Gemma Collins looked unrecognisable as she shared a string of throwback snaps on Instagram last night.

The GC, 38, posed in a one-piece swimsuit in the photos, which were taken when she was on holiday as a teenager.

In the post Gem reflected on being body confident as a young girl as she claimed social media was giving people low self-esteem.

She wrote: "I never grew up body conscious it wasn't a thing when I was younger I was just young free and me…. yeah I look good but In an innocent way there was no panic…

"This pic was NOT taken to fit in with a wall page on make it Instagram worthy.

"Instagram is way too exposed now for young members who are on here …. they do have pressure and it’s just so nice to look back on this picture and not have had any of that pressure growing up."

The diva said she had no body hangups when she was a teen and encouraged her young followers to be "body confident and free".

She added: "The way people expose themselves now days on the gram is way too much nothing is held back anymore everything on show nothing is left to the imagination it is way too much…. younger ones are watching.

"I just want to say to the younger ones on insta be YOU and don’t worry about what you see on insta be young be happy and free."

Gemma appeared to be in a reflective mood posting the snaps after her new show didn't get the reception she might have hoped.

The ex TOWIE legend had fans unfollowing her on social media as they were put off by her antics in Diva Forever.

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