Sarah Turner, the woman behind the popular blog The Unmumsy Mum, recently posted a photo of herself vacationing with her kids, and subsequently received tons of compliments on how fit and toned her body appeared — particularly her “stunning,” “gorgeous,” and “great legs.”
But Turner quickly followed up with a close-up of her thighs in the same jean shorts to prove that photos shared online are simply “selectively edited” versions of reality:
“It’s awfully kind of you all to tell me I have lovely legs (thank you!) but please remember these Instagram squares are a selectively (usually favourably) edited version of reality. This is the leg shot in those exact same denim shorts that I sent my pals the day we left. I’ve just put a filter on it but I don’t think even Valencia can make this Instaperfect,” she said.
The response has been overwhelmingly favourable, with people praising the blogger for her honesty:
“Brilliant! You’re still gorgeous inside and out. Cellulite doesn’t define us a moms, partners or human beings,” one woman commented.
“You are all the more beautiful for embracing your body with pride,” another stated.
“My legs are the same and I’ve been rocking shorts solidly for two weeks,” another mom added. “Thank you for sharing! Awesome to see women being real and looking fab.”
And although some responses were slightly less supportive, Turner was able to find the humour in them.
“I think this is the single best/worst comment I’ve ever seen below the line of dread …” Turner wrote alongside a screenshot of the comment below. “Cannot stop laughing. Who’s going to join me in the ‘sharing pics of our dark poo’ movement? It needs a hashtag.”