At home with Annabelle Skilbeck

“You don’t have to be pretty like her, you can be pretty like you”… “Don’t forget to fall in love with yourself first”… “Confidence will make you happier than any diet ever will.” Couple such wise words of encouragement with the most inspiring lingerie pics and you have @BellesLovelyLife.” If you’re looking for a little boost there’s no one better to turn to, or spend some time at home with.

“A day in my life can be extremely busy so I’m learning to cherish the peaceful moments when they come my way,” says Annabelle Skilbeck. These moments are likely to involve either a meal with friends and family and, more so these COVID days, a self-care routine of “a red hot bath, a good book and a glass of chilled New Zealand Sauvignon”.

Annabelle is better known to Figleaves Instagram followers as @BellesLovelyLife, a beacon to body confidence. It’s hard to imagine her as anything but comfortable in her own skin – she looks gorgeous – but it hasn’t always been so. “For a long time when I was younger, I harboured no love for my body”, says Annabelle. “I could and would not accept it was beautiful, because it didn’t look like the bodies you see in mainstream media. It’s been a long journey and by no means have I found it easy, but I now appreciate every little thing my body does to keep me alive and healthy every single day.”

Posting on Instagram helped Annabelle achieve body acceptance: “I got into posting about body confidence and body acceptance a few years ago. I stumbled across some incredible women posting their real life bodies and thought wow, I wish I had half of their confidence. It was a slow burner and something which has really helped my confidence, I would now say that I have never felt so at home in my own skin.”

Annabelle says that in what has been a challenging year: “I have learnt that I’m so much stronger than I thought I was and I have the ability to deal with so much more than I ever thought was possible.”

And it’s the positive feedback she receives from her followers that helps keep her spirits up: “I get messages from women all the time saying how my posts have helped them start to change their opinions on themselves. This is my why. I love to know that my posts help people.”

And lingerie plays its role too: “For me great lingerie is all about comfort and style. It’s something that gives you the power to step out the door feeling ready and confident you can take on anything life can throw your way.”

“I am and always will be a classic bodysuit kind of girl. I just don’t think anything else has the ability to make me feel as sexy and powerful as a good bodysuit.”

Jo Jeffery

Jo Jeffery is on a mission to spread the message that every body fits at Figleaves - through content and PR that celebrates inclusivity and diversity.