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Sam Smith said they 'forced' themself to undress at the pool to overcome body image issues

  • Sam Smith said they 'forced' themself to take off their shirt at pools to improve their body image.
  • The singer spoke with The Sunday Times about their identity and overcoming insecurities.
  • Smith added that they "look fabulous" and that they now have "the opposite of body dysmorphia."

Sam Smith said they "forced" themself to take off their shirt at the pool to overcome their body image issues.

 

Speaking with The Sunday Times' Jonathan Dean in an interview published this weekend, the singer talked about body dysmorphia, authenticity, and identity. 

Smith told Dean that they were apprehensive about joining an industry where trim, toned celebrities were considered the standard. They said their parents tried to persuade them to undress while on vacation as a child — to no avail.

 

When asked how they transformed into a star that regularly wears daring looks onstage and online, Smith said they took a bold approach.

 

"Within my industry there is definitely that question of, 'What should a pop star look like?' When I was 25 I came off tour exhausted," they said, referring to their "The Thrill of It All" tour. "I looked to role models in the body world. Every time I went to the pool I felt self-conscious, but I forced myself to take my top off."

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