Instagram is full of #fitspiration, but sometimes our feeds seem less like a source of true inspiration and more like an endless photo stream of fitness bloggers looking perpetually — and unrealistically — fabulous. Thanks to the body positive movement, spearheaded by Instagram stars like Anna Victoria, we're seeing less shots that induce pure envy and more that are, well, relatable.
Victoria, the 28-year-old fitness trainer and creator of the Fit Body Guides, is known for her honest 'grams, frequently sharing unedited photos of her so-called "imperfections" to remind her followers what real bodies look like. So we weren't surprised when, earlier this week, she took to Instagram to post side-by-side photos showing the way her arms look in two very different kinds of lighting.
"Lighting. Is. Everything," she wrote in the caption. "Ninety-nine percent of pictures you see on social media are taken in the best possible lighting, and that ain't no accident. So when I got into the elevator with the lighting on the right, I zoned in on the cellulite on the back of my arms. Yes, cellulite on your arms is a thing!"
As Victoria points out, the lighting in the photo on the left is especially flattering, while the harsh lighting in the photo on the right draws attention to her cellulite. But both "versions" of her body are beautiful, she says (and we agree!). And even though she can, and does, minimize the appearance of her cellulite by eating well and exercising (our experts recommend a diet free of inflammatory foods, plus regular cardio and strength-training), she doesn't worry too much about it.
"Seriously, girls, stop thinking you're the only one with cellulite and that it's some kind of disease," she wrote in her caption. "Do I love the look of my arms on the right? No, but I don't hate it or hate myself for it, either. And you shouldn't, either."
So here's to loving our bodies — arm cellulite and all.