Model and Business Owner Emily DiDonato Shares 3 Ways to Feel More Confident

The model, mom and podcast host opened up about methods she implements for a boost.
Emily DiDonato

Emily DiDonato.

Emily DiDonato is opening up about confidence, and it might take some by surprise to learn that the six-time SI Swimsuit model isn’t always so self-assured.

“Naturally, I am not a very confident person,” the 32-year-old mom of two shared in a Jan. 4 Instagram reel. “It’s something that I kinda struggle with, but there are a few things that I do every single day that I can say genuinely make me feel more confident.”

DiDonato then shared her top three tips and daily practices for confidence, as follows:

1. Work out

Though DiDonato commiserated that she knows exercising can be tough, she said she feels better after working out.

“When I do some sort of weightlifting workout or some sort of hip workout, I don’t know if it’s the endorphins, but I feel stronger and more confident and able to take on whatever the day is about to bring my way,” she divulged.

2. Get dressed

Doing her hair and makeup and putting on a clean outfit also helps DiDonato to feel more confident.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m a mom of two, there are so many days where I’m like, ‘I don’t want to get dressed, I wanna wear sweatpants, put my hair in a topknot and just hang out with my kids,’ and a lot of days I do do that, but most days, I really do try to put on an outfit [to] feel good,” she stated. “It really does help.”

3. Journal

While she said that journaling and writing down affirmations is a fairly new practice in her routine, DiDonato now swears by it.

“I have a few [affirmations] printed out in my journal that I revisit and sometimes I will revisit them throughout the day,” she remarked. “It really does help boost my confidence.”

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.