These inspirational women are reminding us not to believe everything we see on social media.
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Founder of Fit Body Guide, Anna Victoria, took to Instagram earlier this week to prove that, “Lighting. Is. Everything."
"99% of pictures you see on social media are taken in the best possible lighting and that ain’t no accident,” she wrote along side-by-side photos of herself. “When I got into the elevator with the lighting on the right, I zoned in on the cellulite on the back of my arms,” she continued. “Yes, cellulite on your arms is a thing! I’ve had it since the beginning of my journey and while it’s lightened up since then, it’s still not totally gone … because I’m human.”
Head over to Instagram to read Victoria's entire post.
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Fitness blogger Sara Puhto wants no part in discussing what an ideal body should look like. In a recent "10-second-transformation" picture, the 20-year-old shows that the perfect body is truly a myth. "These were taken a few seconds apart," she captions the image. "I wanted to share this because I know how it feels to go through Instagram and see photos of people looking amazing on the beach—which are usually planned and not candid, that's why they look so good...Love the body you have in all its forms. You are beautiful and shouldn't have to go through life disliking how you look!" Now that's something we can all keep in mind.
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Popular fitness star GirlXFit recently reminded us all not to trust everything we see on Instagram. The 21-year-old shared a side-by-side comparison showing how her body looks normally versus when she's flexing really hard for the camera. "Instagram versus real life! Not a transformation photo — I took these seconds apart," she captioned the image. "On the left I'm flexing pretty hard and on the right I'm not even pushing out, I'm just relaxed as you'd find me at any other moment in the day. Just a reality check." A much-needed one, too.
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Fitness blogger AnnaSFit was determined to show her followers the difference posture can make. So, she shared this before and after picture to prove that a slight change in posture and angle makes your body appear quite differently—even when the photo is taken moments apart. "I'm not perfect I have my flaws," she said in the post, "but that's why we all are so special in our OWN way."
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Hoping to inspire those who feel disheartened by other people's incredible transformations, fitness blogger Cristina shared this transformation pic of her body to prove how much of a difference a few seconds can make. "Girls, for me this photo really reaffirmed how important it is to take your progress photos with the same posture, lighting, etc," she captioned the image. "It's not about how big of a transformation you've had... it IS about: strength, integrity, fortitude—things we strive for each and every day that we wake up and choose to be honest with others, but first and foremost, honest with ourselves about our insecurities, our hopes, our struggles, our triumphs." We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
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At the turn of the new year, Instagram fitness star Lucy Baker got a message from one of her fans, confessing that she felt judgmental about herself after scrolling through the super-toned bodies she found on Instagram. To inspire that fan and others, Baker decided to share a little reality check "to remind you not to compare yourself to others, as you are only seeing the very best of them in this virtual world."
"IG can be the most incredible tool for motivation," she said in the post. "I'm inspired everyday so use it to INSPIRE YOU to be more happy, healthy, and confident."
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British Instagram star Emily Louise shared this incredible empowering post with her fans to give them a much-needed reality check about social media. Addressing the photos that were taken just seconds apart, she said: "I wouldn't want anyone who follows my page to think that I walk around with big bum and flat stomach all the time, because I don't. It's really easy to think the people you see on here are super put together and confident and happy, I get that. But please remember, while social media is fun, don't compare your actual life to someone's *very* polished virtual life (mine included)."
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Cass Hines has proven to be all-around #fitnessgoals with her incredibly toned and sculpted figure. Which is why it was both surprising and refreshing when she shared this side-by-side comparison of her body flexed and in a relaxed and normal state. "I'd like to consider myself reasonably fit and reasonably healthy," she said in the post, "but it doesn't mean I go without imperfections and I think this is the case for 99 percent of the population... showing you my rolls, because the reality is I look like this the majority of the time, and I look like the right [in] Instagram pics only. It's great to be proud of all your hard work and you should be able to show it off if you want to, but it's also important to be real." Amen.
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Instagram sensation Anna Victoria is notorious for keeping it real with her millions of followers. Recently, she posted an empowering side-by-side comparison to stress the power of angles and posture. "Me one percent of the time versus me 99 percent of the time. And I love both photos equally," she says in the caption. "Good or bad angles don't change your worth....our belly rolls, cellulite, [and] stretch marks are nothing to apologize for, to be ashamed of, or to be obsessed with getting rid of!... 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 how it feels." Preach.
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Hoping to spread some much-needed body positivity, Canadian fitness blogger, Brittany Erin shared this incredibly empowering transformation picture of herself. "Sometimes it's hard not to compare yourself to people you see online," she admitted in the caption. "But Instagram is soo unrealistic. People (including me) post highlight reels of their lives! No one walks around with flexed abs all day and everyone has days that aren't "Instagram worthy." So focus on your own journey and be proud of what you accomplish and don't believe everything you see online."
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Maggie Fierro's inspirational weight-loss journey has inspired thousands around the country, but that hasn't kept her from being honest when it comes to her newly toned and sculpted figure. In a side-by-side photo, the mother-of-three shared her so-called flaws to encourage fans to love their bodies as they are. "Guys, I've had three beautiful babies.. that's three giant pregnancies... along with three chances of stretch marks," she said in the post. "This body has been through a whole lot of changes! For that reason I will never judge someone else for their body. I don't know their story or what they've been through or the true strength that is within them. Imperfections make you real, approachable, human and one of a kind."