We all get insecure about our bodies, and we all have scars in our past – even if we don’t look the part.

Model and social media star Lucas Dell certainly fits the “hunk” bill, but in a new revealing post, he talks about the hard times he had as a young kid – and how things changed for him.

Lucas Dell
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Lucas Dell is a 22-year-old openly gay actor and model who currently has more than 325,000 followers on Instagram. Naturally, many of his followers are there for his good looks and thirst-photos, but it wasn’t always easy for him.

“My younger self”, Lucas wrote in an emotional Instagram post this week, “Who used to cry for being called ‘fat’ and ‘weird’ would be proud to see where I am right now.'”

And he continues:

“I remember getting jealous of people who had the “good genes” of never needing to try, and always wanting to be fit when I grew up (I still add to that ‘when I grow up’ list).

Overtime I learned that it’s about loving the journey and myself first, prioritizing health and love and happiness over the concept of just wanting to be attractive.

I still get apprehensive about my body and I still have insecurities, but it has a lot to do with my environment and never quite shaking the things that formed who I am today.”

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my younger self who used to cry for being called “fat” and “weird” would be proud to see where I am right now. I remember getting jealous of people who had the “good genes” of never needing to try, and always wanting to be fit when I grew up (I still add to that ‘when I grow up’ list). Overtime I learned that it’s about loving the journey and myself first, prioritizing health and love and happiness over the concept of just wanting to be attractive. I still get apprehensive about my body and I still have insecurities, but it has a lot to do with my environment and never quite shaking the things that formed who I am today. Growing up with social media helped both alleviate and pin-point those insecurities, but anyone who has been with me for several years can see how much I’ve changed both physically and as a person. So I’m proud here. Sure, sleep and diet cause constant bodily fluctuations, but it’s nice to be able to stop and say “hey I like how I look at this moment” and want to be able to share that pride. And to tell each of you that your appearance does not shape who you are, but rather the obstacles you overcome and the love/goodness you can bring to yourself and to the world. And if that trying to get a 6-pac helps bring you that happiness, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Embrace the weirdness and tackle your goals and know that saying “I love my body the way it is” is just as powerful, if not more so, than chasing the ideal. Love y’all ❤️ (and the obligatory “sorry Mom”)

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