Size blogger confronts 'bad body-image' in reflective post

Jessica Ankomah
<i>Photo via Instagram</i>
Photo via Instagram

Leah has been plus-size her entire life and says she rarely struggles with insecurities. But in a recent Instagram post, she catches herself “sucking in” her tummy during a photoshoot and quickly calls herself out.

Recognizing that she may be harbouring a few hidden insecurities, Leah takes the time to reflect in what turned out to be a pretty interesting post.

“Ever subconsciously be self conscious?” she writes. “I didn’t think I had until I had looked through these photos more. These photos are literally taken minutes apart, by my best friend since second grade. I know my body well enough to know what it looks like when I suck my belly in.”

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“The photo on the left, yup totally sucking it in. How do I know? When I suck in my tummy it always creates that cute under boob roll. Where as on the photo on the right there is no cute little roll and I’m relaxed to the max.”

Leah isn’t hard on herself in the moment of honesty. Instead she takes the time to acknowledge her insecurities as a way of moving past them.

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“Here’s to also recognizing that it doesn’t matter who we and how much confidence we have. I have bad body image days, I’m not perfect and clearly sometimes body imagine insecurities come and go in minutes. I can leave the house in the cutest outfit ever, feeling like a pile of poop and two hours later feel like a queen. Why? Because it’s all in my damn head, I’m beautiful all the time.”

It’s important to acknowledge these little insecurities and be aware that they exist, don’t run from them but face them … I’m going to be body aware so I can realize when it’s happening and ask myself why.”

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