As you scroll down on Instagram you will notice many ‘perfect’ lives and many stunning and flawless bodies and faces. However, many of those faces have undergone the process of Photoshop or simply the filters on Instagram. So, they are rarely real and filter-free images.
One fitness blogger, Anna Victoria is one of many that show not all “perfect” Instagram posts are what they may seem. She has built a business on being in great shape, but she still points out that her body how it appears on her Instagram page is far from her body in real life and most of the time.
The blogger recently shared a side-by-side photo in the same bikini on her Instagram account that has over 1.3m followers to date. She is posing while standing on the left side of the photo and on the right one, she shows her very normal stomach rolls. This article first appeared in HuffingtonPost.
Me 1% of the time vs. 99% of the time. And I love both photos equally. Good or bad angles don’t change your worth ❤️ I recently came across an article talking about how one woman stated she refuses to accept her flaws, because she doesn’t see them as flaws at all. I LOVED that because it sends such a powerful message that our belly rolls, cellulite, stretch marks are nothing to apologize for, to be ashamed of, or to be obsessed with getting rid of! As I’m getting older, I have cellulite and stretch marks that aren’t going away, and I welcome them.
They represent a life fully lived (for 28 years so far :)) and a healthy life and body at that. How can I be mad at my body for perfectly normal “flaws”? This body is strong, can run miles, can lift and squat and push and pull weight around, and it’s happy not just because of how it looks, but because of how it feels. So when you approach your journey, I want you to remember these things: I will not punish my body I will fuel it I will challenge it AND I will love it 💗💗💗 If you’re following my page, you’re a part of helping me spread this message and creating this movement – thank you. #fbggirls #realstagram www.annavictoria.com/guides
“Me 1% of the time vs. 99% of the time,” Anna captioned the photo. “And I love both photos equally. Good or bad angles don’t change your worth.”
Her post just closes the notion that perfect bodies on the Instagram somehow represent real life. Also, another fitness blogger, Sara Puhto disclosed about how chiseled model bodies we see on the platform are usually about finding the perfect angles and lighting than the actual fitness.
These are great and very much-needed messages of body positivity, since the social media can sometimes exacerbate mental health issues like eating disorders. According to National Eating Disorder, about 20 million women and 10 million men will deal with an eating disorder at some point in their lives.
Anna advised her followers on Instagram to rethink the way they approach and see their body’s so-called ‘flaws.’
“As I’m getting older, I have cellulite and stretch marks that aren’t going away, and I welcome them,” she continued. “How can I be mad at my body for perfectly normal ‘flaws?’ This body is strong, can run miles, can lift and squat and push and pull weight around, and it’s happy not just because of how it looks, but because of how it feels.”
If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, call the National Eating Disorder Association hotline at 1-800-931-2237.