Gemma Collins is UNRECOGNISABLE in throwback swimwear snaps as she reflects on being a 'young, free, happy and body confident' teenager
Gemma Collins stunned fans on Monday night as she shared throwback snaps from her teenage years.
The TOWIE star, 38, even marvelled at her own figure in a green checkered swimsuit writing 'wow, wow, wow' atop of two photos of herself on a yacht.
Gemma told her legions of followers she was reminiscing about having the privilege of being a 'young, free and body confident girl' away from the pressures of social media.
Unrecognisable: Gemma Collins stunned fans on Monday night as she shared throwback snaps from her teenage years
Gemma, who was a keen dancer in her younger years, looked incredible as she stood in the bow of a boat showing off her athletic figure in the skintight swimsuit.
She wrote on her stories 'Woah looking back at old photos' before sharing a lengthy caption about the pressures social media can have on today's adolescents.
In the empowering message, the body confidence advocate wrote: 'Spending the evening looking at old pics .... I never grew up body conscious it wasn’t a thing when I was younger I was just young free and me.
Empowering: Gemma told her followers she was reminiscing about having the privilege of being a 'young, free and body confident girl' away from social media (pictured July)
Teenage dream: The TOWIE star, 38, even marvelled at her figure in a green checkered swimsuit writing 'wow, wow, wow' atop of two photos of herself on a yacht
'Yeah I look good but in an innocent way. Instagram is way too exposed now for young members who are on here. They do have pressure and it’s just so nice to look back on this picture and not have had any of that pressure growing up.
'I was just a happy teenager with no body hang ups or pressure.... I think it’s so important for our younger generation to be body confident and free.
'Also the way people expose themselves now days on the gram is way too much nothing is held back anymore everything on show is way too much .... younger ones are watching x'
Now in her late thirties Gemma is known for embracing her curves and inspiring women to love their figures.
Fabulous: Now in her late thirties Gemma is known for embracing her curves and inspiring women to love their figures (pictured July)
But the reality star previously revealed how her size 10 figure ballooned after a string of heartaches caused her to comfort eat.
Before finding fame on TOWIE, Gemma fell pregnant with ex-boyfriend Robert, but didn't realise she was expecting for three months - during which time she took potentially fetus damaging medication.
Deciding they weren't ready to become parents or run the risk of the baby being born suffering from abnormalities, Gemma had an abortion.
And when Robert ended their two-year relationship weeks later, she was left devastated.
'Every time I felt an emotion I would eat to block it, food gave me a high, I had always been slim so I never felt guilty,' she explained 2013 autobiography, Basically... My Life As An Essex Girl.
Seeking comfort: But the reality star previously revealed how her size 10 figure ballooned after a string of heartaches caused her to comfort eat
Admitting she would eat three chocolate bars in a row followed by two burgers from McDonalds, Gemma confessed: 'I started to fixate about food, it became a focus away from the grim reality of my situation, I would think about it from the minute I woke up to the minute I went to bed.
'I had low self-esteem. I was suffering and without realising I morphed into a bigger person, I went from being a thin girl who never had a weight problem and was a constant size 10 to a girl who couldn't stop growing.'
Within a year, Gemma had gone from a size 10 to size 18, and tipped the scales at more than 17 stone.
But the reality star has recently been on a health kick, losing two stone with the help of jabs.
She said on Good Morning Britain last week: '[The jabs are] fantastic. I lost two stone but I’m not going to lie. I’ve put a bit on as I’ve been on holiday for weeks and weeks. I’ve over indulged a bit...
'These things do work. I was taking the jab every day and it worked. I suffer for Polycistic Ovary syndrome so I’ve always been prone to gaining weight because I have more insulin in my body.'
The next chapter: The reality star has recently been on a health kick, losing two stone with the help of jabs (pictured August 2019)
Look hot pink in a Missguided dress like Gemma
The GC is back on our screens with a new series of her hit show and we couldn’t be more excited here at Fashion Finder HQ. We’re big fans!
Chatting about the new series on Good Morning Britain, the reality star made a bold statement in a hot pink satin dress by Missguided.
The dress is designed with a twist at the waist to flatter the figure, whilst the thigh split creates a dramatic statement and is balanced out by the maxi length and long sleeves. We also love the shade as it shows off Gemma’s golden glow perfectly and, as she proves, it's perfect for sipping champagne in!
Steal the dress for yourself by clicking (right) and hurry because it’s now on sale for only £20!
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