These photos were taken within 30 seconds of one another.
In the first set, by abdominal muscles are relaxed, I’m not standing up straight, and I have just eaten dinner.
In the second set, my abdominal muscles are flexed, my back is straight, my pose is confident.
In both photos I am the same 155lbs. I am the same girl inside my body. This is the same moment.
Body image is presented to you in its blurred reality and you should not take it personally.
It’s okay to look like set one. I do when I sleep, day dream in class, and as I write this post bent over my keyboard.
It’s okay to look like set two. I do when I try on homecoming dresses, stretch in the morning, and play with my belly ring.
I am both.
When you feel terrible about your body, take off your clothes and look in the mirror. First, relax and slouch, like society tells you you should because you’re ashamed of your body. Secondly, put your hands on your hips and stand up tall like the beautiful goddess you are, because you’re not listening to society.
Amaze yourself with your own duality. Body image is a lie.