A French fitness blogger, who is also a student at the University of California, Berkeley went viral for a thing she posted on Instagram. Louise Aubery, who has over 50,000 followers on Instagram, shared a side-by-side photo of herself to promote body positivity.
She took to Instagram to address the importance of everyone learning “not to be so harsh” when labeling body parts as “flaws.” Her post received 11,000 likes.
While in the time we are living, you are expected to show your best self and the best parts of your life on social media, one Instagram user is breaking the common practice.
We first heard about the now popular fitness blogger on Refinery29, who talked about the idea of embracing one’s natural self.
The image on the left is intended to reflect what she believes others notice about her. That is a “big smile, long legs, and strong butt.” However, the right side of the image showcases aspects of her body that she labels as “flaws.”
“As much as I preach self-love and truly made some progress accepting myself, there is something I really struggle with: pictures,”
“Whenever I see a picture of me, the first things which catch my eyes are my FLAWS. I always see what is wrong.”
“I really do not look at people’s flaws first when I look at a picture of someone else! On the contrary, I tend to focus on their assets,”
“So why not do the same with yourself?”
Her caption then ended with an inspirational call for action, saying, “I am going to work on it, and I hope you will too.”
Most of her followers shared their support and praised Aubery’s honesty.
One of her followers wrote:
“This post is so important! Thank you for sharing.”
While another user said:
“[there’s] no such thing as perfect but beauty really comes from within no matter what! Love this post.”
During an interview with Metro.co.uk, Aubery said:
“the mind is what can help us most. We underestimate our ability to send it signals and influence our behavior. … I created this post because I feel social media platforms are not quite what they could be and should be — i.e. a tool to promote empowerment.”
This is so inspiring, spreading healthy messages in a positive way. You go, girl!
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