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Ex-EastEnders star Melissa Suffield strips to her underwear for inspiring body confidence post

EX-EASTENDERS star Melissa Suffield has urged people to become "best friends with the person in the mirror" as she stripped off for an underwear snap.

The actress - who played Lucy Beale on the BBC One soap - proudly showed off her post-baby body in a matching red co-ord.

Showing off her stretch marks, Melissa explained that her body has changed but she is still her "biggest champion".

Looking happier than ever, the soap star sat on a wooden table and laughed as she posed for the photo.

In a second snap, Melissa stood up and gazed at herself in the mirror, reminding fans to embrace their figure.

Alongside the images, she wrote: "You want to make best fucking friends with that person in the mirror.
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"They’re not your enemy - in fact, they could be your biggest champion if you’d let them.

"They are desperate for that love you show to others, and they’re gagging for you to tell them how much you respect them, cherish them.

"They want to show you the beauty in yourself, and so much more.
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"So don’t let a b***h down! Go tell ‘em 😏."

Her body confident post was praised by her fans, with one writing: "Oh I LOVE this. You beauty!"

Another posted: "Gorgeous lady...the best person I follow hands down."

"You look absolutely amazing. You make me feel good about myself," a third shared.

The star, who is proud mum of 18-month-old River, loves to share body positivity with her followers whenever she can.

She recently showed off "every lump, bump and mark" in a new underwear shoot.

She wowed in a nude bra and thong set which showcased her curves.

She raised her arm above her head and let her blonde locks fall down her shoulders.

Melissa captioned the post: "Last week I was lucky enough to be asked to take part in @wearewomanhood latest shoot to launch 3 new underwear brands to their site.

"Bloody love that they use real peeps to model, natural light to shoot, we were all totally make-up free- and every lump, bump, mark, or anything else is there to stay - to be celebrated, and not eradicated.

"Female owned underwear brands, that empower us and don’t make us feel crap about ourselves when we shop? Yaass please 🙌."

Since giving birth to River in March last year, the soap star is more confident than ever.

In August she posed completely naked to celebrate Breastfeeding Week and opened up to fans about her difficulties.

The TV star also showed off her post-baby body in an animal print bikini as she hit out at a troll who called it "horrible".

Melissa shot to fame in 2003 after landing a role in Magic Grandad, which was shortly followed by another in Agatha Christie's Poirot.

A year later she joined the cast of EastEnders and stayed there for six years.

After her stint on the soap she also starred in Little Crackers and Casaulty.

The telly star is married to cruise director Robert Brendan.

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