When it comes to her postpartum journey, Emily Skye has always kept things real for her 2.5mil fans - and this latest post is no exception.
Rather than hide behind filters and photoshop, the 34-year-old is embracing every aspect of how her body has changed since giving birth 16 months ago – including her “wrinkly tummy skin.”
“We all have these parts of us that some may deem as ‘flaws.’ I like to call them ‘being human; and ‘being unique;’” she captioned two side-by-side shots of herself taken on the same day – one with her loose stomach skin on show and the other without. “There are lots of posts going around showing ‘real life’ compared to ‘Instagram’ which I love! I think it’s great that so many people are jumping on board and showing their followers content like this.”
But while she’s all for body positivity, she explained why she wouldn’t be doing her own version of these Instagram vs reality pics.
“Both of these photos are ‘real life’. Just because you take a ‘nice’ photo with good posture or good lighting doesn’t mean it’s not real life – it’s just a part of yourself or your life that you’ve chosen to show. So here are a couple of pics showing me without my wrinkly tummy skin visible and with it visible.”
Over time, the excess skin on her stomach is something she’s grown to be proud of – a constant reminder that she carried her beautiful daughter for nine months.
“I love myself whether you can see the wrinkly skin or not and I feel confident either way. This is why I choose to wear tops to show my belly! I’m proud of my body and what it’s capable of.” It did take her a while to get to this point, though:
“It took me many years to be confident and comfortable in my own skin and I still have moments when I’m not but most of the time I am,” she said. “Remember that everyone has insecurities no matter WHO they are. You might look at someone and think they’re ‘perfect’ but that doesn’t mean they’re confident.”
“Self love, body confidence & appreciation is something I’ll always place importance on and it’s something I’ll teach my daughter Mia as well - to love and be grateful for who she is and what she’s got.”
The post was flooded with comments of support from many mums who could relate.
“This is the absolute best post!” one user wrote. “Thank you for helping me embrace the bad angles and be proud of the incredible machine that allowed me to create the amazing individuals that now walk this earth.”
“I love that you’ve shared this,” another added. “We beat ourselves up so much about our bodies especially after children. It’s inspiring to know we don’t need to be perfect to be beautiful inside and out.”