Megan Jayne Crabbe, 23, from Essex, posted a raw comparison photo on Instagram last week, with the opening line: ‘I think that one of these pictures is more beautiful than the other. But it’s not the one you think.’
The accompanying photos show Ms Crabbe stood tall and slim on the left, and then sitting down, with visible stomach rolls and make-up-free, on the right.
In both photos, she is smiling.
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‘One looks like a “before”, the other looks like an “after”. One will inspire people to tell me that I’m unhealthy, unworthy, unlovable.
‘The other will be praised, admired, desired. And even though I’ve spent my life believing that the version of me on the left is more valuable than the version on the right, I’ve changed my mind now.
‘I think it’s more beautiful just to be yourself.’
Ms Crabbe went on to say that the photo on the left is ‘posed’, ‘polished’ and ‘unnatural’:
‘It was taken with all the pressures of what a “perfect” body should look like in mind,’ she said.
‘The rolls on my stomach, the cellulite dotting my thighs, my face bare and my mind free from what anybody else wants me to be.
‘And that freedom is beautiful.’
Ms Crabbe, who wrote on her website about her struggle with anorexia and who now describes herself as a ‘body positive warrior’, regularly shares realistic photos of herself and others to her 318,000 Instagram followers.
And this message has resonated as much as many of her posts, with nearly 50,000 likes already.
‘I love the message you are putting across. You are beautiful!’.
Other women have since taken to social media to share similarly candid comparison photos of themselves, too.
‘Same girl. Different angles,’ she posted to her 10,000 Instagram followers.
‘I say that the real magic happens when we embrace who we are, at every angle and size.’
By SOPHIE HASLETT FOR DAILY MAIL