Kayla Itsines' Sister Leah Opens Up About People Comparing Their Bodies
"I will never look like her, she will never look like me."
We don't need to tell you that bodies come in all shapes and sizes-duh. But that doesn't make it any less difficult to avoid comparing yourself to some of the incredibly toned and lean fitness influencers flooding your Instagram feed. Now imagine if one of those ripped and sculpted women with millions of followers was your sister. Leah Itsines-yep, you guessed it, she's Kayla Itsines sister-recently opened up about what it's like to be constantly compared to one of the most influential people in the fitness world today.
Captioning a photo of herself at the gym wearing shorts and a sports bra, the Itsines sisters' wardrobe of choice, Leah began by saying, "I got a question the other day ... which I get ALL the time! I'm not offended by much, so I'm happy to answer it here. The question was 'do you ever find it hard having a different body type to Kayla's?' ...OBVIOUSLY, this lovely girl had no bad intentions with that comment-I completely understand...Kayla is daaaaaamn ripped." (Related: Why Kayla Itsines Regrets Calling Her Program "Bikini Body Guide")
But Leah made sure to answer the question with an empowering message of self-love and appreciation. "Of course, when I get compared it's hard at times, BUT Kayla and I have COMPLETELY different body types," she writes. "I will never look like her, she will never look like me...just as I will never look like you, and you will never look like me! We are ALLLL different and have things that make us OURSELVES." Also, we want to go on record as saying that Leah looks pretty damn fit regardless.
Leah ended her post with a #realtalk call to action to shift the focus from comparisons to celebrations of what makes you different, special, and completely you. "We can't compare ourselves to other people because they are NOT US," she writes. "We have to focus on being the best possible version of ourselves because that's in the end what matters. I focus on being the best possible version of me, and that's being super fit so I can keep up with her, super happy and with some damn naan bread in my hand." (Discover more about the #MyPersonalBest movement that is all about this kind of self-discovering and goal-setting.)