CORONATION Street star Brooke Vincent admitted she "doesn't feel beautiful" as she opened up about her insecurities.
The actress – who is mum to three-year-old Mexx and 22-month-old Monroe with footballer fiancé Kean Bryan – spoke about her "hang-ups", saying she "wished she had bigger lips and tucked in ears".
But Brooke, 30, proudly said: "I don't strive to be the prettiest in the room, I want to be the successful one."
On Scott Thomas’ podcast, the soap star said: “I look through social media and look at these girls who are absolutely stunning and I think if I had work done like they had work done then I could look like that, but I don’t care enough to go have work done.
"But that doesn’t mean that every day I don’t look in the mirror and think ‘god I wish my lips were a little bit bigger or I wish my ears were a bit tucked in’."
"You have hang-ups but I think we’re so cautious in this day and age for something that’s not achievable and then you’re constantly trying to fulfil something that you don’t actually know what you’re trying to do.
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"Once you’ve ticked that off you’re on to something else."
The TV favourite – who welcomed her second child in May 2021 – said she was scared people would judge her pregnant baby body.
"Being pregnant, nowadays when people are pregnant they are tiny tiny little things and they’ve got this little bump. When I was pregnant I was huge," she said.
"I didn’t stop eating, I went big and I acknowledge that. My worst thought was that I'd go and see someone and they'd think 'oh god, she's put on weight and she doesn't even know'. I like to get there first."
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Love Island star and podcast host Scott then told her: "You said you're not beautiful, I think you're beautiful, that there is a defence mechanism.
"I can tell by the way you carry yourself, I've seen you at your lowest and I think you should be saying you are beautiful."
Brooke explained that the words you tell yourself are important, saying: “I also want to make people aware of how you look is not the be all and end all – it really isn’t.
"I don’t strive to be the prettiest in the room.
"In a job role, I don’t want to be the pretty girl next door, I want to be the psycho next door that next door is going to kill.
"I want to be the successful one, I don’t strive to be ‘oh god she’s gorgeous’, I want to be ‘she’s well funny, we had a right laugh with her’.
"Not that you can’t have everything but I just don’t.
"I think cutting my hair was a massive thing as girls want long hair and it makes them feel nice and I wanted to cut it but I did it and I love it – this is me and this is what I stand for.
" I am more at ease with myself and I am at a stage in my life where the opinion that matters is my boys, my partner, my friends and my family.”
It comes as Brooke recently revealed she struggled in pregnancy after believing she "lost her identity" while expecting.
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"People just underestimate how carrying a child can make you feel and how it can knock your confidence. I just didn't know who I was," she explained on the Made By Mammas podcast, saying a lot of those feelings came down to her weight and body changes.
Brooke officially left Corrie in 2019, with Sophie driving off into the sunset in a back of a taxi.
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