A fitness blogger has taken action after receiving a worrying message from a 16-year-old girl about how other fitness bloggers' images are affecting her self-esteem.
Anna Victoria took to Instagram to share what she'd received and talk about self-esteem.
"Just a lounging selfie no makeup or hair done, not posing (and no sticking out either). I'm not sharing this because I think I look bad, or because tummy rolls are bad, or because cellulite, messy hair or no makeup is bad. None of those things are bad or imperfect. They are NORMAL.
"I'm sharing this because I just received an email from a 16 year old girl that said I am the only person she follows that actually made her feel good about herself. That even though she's not particularly unhappy with her body, that seeing endless perfect photos started to make herself compare, poke and prod at her own body. The impact social media has on young girls and their self-esteem is an issue I feel very strongly about and if me posting one casual, non-posing, non-done up photo can help a young girl (or man, or anyone of any age!) feel better about themselves, then I'm happy to put myself out there."
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She went on to say that she understood that not everyone would think that she was doing anything to help the problem, however she wants to continue using her voice to encourage people to love 'every angle' of their bodies.
"Some will look at this and say "what's the big deal?" If it doesn't resonate with you, that's ok. I just ask that you think of those who it does help before firing off with negativity because you don't "get" it. So when we live in a society that profits from your insecurities, be a rebel and LOVE yourself. Love your body at every angle and don't ever be ashamed of being human, of struggling, or hey, even of loving the crap out of yourself!! We need more girls who are wildly confident and loving every bit of themselves and shouting it from the rooftops. Show young girls it's not only okay but necessary to be confident, strong young women, "flaws" and all. #fbggirls www.annavictoria.com/guides"
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She has posted 'body confident' posts in the past, in an effort to show that a lot of what we see on Instagram is not real.
While Anna Victoria may show a lot of her 'good angles' on Instagram, we love that she is promoting this message of being confident about your body no matter what angle it's seen from.
This article was originally published by Marie Claire.