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Strictly’s Maisie Smith reveals show has ‘really boosted’ her confidence 

Maisie Smith has revealed taking part in Strictly Come Dancing has helped her to become more confident than ever.

The EastEnders actress, 19, admitted she had been struggling with her confidence before taking part in the show and sought advice from the other contestants.

Speaking to the Daily Star Sunday, Maisie told how she would not have been comfortable donning the show’s skimpy costumes this time last year. 

Feeling good: Maisie Smith has revealed taking part in Strictly Come Dancing has helped her to become more confident than ever (pictured with dance partner Gorka Marquez)

She said: ‘Being on Strictly has really boosted my confidence. I’ve worked really hard the past seven weeks and I’ve got fitter.

‘Also, I’ve been around really lovely people. I’ve spoken about my lack of confidence with a few of the other contestants. I spoke to Clara [Amfo] about it and she really helped me with it all.

‘This time a year ago, I wouldn’t have felt comfortable wearing the [Strictly] costumes. They’re all absolutely crazy…’

Maisie recently admitted in an honest Instagram post that she has been insecure about her legs for years.

Help: The EastEnders actress, 19, admitted she had been struggling with her confidence before taking part in the show and sought advice from the other contestants

Help: The EastEnders actress, 19, admitted she had been struggling with her confidence before taking part in the show and sought advice from the other contestants

She wrote: ‘Here lies a collection of photos taken at the exact same time, however, from different angles, under different lighting.

‘The past few years I’ve been VERY insecure about my legs. I covered them up as much possible. No matter how many people told me ‘cellulite is natural.. everyone has it..’ I still hated them.’ 

Despite having initially negative feelings toward her body, Maisie said she’s learned to ‘accept’ what she first deemed as ‘flaws’ and now sees them as ‘qualities’.

And while Maisie admitted she doesn’t completely ‘love’ her body, the TV star insisted she’s on the journey to and wanted to share her story so her social media followers could feel confident about themselves too.

She said: 'Being on Strictly has really boosted my confidence. I've worked really hard the past seven weeks and I've got fitter.

She said: ‘Being on Strictly has really boosted my confidence. I’ve worked really hard the past seven weeks and I’ve got fitter. 

‘It’s taken me a while but I’m starting to accept these aspects of myself that I’ve always seen as ‘flaws’,’ she continued.

‘I wore gym shorts (out of the house) for the FIRST time a couple of months ago n I was so so proud of myself. I wish I could I say that I LOVE my body but I’m still working on that.

The star added: ‘The reason I posted this was because I understand that it’s SO hard to love yourself and see your ‘flaws’ as ‘qualities’. We ALL have things we want to change about ourselves.

‘But I hope this can help other people feel more confident about their own insecurities. BECAUSE YOU ARE FRIGGING BEAUTIFUL. And because self love is the best love.’  

Maisie added: 'This time a year ago, I wouldn't have felt comfortable wearing the [Strictly] costumes. They're all absolutely crazy...'

Maisie added: ‘This time a year ago, I wouldn’t have felt comfortable wearing the [Strictly] costumes. They’re all absolutely crazy…’

It comes after Strictly stars are muttering about the level of publicity being lavished on Maisie by the BBC, according to the Mail on Sunday.

Some of those competing for the Glitterball trophy suspect the Corporation of a desperate bid to keep the young actress – who has already twice been in the dance off – on the show and are ‘pulling out all the stops’.

In recent days, Maisie, who has played Bianca Butcher’s daughter Tiffany in the BBC’s EastEnders since she was six, has given a number of newspaper interviews, made the front cover of OK! magazine and appeared on ITV’s This Morning.

While Maisie, who was given the sought-after final dance last weekend, has scored comparatively highly with the judges, the public appear to be less convinced. 

‘There are a lot of people involved with Strictly who felt that there was some preferential treatment going on,’ said a show insider. 

Star: It comes after Strictly stars are muttering about the level of publicity being lavished on Maisie by the BBC, according to the Mail On Sunday

Star: It comes after Strictly stars are muttering about the level of publicity being lavished on Maisie by the BBC, according to the Mail On Sunday

‘Maisie is the BBC’s girl. She has grown up on EastEnders and as the daughter of Bianca, one of their most iconic characters, is very important to them. They view her as a star.’ 

Asked by the Mail on Sunday if she felt that she had gained an advantage by performing the final dance last Saturday, Maisie said: ‘Absolutely not. It was terrifying. There was a lot of pressure to close the show and I was even more nervous than I have been the past six weeks.’

A BBC spokesman said: ‘The suggestion that any of the couples receive preferential treatment is completely untrue and unfounded.

‘Maisie has performed her dance in the first half of all couples each week bar one, where she happened to perform last. Maisie has taken part in no more media opportunities than any other celebrity.’

A source said: 'Maisie is the BBC’s girl. She has grown up on EastEnders and as the daughter of Bianca, one of their most iconic characters, is very important to them. They view her as a star'

A source said: ‘Maisie is the BBC’s girl. She has grown up on EastEnders and as the daughter of Bianca, one of their most iconic characters, is very important to them. They view her as a star’ 


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