This 5 Second Body Transformation Is a Must See for Anyone Struggling With Body Positivity

January 31st 2017

Almie Rose

Some of the body transformation photos posted online seem too good to be true.

One 23-year-old mom from the U.K. is revealing just how misleading they can be.

"Same girl, same day, same time."

Milly Smith, a nursing student, posted a photo on her Instagram account, SelfLoveClubb. It appears to be a side-by-side of the results of a major before-and-after weight loss program — but really, it's just shapewear in the form of tights.

"Same girl, same day, same time," she writes. "Not a before and after. Not a weight loss transformation. Not a diet company promotion."


"I am comfortable with my body in both," she adds. "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."

Her point?

"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!?"

Comments on her photo seem to agree.

instagram comments

instagram comments

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And with over 45 thousand likes, it's clear the overwhelming response is in favor of body positivity, and embracing what the media refers to as "flaws" (i.e. the lack of thigh gap or soft belly).

There seems to be a trend in beauty (at least on Instagram) to expose what women's bodies actually look like.

Anna Victoria, a fitness model, had a photo of herself posed and "un-posed" go viral for showing that she has rolls in her stomach when she sits down. "Me 1 percent of the time vs. 99 percent of the time," she commented on the photo, adding, "And I love both photos equally."

Smith's Instagram account is another powerful reminder that perception isn't reality — even on Instagram.


[H/T Womanista]