While models and women on Instagram like to post their most flattering pics of them standing up doing a fancy pose, it turns out that women are also prone to sitting down. When seated, reality and gravity conspires against the women to have their stomach flesh form rolls, no matter how #sculpted those abs may be while standing.
Body positivity activist Megan Jayne Crabbe wrote a powerful post demonstrating the difference between sitting and standing, and calling out the media for its consistent doctoring of photos to the point where we have no idea what an actual body looks like.
She writes in the powerfully worded caption:
WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT REAL BODIES LOOK LIKE ANYMORE. And no, not real as in 'REAL women have curves' (screw that body shaming bullshit, all women are real). Real as in RAW, unedited, unposed, unairbrushed, REAL. Bodies from all angles, not just the most 'flattering' ones. We see so many painstakingly posed professional model bodies that we start to see our own as flawed. Abnormal. Ugly. But there really is no wrong way to have a body, despite what we've all been taught.
She continues, addressing the trolls directly:
Whenever I post anything celebrating my belly rolls there's an army of body shamers ready to tell me that I'm hideous, unhealthy, unworthy. But guess what? MOST WOMEN HAVE BELLY ROLLS WHEN THEY SIT DOWN. As well as cellulite on their thighs, bags under their eyes, scars and blemishes and a million other 'imperfections' we've learned to see as problems.
Our ideas about bodies are so warped that most people would praise the girl on the left and condemn the girl on the right, without realising that we're one and the same. Well, I've worked damn hard to love the body in both these pictures, and I won't let the world paint my unique features as flaws to be fixed. So this is my message to you - you are worthy of self love at any angle. You are beautiful posed or not. You deserve to embrace every part of yourself. And you are so much more than a body.
Having suffered from anorexia, Crabbe runs a feminist, body-positive Instagram to help change the conversation.
In our perpetually photoshopped world, women are often forced to hold themselves to an impossible standard that is physically impossible in real life, without computer software. Not only are these expectations hard to meet, people also shouldn't have to try to meet them.