Det är bara ett par minuter mellan bilderna – men ändå så är de så olika.
Milly Smith, 23, från Storbritannien la upp en bild på Instagram för bara några dagar sedan. Bilden visar två foton på henne själv – iklädd samma outfit. Men trots det är det något som skiljer bilderna märkvärt.
På vänstra bilden har hon strumpbyxor uppdragna en bit över naveln, och på andra bilden sitter de längre ner och blottar hennes mage.
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Same girl, same day, same time. 💛 Not a before and after. Not a weight loss transformation. Not a diet company promotion. 💛 I am comfortable with my body in both. Neither is more or less worthy. Neither makes me more or less of a human being. Neither invites degrading comments and neither invites sleezy words. 💛 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 5 second pose switch! How insanely ridiculous is that!? 💛 I love taking these, it helps my mind so much with body dysmorphia and helps me rationalise my negative thoughts. 💛 Don't compare, just live for you. There is no one on this planet who's like you and that's pretty damn amazing don't ya think. The world doesn't need another copy, it needs you. 💛 We are worthy, valid and powerful beyond measure 💙🌟 (If you don't pull your tights up as high as possible are you really human?)
På bara två dagar har den fått över 70 000 likes – och det är inte svårt att förstå varför.
“Samma tjej, samma dag. Inte före och efter. Inte en viktminskning. Inte reklam för ett viktminskningsföretag”, skriver Milly om bilden.
Hon fortsätter att förklara hur bilder som denna hjälper henne att rationalisera negativa tankar.
“Jämför inte, lev bara för dig själv. Det finns ingen annan på planeten som ser ut som du, och det är ganska fantastiskt, eller hur?”
Det är inte första gången Milly ägnar sig åt kroppsaktivism på Instagram. Hon lägger ofta upp bilder som ifrågasätter kroppsnormer och ideal.
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RELAX (don't do it....🎤) I used to sit in positions to make myself appear slimmer. I would sit uncomfortably to avoid a roll or to avoid my thighs expanding to the size of Austria when I sit down (ya feel me?). ❤ My weight back then was my worth and if anything made me look bigger I instantly felt worthless. ❤️ I wouldn't ever relax unless I was in big baggy clothes that hid my changing shape as I sat. I wouldn't bathe so I didn't have to see rolls or skin flattened out by the bottom of the bath. I was literally and mentally very uncomfortable in my body. ❤ I still find myself worrying about this to a certain extent- I no longer let it affect my worth but it can still be a bit of a fear for me and can lead to a bad body image day. I've recently taken steps to really try and combat my feelings towards sitting and relaxing. ❤ A few evenings a week I have sat in my underwear or naked in front of a mirror or camera and just let myself sit in a comfortable position- I've allowed my body to just relax. It was uncomfortable to see at first but by the 3rd or 4th time I knew what to expect and suddenly it didn't seem to scary. ❤ I studied the movement and the way my body changed when it was unposed and relaxed; it felt freeing. I didn't try and like what I saw at first I just wanted to become accustom to it, to the changing shapes. The freeing feeling felt rather beautiful to me and I slowly started to love and appreciate my body relaxed, unposed and comfortable. I now practice it as often as I can to allow myself to transfer it to everyday life. 💜 Don't let the way your body changes affect your view of it or yourself. Sitting, stretching and bending will all change your bodies shape and size temporarily and it's OK! It's natural and happens to everybody! Don't be afraid of it and don't spend your life uncomfortable because of it 💜💛 We are valid, worthy and powerful beyond measure 💛
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Just a same girl, same day, different pose reminder that our bodies look different in different angles and that it's perfectly ok, normal and natural. You don't need to look like anybody else but YOU ❤ 💛 I get asked a lot recently how to start a Bopo insta page as they want confidence. I often come up with nothing because I'm not entirely sure I understand. 💛 Are they asking me how to get started on a journey to self love or just how to start an insta page to get justification that their body is worthy in hope it will bring them self love? 💛 Before I put my photos and words out onto Instagram I started my journey to self love with myself; I mean it's still a very personal journey but I want to share it now and help others too. I took photos and wrote down love notes to my body without showing them to a soul- it was just for my soul and my mind. 💛 Starting an insta page could help you on your journey of course but your motives are what's important- know what they are before starting is my advice. Maybe do it off social media first and get a feel for your journey and what works/doesn't work for you and do it for YOU. Do it for your soul. Your follower count doesn't matter or make you more or less worthy. 10,000 people telling you your pretty wont bring about self love either. It's so much more than that and it starts deep inside yourself not with your aesthetics. Bopo isn't a 'trend'. 💛 It's not about how many you can impress, you need to be impressing yourself. Make yourself proud.