When I was 12, I remember looking in the mirror, seeing my thighs and thinking I was fat. I wasn't beautiful and I certainly wasn't good enough. Many factors played into why I had such little positive views on body image but the fact of the matter was, I hated myself and I didn't know how to stop.
Its taken me years (most of my adult life) to really understand what self love is and how to love yourself. Some days I'll love myself more than others, but its important for me to wake up with positive thoughts about how I see myself and how I view human bodies as a whole.
The media tend to show the 'ideal' body type, and that body type doesn't have thighs that touch, uneven skin or tummy rolls, so our views of what bodies actually look like is often distorted.
Taking back a little control with what we see is something we could all work on, including myself. We can't necessarily control advertising or the covers of magazines (although my mission is to get that changed), but we can control how often we scroll through Instagram and how judgemental we are on how ourselves or other people should look.
Self love starts with YOU and it comes from within. I try and spend so much time loving who I am and spreading positivity, that I simply don't have time for any of the bad stuff.
Pick up a book, go for a walk, write down a list of things that you like about yourself. Google images of cute puppies, drink tea with your favourite biscuits, binge watch your favourite TV show and have a sleepover with your pals.
Do things that make you happy, that make you realise your worth. You are more than your body, more than being a size 8, more than having big boobs. You are so much more than what you look like.
Grace Victory blogs as the Ugly Face Of Beauty on YouTube and her official website is graciefrancesca.com.