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Social media influencer Milly Smith can have you doing a double-take.
The self-described “physique optimistic dangerous ass momma” posted side-by-side pictures of herself on Instagram to point out how social media pictures aren’t all the time as they appear. Within the photograph on the left, Smith is seen flexing along with her head tilted to at least one aspect whereas carrying a black bra and black tights pulled as much as her waist. Within the second photograph, Smith is carrying the identical factor, minus the tights, which permits her abdomen to point out.
“Similar woman, identical day, identical time,” she wrote underneath her Instagram identify, @selfloveclubb. “With a digital camera angle and clothes I can change my physique into one thing that society would deem extra acceptable than the photograph on the best.”
“I wished to put up these images to focus on simply how simple it’s to govern your picture on-line,” Smith informed PEOPLE. “I wished folks to appreciate that the photographs they’re seeing should not a real illustration of how our bodies look.”
Smith, who has over 140,000 followers, wrote within the put up: “Not too long ago insta was voted as probably the most damaging app to physique picture/self-worth. That’s not okay. The media continually needs us to be extra filtered, extra posed, extra flexed. Making us ashamed, afraid and resentful of our our bodies, our pure vessel. We examine ourselves to those pictures of posed, strategically taken images. Evaluating your self is a thief of your pleasure/self love and much more so if you’re evaluating aesthetics to photographs that aren’t actuality.”
Thus far the comparability pictures have acquired greater than eight,000 likes and loads of reward.
“Your posts all the time make me on the verge of tears. You’re the primary physique optimistic one that really had a physique sort thats just like mine and it means loads to me. Thanks,” mentioned one commenter.
“I’ve had some stunning suggestions,” Smith tells PEOPLE. “It retains me robust and jogs my memory why I do that account! One quote which caught with me was ‘thanks for uplifting us to be ourselves’. We’re made to really feel so ashamed of ourselves, our pure our bodies and that’s not okay.”
Smith additionally revealed which photograph makes her really feel probably the most like herself, and provided phrases of encouragement to others. “Each these images are stunning. Each these images are worthy. Nevertheless solely one in every of these images is actually me, comfy and naturally loving myself…,” she wrote. “Eliminate accounts that make you’re feeling adverse, do away with folks in your life that don’t make you’re feeling pleased, cherished and exquisite. Don’t let an all destroy your life.”