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Steph’s Fierce Reflections
Steph’s Fierce Reflections

Steph’s Fierce Reflections

From pregnancy body pressures to her battle to overcome an eating disorder, Steph has been on a journey to come to terms with her body, her fierceness and her beauty.  

Steph’s Fierce Reflections

Inner confidence, and self-assuredness – these are the qualities that make a warrior woman. These days I have a confidence that I didn’t have as a teenager. It makes me feel like I'm able to do anything.

But when I was younger I had an eating disorder and it took a long time for me to recognise that it was an issue. When you’re permanently shown unrealistic images – thighs with no cellulite, bellies that don’t roll, that’s what you think is normal and you beat yourself up. I still have to work through it all the time, but now that I'm older I can talk myself down from those feelings.

Now I'm pregnant with my third child and my body has changed so much – it’s weird to get your head around. A lot of images that you see of pregnant people are slim models with a pregnancy bump. And actually when you’re pregnant your thighs spread, your arms spread, your face spreads… but why shouldn’t you let it all hang out a bit? Having kids has made me feel fierce, some days you think, ‘Oh god what’s happened to my body?’ and then there’s other times when I feel positive, and I tell myself it’s ok, my body has done amazing things, it’s allowed to change shape and it’s not supposed to look like it did when I was 20.

That’s what’s been so great about today’s photoshoot, being able to be real in front of people. I’m quite honest about my life on Instagram – my washing’s normally in the background and the kids can look a bit feral – and that’s an honesty that I hope people can see in the photos. Real beauty shines through when someone is comfortable in her own skin.    

To find out more about Steph and her beauty journey, follow her Instagram account @Steph_dontbuyherflowers

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