Body positivity blogger Megan Jayne Crabbe is shining a torch on professional lingerie photoshoots, showing her followers what the reality behind them looks like.
Crabbe, who had anorexia as a teenager, took part in a campaign by lingerie retailer Curvy Kate, where she was shot professionally - then she went home, took off her make-up and shared a real photo wearing in the same lingerie, without the professional lighting and posing.
Curvy Kate writes on its website:
This sparked the need to show what professional photos really are – just manufactured moments in time. They’re a small snap shot which isn’t a true representation of how malleable and changeable our lives and bodies are.
We sit on the sofa in our comfy PJs, we scrape our hair back and our tummies crease and bloat. The majority of us have cellulite and stretch marks, and we have lumps and bumps– because it’s part of being human and that isn’t something to feel bad about.
Crabbe explained the contrast between the two photos over on Instagram.
The photo on the left is staged as hell. I was told where to put my legs, how to angle my arm, which way to tilt my hips and even how to hold my fingers. My eyes were watering from the false lashes and my hair will probably never look like that again. THESE ARE THE TYPE OF IMAGES WE COMPARE OURSELVES TO EVERYDAY
And here she explains her journey from anorexia to body positivity: