For every snap of ourselves we post on social media, there’s often another 10 destined for the delete button. Whether the angle is all wrong, the lighting is to blame or you’re just not feeling your look, it’s all too easy to get hung up on the aesthetics instead of sharing what was otherwise a moment worthy of documenting.
Even fitness blogger and Instagram veteran Anna Victoria has been there. On a recent holiday to Hawaii, she caught herself feeling super insecure over an unflattering family photo. But instead of getting stuck in the self-doubt trap, she took the opportunity to call on women everywhere to stop being so critical of their appearance.
“There are just some photos we don’t share on social media,” she began the post.
“Of course, when I saw this photo I thought soaked hair, slouched over, makeup all over, I could go on. But how silly is that?”
“It got me thinking… I often see women talking about vacation pictures and they’ll say something like, ‘I had so much fun here, but sorry I look so horrible.’ Wait. What?”
“First, no one should apologise for how they do or don’t look. Second, what you look like is NOT more important than the memories you created in that moment.”
She continued: “I’m not saying you have to love a ‘bad’ photo of yourself, but don’t hide away pictures of beautiful memories and beautiful moments with friends and family just because you don’t like how you look.”
“My sister told me my niece said this moment was her favourite part of the entire Hawaii trip. THAT makes this picture beautiful. Not what I look like but the smiles and the beautiful memories made in this moment.”
The message has clearly struck a chord with her followers, with the post racking up nearly 25,000 likes in a matter of days.
But this isn’t the first-time she’s spoken about the importance of self-love. The star frequently encourages her fans to embrace their flaws and commit to “positive self-talk.”
“If you’re really going to love yourself, you have to do it through the good, the bad and the eh,” she penned.