A fitness blogger recently made the decision to move away from perfectly planned bikini shots on Instagram to posting more honest photos that flaunt her “imperfections” to her many followers.
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Sophie Gray (@wayofgray) has vowed never to post a bikini shot again as part of the new move, but unfortunately for her not everyone is on board. As a result, her Instagram following went from 430,000 to 360,000, although this has recently risen to 374,000.
Explaining her decision, Sophie said:
Having a six-pack and thigh gap doesn’t make you happy. Pizza and cookies are f****** delicious.
And I’m sick of women being told they have to be anything other than themselves to be happy.
I know I was in the #fitspo industry for years, and I still want you to care for your body – but this [is] bulls***.
You no longer see pictures of my body this way on @Instagram for this reason. Having a six pack and thigh gap doesn't make you happy. Pizza and cookies are fucking delicious. And I'm sick of women being told they have to be anything other than themselves to be happy. I know I was in the #fitspo industry for years, and I still want you to care for your body – but 🖕 this bullshit. You guys asked for a hashtag – so if you wanted to repost this with #fuckyourfitspo and @wayofgray – that would be amazing! Let's get this out to as many people as possible!
Apparently she’s now also changed her lifestyle too, allowing herself to have treats like doughnuts which she would never had before.
I understand that @wayofgray’s old images may have been inspiring.
And, to that I say there are tons of those accounts you can follow for those images.
But, I know those images were damaging for many.
While I believe we all must take accountability for our experiences, it doesn’t make contributing to others insecurities any easier.
But, most importantly, those images made Sophie Gray feel inadequate.
Everything I did revolved around those photos.
"You need to put on some mascara, Sophie." "A colourful lipstick is all you need, Sophie." "Brush out your hair. It's a mess, Sophie." "Don't wear that. It doesn't compliment your figure, Sophie." "Watch your mouth, Sophie." "You should really try this acne cream, Sophie." "Smile more, Sophie." "Don't wear that. You'll send out the wrong message, Sophie." "Show a bit more skin, Sophie." "Don't get bangs. They won't work for your face shape, Sophie." "You need to use concealer under your eyes, Sophie." "Be more authentic, Sophie." "That's so weird, Sophie." "You should workout harder if you want to reach your goals, Sophie." "Shush, Sophie." "Speak up. It's rude to just sit there, Sophie." "Don't worry what other people think, Sophie." How are these words shaping who you are?
I was constantly worrying about my body image because my ‘worth’ through this channel depended on it. Again, this can make me seem vain.
But, I was the one behind the account for three years. I saw what images performed better. I saw what people wanted to see – fitter, thinner, more defined and perfect.
This is why @wayofgray is what it is now. This is why I’m here talking about accepting the s*** out of yourself. This is why I want you to f****** love yourself.
Well I don’t really know why her followers would’ve dropped like that, but regardless it seems like a pretty brave move for her to switch to promoting body positivity. Hats off to her, even if everyone doesn’t see it that way.
For the time Lena Dunham took part in a body positive photoshoot, click HERE.