Amy Sheppard reveals how she’s embraced her curves after gaining ‘a fair amount of weight’

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‘This soft, juicy, extra layer is freedom’: Singer Amy Sheppard reveals how she’s embraced her curves after gaining ‘a fair amount of weight’

In recent years, Amy Sheppard has been promoting positive body image and self love on social media.  

But despite consistently spreading her message of body positivity, the 29-year-old Sheppard singer revealed to  9Honey that she still has her moments of self ‘bullying’.

After a friend showed Amy a photo of herself from around five years ago, she couldn’t help but feel ’embarrassed’ about how the changes in her body must be perceived by other people.  

Happier now: On Tuesday, singer Amy Sheppard (pictured) revealed how she has come to embrace her curves after gaining ‘a fair amount of weight’

Amy and her band Sheppard were catapulted into the spotlight after their hit single Geronimo was released in 2014.

She explained while the launch of her career was ‘some of the best moments’ of her life, she also felt significant pressure with her body image and ‘trying to keep up appearances’. 

After her friend showed her the photo from around that time, Amy explained she felt a  ‘a pang of disappointment and embarrassment.’

‘Wow, people must think I’ve really let myself go. I cringed to myself,’ Amy thought in that moment.

Then: After a friend showed Amy a photo of herself from around five years ago, she couldn't help but feel 'embarrassed' about how the changes in her body must be perceived by other people. Pictured in 2015

Now: Amy is pictured in 2019

Changes: After a friend showed Amy a photo of herself from around five years ago, she couldn’t help but feel ’embarrassed’ about how the changes in her body must be perceived by other people. Pictured left in 2015, pictured right in 2019

She added: ‘I began to think more deeply about that time in my life. What was I doing so differently to now? How did I obtain such a petite frame? Could I get it back? That’s when it hit me: I don’t actually want it back. ‘ 

‘I’ve gained a fair amount of weight [since then] but with it, I’ve gained a fulfilled life. This is not ‘toxic fat’. This soft, juicy, extra layer is freedom.’

Amy went on to explain she was able to enjoy life without worrying about her weight fluctuating, because she valued her experiences with family and friends over feeling hungry and ‘irritable’, as she did when she was dieting.  

Changing her view: Amy went on to explain she was able to enjoy life without worrying about her weight fluctuating, because she valued her experiences with family and friends over feeling hungry and 'irritable', as she did when she was dieting

Changing her view: Amy went on to explain she was able to enjoy life without worrying about her weight fluctuating, because she valued her experiences with family and friends over feeling hungry and ‘irritable’, as she did when she was dieting 

Last year, Amy told The Daily Telegraph that she’s struggled with her weight growing up due to societal pressures.

‘I would be obsessed, checking my weight every day. You are constantly told you need to be a size eight to 10 to be in fashion,’ she explained. 

‘It is ridiculous and exhausting but I know many women go through that cycle. It has been nice to let go of the rope and relax into the person that I am.’

Positive: 'It is ridiculous and exhausting but I know many women go through that cycle. It has been nice to let go of the rope and relax into the person that I am,' Amy said last year

Positive: ‘It is ridiculous and exhausting but I know many women go through that cycle. It has been nice to let go of the rope and relax into the person that I am,’ Amy said last year 

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