Melanie is the face behind DNA artistry jewellery brand, Behind the Willow Tree. You can follow her on Instagram here.
"When I was born I was adopted into a beautiful family. However as I grew I was teased about this adoption I was so proud of ~ This was the beginning for me of self doubt. Then when I was 13 my breasts started to grow larger and faster than anyone else, to the point I felt my personality had to be larger than they were, yet inside I was full of self doubt. I was laughed at by women, directly into my face - complete strangers in public.
At 22 I found my birth mum & at 26 I had my first of 2 breast reductions. At 29 I had my second breast reduction and then finally, finally after around 20 years of hiding myself behind so many walls, I found myself.
Behind every face of a woman lies a story. Most of us don't live with confidence naturally, and most of us have to find it. We need to break through out walls.
Remember that what you see on social media, all the beauty and glamour of lives, there is more to this. We are all human, we have struggles and we should just be kind and love one another."
Follow along or share your story on Facebook or Instagram. #beautifulwarriors
Six months ago we came up with a concept of "warriors" as a theme for a photoshoot for Sunbella because, let's be honest; you need to have courage to carry a parasol (regardless of how stylish it is) and it is essentially a shield that can prevent some skin cancer battles.