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This Instagrammer Is Sharing Why It's So Important to Love Your Body As It Is

Like so many women, Instagrammer and content creator Elana Loo has spent years working on feeling comfortable in her own skin. But after spending so much time focusing on outer appearances, she finally realized that her body type, shape, or size wasn't tied into any of the goals she had set for herself in the long run. Now, she's encouraging more women to do the same. (Related: Katie Willcox Wants You to Know You're So Much More Than What You See in the Mirror)

 

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"Take a page from my book—ditch the idea that you will be beautiful or worthy *once* you change something about your outer appearance," she recently wrote on Instagram. "Confidence and beauty [come] from within."

Elana shared how she's always felt confident about her personality and her ability but always struggled with body image. "I would let subtle thoughts of 'if you only lost xxx much, you'd be beautiful' or 'I wonder how amazing it would be to be skinny' sneak their way into my mind," she writes.

But ever since moving to Hawaii, she realized that, as with everything else in life, the grass isn't always greener on the other side. "Everyone thinks that if something was different, it would be better and it's just not the case," she wrote. "Since moving to the islands, I have tried to practice radical self-love and self-talk! There are days I don't feel my best but I've taken a complete 360 degrees from loathing bikini season and not feeling confident naked!"

That's why, as part of Aerie's #AerieREAL campaign, Elana shared an unretouched photo of herself to support their new initiative. Now, for every unretouched swim photo people share using their hashtag, Aerie will donate $1 (up to $25K) to the National Eating Disorders Association to help those struggling with body image. So if you're on the fence about posting that beach selfie, slap a filter on it (those are okay, but photoshopping is not), and post it with #AerieREAL knowing that your 'gram is for a good cause. 

 

Take a page from my book – ditch the idea that you will be beautiful or worthy *once* you change something about your outer appearance.  Confidence and beauty comes from WITHIN!  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ I used to feel confident in my personality and my ability, but not 'the package' I came in. I would let subtle thoughts of ‘if you only lost xxx much, you’d be beautiful’ or ‘I wonder how amazing it would be to be skinny’ sneak their way into my mind  Turns out, like with everything else in life, the grass is always greener. Every one thinks that if something was different, it would be better and it’s just not the case. I love that @Aerie has revolutionized this reality!  Growing up, there were very few curvy models, positive messaging in the media, etc. so I am ALL about their efforts as a company!  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ Since moving to the islands, I have tried to practice radical self-love and self-talk! There are days I don’t feel my best but I’ve taken a complete 360º from loathing bikini season and not feeling confident naked! We have to realize that we, with all of our scars, stretch marks and cellulite, are beautiful NOW – not ‘once *blank* happens.' Not when we lose the weight, not when we get the tan, NOW! Being healthy – emotionally and physically – is where it’s at for me! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ So let’s LOVE the bodies + swim we’re in! For every un-retouched swim photo YOU share with the hashtag #AerieREAL, @Aerie is going to donate $1 (up to $25K) to @NEDA, a non-profit that supports those affected by eating disorders. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ You *know* that’s something I can stand behind!  I’ll link one of my favorite blogposts to date in my stories that shares how Hawai’i taught me to love my body! Check it out, I hope you’ll fall in love with your body too! #aeriepartner #ourgreathawaiianadventure ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ Captured by @aaronhaynes

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"I love that Aerie has revolutionized this reality," she wrote. "Growing up, there were very few curvy models, positive messaging in the media, etc., so I am ALL about their efforts as a company!" (Related: Iskra Lawrence, Aly Raisman, and Yara Shahidi Pose with Their Moms In Adorable New Aerie Campaign)

Ultimately, Elana hopes that more and more women learn to appreciate and embrace their bodies as they are. "We have to realize that we, with all of our scars, stretch marks, and cellulite, are beautiful now—not 'once *blank* happens,'" she wrote. "Not when we lose the weight, not when we get the tan, NOW! Being healthy—emotionally and physically—is where it's at for me!"

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