Chelsea Roy Pens Powerful Note About Body Image and Overcoming Shame
Chelsea Roy is feeling empowered.
The Bachelor Nation star — who fans got to know on “The Bachelor” Season 22 and “Bachelor in Paradise” Season 5 in 2018 — penned a powerful note about body image and overcoming shame, which she shared via Instagram this week.
“A couple years ago I was told my IG was ‘too sexy’ and I needed to be mindful of what I am posting moving forward,” she wrote alongside a stunning photo of herself rocking a white bikini. “That comment has crippled me since - almost as if I didn’t know myself or at least what others perceived of me.”
Chelsea then noted the parts of herself that she had always been proud of before the “too sexy” comment derailed her self-esteem. “I always loved how I carried myself with class, grace and respect for others,” she wrote. “I never once thought ‘sexy’ was part of my description.”
Chelsea — who accepted a proposal from fiancé David Gilman in 2020 and has a young son named Sammy from a previous relationship — continued, “As a woman, mother and soon to be wife I want to accept this comment and move past it with the class, grace and respect I know myself to carry.”
The stunning real estate agent, who lives in Maine with her family, went on to say that she doesn’t “see sexy” in the swimsuit snap. Still, she asked, “What’s wrong with being sexy?! Or at least feeling that way.”
“I don’t want to feel ashamed or nervous to post anymore and for those who have been following me for a long time probably noticed I don’t post as often,” Chelsea elaborated. “What I see is not a bikini photo but rather me wearing strength, integrity, grit, resilience, intelligence, bravery, acceptance and the list goes on... if that makes me sexy then I’m owning it. All of it!”
Chelsea added that the man, presumably David, who took her bikini pic “encourages me to have more confidence, to stand up for myself and to love everything that makes me, me.”
Elsewhere, the blonde beauty emphasized the importance of accepting the skin you’re in. “I felt really good in this moment with a healthy functioning body. (Yet so scared to share),” she wrote. “We all deserve to feel good about our bodies and look. Embrace this one body and one life.”
Chelsea also explained why she isn’t fearful of losing real estate clients because of her social media content.
“I will attract the people who belong in my life that will encourage and support,” she wrote before concluding, “Please let this serve as an example to not let one minute pass by that a judgement takes away from who you are. Be you. Do you. Love you.”
See Chelsea’s entire post below.
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