Social media is the worst place to turn for words of encouragement regarding your body. Everywhere you look, you are bombarded with fitness experts, dieticians, and models who indirectly tell you your body isn't good enough. We live in a time of unrealistic body standards, but one woman is calling out social media for portraying a false sense of reality.
Body-positive blogger Milly Smith recently took to Instagram to show just how skewed our perception of the "perfect" body is. Smith took two photos of herself just seconds apart, but there were some differences between them.
In the first photo, Smith wore waist-controlling tights giving the illusion of an hourglass figure and a flat tummy. In the second, she rolled her waist-controlling tights below her stomach, revealing her natural, unaltered body, proving both are equally beautiful.
"Same girl, same day, same time," Smith wrote. "I am comfortable with my body in both [photos]. Neither is more or less worthy. Neither makes me more or less of a human being. Neither invites degrading comments and neither invites sleazy words."
But her message continued. It wasn't all about the false ideals portrayed by social media, but about knowing your worth and loving every inch of yourself.
"I love taking these. It helps my mind so much with body dysmorphia and helps me rationalize my negative thoughts," Smith continued. "There is no one on this planet who's like you and that's pretty amazing. The world doesn't need another copy, it needs you."