Revealed: The Empowering Truth Behind Picture Perfect Photos On Instagram

These days everyone wants to be instafamous. The number of likes and followers help people feel validated. Posting that perfect image that is without flaw has become a thing of the hour. When you see all these images online, the first question that pops into your mind is, “how do they do it?”

Well, one popular Instagrammer is out to break the myth of a perfect picture. Her posts are empowering and show the reality behind most popular pictures. Her revelation will shock you and convince you to accept your body the way it is in all its might.

C H E S S I E  K I N G  can boast of 354k followers.

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THIS IS ME. THIS IS MY BODY 🙋🏼‍♀️ No flattering angles, no flattering lighting, just me & my body feeling on top of the 🌍. We all have days where we feel super duper good but we don’t share them enough. I want YOU to feel confident enough to dance around in your underwear & embrace any wobble you have! A few years ago I would never have posted this, all I cared about back then was being the leanest I could, going to the gym as many times as I could a week & counting every calorie I ate 🍴 Even at my smallest, when I was training the most & eating the least, I just wanted to cover up my body because it wasn’t my idea of ‘perfect’ 💁🏼‍♀️ Now my priority is to be happy & comfortable in my own skin, & today I appreciate my body & what it does for me. We were not made to be Barbie dolls who LOOK insanely good 24/7, we were made to be HUMAN & we should all be allowed to FEEL insanely good 24/7. Come at me keyboard warriors, you can say what you want but nothing will knock me down 💃🏼👊🏼

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What does happiness mean to you? 💁🏼‍♀️ Have you ever thought “I’ll be happier when I’m a smaller size” or “I’ll be happier when I have a flatter stomach”? 💭 Happiness is a feeling, a smile, a memory, an experience, a place, a friend… my happiest times in life haven’t been anything to do with my body & how I look. I’ve been there though, I’ve been through the whole ‘go to the gym as many times as I can in a week & eat as little as I can because I’ll be happier if I can fit into that pair of jeans…’ When I was at my smallest, I was definitely not my happiest. I’m happy because I‘m finally comfortable in my body. I don’t look at this photo & think ‘yuk, I hate my stomach, I need to go do a workout’. I don’t punish myself, I workout because it makes me feel amazing & it’s an instant buzz 💦 Tonight, write down 5 things that make you happy & promise yourself you’ll do more of those things or spend more time with those people. You’ve only got one life, don’t waste time on being UNHAPPY ❤️🧡💛 Find happiness in yourself, in other people, in your life right NOW 🙋🏼‍♀️ 📸 • @lydiaxcollins

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Food is not scary, food is not the enemy, food is fuel, food is delicious, food is there to be ENJOYED ❤️🧡💛 – Left: 5 years ago. Scared of food, an unhealthy weight for my height (nearly 6ft) – Right: Found a love & very healthy relationship with food 💃🏼 I posted this last May but after so many messages after the recent post where I opened up to questions, I really hope it will help a few of you if you need it 🌈 Educating myself about exercise over the past few years has given me a whole new relationship with food. It’s now my bestfriend NOT the enemy 💛🍽 I used to get into bed proud of myself if I’d missed dinner, excited to wake up the next morning with a flat tummy. I forced myself to do endless amounts of cardio with absolutely no fuel & constantly felt light headed with no energy. I congratulated myself if I felt hungry & celebrated my tummy rumbling. I slowly started introducing foods that scared me, just a little bit at a time so it wasn’t too overwhelming, I started experimenting with different tastes 🍴 I now eat what I want when I want, with the thorough understanding (after 5 years of learning about my body) what food I need to support my active lifestyle. Without the food, I wouldn’t be able to do the workouts I do, I would be able to work as hard as I do 🏋🏼 Even just sitting down to do work, I feel so much more productive when I’ve had a good nutritious meal. I don’t count macros, I don’t cut ANYTHING out of my diet (except black pepper & goats cheese! 🤢) I just eat healthy whole foods & nourish my body. I don’t ever feel that guilt I used to live with every time I took a bite of even just an apple. Girls, if I could go back to the left photo, I would tell myself how amazing food really is. How important it is to understand what you’re putting in your body & how much you need. I am not a nutritionist but I know what works for me & I’m still constantly learning 🙋🏼‍♀️ Anyone reading this who needs that little bit of bravery 🦁 YOU’VE GOT THIS & if you feel like you haven’t, there’s always support, you are NOT alone. 🍊🍋🍌🍿🍉🍓🍍🍦🥝🥕🥑

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HOW IS BODYSHAMING STILL HAPPENING? 🤷🏼‍♀️ I hate giving negative comments air time but it infuriates me to see ‘you’re too fat to wear those trousers’ on a recent post of mine. It doesn’t upset me AT ALL it just makes me angry that there are still humans out there that feel the need to comment on someone’s body in a negative way. When I was the size I was in the left photo I had people telling me I was ‘too thin’ & ‘needing feeding up’. It is unacceptable either way, ‘too thin’ or ‘too fat’ 🙅🏼 I use my platform to support girls & guys from all ages, I share my stories, I tell my journey & I try to help people. I have never once scrolled down my Instagram feed & thought ‘oh she’s too thin’ or ‘she’s too fat’, I don’t know how people can even think in such a derogatory way. Let’s put an end to this & let’s start talking more positively about the qualities in someone that actually mean something. What about calling someone kind, loving, brave, clever…? And last thing, PLEASE promise me, you will never ever ever let a negative comment like that get to you because it is a waste of time & you are SO much better than that 💃🏼

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Smooth skin, peachy booty, small waist, thin thighs… you can have it all in just 30 seconds of editing It’s scary how easily & quickly you can change your body on some of these apps. @lydiaxcollins & I had a play round to see how ‘modern day perfect’ we could make me look but still making it look ‘real’. Instagram can be so encouraging & inspiring but it’s also a ‘perfection’ trap 95% of the time & it can be so unhealthy & it still effects me. I want you to be able relate to me & look at my body & know it’s achievable. I want you to see me & know I look exactly the same in real life as I do on here. Yes people work extremely hard for their bodies & some people do look like the right but the rest of us gals should not have to feel like sht if we don’t Sending allllll my love to anyone that’s compared themselves to another human today or wished they looked like that person on Instagram. You’re beautiful, in your own unique way

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‘GOALS’ – a term we see errrryday on this Instagram thaang It’s amazing how different my goals are to a few years ago. All I cared about was being the leanest I could be, never missing a gym session, sticking to a ‘meal plan’ that took all the love out of food & … these are NOT ‘life goals’, these are restrictive & no fun – I would never ever of been brave enough to put the right photo up back then but your gal has changed… my main goal now is to be as happpy as I can possibly be & that means feeling as comfortable as I can be in my own skin. I was about to film a little video about my skin this afternoon (that red lil’ cheek!), I looked down & saw my tummy. I would’ve been disgusted a few years ago & would’ve put a top on to cover it up, but I gave it a little jiggle & smiled. It may not look like the left (which was only a few months ago) but I really couldn’t care less. I’ve said this before but my happiest times in life have been with my family, with my bestfriends, with Mat, none of them have been about my body or how I look. So tonight, have a think & write down a few of your favourite memories & remember how amazing you felt in those moments. Live to make more of those & stop wasting time looking at that Instagram profile thinking they’re ‘goals’

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This is NOT a transformation Since uploading this photo 4/5 months ago, it has been reposted over & over again for all the WRONG reasons! I hate it when other profiles take your posts, use them for their own ‘weight loss’ pills or ‘6 week fat loss plans’ & go completely against what my intention was For those of you who didn’t see the original, here’s why I posted it: “What size are you?” I get asked this most days & my answer is “anything from a UK size 8 to a 14”. These photos were taken just minutes apart. The leggings on the left are a Large, the leggings on the right are a Small. Different brands. Both sizes are healthy & beautiful, there is no right or wrong. One of the biggest things I’ve learnt & want to share with YOU is that size does NOT matter. Brands & styles completely vary. I used to get so upset & frustrated if I couldn’t fit into an 8 & would always force myself into them until they ripped … now I actually love going up a size because I DON’T CARE about that number or letter (S,M or L). I wear what feeeels amazing, clothes are so much more comfortable if they have a little room to wiggle & jiggle in No one ever knows what size you’re wearing unless you have your label sticking out & even then, no one even cares (& if they do, remove them from your lifeeeee) One of my favourite quotes & something you can take with you when you’re struggling “It’s not about the size you wear but the way you wear your size”

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“BOOTY GOALS” “OH MY GOD I WANT YOUR BUM”… you see these kinda comments all over your newsfeed, but would you see those kinda comments on the right photo?! Neither of these photos are edited or photoshopped, same bottom just 2 completely different angles. Are you hooked on growing your peach to look like your favourite instagram girl? Have you ever thought maybe they have what I’ve got on the right: the dimples, the uneven cheeks, the bit I like to call the “second booty” (that bit underneath your bottom). I used to be extremely conscious of the back of my legs & if anyone was walking behind me whilst I was in swimwear I’d cover my booty & my legs because I was so embarrassed. I still find it a little bit scary sharing the right photo but I’m in my happy place, stuffing myself with popcorn! & if it helps at least one of you to realise it’s OKAY to have imperfections then it was worth me pooing my pants a little. So next time you look in the mirror & see something similar to the right photo, just have a little word with yourself, I gat it too gurlll. You’re not alone

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