Angela Simmons clearly loves herself and isn’t afraid to embrace her flaws.
The “Growing Up Hip Hop” star hopped over to Instagram on Sunday, Aug. 23, with a series of snaps that showed her in her natural state. The makeup-free beauty donned a yellow sports bra and a pair of blue spandex shorts that revealed her curvaceous body.
She posed in front of her aerial yoga band and wrote a message on self-love.
“Built Not Bought 💪🏽 ‘A strong woman is 100% herself, 100% of the time. ‘The strongest actions for a woman is to love herself, be herself and shine amongst those who never believed she could,’ ” Simmons, 32, wrote.
She expressed that she can understand how some may struggle with body image issues, while adding that she has learned to love her own body.
“I find that in this time we live in .. Embracing natural curves can becoming challenging in a world that strives to see perfection. But why is it that the imperfect is not just perfect ? I have fell in love with every inch of my skin over the last few years of my life,” the mother of one added. “And recognized that where I am in that moment is just fine. And that even if I have goals to lose weight , gain weight , gain muscle mass , that in this very moment I am enough.”
Simmons went on to encourage her over 6 million followers to “know that it’s ok to start where you are at. You are beautiful. You are enough.”
She ended her message by proclaiming, “Do what will make you happy in the long run. If it is surgery .. Do it! But just make sure it’s for you. And make sure you LOVE the skin you are in. Flaws and All. I am In Love.”
Many fans related to Simmons’ encouraging post, while others were blown away by her natural beauty and curves.
“Yes boo!!!! Speak that!!! You look great!!❤️❤️”
“Gorgeous😍, it is nice to see a real woman from time to time👍👏😍😍”
“Let them know hun…all that surgery ain’t it….eat clean and gym🤩”
“I love how natural she is #realbodiesmatter”
Simmons hasn’t always been the confident woman she is now.
In an interview with the Breakfast Club in June 2018, the reality star revealed that she suffered from body image issues when she was younger.
“I didn’t embrace my curves because I was so young,” Simmons said at the time. “I had a little diagram and I would draw this big person and then … draw the person I want to be, skinny. And it was like, I had body issues. Growing up, I was concerned that I was fat. I was like, ‘I just feel fat.’ I always had that conversation. I would cry about it.”
She eventually decided to change her lifestyle around her late teens and early twenties. Simmons is now vegan and works out on a daily basis.