Woman Uses Pantyhose to Show How Easy it Is to Fool People on Instagram
This woman's powerful post encourages people not to compare their bodies to others.
Progress photos are where it's at when it comes to weight-loss transformations these days. And while these incredible before-and-after photos are a great way to stay accountable, they often make others feel unnecessarily insecure-especially people who've been struggling with body image issues.
Because of this sensitivity, several body-positive advocates like Anna Victoria and Emily Skye recently decided to share "fake" transformation photos that highlight just how unrealistic it is to have one of those so-called "perfect bodies." Joining this revolution is Milly Smith, a 23-year-old nursing student from the U.K.
In a recent post, the new mom shared a before-and-after picture of herself that unveils a jarring difference you have to see to believe. Since its posting, the photo resonated with many women who are happy to see an honest side of social media, and has garnered over 61,000 likes so far.
"I am comfortable with my body in both [photos]," she wrote. "Neither is more or less worthy. Neither makes me more or less of a human being... We are so blinded to what a real unposed body looks like, and blinded to what beauty is, that people would find me less attractive within a five-second pose switch! How insanely ridiculous is that!?"
While Milly might seem like the epitome of self-love and confidence, things haven't always been so easy. In some of her other Instagram posts, she's revealed struggles with depression, anxiety, anorexia, sexual abuse and endometriosis. She's been using Instagram as an empowerment tool to help her cope. "It helps my mind so much with body dysmorphia and helps me rationalize my negative thoughts," she wrote.
This isn't the first time Milly has shared transformative pictures that show how deceptive Instagram can be. Through several other posts, she's reminded us to stop comparing ourselves to others and to embrace our bodies as they are-something we can all get behind.
Thanks for keeping it real, Milly. We love you for it.