Fitness Blogger’s ‘Honest’ Photos Prove Perfection Is Overrated

Instagram is filled with flawless, bikini-clad models, artfully lit and perfectly posed. But one fitness blogger is choosing to post more honest photos of herself online, to encourage others to love their bodies from every angle.

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Ashlie Molstand, also known as Foodie Girl Fitness, took to Facebook this month in order to demonstrate how the same body can look very different, depending on the angle.

The first photo is a professional shot taken standing up, with her hands behind her head. The second shows her sitting down, posed in a normal position, and is taken from a less “flattering” angle. She looks like anyone else does when sitting down, and that’s exactly the point of her message.

“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,” she wrote. “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.”

Even though Ashlie is proudly showing off her stomach rolls to the world, the 31-year-old blond beauty admits she’s not immune to society’s pressures to look a certain way.

“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,” she says.

She adds: “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.”

Her body-positive message has since gone viral, with more than 75,000 shares, and thousands of fan comments embracing her inspiring message.

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

The fitness coach concluded her post with two empowering hashtags, #StopFixingBodies #StartFixingTheWorld

We couldn’t agree more. You go, girl!