Social media can often be a place of comparison, which can lead to many people, women especially, having toxic views on their own lives and bodies.
So one woman has made it her mission to inspire her followers by posting ‘realistic’ pictures of herself.
Victoria Garrick – an influencer, mental health advocate and former volleyball player – took to social media to show fans how easy it is to be “deceived” online by sharing “realistic” photos of herself.
The fitness influencer struck different poses and in the photos, she showed how much people can manipulate their body by posing cleverly.
Victoria captioned the inspirational post:
“I post side by sides like this to show how images can deceive us… Scrolling through carefully curated pictures online can trick us into thinking that there is only ONE way for our bodies to look.
“If I had only posted the pictures on the left, you might walk away thinking THAT is what my body looks like all the time.
“But the truth is, ALL bodies look TONS of different ways depending on lighting, clothing, the angle, the pose, and the day! (These pictures were taken just moments apart yet my body looks drastically different in each pic.)
“Neither photo of me is better or worse, all are just simply MY BODY!”
Victoria also shared side-by-side photos of her back. One photo shows her with flabs but the other photo shows no flabs. She explained that the difference is in the pose. She wrote:
“And yes, of course you can rock a cut out sports bra no matter what your back looks like! The pic on the right is what my back looks like naturally, on the left I was intensely posing and uncomfortable.”
Inspired by the post, people rushed to the comments to share how the motivational snaps had affected them.
One person wrote: “Today I was not feeling well with my body. Thanks for this, we are only human and that is completely fine.”
Another commented: “Thank you so much for these posts, it has honestly changed so much for how I view online images and my own body. Also fight on!”
And a third user noted: “You are my INSPIRATION. Thank you, I love you so much.”