Instagram Fitness Model Shows The Reality Behind Her Posts

It's only natural for us to want to look our best in our photos. That's why we put on our Sunday best. That's why we smile. "Get my good side," people will tell the photographer. There are all kinds of little adjustments we'll make to get just the right pic. It's not vanity – it's humanity. Who wants to look at a bad picture of themselves?

Is it any wonder that people who are in the public eye and make a career out of being seen might try harder for perfection than the rest of us? The problem with all that perfection is that it warps expectations for the rest of us. At least some of them know it, though, and are willing to speak up about it.

With 1.2 million followers, fitness guru Anna Victoria has made a career out of healthy living, and a healthy dose of gym pics and bikini pics.

Instagram | @annavictoria

And looking over her Instagram feed, you'll see plenty of women who she has helped achieve their fitness goals. Part of that comes from the fitness guides she sells, and part of that is the inspiration she offers with both quotes and the toned physique she sports herself.

However, the body she shows off in her photos doesn't always look like that. She's upfront that, from other angles, she's not as toned as it appears.

Instagram | @annavictoria

And she shared a revealing pic to prove it. "Me 1% of the time vs. 99% of the time. And I love both photos equally," her caption read. "...Our belly rolls, cellulite, stretch marks are nothing to apologize for, to be ashamed of, or to be obsessed with getting rid of!"

Although some might see Anna as promoting an unrealistic image, she has been consistent over the years about the importance of shedding insecurities.

Instagram | @annavictoria

"How awesome would it be if we celebrated women loving themselves despite any insecurities as much as we celebrated something like the Victoria's Secret fashion show?" she wrote in the caption for this image.

She's well aware that her followers pick up on the messages she sends, so she candidly sprinkles less "staged" or "posed" images in with her bikini pics. 

Instagram | @annavictoria

"I just received an email from a 16-year-old girl that said I am the only person she follows that actually made her feel good about herself," she wrote. "If me posting one casual, non-posing, non-done-up photo can help a young girl (or man, or anyone of any age!) feel better about themselves, then I'm happy to put myself out there."

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