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All rise for Her Royal Thighness

GO PRO: Melissa Henry plays for the London Warriors American football team

IN A world where so many young women are made to feel insecure about their bodies, Melissa Henry is taking a stand and making a change to remind us all to be happy in who we are.

The 24-year-old is an accomplished sportswomen, playing American Football for London Warriors, the current holders of the Opal Series British National Champions.

Henry is widely known by her moniker 'Her Royal Thighness', a play on words to describe the body confidence she has finally found in herself.

She tells The Voice: “I am passionate about women focusing on self improvement and steering away from comparing themselves to other people.

“I always tell people around me to be a better version of themselves. Compete with yourself everyday, and ask yourself, ‘What can I do better today than I did yesterday?’”


HER ROYAL THIGHNESS: Melissa Henry

As a young girl who struggled with her self-esteem, Henry is aware of the photoshopped images our youngsters are bombarded with.

The 24-year-old says: “The media, popular culture and it kills me to say it, some social media outlets with the intention to help women lose weight, can be very misleading by promoting products or showcasing women with unnatural bodies and I think that can be very dangerous for young women to see on their phones or laptop everyday.

“It has given women a false idea about firstly, what a woman's body should look like (as if to say there is a type) and secondly some underestimate the need to exercise to lose weight by promoting these weird teas and body wraps.

“Training hard and eating well will make you feel good and lose unwanted/excess weight, there are no corners to cut. It's just important to ensure women are doing it for the right reasons and with the right mind-set which I'm very passionate to instil in young women.”

The athlete and role model has worked with top sportswear companies including JD Sports, Sweaty Betty and ILU Fitwear as she looks to start her female empowerment movement, along with over 15,000 followers on social media.

When asked what we as parents and teachers can do to help young girls, her advice was simple: “There needs to be a focus on being unique, one of a kind.

“Young girls must be encouraged to love themselves for who they are because there's only one of them in this world which is mind blowing.

“You were born an original, don't die a copy.”

Start your healthy journey, and follow Melissa Henry on Instagram @herroyalthighness

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