THIS IS WHAT SEVERE BLOAT LOOKS LIKE. And let me tell you, it hurt like HOLY HELL to suck that bloat in for this video.
I'm taking a risk posting this #5secondtransformation . Because I know that while these kinds of images help some, they don't help others.
I know that there are people in the community whose bodies don't lend themselves to "instant change." Images like these can, intentionally or unintentionally, sensationalize the idea of before and afters; reinforce the stereotype that thin is beautiful, or that fatness is simply an undesirable bloat that can be sucked in, twisted, or hidden with the right lighting and posture.
That is the hidden danger of Body Positivity 2017 — promoting or believing those things.
BUT. That is not why I post these images.
That is not HOW I post these images, at least that isn't my intention.
I post with the understanding (and exposure) of my privilege — meaning, I CAN suck in my stomach and push it out, and have it look different. That my butt WILL look different in the 'right' pair of jeans, vs out of them. That because I am white, and pretty, people won't comment with the 🐷 emoji, or tag their friends on my pictures to laugh at me.
I RECOGNIZE THIS AND I HATE IT. but. But.
I also post knowing that there are girls (and boys) out there who don't know how to navigate the glossy falseness of social media.
There are girls who save images of thigh gaps and cinched waists and flat stomachs to their phones, only to later use them as "inspiration" without knowing that those bodies don't really look like that. Who starve themselves to achieve it. Who see fitness models or lifestyle bloggers or ads in magazines of slender, toned 'goddesses' and truly believe that their bodies are the gospel.
That no one could possibly bloat like they do.
That people who are THIN could never have cellulite. Or stomach rolls. Or cystic acne.
Because I do 🙋🏻 I have all of those things.
I post these things for transparency. For Honesty.
It's complicated. And what helps some people won't always help others.
But I know what helped me years ago.
And it helped saved my life.