Love Your Selfie

A catwalk of confidence: Secrets to self-esteem

Feb. 28, 2014 at 1:57 PM ET

Video: In Friday’s installment of TODAY’s weeklong “Love Your Selfie” series, singer Jordin Sparks and model Hayley Hasselhoff (actor David Hasselhoff’s daughter) strut their stuff and talk about body image.

TODAY style editor and author of "The Power of Style," Bobbie Thomas highlights style secrets to self-esteem from some powerful body image heroes.

The fit factor

A talented singer, as well as a role model, Jordin Sparks is proud to flaunt her figure in fashions that accentuate, rather than hide, her shape. The truth is bigger, baggier clothing can often draw attention to your emotional insecurity, or potentially visually emphasize what it is you're insecure about. With 4 out of 5 women today over-estimating their weight, it's important for all of us to embrace our bodies the way Jordin does (Marciano Printed Dress $139, Guess.com).

Investment worthy

The women of TODAY’s Kiss My Wrinkles segment talked about feeling “invisible.” Don’t fade into the background, add some bold color to your wardrobe. It’s one of the most powerful things you can wear to stand out. It’s also important to know you are worth the attention and the 'extras'... a bubble bath, lipstick, fragrance, a hair appointment (you do wear your hair for 365 days of the year). If you value yourself, others will too. And remember, you will be your longest relationship, so you better take care (Pretty Powerful Slips, $78 YummieLife.com; Signature Front Twist Dress $89 & up, AmyMatto.com).

Symmetry, not size

As a professional model, Hayley Hasselhoff has learned how to harness the power of proportion. Remember we are attracted to symmetry, not size, so seek to balance and don't be afraid of trends, just learn how to tame them. In my book, "The Power of Style: Everything You Need to Know Before You Get Dressed," you’ll find over 100 illustrations in the Body Balance chapter alone that will help you learn about your “X” factor and find flattering clothing styles for your individual shape.

Fun and fearless

Youtube sensation Whitney Thore inspired us all with her No Shame Body campaign. Follow in her footsteps, and let go of negative thoughts that hold you back. Dare to do and wear what you want. From the energetic active wear she dances in, to the fashion forward motto jacket and striped top from Eloquii’s new Studio Collection- she expresses herself unapologetically, and that’s true style! 

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