I think it all started when I was younger. When I was eight years old I was diagnosed with Perthes disease. This is a condition that effects the hip joint. The ball in my hip basically crumpled flat, then when it formed back together it didn't form a perfect ball which causes me a lot of pain when walking, sitting in the same position for a while and exercising. The condition can effect both hips but fortunately for me it just effects my left hip. You can read more about the disease Here. Because of the condition my left leg is a cm and a half shorter than my right. Because of this when I'm walking in public I feel like a lot of people look at me when I am limping which caused me to feel very insecure and not really won't to go out in public. After gaining confidence from the kind words of family, friends and my boyfriend I decided to not let it get me down. I chose to change my image and learn how to do my makeup properly. This gave me so much more confidence and I thought that at least if people are looking at me they may notice my hair, makeup and clothes and not my limp.
I finally got some new shoe inserts form the hospital which were the right size and fitted in my shoes perfectly. They lift my left leg up to be the same as my right, this causes less pain and prevents me from limping. This is great but it does limit me to the shoes I can wear them with which is something I have to consider when buying shoes and outfits.
I had an operation when I was eight to help the condition where my legs were in pots from top to bottom, not my feet, with a bar across my knees to keep them in a wide v position. I was like this for six weeks and when I walked for those six weeks it caused my back to push in slightly which causes my stomach to stick out a little more than usual. I'm not the skinniest of girls but this sure doesn't help, of cause this doesn't help with my body confidence either so I tend to buy clothes that don't cling to my body.
Despite all of this, I guess I'm trying to say clothes, makeup and shoes really can help a person to feel so much more confidence and we shouldn't put them down if they like to spend their money on those things. However you find body confidence, do what you need to make you happy!
What gives you confidence?