This Blogger Revealed The Truth Behind ‘Fitspo’ Selfies On Instagram


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By Korin Miller, image courtesy of Instagram

“So much of what you see is contrived.”

Fitness blogger Anna Victoria grabbed headlines in January after she posted a photo on Instagram of her stomach rolls, pointing out that everyone has good and bad angles. Now, she’s back with another body-positive message.

In a new post, Anna shows off two photos that she notes were taken “two seconds apart.” In one photo, she’s wearing high-waisted workout pants with tight abs peeking out above them; in the other, her pants are rolled down to show a rounder tummy.

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“Good angles, bad angles, good lighting, bad lighting, high waisted pants, NOT high waisted pants, morning abs, post-dinner bloat, snap filters, … what else am I missing?” she writes. “Surely, there’s so much more. So much more that goes into getting ‘the’ perfect photo.” Anna points out that she, like most people, takes “dozens” of photos before getting one that she likes.

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“I don’t think that’s a bad thing, but the fact is that so much of what you see is contrived,” she adds, including, she admits, her own photos. That’s why she says she shares her not-as-flattering pics—she doesn’t want her fans to think she only ever looks like she does with her best lighting and poses.

“We can love getting done up and posing and finding the best photos we took, but that doesn’t mean the less done up versions of ourselves is any less beautiful,” she says. Anna also says people should absolutely try to get the “perfect photo” if they want—“just be sure you’re not letting that be the standard of your beauty or reason not to love YOU as much as you deserve to. (Which is A LOT).”

Her latest message echoes the one she wrote in January, in which she showed what her abs look like when she’s standing (tight and lean) and sitting (stomach rolls). “Me 1% of the time vs. 99% of the time. And I love both photos equally,” she captioned the photos. “Good or bad angles don’t change your worth.”

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Anna regularly posts funny and inspiring messages on Instagram to encourage her fans to stay motived and, most of all, to love themselves:

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In a world of filtered-to-oblivion #fitspo selfies, we’d like to thank Anna Victoria for keeping it real.

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