Emily Skye is on a mission to encourage people to embrace their “flaws.”
The Australia-based fitness expert recently took to Instagram to share a powerful message with her more than 2.5 million followers.
Skye shared a side-by-side photo of herself showcasing her “saggy skin,” a result of her pregnancy with her now one-year-old daughter, Mia.
“We all have these parts of us that some may deem as ‘flaws,’” she wrote in the caption. “I like to call them ‘being human’ and ‘being unique.” Both of these photos are ‘real life.’ Just because you take a ‘nice’ photo with good posture or good lighting doesn’t mean it’s not real life – it’s just a part of yourself or your life that you’ve chosen to show.”
For Skye, the key to true confidence is embracing your body completely, no matter the angle.
“So here are a couple of pics showing me standing without my wrinkly tummy skin visible and with it visible,” Skye said. “I love myself whether you can see the wrinkly skin or not and I feel confident either way. This is why I choose to wear tops to show my belly! I’m proud of my body and what it’s capable of.”
Although she admits it has taken her a long time to accept her body, Skye hopes people will remember that just because a body appears perfect on Instagram, it doesn’t necessarily equate happiness.
“Remember that everyone has insecurities no matter WHO they are. You might look at someone and think they’re ‘perfect’ but that doesn’t mean they’re confident,” she wrote. “Self love, body confidence and appreciation is something I’ll always place importance on and it’s something I’ll teach my daughter Mia as well – to love and be grateful for who she is and what she’s got.”
This isn’t the first time Skye has spoken out about embracing her post-baby body. Earlier this year, she addressed rumours that she Photoshopped her pictures to appear “perfect.”
“I just wanted to show that how I stand, whether I’m flexing and what light I’m in either highlights my excess belly skin or hides it! – And I don’t mind either way which is why I post both,” Sky said. “Is it weird that I’m actually proud of it? I’m proud of what it represents I guess. I grew a human in this belly and the whole process into motherhood has made me SO much stronger and also so much more confident in myself and my body. I couldn’t care less whether the stretched skin stays or goes! It’s such an insignificant thing in my eyes.”