NEW YORK (PIX11) — An Imgur user is reminding the Internet that all bodies have flaws, and they’re nothing to be ashamed of.
The user, SomewhereUnderWater posted a series of pictures titled “reality check” online Wednesday with a powerful message about body image. The four photos show her in different poses highlighting certain areas of her body.
“We aren’t Barbies. We are made of flesh and blood,” said the user. “These are all the same body — my body. I have worked hard for this body and I am proud of this body.”
She referenced how people are constantly surrounded by images of their “friends highlight reel” that doesn’t always show reality. In her photos, she says it’s good to see a little reality to keep realistic expectations.
“No matter where you are on your body’s journey, be proud and love yourself. Make goals because you love your body not because you hate it,” she wrote.
After the photo went viral, she returned to the post to write an update after all of the positive messages it received. She said she was inspired to do the photo set after seeing an article on a blog that changed her “unrealistic expectations” of her own body. The post helped her realize that even fit and healthy people struggle with body image.
“We all struggle with body image, we are all in this together!” she wrote.
The woman says the most important thing is we that we love our bodies by taking care of them. “We won’t always like everything that they do, or the path they have gone down or everything that happens to them but we do have to love them (like family),” she said.
Since it was posted, the photo has been viewed nearly a million times and has received praise from hundreds of commenters.
“Thank you! As someone who has lost a ton of weight, it’s hard to be happy with the new me when I see my belly not super flat all the time,” said KittyLaStrange.
“Thanks for this, especially the photos on the right,” said Hanakimi. “People never show those angles, and it’s just very…real. And Awesome. You’re awesome.”