Krishna Mistry tells the Be Real Campaign why she made the move into modelling and how this has helped her overcome negativity about her body...
Throughout my life, being negative was all I was. I hated the look of my body and I was generally an all-round negative person. I was putting on weight, nothing went right for me and I felt like I was heading in the wrong direction.
Things did change however when I met the man of my dreams, who I can now call my husband.
In January 2016 I left my job as a Reservations and Finance Coordinator and started doing voluntary work at a local primary school. Although I enjoyed volunteering, I still needed to have an income but I wanted to do something different and interesting.
My husband suggested that I should try modelling. I laughed at him and said ‘why would any modelling agency want me?’ He replied ‘you’re not going to know until you apply, besides you have a gorgeous face.’ I wasn’t convinced and it took me several weeks of contemplating before I finally decided to apply to a model agency online.
Forty-eight hours after I had sent off my application, I got a phone call from Toxic UK model agency. They absolutely loved my photos and asked me to come in for a test shoot to decide whether I was suitable to be a model.
My test shoot went well and I was accepted as a model for Toxic UK. This was a massive surprise and I was extremely shocked. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be accepted. Yet despite the positive affirmation, I still felt very negative about my body.
My self-confidence slowly improved when I started to get booked for work. I did everything from photoshoots, music videos, fashion videos to even being an extra in a film, and taking part in a model competition. I won Miss Personality 2016 and I finally felt that I had made an achievement. Everyone I met was nice and positive. I kept getting compliments on my image and my looks, which made me feel so much better about myself. I finally started to see what others saw in me and I started to feel positive.
It took a long time, but I finally love my body. I love my curves, my flaws and everything that makes me who I am today.
It’s never too late to learn to love yourself. Start by appreciating your flaws and take negative people out of your life. Don't judge people because they look different from you, instead admire, love, and be happy. If you’re positive, positive outcomes will come your way and you’ll be able to see how beautiful life can be.
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