Fitness blogger Karina Irby wants people with "angry skin" to know they're not alone. On Thursday, the 28-year-old swimwear designer posted an un-retouched shot of her butt to Instagram, eczema and cellulite and all. The goal? To show her more than 740,000 followers that nobody's perfect.
Karina went on to say that she's recently received a number of direct messages from other people with eczema, offering encouragement and advice. Expressing her appreciation for that support, she asked people to instead leave their thoughts directly in the comments where everyone could see them for solidarity.
"When I was a teenager I felt so alienated, unhappy, and self conscious. I felt so alone and that no one knew what I had to deal with every day," she continued. "Little did I know I had an entire community behind me, I just needed time to grow and realise it. So for all those young people out there that may be feeling the same... I got you’re [sic] back."
Karina consistently makes a point of being transparent about her image. In September, for example, she posted a side-by-side photo to Instagram featuring her body before and after extensive retouching. She called the latter the "Insta girl edit."
"Ladies, I'm not here to play mean girl towards others," she wrote. "I simply want to #inspire you to love yourself and stop comparing yourselves to unrealistic images online. Look out for the signs of the 'Insta Girl Edit' and don't take social media too seriously."
When we exist primarily online, though, it's hard to ignore the images we see, however unrealistic they might be. It's helpful, then, that Karina and her ilk make a point of reminding followers that the internet heavily filters reality. Last January, fitness blogger Anna Victoria posted a similar side-by-side shot to Instagram, captioning it "Me 1% of the time vs. 99% of the time." The "99%" had stomach rolls, which Victoria said she loved just as much as her rare flat abs. "Good or bad angles don't change your worth," she added.
Cheers to that.
This article originally appeared on Women's Health US