Allison Kimmey, a body positivity activist, author, and speaker, is flipping the script on before and after photos. Kimmey went viral earlier this year when her daughter called her fat, which turned into a teachable moment about what "fat" is.
"No one IS fat. It's not something you can BE. But I do HAVE fat. We ALL have fat," she told her daughter.
Now Kimmey's latest viral series on Instagram is about prioritizing happiness over looks, viewing the "before and after" comparison shots not about celebrating thinness.
"Do you miss being skinny? People ask me this all the time. But the truth is, I don't miss anything about the girl I was a decade ago...even being 5 dress sizes smaller," Kimmey writes.
"Yes it's clear that I've gained weight, but what's more important is that I've gained an incomparable freedom that comes from being connected to myself fully through mind, soul AND body."
Instagram is full of people showing off going down in size, but that says nothing about how they feel or how their life is. Kimmey's series shows her going up in size, an after image that's bigger and for her, better.
Having babies changes bodies, and women shouldn't have to feel pressured to go back to "before." Especially when there's other sh*t to do, like parenting.
Kimmey hopes her body positive activism not only helps women cope with body image issues, but to "PREVENT body image issues in our next generations (and subsequently reduce depression, eating disorders, suicides, and bullying)"
"After spending 15 years trying to achieve the perfect before and after photo, I was most alive right then, in that moment, being far heavier than I once was," she explains.