What draws you to lingerie?
It’s wearing a wonderful secret that no one knows about.
Do you believe that wearing lingerie and feeling empowered are important for feminism?
Yes, women should be able to wear lingerie without it being sexualised. It should always stem from a place of self-love and self-worth. You are entitled to feel glamorous for yourself first and foremost.
Have you always been a fan?
Actually no, only because it has taken me a really long time to embrace my physical self. It’s still a work in progress but I’m happy to say lingerie helps, not hinders, with that now.
How important is it for you to wear beautiful lingerie on a daily basis?
Even if it’s not always the most glamorous because LIFE, I always endeavour to match pieces so that I’ve put the effort in.
If you are wearing underwear that’s not a good fit or not your favourite, does it affects your confidence and mood?
Oh yes, definitely. As I’m a 10DD I ALWAYS try before I buy. Even if you have been fitted, sometimes the product doesn’t suit. Probably the best advice I can give.
Is your expensive lingerie reserved for special occasions?
I tend to buy stuff that is both beautiful and practical, so it usually doesn’t stay in a drawer for too long.
Are you drawn to vintage styles or prefer more modern minimal pieces?
Definitely vintage styles (genuine or reproduction), I find the fit more flattering on my frame.
How important is wearing lingerie to your self-esteem and confidence?
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Probably the best advice I could give is to do a shoot like this (yes, especially if the confidence is lacking). It’s not a sell from Melissa, I promise! Prior to this shoot, I had real struggles reconciling lingerie with my own self-worth for a variety of reasons. I owned lingerie and loved it but the idea of really embracing it on a regular basis was a bit scary. Even in my hobby modelling for the past 4 years, I have stayed away from that style out of fear. However, when you see an image staring back at you looking all the things you aspire to be in everyday life, it brings you right around. I’m happy to say I’m a “(self) love through lingerie” convert. Just remember to do it for you first and foremost. You deserve to feel that way every day of your glorious life!