In the midst of an infinite scroll of perfected photos and flawless looks lies one image that perfectly sums up all the reasons why self-esteem should not be based on what you see on Instagram.
According to Glamour, body-positivity advocate Milly Smith shared her own side-by-side photo on Instagram in which she wears a bra and black, shape-accentuating tights in one photo while in the other, she wears only her bra and panties. Her motive? To “warn her followers against obsessing too much over the seemingly perfect lives being lived in their newsfeeds,” reports Glamour.
Noting that the photos were taken on the same day and at the same time of day, Glamour says Smith wrote in her caption that playing with things as simple as camera angle and her clothing can make her body seem to fit a more “acceptable” image of beauty.
“The media constantly wants us to be more filtered, more posed, more flexed,” she wrote, “making us ashamed, afraid and resentful of our bodies, our natural vessel.”
But according to Smith, the real damage occurs when we compare ourselves to others.
“We compare ourselves to these images of posed, strategically taken photos. Comparing yourself is a thief of your joy/self love and even more so when you’re comparing aesthetics to images that aren’t reality.”
Closing by sharing that both of her photos are beautiful, Glamour says Smith not only asserted that loving herself is most important, she also urged her followers to rid themselves of anything or anyone that makes them feel less than beautiful.
“Get rid of accounts that make you feel negative, get rid of people in your life that don’t make you feel happy, loved and beautiful,” she said. “Don’t let an all [sic] ruin your life.”
Amen to that. Be sure to follow Smith here.