TOWIE’s Frankie Essex bravely shows off her curves just as they are
As a size 12-14, the 26-year-old is a healthy body role model.
And that’s why we asked her to strip off for un-airbrushed pictures to help celebrate real women’s bodies – and wow, doesn’t she boast curves in all the right places?
Despite saying she’s happy in her own skin, halfway through our shoot it’s clear that Frankie‘s not quite as body confident as she thought and she’s reduced to tears at the sight of her ‘saggy belly’.
‘I guess I’m not confident about my belly and never have been,’ she confides. ‘When I was asked to pose lying down on the chair, I said: “No, I can’t,” because my belly falls to one side when I do that.
‘It’d be different if I’d had a baby because there’d be a reason for my belly looking like that, but I haven’t.
‘I’m only 26 – in my eyes I’m still a young girl and I shouldn’t look like that. I feel embarrassed.’