Trainer Anna Victoria will be the first person to admit that she knows her good angles. With her sculpted-abs gym selfies or her squat videos, Anna's Instagram feed is filled with fitness inspiration, but she's also making sure she keeps it real with her 1.2 million followers by letting them see her body as it really is and explaining why she loves it, cellulite and all. Anna recently took to Instagram to post two side-by-side photos: the one on the left is her posing and flexing, and the photo on the right is Anna relaxing naturally, what she calls "Me 1% of the time vs. 99% of the time."
She's using her platform on Instagram to let her fans know that although many people pose on social media and appear "flawless," every inch of our bodies is something that should be embraced because "Good or bad angles don't change your worth."
"I recently came across an article talking about how one woman stated she refuses to accept her flaws, because she doesn't see them as flaws at all," she wrote alongside the photo above. "I LOVED that because it sends such a powerful message that our belly rolls, cellulite, stretch marks are nothing to apologize for, to be ashamed of, or to be obsessed with getting rid of! As I'm getting older, I have cellulite and stretch marks that aren't going away, and I welcome them. They represent a life fully lived (for 28 years so far :)) and a healthy life and body at that."
Anna's message to her followers is so important — we are so hard on ourselves based on what we see on the internet and how we compare ourselves to others, but in reality, we need to love our bodies for everything they do for us. She continued to explain why she loves her body, and it's applause-worthy.
"How can I be mad at my body for perfectly normal 'flaws'? This body is strong, can run miles, can lift and squat and push and pull weight around, and it's happy not just because of how it looks, but because of how it feels. So when you approach your journey, I want you to remember these things:
I will not punish my body
I will fuel it
I will challenge it
AND I will love it."
This is not the first time Anna has spoken out about body image and how things appear on social media vs. how they appear in reality. Last month, after an insecure fan reached out to her to show her appreciation for how real Anna keeps it, she responded with an Instagram photo about loving ourselves.
"The impact social media has on young girls and their self-esteem is an issue I feel very strongly about and if me posting one casual, non-posing, non-done-up photo can help a young girl (or man, or anyone of any age!) feel better about themselves, then I'm happy to put myself out there," she wrote alongside the filter-free photo below.