Step Back in Time: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (back then Cheryl Tweedy) when she was 20-21 years-old, in 2003-2004.
Her idea of beauty:
I don’t think feeling beautiful is about what’s happening on the outside. It’s about what your eyes and body language say, and that comes with experience.
On her eyebrows:
I don’t let anyone touch my eyebrows. I’ve had threading and waxing disasters – I don’t trust anyone with my brows, so I do my own.
On her biggest beauty mistake:
Pale lipstick – I can look washed out or like I haven’t got any lips, so it’s been trial and error.
On her favorite make-up product – the black eyeliner:
You would shake it and try to do a straight line on your eye, which takes a long time to master. I’d always use too much and have to wipe it all off and start again. I’ve been doing it for so long now that I’m used to it and can slap it on quickly.
On receiving a lot of body criticism for being ‘too skinny’:
I think it’s about time people just leave others alone with their unnecessary and unwanted opinions and judgments. The other side of body shaming is skinny shaming. I think this happens just as much as shaming someone for being bigger. How often do you hear someone say, ‘give that girl a sandwich’, or ‘she needs a good feed’?’ Everyone says they want the ‘perfect body’ and have so many body goals, but when a girl is just that bit too skinny, in your eyes, she gets judged.
It isn’t your fault that you think like this. The media have told us that this size is too thin and that size is too big. That one roll of back fat is disgusting and not having a thing gap (it’s okay for your thighs to touch) means you’re ugly.
There is so, so, so, so much more to life than having the ‘perfect body’. Every young person needs to understand that. Go travelling, learn about different cultures, be happy, fall in love and don’t give a f**k about what people think. If your main goal in life is to be someone’s ‘body goals’, you need to reconsider your attitude.’
… says Cheryl on Instagram.
More photos next!
On receiving a lot of body criticism for losing a considerable amount of weight:
No, I’m not anorexic. It all started with a girl on Instagram calling us a bag of bones. At the time I was thinking people are so quick to judge without thinking, ‘Is there a reason why this person might be like that?’. Right now I feel like we are facing a lot of body issues in general – girls expected to have big booties, girls with thin legs – and it’s impossible. It needs to slow down, or stop. It’s highlighting body insecurities and it’s not right. I work 12 to 14 hours a day. I don’t even have time at the moment to exercise – and I don’t need to either. It’s nice that people are concerned, but, honestly there’s no cause for concern. You can see I am completely and utterly well and happy.
… says Cheryl.
Step Back in Time: Cheryl in 2013:
More recent pictures of her next!