Since we were old enough to become aware of unrealistic beauty standards (aka depressingly young) the first thing to be disappointed with was our own, non-flat, stomachs.
Because certain things are apparently meant to stick out – such as boobs and bums – but not too much. And some things aren’t meant to stick out at all, namely our bellies.
Which is an attitude that one body positive blogger is out to change.
SelfLoveClub is instead urging us to learn to love our ‘VBO’ – our Visible Belly Outline – so that we can get back to important things like enjoying our summers.
“Cheers to a summer of rocking clothing that give you a visible tummy outline,” she wrote in an Instagram post.
“Cheers to not giving a sh*t what people think about your body or the way you dress.”
“Cheers to embracing what we’ve been told not to wear because it doesn’t ‘flatter our body type’.”
“Cheers to living free of judgement, reservations, and inhibitions.”
“Life is short, enjoy it. Don’t let others affect your happiness and self worth.”
“Bellies are cute and worth showing off.”
It’s a simple concept, but a very important one – why do we punish ourselves for having the little bit of chub on our stomachs that just about everyone has?
And her fans have felt similarly.
“Just cried reading this. Thank you x [sic] a million,” one wrote.
“I have a twin mom pooch now and I’m so ashamed of it and walk around daily fearing that I’ll get asked if I’m pregnant again even though that can never, ever happen without IVF.
“I feel like crap and your post has really gripped me. You look so beautiful to me… so I just need to start seeing that in myself!”
Another added: “You have no idea how much I needed this.”
“I have struggled with my tummy for as long as I can remember to the point where it feels like how it looks and how my clothes fit play on my mind every second of the day… I can’t thank you enough for this post.”
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