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10 Fit Women Proving the Idealism Behind the ‘Perfect Body’ is Utter Nonsense
Emily Skye Instagram
Australian trainer Emily Skye posted this revealing post a few days ago in an attempt to highlight that lighting, posture, and different angles can all go a long way in altering a person's appearance in photos. "My 3 second transformation!" she captioned the photo.
"The left pic is with my tummy pushed out - the right is with my tummy flexed...Your posture, angles, posing & lighting makes a big difference! Next time you look at a photo of someone who looks "perfect" online or in a magazine remind yourself that the person in the photo doesn't walk around looking like that! They're posed, in their best angles with a tight or flexed tummy in "good" lighting. Nobody is perfect!"
Anna Victoria Instagram
Anna Victoria is known for posting "unflattering" selfies on Instagram, and we love her for it. Recently, she posted this side-by-side image of herself before and after going out for dinner to showcase how bloating affects those "perfect" photos you often see on Instagram. While bloating can be a sign of food sensitivities or allergies, it can also be a perfectly normal side effect of eating a big meal and often goes away on its own.
"I wanted to share this to show that bloating happens and it's nothing to be mad at yourself for, more people struggle with bloating than you realize. It's just that we don't normally see that side - so you're not alone!" Victoria captioned the photo.
Kayla Itsines has been our fitness crush for quite some time now. The Bikini Body Guide founder and personal trainer posted this picture of herself proving that fitness isn't about how you look, it's about how you feel.
"Who cares if you have had a bad eating day, you look bloated, you have your period, you have a 'food baby'... it doesn't matter," she captioned the photo.
"If you FEEL good about yourself on the inside and you LOVE and accept yourself and are PROUD of what you have achieved, then that's all you need. Post a photo of your body and be proud. Don't try to overstate your appearance."
This plus-size Australian model has been known to promote body positivity. In a recent Instagram post, she posted a picture proving that the fitspo we see on Instagram is mostly staged. No one walks around sucking in their stomach or sticking out their collar bone—it's all part of a process to create the best possible picture for social media.
The Biggest Loser trainer Jen Widerstrom shared these two pictures of herself to "fight back" against the current social media landscape of perfection.
Life coach Jessica Pack stunned her fans when she posted these two pictures taken just 30 seconds apart. She wanted to show that your posture can have a huge impact on your "flaws" and make you look completely different from picture to picture.
Steph Claire Smith
This wellness blogger posted these side-by-side photos to show that angles make a huge difference in the finished product. "Obviously we don't upload photos of ourselves that we find ugly or unflattering - but I wanted to show that everybody does have those angles," she captioned the photo. "Nobody is perfect."
After following Kayla Itsines' Bikini Body Guide, this Instagramer was able to get back into fantastic shape after giving birth to three kids. Even though it looks like she doesn't have lose skin or stretch marks, these side-by-side pictures give us a glimpse into motherhood that we often don't see.
Known to post pictures flaunting her incredible six-pack, fit girl Hailey Bettencourt shared this photo to remind her followers that even she isn't immune to the occasional "bloat, baby."
Fitness blogger Sophie Kay posted these photos, showing how a staged posture and different outfit can have a huge impact on your pictures. "These two photos were taken 3 minutes apart but could be mistaken for a 'before & after' shot," she captioned the photo.
Moral of the story? Don't trust everything you see.