We all have our #bodygoals or on Instagram. We’ve ogled their fit bodies and got envious of their awesome before and after photos. We’ve compared our own bodies to that of these Instagram fitness stars’ setting the bar too high and forgetting that we have different body types and lifestyles. For people already struggling with their own body image issues, this oftentimes lead to feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt.

“You should workout because you love your body, not because you hate it.”

It doesn’t help that what you see is not what you always get. Social media is all about projecting that filtered lifestyle. Things aren’t always what they actually are in real life. So it’s very encouraging that a lot of the fitness stars we look up to try to set the record straight about these transformation photos. Those washboard abs aren’t always what they seem and even super fit people get stomach folds, food baby and cellulite.

These series of photos will show you that lighting, posture and camera angles make such a difference on how you would look like on photos. This is not meant to discredit people’s real body transformations. This is just to show that sometimes, what you see in the photos don’t always tell the whole story.

I have something to tell you… I have a dessert baby! Haha! ๐Ÿคฃ . โฌ…๏ธ On the left is my belly when I'm not bloated & standing with a "tight tummy" or what I call "good posture". . โžก๏ธ On the right is my tummy VERY bloated after eating dessert last night! (It was SO worth it by the way ๐Ÿ˜ƒ). . Perfection doesn't exist, which is easy to forget when we spend so much of our time on social media being bombarded by "perfect bodies" – or what "appears" to be. . So here's a reminder from me that I bloat.. I also have stretch marks, cellulite and pimples (as you may have seen in previous posts). I'm nowhere near perfect.. and that's fine by me! โ˜บ . #perfectnever #foodbaby #bloated #emilyskye . . @emilyskyefitness . .

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Your fat rolls are beautiful๐Ÿ™Œ โฌ†๏ธI made a video about them (link in my bio)โฌ†๏ธ And the reason we have been lead to believe they aren't is because we don't see them in the media unless someone's being shamed for weight gain or ridiculed for their body. This is NOT the truth and not OK. Having rolls of skin / fat that are soft / squidgy or big / small does not define your beauty. I wanted to show you how my body looks when I'm relaxed and when I'm posing right next to each other so you can see how easy it is to manipulate how a body looks. (I filmed myself doing this for you on my YouTube) As a model in the industry 13years I've seen nearly all the pics chosen of me for lingerie & swimwear shoots are the ones where my stomach looks flattest. Which for a long time lead me to believe that's how I should look. Because even if I did happen to have a few shots where I'm in a position you can see back fat or rolls someone had decided it's more "beautiful" "aspirational" or will inspire more customers to buy the product if those so called "flaws" don't exist. But things are changing I remember the first time I saw curvier models in editorials with their rolls and back fat and I remember the first time I shot with @aerie and they wanted me to not pose but be real and just myself. Then when I saw my first campaign with them and I could see my unretouched body – pics with rolls / back fat I'm not gonna lie I was shocked. That quickly turned into joy because they made me feel good enough and knew that those "flaws" didn't mean I wasn't beautiful in fact showing that their models didn't have to be "flawless" was incredibly empowering. So thank you #AerieReal and everyone who created the movement it's not just game changing but life changing ILY๐Ÿ˜˜ And that's why when I started my insta about 3years ago I created the #everyBODYisbeautiful bc we are more than the sum of our perfections we are all beautiful equal souls living in imperfectly perfect bodies.

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Me 1% of the time vs. 99% of the time. And I love both photos equally. Good or bad angles don't change your worth โค๏ธ I recently came across an article talking about how one woman stated she refuses to accept her flaws, because she doesn't see them as flaws at all. I LOVED that because it sends such a powerful message that our belly rolls, cellulite, stretch marks are nothing to apologize for, to be ashamed of, or to be obsessed with getting rid of! As I'm getting older, I have cellulite and stretch marks that aren't going away, and I welcome them. They represent a life fully lived (for 28 years so far :)) and a healthy life and body at that. How can I be mad at my body for perfectly normal "flaws"? 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 because of how it feels. So when you approach your journey, I want you to remember these things: I will not punish my body I will fuel it I will challenge it AND I will love it ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’— If you're following my page, you're a part of helping me spread this message and creating this movement – thank you. #fbggirls #realstagram www.annavictoria.com/guides

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BLOATING ๐Ÿ˜ฉ I've been feeling pretty stressed the past few weeks and have suffered with severe bloating most days, not sure why ๐Ÿค” But yesterday it hit a whole new level ๐Ÿ˜ญ I want this photo to prove that no, I don't walk around with abs every day. In fact, it's a shock if I still have them by lunchtime ๐Ÿ˜‚ (this is me standing normally, not pushing my stomach out) So just a little reminder to use IG for inspiration and to motivate you rather than to compare yourself to! A bad day yesterday led me to comfort eat all day – binge eating at it's finest I tell you ๐Ÿ˜‚ We're only human and all of us slip up sometimes. I was about to start getting annoyed at myself then @claudetteannaliese reminded me 'one day will not make you fall off track' which is SO ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป FLIPPING ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป TRUE ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป If you have a day of eating whatever you want.. WHO CARES! Wake up the next day, make a plan and get back to it ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป As I've clearly proved, everyone goes through the exact same struggles! We're all here to support each other through the good AND the bad ๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ’› . Oh and soz about the red face/wet hair look ๐Ÿ™ˆ Pic was taken post workout! If anyone has any tips for cutting out certain foods from bloating please let me know ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโ˜บ

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POSTURE changes EVERYTHING! Posing is SO powerful: what you see of people on social media is NOT how they look 24/7 in real life! ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ I know that if I arch my spine and pop my hip, I can make my stomach look flatter & my butt look bigger. Of course, some people DO have big bums & flat stomachs ๐Ÿ’– Similarly, slouching and 'letting go' of my stomach after a big meal makes it appear more bloated: it's just how it is! Tucking your spine will make your butt look flatter: you can literally make your body look SO different, just by standing differently! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € People will always speak negatively about others: it's horrible, but sadly it is just a fact of life. I receive all of these comments ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿผ all the time, but thankfully for the more negative ones, I have thick skin. I used to even say these things to myself ๐Ÿ˜” BUT now I have learned that if I see a 'bad' photo of myself, it is OKAY!!!!! It doesn't matter!!! As we see here, angles and posture are eveeeerything! Similarly, IDGAF if other people want to comment mean things, because I have learned to accept my body and love it for what it is. Your body is so incredibly powerful: give it some credit๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ I also know how to pose to make myself look 'best'. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € I don't care how 'overdone' people say these photos are: I think they are SO important. I sometimes still stumble across a photo and think "agh, I wish I looked like that…" BUT, they uploaded that photo for a REASON! They probably took 10000 others and chose that ONE photo. (I know I'm guilty of taking looooads before having ma money shot โœจ) PLUS, for all I know, they photoshopped that photo! Take EVERYTHING with a pinch of salt! #StrengthFeed – EDIT: this photo is to prove a point ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ – sometimes one may see a photo of themselves and think 'agh, I hate how I look' …but then you have to remember that you may just be MOVING & caught off guard, so your body isn't looking 'normal'! Yes, I know I am overemphasising each 'pose' โ˜บ๏ธ – P.S, purchase my training/macro-tracking guides at: www.strengthfeed.com

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Yesterday I got many questions asking how I got rid of cellulite and I just wanted to share that I still have cellulite! These pics are SIX days apart!! It's not a progress photo! I mentioned this in my caption yesterday. I was in really favorable lighting at the time of my recent photo that didn't make cellulite as apparent. Yes my cellulite has diminished significantly, but it is still there!โ—๏ธLIGHTING MATTERS!! It is absolutely key in how the image quality turns out. BUT here's the most important thing โ˜๐Ÿผ๏ธ regardless of lighting and how I look or what shows or doesn't show, I do not think any less of myself!! I used to criticize myself for having cellulite but now I'm just like it is what it is. I shouldn't even care because it doesn't define my worth. If anything, they are beauty marks reminding me of lovely late night conversations with friends while having pizza, both which nourish the soul ๐Ÿ’ซ I care even less in this instance because cellulite is so very common and such a natural human characteristic! You are not your cellulite and you are not your flaws! #uncoverediamnotmyflaws because we all are flawed and that's what makes us unique individuals. There is a beautiful vulnerability to being flawed so just embraced the imperfect YOU! Today I am starting a body positive series I am calling #uncoverediam ๐Ÿ’• join the conversation in learning to love and appreciate yourselves in a positive manner. Tag me so I can see your posts and use hashtags #uncoverediam (and mention a positive word like "smart" or "strong" or "persistent") and #pizzaplankbopo ๐Ÿ•It's time we remove the metaphorical cover ups that hinder us from being truly seen!! So rock that bikini and let your natural beauty shine through and realize uncovered you are FAR more than what your body portrays. You are imperfect. You are important. You are human. You matter โค๏ธ Uncovered, WHO. ARE. YOU?!

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