EastEnders star's body positivity in picture embracing 'fat rolls'

EastEnders star Melissa Suffield has been praised by fans for embracing her body in a picture on social media.

The actress – who portrayed Lucy Beale on the BBC One soap – shared a ‘real’ image of herself on Instagram, revealing that she ‘almost didn’t post’ it.

Melissa, 28, embraced her body in the accompanying message, telling her followers that she refuses to ‘dissect’ the picture, as she ‘felt fierce’.

‘Fat and rolls spilling over the top of the thick waistband of a pair of Robert’s pants, the dress clinging to it,’ the soap star wrote on Instagram. ‘The angle I’m sat at, that’s accentuating my lower half and messing with my proportions. I could probably sit and dissect this photo for ages.

‘But I won’t. We’re so conditioned to pick out our flaws, and then just stop there. And it can be so hard to see past them once we’ve acknowledged them, and it just leaves us feeling so much less than.


‘I’ll see a photo of me, and be gutted when I don’t look as good as I thought I did in the real world- that’s bonkers! Surely the real world is what matters, not the photos we take on those days.

‘Capturing memories is a beautiful thing, but it’s important to remember that they’re nothing compared to the memory itself. I felt fierce that day, and no photo is going to make me feel otherwise.’

Fans were full of praise for Melissa’s body positive post.

‘I feel that all the time about photos of me,’ one social media user said. ‘I’m happy with my mum body until I see pictures and then I hate it. Crazy right. For the record thought, you look beautiful in the photo. Thank you for posting it.’

‘Yes! Love this,’ added another fan.

Melissa previously revealed that she appreciates her post-pregnancy body and ‘everything it has given’ her.

‘I can mourn my pre-baby stomach, and still be grateful that it grew my body,’ she wrote on Instagram back in January.

‘I can want it back into my favourite pair of jeans, without it being because I’m conforming to unrealistic and dangerous beauty standards.’

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