This blog post was inspired by several things, especially by a blog post of a dear and new friend, Kerry Heathfield, from guesswhatgirls blog. Kerry embraced her beauty and always has. Thank you Kerry for inspiring me to be brave and share this with the world.

I was a chubby baby, who became a chubby child and now I am a plus size lady. Growing up was not easy as in them old days, there was not much available for children like me. So mum was forced to look for dressmakers to make me clothing. This was rather expensive and I didn't wear very fashionable clothing as the dressmakers were not so clued up as they are now.

I recall one family member commenting when I was 5 saying “why does this child always wear the same clothes?” This question has stayed with me all these years like a scar. BUT now every time I go to a family function or I am out dolled up to the 9’s often I get asked why, and my reply is “WHY NOT?

As a teenager things didn't get much easier as I was still the fat girl--the girl that was no threat to any other girl. I changed high schools as my parents wanted my brother and I to have a better education. It was here at Kingsway High School, I found the real me. I became confident took part in several school activities and even became the first Indian prefect in the school. This experience changed me and made me see myself in a different light .

Then came University and all the same teenage dramas surfaced. On finishing my degree I left to live and work in London. It was here my growth as an adult really began. I found clothing stores for the plus size me and the clothes were modern and not granny type. I felt alive and like any other 20 something living in a fantastic city. And the guys saw more than just a “fat girl”. I had met some amazing and gorgeous looking guys.

And then I returned home after a decade and found that I was still considered the “fat girl”. My confidence took a knock, I was depressed and not in a very good space in my life.

I woke up one day and decided I needed to pull myself together and show others the real me. WHO is the real me?

I am am amazing young lady with a heart of gold. I love to inspire others. I love meeting new people and can hold a conversation with anyone. And there is still so much more to me …..

Two years ago I decided to change my life in terms of my health and took note of what I was putting into my body. Last November I started my journey with my Homeopath Dr Dean. I feel amazing and much healthier than ever.

On returning from my fab holiday in Mauritius several people commented on how good I looked. I was very chuffed that people noticed there was a difference to me no it wasn't because I lost 20kgs or I had a holiday romance BUT simply the fact that I had made peace and accepted who I was. And yes I had fallen in LOVE with myself.

So when I came across the Dove campaign #ChooseBeautiful everything kinda fitted into place so I am embracing the beautiful person I am. And I am choosing beautiful cause that's exactly who I am. I was not a fan of taking pictures of myself, but now I am and those who follow my Twitter account @verushka143 and my IG verushka143 will know how much I do love myself. I am now a lover of the much loved/hated hashtag #selfie.In this post I have included some of my favourite pics of me from the last few weeks.

I hope I have inspired you to embrace yourself and #ChooseBeautiful.

Have an amazing week ahead.

Be Inspired !

Ciao

xxx

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Verushka Ramasami is a 30 something lifestyle blogger based in Durban, South Africa. With a passion for travel, food, and culture, she shares her world with the world. A travel and tourism lecturer by day and a blogger every spare minute in between.

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