This woman's side-by-side photos are inspiring people to 'embrace themselves'

Jessica Brown@Jessica_E_Brown
Saturday 19 November 2016 12:00
Celebrities

It’s become a fact of life that social media and real life are two very different things. But not many people are brave enough to admit that.

Now, 31-year-old fitness blogger Ashlie Mostad has done just that by posting two pictures side-by-side of herself in two different positions.

The post has since been shared more than 60,000 times. Ashlie writes:

Same girl. Different angles. 

If I'm going to show you the posed, put together, professional sides of me, I'm gonna make damn sure you see the not so flattering sides too. Because, contrary to what society has taught us to think, our worth isn't measured by how many belly rolls we have, or how many dimples on our booty, or how much jiggle hangs out on our arms. 

Loving ourselves exactly as we are is hard. Because we've been told for years that we're not good enough until we {insert any of the thousands of ideas of perfection that has been fed to us over the years}. But I call BS. I say that the real magic happens when we embrace who we are, at every angle and size. 

This doesn't mean I don't also struggle with embracing this body I was given, but it does mean that I understand working on loving me is the most important job I will ever have.

Our bodies aren't broken. The message society is trying to tell us {by airbrushing everything, erasing dimples and rolls and fluff} is. 

So even though its really hard, lets remember we are worthy and beautiful and special and ALIVE. Go on and love yourself today, because THAT shit is whats inspiring. 

And her Facebook followers loved it:

And this isn't the only post from Ashlie showing the real side to fitness blogging:

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