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Self-Love Blogger Uses Tights To Show Body 'Transformation'

01/02/2017 10:41 SAST | Updated 01/02/2017 12:07 SAST
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If you're comparing yourself to what you scroll past on Instagram, then 23-year-old Milly Smith wants to open your eyes.

The U.K.-based nursing student, new mom and body positivity champion recently posted an Instagram (@selfloveclubb) of two drastically different side-by-side photos, taken seconds apart.

In the first, Smith is wearing control-top tights that give her the appearance of a flat stomach and hourglass shape. In the second photo, the tights are pulled below her stomach and the entire shape of her figure is changed.

Same girl, same day, same time. Not a before and after. Not a weight loss transformation. Not a diet company promotion. I am comfortable with my body in both. Neither is more or less worthy. Neither makes me more or less of a human being. Neither invites degrading comments and neither invites sleezy words. We are so blinded to what a real unposed body looks like and blinded to what beauty is that people would find me less attractive within a 5 second pose switch! How insanely ridiculous is that!? I love taking these, it helps my mind so much with body dysmorphia and helps me rationalise my negative thoughts. Don't compare, just live for you. There is no one on this planet who's like you and that's pretty damn amazing don't ya think. The world doesn't need another copy, it needs you. We are worthy, valid and powerful beyond measure (If you don't pull your tights up as high as possible are you really human?)

A photo posted by Milly Smith ️ (@selfloveclubb) on

Smith writes in the caption, "Same girl, same day, same time. Not a before and after. Not a weight loss transformation. Not a diet company promotion."

She elaborates that she's comfortable with how her body looks in both images and stresses to her fans that they shouldn't compare themselves to other people.

"Just live for you. There is no one on this planet who's like you and that's pretty damn amazing don't ya think. The world doesn't need another copy, it needs you. We are worthy, valid and powerful beyond measure," she says.

The side-by-side comparison has been done many times before, but this iteration shows just how deceptive angles and clothing can be to a silhouette.

Smith frequently posts photos advocating body acceptance, including other side-by-sides to make a point that she (or the others she's photographed) hasn't lost weight between one photo and the other. It's simply photo "magic."

Just a same girl, same day, different pose reminder that our bodies look different in different angles and that it's perfectly ok, normal and natural. You don't need to look like anybody else but YOU I get asked a lot recently how to start a Bopo insta page as they want confidence. I often come up with nothing because I'm not entirely sure I understand. Are they asking me how to get started on a journey to self love or just how to start an insta page to get justification that their body is worthy in hope it will bring them self love? Before I put my photos and words out onto Instagram I started my journey to self love with myself; I mean it's still a very personal journey but I want to share it now and help others too. I took photos and wrote down love notes to my body without showing them to a soul- it was just for my soul and my mind. Starting an insta page could help you on your journey of course but your motives are what's important- know what they are before starting is my advice. Maybe do it off social media first and get a feel for your journey and what works/doesn't work for you and do it for YOU. Do it for your soul. Your follower count doesn't matter or make you more or less worthy. 10,000 people telling you your pretty wont bring about self love either. It's so much more than that and it starts deep inside yourself not with your aesthetics. Bopo isn't a 'trend'. It's not about how many you can impress, you need to be impressing yourself. Make yourself proud.

A photo posted by Milly Smith ️ (@selfloveclubb) on

Take a tip from Milly: Love yourself and your body, regardless of how you're standing, sitting or posing!

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