We'd like to introduce you to our new Body Confidence Writer, Leyah Shanks. Leyah campaigns against body shame and promotes REAL diversity of human bodies. Here's her first post:
Aged 19, I was diagnosed with clinical depression. My counsellor told me that this was something I had unknowingly been dealing with since my early teens. It frustrates me now when I look back – to think that I felt so awful about myself, in every possible way, and that I thought it was normal. ‘’It’s just how I am.’’ No. It’s absolutely NOT how I am. As a person, I’m optimistic, happy and ambitious. I was simply robbed of these qualities for a few years when the condition had the audacity to take hold of me – without even allowing me to notice.