Lauren Nicole Coppin (@laurennicolefk) is a London based curve model and creator of FashionKiller blog

Self-love can often be misunderstood as narcissism or as the Instagram trolls tend to say “selfish,” but in actuality, it is simply accepting and loving yourself for who you are despite your flaws and insecurities.

Blogger, curve model, and content creator, Lauren Nicole is the definition of a fashionista with killer confidence . However,for the 19 year-old confidence was never an easy task to achieve and accept one self. Through her journey of acceptance and self-love she learned how to embrace her curves, surround herself with positive energy, and fully acknowledge that she is worthy and beautiful no matter what anyone has to say.

Q: How has you own experience of acceptance and self-love impact your life?

A: I probably wouldn’t be doing the things I am currently doing like modeling for swimmer or wearing a body con dress if I didn’t accept and love myself. In the last year, I’ve been able to step out of my comfort zone and enjoy things I never thought I would. There was a time when I didn’t like who I was and I missed out on Simple acts like wearing a body con dress, going on dates or parties because it used to be so daunting to me. Unfortunately, I missed out on a lot of fun because of it.

Q: Did you notice a difference in yourself once you began your journey?

A: Happier! I was much happier and funnier to be around. I didn’t realize that I projected my disdain for the way I looked onto others. I was snappy and a grump. Now, my relationship with people is so much better. I am happier with who I am, and as a result, I am a better daughter,friend, cousin, and lover.

Q:Do you feel that it’s a necessity to build that foundation of self-love in ourselves and in our everyday lives? Why or why not?

A: I do feel that its a necessity even if it just for yourself. It’s an essential factor in most things as it impacts how we value ourselves. Without it we allow ourselves to fail, for instance, in the workplace and in our relationships.

Lauren Nicole joined fellow model and creator of Self Love Brings Beauty, Felicity Hayward, in her self love movement campaign.

Q: How has your self-love journey helped you through your modeling career?

A: Massively! I don’t think I would be modeling if I hadn’t started my journey prior to modeling. While modeling is fun, the industry is very cut-throat. However, I have developed somewhat of a thick skin but that’s only because I know what I have to offer and I can accept that.

Q: Is there any advice you would like to share with women and girls who struggle with their own journeys or don’t quite understand the concept?

A: You only have one life so please don’t waste it on wishing you were someone else. The moment you accept yourself, flaws and all, I promise you will live a happier life. So, be kind to yourself. Speak gently, Force those negative voices out of your head. Every time you go to remark a flaw, follow it up with a compliment. Most importantly, condition your mind to be kind and that will help you along the journey.

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