Plus-size model Laura Wells strips off for daring naked beach shoot - as she says she's 'comfortable in her own skin'
- Size 14 model Laura Wells posed nude on the beach for Art Provocative
- The series of images show her floating naked in the water and on the sand
- She said on Instagram she used to not be '100% happy' with her body
- 'Looking back now I think how ridiculous it was to think like that,' she said
Published: 04:04 BST, 21 December 2015 | Updated: 09:12 BST, 21 December 2015
Australian model Laura Wells has bared all in a risque nude photoshoot on the beach.
The size 14 beauty posed naked for Sydney photographer, Art Provocative, whose seductive style captures the 'allure and natural beauty of women'.
Wells shared a black and white photo from the shoot on her Instagram, and told her 47,300 followers the photo was 'was taken a little while ago when I wasn't 100% happy with my body'.
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Dare to bare: Australian model Laura Wells posed nude for a shoot with Art Provocative
Finding confidence: Wells posted a photo from the shoot to Instagram and said when it was taken she was not 100% happy with her body
Self love: 'One thing I will never do is allow how I perceive my body to stop me from doing or achieving things,' she said
'Looking back now I think how ridiculous it was to think like that,' she wrote on Facebook.
'One thing I will never do is allow how I perceive my body to stop me from doing or achieving things.
'When you are comfortable in your own skin it allows you to focus on things bigger than yourself and put your time and effort into making your world what you want it to be.
'You will never be 100% satisfied with your body and will always have things you don't like but those things should not take up your time and energy.'
Extremes: The size 14 model previously worked in New York where she lived in a house with 'skinnier' models who were pressured to be thin
Positive outlook: Wells said you would never be 100% happy with your body, but it should not take up your time or energy
The Art Provocative shoot came after Wells, who lived and worked in New York, spoke out against the extreme measures models go to in a bid to maintain a slender frame.
The brunette beauty lived with 'skinnier' models in New York, and said their agents instructed them to stick to a diet of 'one cracker and a couple of glasses of water'.
She told the Australian Women's Weekly the pressure to be thin 'went to extremes'.
'It's completely unhealthy, not only for their body but mentally as well,' she said.
Confidence: While she is a 'plus size' model, Wells said she is not 'plus sized in reality'
Wells was studying science and law when she spotted in New York City by talent scouts in 2005.
She is now an environmental scientist, and her modelling career has seen her work with Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Myer, David Jones, Berlei and ASOS.
When she was first called a 'plus size' model Wells assumed she was being called fat.
But she told AWW a plus size model was four to six sizes larger than a standard size model, and not 'plus-sized in reality'.