Most of us are privy to body shaming in some fashion—whether we’ve experienced it or witnessed it. Take it from female fitness professionals who are held at an even higher standard: One little “imperfection” in a picture can set fire to a slew of Internet hate.
When we stumbled across this article by Molly Galbraith, co-founder and owner of Girls Gone Strong , about her new Love Your Body Challenge, we had to share an excerpt. Galbraith has left her extreme figure competitor and powerlifting days behind her, and she’s now helping women look and feel their best while falling in love with their bodies.
Below, three female fitness professionals reveal how lighting and angles can make a major difference in photos, proving that even incredibly fit people can have cellulite, stretch marks, and loose skin.
1. Molly Galbraith
I have so many “perceived imperfections,” from my belly when I sit down, to my booty full of cellulite, to my stretch marks and loose skin, to my incredibly small eyes. After looking at them through the eyes of a stranger, I’ve decided that they actually aren’t that bad after all.
This is the difference between good lighting and a flattering angle (left) and bad lighting and a horrible angle (top right). Oh, and a…