The ladies behind this new body-positive Instagram account are promoting a message of friendship, love, and equality after Internet trolls tried to tear them down.
Friends Georgia Gibbs and Kate Wasley were surprised when Georgia posted a cute picture before heading out for the night only to receive a slew of body-shaming comments and reposts. Instead of just getting upset, though, the pair of Australian models decided to do something about it.
Where it all started ^ We posted this picture online, just as best friends going out on the weekend, it got reposted a lot and the controversy started.. You have photoshopped yourself thinner or your friend bigger, what kind of friend are you? Was one of the comments, it broke my heart because Kate and I are best friends why would I do that? The fact that a simple picture of two people together went so viral purely because of their body types shocked me... and @any.body_co was created because no one should have to deal with that and it shouldn't even be acknowledged, all I see here is two women.. not one "skinny" woman and one "curvy" woman, stop comparing everyone to each other and accept every person as beautiful in their own right. #loveanyBODY
"We posted this picture online, just as best friends going out on the weekend. It got reposted a lot and the controversy started," Georgia explained in a lengthy Instagram caption on the pair's new joint Instagram account. Apparently, some of Georgia's followers thought she might have photoshopped her body to look thinner, or altered Kate's to make her friend appear larger. "It broke my heart because Kate and I are best friends," the caption continued. "Why would I do that? The fact that a simple picture of two people together went so viral purely because of their body types shocked me, and @any.body_co was created because no one should have to deal with that and it shouldn't even be acknowledged. All I see here is two women. Not one 'skinny' woman and one 'curvy' woman. Stop comparing everyone to each other and accept every person as beautiful in their own right."
With that well-said rant, these two earned a well-deserved mic drop. Clearly, others agree because their account—created just a week ago—has amassed more than 85,000 followers. And since Wasley and Gibbs are best friends IRL, each post comes off as totally genuine and adorable, all while promoting a really worthwhile message: Women are more than just their size and shape, and it's dangerous to promote this idea that women are constantly competing against each other. (Check out this other inspiring woman who transformed her body into a work of art after being bullied.)
The girls are also serving up a healthy reminder that trying to be more like someone else—regardless of whether it's a friend, celeb, or someone you saw at your gym—and less like yourself is never a healthy idea. Since all people are innately different, trying to achieve the same body goals can be really unrealistic. (Thigh gap, anyone?) Not to mention comparing yourself to another person can seriously mess with your fitness goals. "Consistently tying your workouts to your outcome in relation to other exercisers can negatively affect your mood and set you up for injuries," said Justine Reel, Ph.D., associate professor of health promotion and education at the University of Utah in Are You Too Competitive at the Gyms?
Instead, doing what the "Any Body" girls do—partnering up with a gym buddy in a positive way—is a great way to fuel healthy competition without trying to one-up each other, drop more pounds, or somehow beat them. That way you can focus on motivating each other to hit goals faster, all while fostering a positive friendship that's built to last. Seems like a no-brainer, don't you think?