautiful."