“I now have the opposite of body dysmorphia”

Singer Sam Smith feels confident and happy about her looks. (Photo: VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

Singer Sam Smith feels confident and happy about her looks. (Photo: VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

Sam Smith is finally comfortable in her own skin and shares that they “now have the opposite of body dysmorphia.”

The “Unholy” singer, who uses she/she pronouns, spoke openly the Sunday times about her journey to body positivity and notes that progress has been slow with age. Now 30, Smith says they’ve finally found peace with their looks.

“In my line of work, there’s definitely a question, ‘What should a pop star look like?’ When I was 25, I came out of the tour exhausted. I looked for role models in the physical world. Every time I went in the pool I felt self-conscious, but I made myself take my top off,” said Smith, whose new album glory, coming out later this week. “It paid off because I now have the opposite of body dysmorphia. i look fabulous I’m finally tanning. I’ve burned in places I’ve never burned before.”

But that self-acceptance wasn’t always easy for Smith, who noted that her parents had to persuade Sam to strip by the pool as a child. “Sam, look at everyone around you, all shapes and sizes! Take it off, we’re on vacation!” They remember their parents saying. Still, Smith couldn’t do it.

Now, “happier in my own skin,” Smith says, “they feel liberated, liberated from the pressures I felt growing up.” The Oscar winner cited the perspective that comes with age as a trigger for the change .

“My mother says that as I get older I don’t care as much about what people think. She tends to be right,” Smith noted.

Smith has been vocal about her experiences dealing with negative body image in the past. in one 2019 on Instagram Post, the singer shared how she’s “reclaiming her body” after years of hardship and “body trauma,” noting that they’ll “always be at war with that bloody mirror.”

“If I’ve ever done a photoshoot with just a t-shirt in the past, I’ve starved myself weeks in advance and then selected and pinned each image and then usually taken the image down,” Smith wrote, captioning a photo of herself , on which they stand shirtless in jeans on the beach. “Yesterday I decided to fight back the fuck. Reclaim my body and stop trying to change those chests and those hips and those curves that my parents made and that they love so unconditionally.”

In a 2018 discussion with Sarah Jessica Parker for v magazineSmith shared how they began to feel comfortable in front of the camera.

“You and I talked a little bit about self-image,” Parker Smith asked. “How comfortable do you feel in front of the camera today compared to two years ago?”

“It’s very different. I think that came with my weight loss,” Smith said. “When I was shooting my first music videos, I just wasn’t happy with how I looked, so I tried to control the way the camera moved. I got a little obsessive. I kept looking in the mirror, pinching my waist and weighing myself every day.”

Smith went on to say that those days are over and they’ve since managed to embrace their facial features.

“Now I’m at a point where I really love my stretch marks and just enjoy my body,” Smith concluded.

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