Nope, I’m not a narcissist.
These photos were taken seconds apart, yet my body looks different in every single one.
I won’t lie, I also took double the amount of photos you see here until I got the “perfect” ones.
Don’t be naive. Don’t believe everything you see on social media. It’s part of the problem.
Poses, angles, the way you hold your phone, lighting, filters, booty & hip pops all affect & change the way your body looks in a picture.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but you are also worth more than a picture.
Don’t let the photos on social media be the standards by which you live your life, don’t feed off them or let them be your reference point for “body goals”. Be your own reference.
I don’t have a thigh gap. I don’t have a six pack. My arms aren’t stick figures. And you know what? That’s okay.
Whether your legs touch each other, your abs are toned or your arms are rail thin is NOT a measure of your beauty.
Thigh gaps, six packs & thin arms don’t mean shit. They don’t make you smarter, more interesting, more compassionate, or a better person or friend. THEY ARE NOT A REFLECTION OF WHO YOU ARE OR OF YOUR INNER BEAUTY.
You can be the most slender girl in a room & have the “most perfect body”, but it’s your kindness, realness & the goodness of your heart that will determine whether or not you light up a room, whether you make someone’s day or whether you help or inspire someone.
Here’s the truth: If I can make my body look different in four different pictures, taken within the same minute, EVERYONE ELSE CAN TOO.
I am more than how well I can contort my body to look like someone else. And so are you.
Next time you look at a photo & wish it were you, do a double take & stop wishing.
Think of how many photos were taken until that one perfect shot was attained, how well the light hit, how angled the camera was & how much editing, filtering & adjusting that photo went through before it was made public for the world to see.
All this to say: In the same way that a person’s smile is not always a reflection of their reality, the photos on social media do not always reflect the perfection you see. Take them with a grain of salt.
Real beauty comes from within.
Not from a photo, a thigh gap or a six pack.