Fitness influencer Anna Victoria used to solely put up “completely posed” photographs of herself on Instagram, together with her abdomen sucked in and muscle mass popping. But she realized that it could possibly be negatively impacting her followers.
Victoria, 29, got here to comprehend that she wasn’t precisely depicting her life.
“Through sharing my very own posed photographs over the previous few years, I observed a development of younger women and girls of all ages leaving a range of feedback from ‘#objectives’ to ‘I hope I can in the future appear like that,’ to ‘I’ll by no means appear like that.’ It started to weigh on me,” she wrote in an essay for Today.
Victoria laments that as a lot as she loves and depends on social media, it “tends to take away the human element” as folks attempt to make their lives look good.
“When younger women and girls of all ages see numerous photos of seemingly flawless ladies, it might seem to be these stunning ladies are within the majority,” she mentioned. “This leads these regular, on a regular basis ladies to really feel like there’s one thing fallacious with them. Why can’t I appear like that? Why am I consuming so wholesome, working so laborious within the health club, but my physique doesn’t appear like that?”
Thinking about these points led Victoria to put up an trustworthy picture in January 2016 of the stomach rolls she has when sitting down. The Instagram put up instantly went viral and she or he acquired an “overwhelming quantity of help.”
“I may inform this was one thing ladies clearly wanted: to know that they don’t need to dwell as much as the unrealistic expectations of by no means displaying a nasty angle, cellulite, stretch marks or stomach rolls,” she wrote.
Victoria has since shared a number of extra “regular” photographs, from ones of her bloated abdomen after a giant meal to her “actual life booty,” and wrote that it clearly makes a distinction.
“I acquired a range of feedback, from ladies thanking me for displaying it’s OK to be human, to others sharing that they’ve struggled with physique dysmorphia and consuming problems as a result of of all the right photos they consistently see on-line, and that my picture saved them,” she mentioned. “If all I’ve to do to assist so many overcome such critical inside battles is to share a photograph of myself sitting with a couple of stomach rolls, it’s the least I can do.”
Victoria mentioned her purpose is for ladies to “really feel assured in themselves.”
“I need ladies to like themselves and recognize themselves from all angles as a result of a nasty angle doesn’t take away from our value or our magnificence,” she mentioned.