Tuesday 22 August 2017

Fitness instructor shares photo from a 'normal angle' to show the difference between Instagram and reality

Image: AnnaVictoria/Instagram
Image: AnnaVictoria/Instagram
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

A fitness instructor has shared a photo from a "normal angle" to demonstrate the difference between Instagram and reality.

Anna Victoria, a fitness instructor and creator of The Fit Body Guides, shared an image of her posing in a mirror while wearing a bikini with her 1.2m Instagram followers.

In the image, Anna's stomach is taut and toned and she's standing at a flattering angle.

One day after posting the photo, which has gained over 20,500 likes, Anna (28) shared a second image that was taken minutes after the first.

"Me 1% of the time vs. 99% of the time," reads the post, which sees Anna sitting in a relaxed position on a chair side-by-side the original image.

"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," she said.

"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!"

Anna said that as she gets older, she "welcomes" her cellulite and stretch marks, rather than trying to change them.

Just a lounging selfie no makeup or hair done, not posing (and no sticking out either). I'm not sharing this because I think I look bad, or because tummy rolls are bad, or because cellulite, messy hair or no makeup is bad. None of those things are bad or imperfect. They are NORMAL. - I'm sharing this because I just received an email from a 16 year old girl that said I am the only person she follows that actually made her feel good about herself. That even though she's not particularly unhappy with her body, that seeing endless perfect photos started to make herself compare, poke and prod at her own body. The impact social media has on young girls and their self-esteem is an issue I feel very strongly about and if me posting one casual, non-posing, non-done up photo can help a young girl (or man, or anyone of any age!) feel better about themselves, then I'm happy to put myself out there. - Some will look at this and say "what's the big deal?" If it doesn't resonate with you, that's ok. I just ask that you think of those who it does help before firing off with negativity because you don't "get" it. So when we live in a society that profits from your insecurities, be a rebel and LOVE yourself. Love your body at every angle and don't ever be ashamed of being human, of struggling, or hey, even of loving the crap out of yourself!! We need more girls who are wildly confident and loving every bit of themselves and shouting it from the rooftops. Show young girls it's not only okay but necessary to be confident, strong young women, "flaws" and all. #fbggirls www.annavictoria.com/guides

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"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."

Anna's honesty has been praised by her followers worldwide, and has racked up over 270,000 likes since it was posted on Monday.

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