Model and Australian Survivor star Laura Wells is a body positivity advocate. And the 36-year-old has revealed how she maintains such a positive attitude, while offering advice for how other women can feel their best. Speaking to Daily Mail Australia this week, Laura encouraged others to unfollow people on social media who ‘make you feel bad about yourself’, and to ‘accept your body for what it is’.
‘I believe body confidence is a personal journey. It is fluid and constantly changing, but is about accepting yourself for who you are and not comparing yourself to others,’ Laura explained. ‘We are all inherently different, we are all made up of different genes, so idolising someone else’s body and striving to look like them can be really detrimental both physically and mentally, and is more often than not unachievable.’
When it comes to the beauty standards of social media platforms such as Instagram, Laura’s best advice is to be selective with who you follow. ‘I encourage everyone, no matter what stage of the body positivity journey you are on, to stop following anyone on social media that makes you feel bad about yourself,’ she said.
‘If you are noticing you are comparing yourself to certain people online, stop following them. You don’t need that constant negative mental bombardment.’She continued: ‘I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for the healthy relationship I have developed over time with my body.
‘Accepting what my body looks like, how it constantly changes, but more importantly acknowledging and praising what it can do and achieve is vital to me being able to do the work I do in the environmental space.’ Laura, who starred on Australian Survivor: Brains vs Brawn last year, previously told Daily Mail Australia she’d signed up for the show not only to test her strength of character, but to share ‘environmental messages’ on ‘a completely new platform’.
Laura is a model with a degree in biology and a passion for marine science. ‘I will always continue to use my voice for good, to educate, empower and encourage others to make a difference in the world,’ she told Daily Mail this week. Laura is backing voco hotels and Wyld Bikes’ new ‘Tread Lightly’ partnership. Bamboo bicycles will now be provided to hotel guests free of charge to support sustainability, in addition to a ‘Tread Lightly’ travel guide created by Laura for eco-conscious travellers.
‘Empowering people to make sustainable choices in everyday life is something I am passionate about,’ Laura said. ‘We as humans are completely and inextricably intertwined with nature. It allows us to grow, live, and thrive, and if the environment is unhealthy then so too are we.’