Fitness Model Shows Off Stomach Rolls To Prove That No Body Is Perfect

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A quick scroll through Fit Body Guides founder Anna Victoria’s Instagram reveals what you’d expect from a fitness model: photos of a gorgeous woman with a six-pack working out, eating healthy, and seeing results. It’s the kind of fitspiration we’re used to, except for one recent photo.

Anna recent posted a photo of her sitting on ground with her stomach rolls in full view. It seems kind of counterintuitive for a woman who makes a living by having a great body to post a photo of her “flaws,” but she wanted to show that being healthy doesn’t mean being perfect.

She wrote, “There are two reasons I want to share this with you ladies: one reason is because I want you to know having skin fold over on your stomach when you sit or to have “rolls” is not anything to hate or be ashamed of. The other reason is because while I say this, there have been times where if I ever found myself in front of a mirror where I am sitting and I see my stomach, I automatically think “ew!” because this is what society has conditioned me to think. Your stomach does not have to be perfectly flat to be healthy, your stomach does not have to be perfectly flat for you to love yourself, and your stomach does not have to be perfectly flat to be confident and beautiful and an all around amazing person. As a society, we shouldn’t let physical characteristics set the standard for whether we deserve to love ourselves or not. Everyone deserves to love themselves, however I know that’s easier said than done.

“What’s amazing to me and what I have witnessed with the fbg girls is most of the time they start learning to love themselves more on their journey not because of the physical changes, but because of the mental and emotional changes that come from dedicating yourself, pushing yourself, and seeing just how strong you really are. (what we call “non-physical progress” and is just as, if not more important than physical progress). That type of strength and beauty can only be seen and felt from within.”

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There are two reasons I want to share this with you ladies: one reason is because I want you to know having skin fold over on your stomach when you sit or to have "rolls" is not anything to hate or be ashamed of. The other reason is because while I say this, there have been times where if I ever found myself in front of a mirror where I am sitting and I see my stomach, I automatically think "ew!" because this is what society has conditioned me to think. Your stomach does not have to be perfectly flat to be healthy, your stomach does not have to be perfectly flat for you to love yourself, and your stomach does not have to be perfectly flat to be confident and beautiful and an all around amazing person. As a society, we shouldn't let physical characteristics set the standard for whether we deserve to love ourselves or not. Everyone deserves to love themselves, however I know that's easier said than done. What's amazing to me and what I have witnessed with the fbg girls is most of the time they start learning to love themselves more on their journey not because of the physical changes, but because of the mental and emotional changes that come from dedicating yourself, pushing yourself, and seeing just how strong you really are. (what we call "non-physical progress" and is just as, if not more important than physical progress). That type of strength and beauty can only be seen and felt from within. 💪💗 #fbggirls #realstagram www.annavictoria.com/guides

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The response has been overwhelmingly positive, with women vowing to stop picking apart their bodies and looking for flaws. And in the age of Photoshopping and airbrushing everything, we all need that reminder once in a while.

It’s worth noting that the 24,000 likes on the photo is three times the amount a typical photo on Anna’s account gets. Maybe that bikini photo you spent 10 minutes choosing a filter for isn’t as exciting as you thought.

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