Ever since she educated Instagram on the woes of eczema, we’ve had a massive girl crush on Karina Irby. (Her candour! Those curves! That cool AF swimwear line!) So, naturally, when the girl got real about her changing body shape (and subsequent attitude overhaul) in an Insta post this week, it had us internally cheering.
“This morning Facebook notified me of a memory from 9 years ago,” she captioned two pics of herself side-by-side. “I was so shocked to see how tiny I used to be when I was a teenager!”
“I remembered that as my body was maturing I was gaining weight, curves and more fake reasons to feel self conscious about my appearance. I used to put so much pressure on myself to try and keep my teenager look but not only was it unhealthy, it just wasn’t in the cards for me.”
10kgs and a decade later, Karina’s finally reached a point where she’s comfortable in her skin. “I’ve never felt better about myself mentally and physically,” she added.
“What I’m trying to say is stop being so hard on yourself. Your body is beautiful and it’s keeping you alive! Worship the heck out of it! I wish I did sooner.”
Needless to say, we’re digging her body positivity and clearly, we’re not the only ones: within hours, hundreds of fans had flocked to her post to praise Karina for being so “brave.”
“I love this so much!! I went from 34kilos to 70kilos and as well I feel so much stronger mentally and physically! Thank you so much for putting yourself out there and giving the message to embrace and love yourself and your body the way it is!” one woman wrote.
“This is insane. You look so amazing now,” added another.
Took the words right out of our mouths.